It seems like ages since we packed away our skis and snowboards to make room for our bikes here at Blue Mountain, but a lack of “typical” spring weather through April and the start of May has quickly brought us to summer’s door.
If you’re reading this you’re probably one of many riders who have been counting down the days until downhill season. We’re sure that you’ll be overjoyed to hear that, despite an extremely wet start to the month of May, Trail Crew has managed to put in the hours needed to get the Bike Park ready for Opening Day on May 19.
Here’s what you can expect if you’re planning on making the trek out:
Opening Friday, May 19 (weather and conditions permitting)
– The Groove
– The Gulch
– Raison Run
– Fresh Air
– The Ridge
– Big Sleeze
– H2O (early exit onto The Ridge)
Minion’s Rush – The Mini-X is currently on trail performing a few finishing touches. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Instagram for updates leading up to Opening Day.
Grab Bag – Will be completed along with Minion’s Rush.
Showcase – Still requires Mini-X work. No opening date confirmed.
Waterfall – Trail Crew will be in here over the first couple weeks of the season to bring the trail back up to standards. No opening date confirmed.
Shot Glass – Will remain closed to the public until May 29, but will be open May 25-28 for the East Coast Open Canada Cup.
If you can’t make it for Opening Weekend, don’t forget about our extended hours that will keep us open 7 days a week through Spring and Fall to maximize your time on the trails!
East Coast Open Canada Cup – May 25-28, 2017
We’re also extremely excited to welcome back the Canada Cup Downhill Series, and will be hosting the East Coast Open Canada Cup from May 25-28. We’ll see if the earlier date, and the fact that the race is now back-to-back with Mont Tremblant’s Canada Cup, will entice more racers to make the trip east as they chase Canadian National Series points.
Youth Rider Assessment and Freeride Skill Assessment
New for this summer, all of our young riders age 8-12 who aren’t quite ready to tackle Raison Run will have the option of completing our new Youth Rider Assessment (YRA). Upon successful completion of the YRA, riders will be able to access The Groove, The Gulch, Minion’s Rush and Embryo. Once they’re up to speed they will be able to attempt the General Rider Assessment which will give them access to the remainder of the park with the exception of Haole and H2O. As in previous years, all riders under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an Adult, Parent or Guardian who is at least 25 years of age.
Also new for this summer, riders who completed the Freeride Skill Assessment in 2016 will have the option of watching a safety awareness video and completing an additional waiver at Guest Services to receive their All Access sticker. This process will be up and running in Early June. In the meantime, any riders wishing to access Haole or H2O will have to complete the standard Freeride Skill Assessment.