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THE TOWN OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, Ontario, November 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Even if Mother Nature isn’t fully prepared for winter, the Blue Mountain Resort certainly is. The resort originally targeted November 27th as the start of its ski season, but recently announced a postponement of the opening date due to warmer temperatures forecast for that week. “Our systems are ready for operation as soon as the weather and conditions are favorable,” says Steve Spiessman, Director of Slope and Grounds Operations. “We use temperatures of down to -2.2 degrees Celsius and snow-making windows of only 4 hours to be able to open the hills as quickly as possible.”
As the official opening day approaches, the resort is still preparing for the busy season and is looking for seasonal staff to cater to the thousands of guests Blue Mountain draws each season. To attract talented students, Blue launched a new tuition support program that gives eligible employees the opportunity to receive $ 500 for their post-secondary education for each consecutive season of employment. “This is a brand new program that is quite unique in this area,” said Janet Hammond, human resources manager. “We know we will need more team members at the beginning of the season and we want to do everything we can to make working at Blue a great opportunity.”
Off the hill, events at Blue Mountain Village are also lined up and ready, including Jingles and Joy, a festive winter welcome that includes free family activities from horse-drawn carriage rides and Christmas carols to fireworks and visits to Santa Claus. “The Blue Mountain Village has become a hub of activity every weekend of the season,” notes Claire Woodhouse, event coordinator for the Blue Mountain Village Association. “People know that at Blue they will always find something they enjoy looking for something on or off the slopes in winter.”
Blue Mountain Resort’s earliest opening day was November 25, 1989, and a typical season begins around mid-December. The updated opening day for the season has yet to be confirmed, but Blue Mountain will post updates on their social media accounts and website. Those eager to see when the lifts are up can check www.bluemountain.ca or call 1-877-445-0231 for updates.
About Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort, sits on the shores of Georgian Bay, 90 minutes north of Toronto. Blue Mountain is the north’s four season travel destination, which is visited by more than 1.5 million guests annually. The winter in the resort offers 42 ski and snowboard slopes, which are supplemented by a world-class snow-making system. The summer months include Ontario’s largest downhill mountain biking facility, Monterra Golf Course, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course, Challenge Ropes Course, Wind Rider Triple Zips, and private beachfront property, among other seasonal attractions. The resort attracts year-round visitors to more than 1,000 luxury accommodations and 45 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail outlets on our pedestrianized street. 53,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space caters for business meeting groups all year round. Blue Mountain is owned by Intrawest ULC. Visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information.
About Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc.
Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company that has provided unique vacation and travel experiences to customers for over three decades. The company fully owns six mountain resorts for four seasons with approximately 8,000 hectares of ski area and over 1,130 hectares of land available for real estate development. Intrawest’s mountain resorts are geographically dispersed across most of North America’s major ski resorts, including the eastern United States, the Rockies, and Canada. The company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, a leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America. In addition, the company operates a large real estate business, through which it manages, markets and sells vacation club properties; manages condominiums in hotels; and sells and markets residential real estate. Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNOW). More information is available at www.intrawest.com.
About the Blue Mountain Village
Nestled between the foot of the scenic Blue Mountains of the Niagara Escarpment and the rugged shores and crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay, the quaint Blue Mountain Village is southern Ontario’s most popular four-season destination. The village is a cobbled pedestrian village framed by turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture, tours and more. As an incredible natural retreat, the Village offers as much – or as little – as you want. Visit www.bluemountainvillage.ca for more information.
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