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Blue Mountain Gets Bigger: $10 Million Expansion

Orchard Expansion Grows Resort to 364 Total Acres

Ontario’s largest mountain village resort is getting even bigger. Blue Mountain is investing $10-million to expand its ski and snowboard terrain and add new trails for winter 2013/14.

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The expansion includes an additional 64 acres of terrain, a new high-speed, six-person chairlift and six new trails. Snowmaking infrastructure and night lighting will be installed on three of the six trails.The expansion is slated for the existing Orchard area on the south end of the Resort and increases Blue Mountain?s skiable terrain to 364 total acres across 42 trails ? the most in Ontario.

?This is one of the most significant investments in the Resort?s 73 year history and the largest expansion of a ski resort in Ontario in recent memory,? said Dan Skelton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Mountain Resort. ?Skiing and Snowboarding is alive and well in Ontario, and our investment of more than $10-million demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our guests, employees and regional partners. We continue to build towards our goal of being among Canada?s premier resort destinations, offering a unique pedestrian village, luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art conference facilities, year-round attractions and the best skiing and snowboarding in the province.?

The increased terrain provided by the Orchard expansion is equivalent to adding 21 per cent of the Resort?s current terrain, and further establishes Blue Mountain as Ontario?s largest ski and snowboard destination.

The Orchard has a diverse selection of trails and terrain for all skier and snowboarder levels. The expansion will introduce a new 1.6 km trail that will be the longest beginner trail in Ontario, and addresses volume and demand on existing runs.

Blue Mountain will begin building and installing infrastructure this spring (2013), and expects to open the new terrain early in the 2013/14 winter season.

Facts about the Orchard Expansion

  • $10-million investment
  • 64 additional acres of skiable terrain (bringing the Resort?s total to 364 acres)
  • Six new trails (bringing the Resort?s total to 42 trails)
  • One new state of the art high-speed, six-person chairlift, which will be the biggest in Ontario
  • Longest beginner run in Ontario – 1.6 km
  • Snowmaking and night lighting on three of the six trails

For more information or to preview a video of the Orchard area, please visit

Photo courtesy of Blue Mountain

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


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How to Join Whistler’s 2013 Ski & Snowboard Festival

Call For Art Submissions And Volunteer Registration Now Open

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler (WSSF) is the ultimate celebration of mountain culture and is the largest festival of its kind in North America. Now in its 18th year, WSSF combines sport, music, art and fashion.

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The all-inclusive nature of WSSF makes it easy for anyone who is passionate about living a mountain lifestyle to get involved. The Festival runs 10 days and 10 nights from April 12 to 21, 2013 and now is the time for those people who want to get involved to toss their hats into the ring.

If You Are an Artist?

State of the ART is a free art exhibit that takes place in the Whistler Conference Centre Grand Foyer. It provides artists from all over the world, who are inspired by a mountain lifestyle, the opportunity to showcase their work. New this year, State of the ART will run the entire 10 days of WSSF, providing artists with even more time to showcase and sell their work to festival goers and art aficionados.

The exhibit kicks off at the State of the ART Opening Party on Friday, April 12. For the remainder of the festival the State of the ART gallery is open from 12pm to 6pm daily. No tickets are required to attend the State of the ART exhibit or the Opening Party. Call for submissions is now open with the deadline on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Artists interested in participating can find more information at:

If You Are an Athlete?

The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championships will take place at WSSF from April 12 to 16. Athletes will be invited to compete based on their AFP rankings but interested competitors can also register for a chance at a spot in the competition. More information including the registration form will be available on March 1, 2013 at:

For the second year in a row The Shred Show, presented by Monster Energy, Slopestyle and Big Air competitions will be TTR World Snowboard Tour 5-Star events at WSSF. The Slopestyle and Big Air are both invitational but interested athletes can also register online for a chance to compete. The Boarderstyle competition in the Blackcomb Terrain Park is an open event where anyone can participate. Registration for all snowboarding events will open March 1, 2013 at:

If You Like Behind The Scenes?

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival requires up to 400 volunteers to put on the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America. Volunteer opportunities exist in all aspects of WSSF, from the on-mountain sport events, to the art events in the Whistler Conference Centre, to the Outdoor Concert Series at the Main Stage in Skiers Plaza. Those interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes at WSSF can register to be a volunteer at:

If You Are a Photographer?

The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown is one of the signature events at WSSF and attracts some of the top action sport photographers in the world. Anything goes at the Pro Photographer Showdown, from ski and snowboard photography to surfing, biking, skateboarding, climbing and lifestyle. Competing photographers will have the opportunity to present a nine minute slideshow compiled of the best images they have collected throughout their careers to an audience of 1500 people. The winning photographer will take home the grand prize of $10,000 for Best in Show and all runner-ups will receive $1,500.

For the first time ever the 2013 OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown finalists will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their images in State of the ART during the festival. Brian Nevins, a surf photographer and 2012 OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown winner, has described participating in the contest as one of the best experiences of his life.

The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown will take place on Thursday, April 18 at the Whistler Conference Centre. Call for entries is now open with the deadline on March 1, 2013. Photographers interested in competing can find more information at:

If You Are a Filmmaker?

The OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown is arguably the most popular event at WSSF year after year. The event is open to anyone and requires participants to shoot, edit and produce a three to five minute short film within a 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours. Participating teams must rely on originality, speed and endurance to get the job done but all the hard work is worth it when their film is presented to an audience of over 1,500 people in the Whistler Conference Centre. With $10,000 on the line, the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown attracts some highly creative and talented people so the audience is in for a treat on Tuesday, April 16.

New for 2013, WSSF has introduced an ENCORE presentation of the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown which will happen on Wednesday, April 17. All the same films will be shown as the original screening but at the ENCORE presentation The People?s Choice winner will be announced, giving the audience a chance to be a part of the action. Filmmakers who would like to compete can find more information at:

If You Are an Action Sports Filmmaker?

The third installment of Intersection at WSSF will take place at the Whistler Conference Centre on Friday, April 19. Participating crews will have seven days to shoot, edit and produce a five to seven minute extreme sports film which must include a skier and a snowboarder, 30 seconds of terrain park footage, and 30 seconds of footage from Whistler Blackcomb in-bounds terrain. The entire film must be shot within 100km of Whistler and at least 75 per cent of the film must be on snow. Crews who participated in 2012 have been invited back and additional spots are up for grabs for new competitors. $15,000 is on the line for Best in Show and all runner-up teams will receive $1,000. Interested filmmakers can find more information and details on how to register at:

If You Like Fashion?

2013 will mark the eighth year of fashion, form and function on the catwalk at WSSF with Fashion EXPOSED. This year?s theme is swagger, implying a demeanor of confidence, coolness, and togetherness. For the first time ever Fashion EXPOSED will be a free event and will take place outside at the Main Stage in Skier?s Plaza on Saturday, April 20 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Fashion EXPOSED will be holding casting calls for male and female models who want to get their swagger on in early March.Interested models and fashion brands can find more information on how to be involved at:

If You Are a Musician?

WSSF hosts the largest annual Outdoor Concert Series in Canada and attracts some of today?s top musical acts. Free concerts will be available daily from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at the Main Stage in Skier?s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Musical acts interested in performing at WSSF can inquire by visiting and selecting the Music Inquiries category.

Tickets to WSSF are now available for purchase at


Photo courtesy of WSSF.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


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Sunny Tube Park Opens at Lake Louise Ski Area

For the first time ever, guests at Banff’s Lake Louise Ski Area can experience snow tubing.

Sunny Tube Park is the latest addition to the Lake Louise Ski Area?s Base Area Play Zone, and is perfect for both first timers to a ski resort, as well as seasoned skiers and snowboarders looking for a different kind of snowy adrenaline rush.

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“We are very excited to introduce this new activity to The Lake Louise Ski Area,? says Mike Moynihan, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. ?There is much more to our winter wonderland than downhill skiing and snowboarding. With snowshoe tours, cross-country skiing, and now Tubing at the mountain, and many more activities offered in the Lake Louise area, we are proud that all ages can enjoy a winter experience of a lifetime here.?

Sunny Tube is located at the base of The Lake Louise Ski Area and will be open seven days a week until the end of the ski season. Guests are carried up the slopes on a moving carpet, and then get to enjoy the thrill ride down a groomed, two-lane track. No previous experience is required; just bring an appetite for fun.

The Lake Louise Ski Area Tube Park joins Mt. Norquay?s as the second in Banff National Park, adding yet another reason to join us here in Canada?s Protected Playground. All three resorts, Mt. Norquay, the Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village, are experiencing a fantastic ski season with gloriously mild temperatures and recent snowfalls totalling almost 30cm in the past few days.

For more info, visit


Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Area

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Horseshoe’s March Break Sale

Ontario’s Horseshoe Resort has its March Break on sale for 20 to 30% off, available: March 8, 2013 – March 16, 2013.
Bring the family, or come with your friends and save on the Stay Longer & Save Package. Stay longer and save between 20 and 30% when you stay 2 nights or more.

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Package Details:

  • Stay 2 nights: 20% off best available rate
  • Stay 3 or more nights: 30% off best available rate

For more information, visit Horseshoe


Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Resort

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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March Events & Money Breaks at Mount St Louis

It’s nearly March on the ski slopes of Ontario’s Mount St Louis, which means it’s time for Spring Breaks. The ski area is offering the following March events and discounts:

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March 1-31: YOU’VE TRIED THE REST NOW SKI THE BEST!: March 1st until end of season Show your season’s pass to any other ski resort and get 50% OFF A FULL PRICE ADULT LIFT TICKET (+HST)

March 1 – March 3 – Snowboard Ontario PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

March 7 ? Simcoe County Warden Ski Day for Georgian Village

March 8 ? 107.5 KOOL FM SKI DAY- Register here:

March Break, March 11 ? 15

–Adults $45 (+hst) lift tickets Mon- Fri ONLY

–Youth $30 (+hst) lift tickets Mon- Fri ONLY

March 11 – KICX 106 & 104.1 THE DOCK Ski Day

March 15 – SNOWSMART Event – find out more at and

For more info on Mount St Louis March events, visit


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SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


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Spring Break: Kids Ski Free at Big White

Spring is in the air at BC?s Big White ski resort, with the waffling aroma of outdoor barbeques, beer gardens blasting your favorite 80s tunes, and goggle tans taking shape.

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Big White is celebrating Spring Break with special accommodation packages, discount lift ticket deals, and events and activities that are fun for all ages.

Big White has a number of Spring Break vacation options, including KIDS SKI FOR FREE! Book with Big White Central Reservations & Ski at Big White for Spring Break and your kids, 12yrs & under, can stay and ski for free.

For more info, see


Photo courtesy of Big White.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Rail Wars Highlights Asessippi Homecoming

Asessippi homecoming weekend celebrated yet another year with Rail Wars.Since the introduction of a winter long weekend, Asessippi Resort has been growing the February holiday weekend into a homecoming tradition.

“Approximately 4500 people participated is one of the many activities here over the weekend.” said Roz Pulo, director of marketing for Asessippi.

[expand title="Read More"]Saturday kicked off with RAIL WARS, an annual event that is a big hit with free style skier and snowboarders alike. Over $5500 worth of cash and prizes were on the line as the 45 competitors threw down all they had to get to the podium. Winners are listed below.”Our newest feature this season, the yellow school bus, was an incredible hit,” Pulo added.The larger of the two terrain parks, Central Park, was used for the event. The yellow school bus was added to the multiple features such as the canon, wall ride, kink and rainbow rail, along with all kinds of straight rails and jumps giving the park an urban feel. The park is located off the Bear Chair and can be viewed part way up the lift making for excellent entertainment for guests just out skiing for the day.Saturday evening the Powder Keg Pub was alive with the sounds of Swamp Gas of Neepawa. Live music in the pub is now a weekly event thanks to the Subway Snow Packed Series which invites a different musical talent every Saturday. March 2, Don Amero, recent Juno Nominee will be performing. Mike Oakley of the Accelerators and Curtis Newton will be out March 9th and 16th respectively.Sunday, the resort was open late, until 8 pm and followed by another spectacular fireworks display. Kids were treated Monday to some great extras in the village with face painting, jugglers and more.”We named the weekend the Asessippi Homecoming Weekend the same year, Manitoba had their province wide homecoming events and have decided to stick with it,” Pulo explained.The weekend has grown into one of the busiest for the resort with both local residents and guests from all over taking in the winter experience right here in Manitoba.Asessippi Ski Area & Resort is located just west of Inglis, near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.For more info, see


Photo of Vincent Berg courtesy of Asessippi.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


Snow Magazine Re-Launches with Canadian Publisher

SNOW partners with Canada’s YQB Media to re-introduce the luxury alpine lifestyle magazine.

A Canadian media company now has an interest in SNOW, a U.S.-based, high-end ski magazine.

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Following Bonnier Corp.?s January decision to divest itself of SNOW, the magazine’s founder, Barbara Sanders, purchased the title to keep it alive. Sanders then turned to long-time Canadian ski publisher Anne-Marie Boissonnault and YQB Media to direct the magazine?s new editorial and production. Ski journalist and SnowOnine editor Lori Knowles will act as managing editor.

?I had to buy SNOW to keep the passion and celebration of this lifestyle alive,? Sanders says. ?I live for great skiwear, and I love travelling the world to experience its top resorts. I?ve spent my entire life in the snow, and through SNOW I can shine a spotlight on the amazing brands, resorts, and people that make the ski world so unique.?

Of her new partnership with Canada’s YQB Media, Sanders says: ?YQB is a dream match for me. I will be able to work with the best and most respected names in the industry and know that they will continue SNOW?s standard of excellence, as well as help SNOW reach new heights.?

The new generation of SNOW will be published twice per year ? late September (Winter), and mid-December (High Season) ? to cover the main buying periods in ski retail and top planning periods for ski holidays. The first edition of the new SNOW will appear in September 2013.

?SNOW?s content will continue to focus on alpine skiing?s luxury lifestyle,? confirms Boissonnault, whose high-end YQB titles include magazines for Canada?s Groupe Germain Hospitality and Le Massif de Charlevoix. ?When it comes to ski travel, we will continue to feature the best destinations in the world, from the ?below-the-radar? to the ?over-the-top.? But we will also enhance SNOW?s content with creative features on lifestyle, fashion, gear, and of course, the ski world?s most fascinating people.?

Circulation of the new SNOW will be 40 000 copies per edition. The magazine will be circulated in an exclusive network that includes high-end resorts and top ski retailers across the United States and Canada.

Sanders is also working to enhance the publication?s online strategy with a re-launch of both the magazine?s sister site, and the SNOW mobile App. SNOW?s website and mobile App will expand to include year-round lifestyle content focused on the world?s top mountain towns.


SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Spend this March Break TOGETHER; Spend it out on the slopes!

Pick up a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass for your child and show them how much fun skiing and snowboarding can be.

March break is less than two weeks away and it?s a much-needed break during what?s started off as a very busy new year.

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Trying to figure out what to do with the family this March break? Why not make the most of this vacation, and spend it together as a family at some of Canada?s favourite ski areas?Skiing and snowboarding are two of Canada?s most exciting winter sports and they are exhilarating ways to spend time together as a family during the winter months. ?Kids never tried it before? No worries! That?s where the Canadian Ski Council comes in. They?ve created the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program specifically to make it easy and affordable for parents to get their kids skiing or snowboarding.

Pick up a SnowPass for your child today and you?ll getthree free lift tickets for each participating ski area all across Canada. There are over 150 locations coast-to-coast including 33 ski areas in British Columbia, 19 ski areas in Alberta, 2 ski areas in Manitoba, 34 ski areas in Ontario, 54 ski areas in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada and 1 in the Yukon. For a full list of participating ski areas, please visit

Getting a SnowPass is easy and registration is open to any child in grade 4 or 5 (born in 2002 or 2003). You can register them through the mail by first picking up an application at any of the hundreds of participating Sport Chek stores across Canada or you can visit, upload your child?s picture and proof of age, enter your method of payment and presto your child?s personalized SnowPass will be mailed directly to your home. No matter the method, the SnowPass costs only $29.95 including taxes.

The SnowPass program is available all across Canada and each child will receive a National SnowPass card valid at over 150 ski areas. And no matter where you live, remember, each pass contains three free lift tickets for each of the participating ski areas, providing your child with hundreds of opportunities to ski or snowboard for free this year!

Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass information and applications are available online at www.snowpass.caor



?It’s Speed Skiing Week at Sun Peaks

Next week the 2013 Sun Peaks FIS Speed Ski World Cup will descend on Sun Peaks Resort, BC, for the 22nd running of this unique and wild event. Speed Ski racers from 10 countries will risk it all as they hurl themselves down the steep Headwalls Speed Skiing Track at speeds over 170 km/h in a quest for FIS World Cup glory.

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?We feel honored to be able to say we are the only speed ski race in North America,? says event organizer Adam Earle. ?Sun Peaks is truly the hot bed of speed skiing in North America and it?s an extreme ski event that people have to see to actually believe.?

The event runs from February 28 to March 3. Thursday is a training day, followed by World Cup races on Friday and Saturday, dependent on weather. On Sunday, if both World Cup events are completed as scheduled, organizers will shorten the timing trap from 100 metres to 25 metres and try to break the course record of 177.21 km/h held by Sun Peaks local Kenny Dale.

The Sun Peaks course located by the Sunburst Lodge on Tod Mountain is perfect for spectators as they can view the entire track. Spectators, whether skiing or not, can access the mid-mountain venue via the Sunburst Chairlift. Foot passenger tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Guest Services at Sun Peaks Resort.

?Most of our racing happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day depending on the weather,? says Earle. ?The best spot to watch from is the bottom of the Little Headwalls for skiers or snowboarders and for non-skiers we have two viewing areas on either side of the finish area.”

Speed skiing has the distinction of being the fastest non-motorized sport on earth and is entertaining for both spectators and racers.

Visit for complete details.