Exploring Blue Mountain

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.18.46 PMA.F and I decided to take our first trip away together. What did we decide on? A Ski Trip to Ontario’s infamous Blue Mountain. We decided on staying 4 days, 3 nights.

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Skiing Blue Mountain

A.F. and I decided to do night skiing instead of purchasing day ski-lift tickets to save on costs. As we drove towards Blue Mountain in the evening, we both couldn’t believe how big and how many slopes there were! It was huge! We had no idea Ontario had such big ski hills, nor did we realize something so amazing was so close to where we lived! As we approached the hill, I could not take my eyes off all the pretty lights that lit up the runs, as well as I could catch glimpses of the twinkling lights from the Blue Mountain Village.

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We pulled up, parked, and started to put on our ski equipment – lesson learned: do not leave your ski boots in the car overnight when it is -20 degrees celsius…you will not be able to get your boots on! I think A.F and I must have spent at least 30 minutes sitting in the car, trying to strap on our boots…I could not even get my foot into the boot itself! After much struggle and laughter at our stupidity, we finally were able to suit up and walk over to the chalet to buy our lift tickets. Thankfully, A.F and I both have our own ski equipment, so there was no need for the added cost of rentals.

Our GoPro Indulgence

After A.F and I started dating, I found out that he too owned a GoPro. On Boxing Day, we both went out to buy a Chesty Mount for both our GoPros, specifically for this upcoming ski trip.

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We were pretty impressed by how well the chesty worked for us. I was able to capture footage of A.F hitting the slopes in front of me and catching air off jumps, while he was able to ski backwards and video me taking my sweet time as I cruised down the hill. This was our first attempt at using our GoPros together. We have been planning and scheming how we are further going to use our chesty harnesses, as well as what next mount we may purchase for our upcoming summer adventure.

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Where We Stayed

As we searched for accommodations for our trip, and as we began looking at place after place in the village, in disbelief of how steep the prices were, we decided to stay at a hotel just 10 minutes away from the ski hill. We stayed at the Cranberry Golf Resort in Collingwood, ON. With roughly being $100/night, we saved more money staying outside the village. As much as the village had a really great feel and vibe to it, it was kind of nice to be in the city during our stay – stores were more easily accessible and we had more affordable restaurant choices. Our room at the Cranberry was very nice as well – we even took advantage of their salt-water pool!

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Thoughts for Next Time

A.F and I both agreed that next time we should try and stay in the Village. Make sure you book early enough though if you plan to do this! It is completely worth it if you want to experience a stay within the village and get the full-on Blue Mountain ski experience of a lifetime.

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