A good morning from Blue Mountain

A good morning from Blue Mountain; fresh snow with ski trails in your backyard. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

Waking up to fresh snow-covered ski trails in your backyard is the allure of Blue Mountain, Ontario’s most popular ski resort and one loaded with activities for everyone. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

What happens when a winter storm strikes?

You could bundle up and wish for the sun, or you could take on the snow and hit the slopes. For decades, that’s what many Ontarians have done at the Village of Blue Mountain. The resort is two hours north of downtown Toronto and along Georgian Bay. It gets 280 centimetres (110 inches) of snow each year, making it ideal for a ski and snowboard getaway.

During the deep chill and winter storms that tormented many parts of Canada last week, Blue Mountain enjoyed some fresh powder for its popular hills. This photo above was captured on Thursday morning, after the blizzard blanketed the region, delighting schussers — and this photographer. The snow covering the peaked roofs of the Blue Mountain chalets makes for a beautiful scene.

Its condo and townhouse accommodations feature cozy comforts and convenience to the ski hill and the attractions within the fabricated village. Along with a potent après-ski scene, the village has quality restaurants and a range of activities that non-skiers will enjoy.

Blue Mountain is the third-most visited ski resort in Canada, after Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia and Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

Next time you’re there, send in a photo of your own — you just may win a travel prize if your shot is chosen as the Vacay.ca Photo of the Week.


Do you want to be a Photo of the Week winner? Simply email your submission to photos@vacay.ca (images should be sent as high-resolution JPEGs) and your travel photo could get chosen and publicized — and you could win a great travel prize!

A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is Vacay.ca’s Visuals Editor. See her work at www.juliapelish.com/blog.

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