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vicky vacay deal of the dayTravel Deal for February 4, 2013

Everyone loves Blue Mountain for the skiing. But skiing isn’t the only way to make a speedy trip down the mountain.

Open year-round, The Ridge Runner is the first mountain coaster in Ontario. The ride hits speeds of 42 kilometres (26 miles) per hour, making it one exhilarating experience. A ticket costs $15 per adult ($10 for guests of one of the Blue Mountain resort’s lodges). But for one follower and a friend, the opportunity to ride the Ridge Runner is absolutely free.

Think you’ve got the guts for it? Well, we have good news. Canada’s favourite online travel magazine has one pair of Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster passes to give away to a contest winner. To win, simply email with a few words about your favourite winter experience anywhere in the world or share a travel photo with us or send out a tweet about our contest using the hashtag #VacayWin — or do all three! Remember, effort counts!

See previous winners’ submissions on our Reviews page and read our Contests page for more chances to win great prizes!

A winner will be chosen on February 6, 2013, and the tickets will be delivered promptly. The Ridge Runner passes are good for nearly a full year, expiring on January 23, 2014. You must be 12 years of age or older to ride the coaster. Loves Roarin’ Down the Ridge Deputy Editor Rod Charles took on Blue Mountain in winter, discovering all that the third-most popular ski resort in Canada has to offer. Admittedly a non-believer in roller-coasters, Charles was won over by the Ridge Runner and the impressive sightseeing opportunities it offers.

Charles writes: “Even though downhill skiing and snowboarding are the two things Blue Mountain is most famous for, there are other activities you can enjoy that are just as much fun in the resort north of Toronto. One of them is Ridge Runner.

One thing that makes this ride fun (at least for me) is the fact that you can control the speed. And the view is really incredible … all the way down.”

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