Where did the winter go?! A warm end to February has us already thinking about the upcoming spring and summer seasons. In classic Ontario fashion, Mother Nature will most likely blast us with a couple more stints of winter weather, but, with the Toronto International Bicycle Show just around the corner, our minds are firmly set on the return of bike season to Blue Mountain. Last summer was a busy one around the Bike Park. We hosted the second installment of the East Coast Open Canada Cup Downhill Race, introduced the Canadian National Enduro Series to Ontario, added more days to our season with 7 day/week operations (when it wasn’t raining, at least), and extended our trail network with the re-opening of Waterfall and The Wall, and the addition of option lines like Hot Beverage and TBDH.
We’re looking to keep the momentum rolling heading into 2018. Once again the Blue Mountain Bike Park will be open 7 days a week from opening weekend to closing day, giving you more than 140 days on the trails to choose from. Unfortunately, Canada Cup Downhill racing will not be returning to Ontario this season, but the MEC Canadian National Enduro Series presented by Intense Cycles returns on Sunday, July 8. This Enduro World Series Qualifier event saw a great turnout last season, and we’re excited to see it grow this year! In addition to this EWS Qualifier event, we’ll also see the return of the Tuesday Night Downhill Series and we have plans in the works for our annual Women’s Weekend and a follow up to our Inaugural Rider Appreciation Day. Stay tuned for more details on those events to be released throughout the summer.
One of the things we’re most excited about this summer is the addition of Youth pricing tiers for Season Passes and Lift Tickets. Introducing the next generation of riders to Blue Mountain is so important, and we decided it was about time that we made it easier to get young riders out on the trails. In other news, we’re excited to announce that we’ve finalized the process to carryover our annual Freeride Assessment. This means that any rider over the age of 18 that completed the on-hill Freeride Assessment in 2017 will be able to receive their All Access sticker at the same time they pick up their Season Pass, simply by viewing and completing a short Freeride Orientation process. The on-hill Freeride Assessment will be status quo for any new riders, riders under the age of 18, or riders who didn’t complete the on-hill assessment in 2017. In terms of on-hill development, Trail Crew has spent the winter brainstorming how they can improve our trail network, and our ready to put shovels and rakes to dirt as soon as the snow melts!
2018 Bike Park Season Passes go on sale Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Bike Show Special rate of $269 +HST (Teen/Adult) and $199 +HST (Youth). Prices increase to the Early Bird rate of $309 +HST (Teen/Adult) and $249 +HST (Youth) on Monday, March 5, so don’t miss out! Season Passes will be available online, over the phone at 877-445-0231 and from our booth at the Toronto International Bike Show.