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11-17-2012 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by brownSnow View Post

Oh, and if you're adventurous skip buying a lift ticket and hike the unopened area south of the south side. With a good snowfall those runs are choice!
My friends always tell me how other people do this. I really want to try it.
A few questions, if you will: How far is the walk to the base of the new area? What is the difficulty of the trails(blue/black)? Do they have staff monitoring this place for trespassers? And most importantly, what's the worst that can happen if we get caught?
11-15-2012 03:42 PM
brownSnow Mt. St. Louis is great for bombing first thing in the morning when freshly groomed (if you see a 6ft tall+ brown guy on a prior race board, that's me)

And as noted, it's great for the whole family. but can become a bit repetitious run wise. The park from what i've seen is always in top shape (i dare not go near it though).

Blue, great on the weekdays, horrible on weekends ---> standing in line 25mins for a 45second run... NOT FUN.

like Oldman says, go during the week, you have the entire place to yourself! And when it snows, Blue does get a good dump (they're far and few between, but can be good). Also, and as mentioned, the apres is much better. Also, the North side of Blue has some interesting and steeper runs with little pockets & areas where you can duck in and out of some glades (yes on the north side), off Hogs back duck right into the trees, it will spit you out into Happy Valley. You can do the same coming off Willys run, about 1/4 way down, duck left into the trees. Oh, and if you're adventurous skip buying a lift ticket and hike the unopened area south of the south side. With a good snowfall those runs are choice!

For me, if it's for exercise and training i go to Mt. St. Louis. If it's a weekday with the buddies blazing and drinking, Blue all the way.
11-15-2012 02:22 PM
Oldman As is so often the case in life, there are the "in" places to do and be seen at. For the Toronto snow crowd, that place would be "Blue". As an Intrawest property, it has all of the expected "apres ski" offerings associated with such. As for the hill, it has more vertical than Moonstone, but most of the runs have a "flat" that if the crowd prevents you from carrying enough speed, can be a pain on a snowboard. As it is a weekend resort, the lineups can be bad on a weekend.

Moonstone is almost everything Blue is not. It is family owned and their only goal is to provide as good an experience as their hill can provide. There is no night skiing, good for some, bad for others, but it does ensure that the majority of the hill gets groomed early and then has all night to "set up" Fresh tracks are possible here. I don't do the park, but from the feedback you hear from the kids at the cafeteria during lunch, they rave about it. There are no accommodations on site, but they do provide the essentials on site. Rentals, Ski Shop, Cafeteria, etc. As mentioned above it is closer and an easier drive to get to vs. Blue. On weekends it can be busy, not as busy as Blue, but they do have a great number of high speed lifts.

During the week, both hills are wide open as is the norm in most places. If Moonstone does have a drawback during the week, it is that a large number of schools will do their ski days at Moonstone. If you know where to go, you can avoid the majority of students on the hill.

As you might have guessed, I prefer Moonstone. Very easy day trip, they make a ton of snow and it is ALWAYS well groomed.
11-15-2012 09:48 AM
MiSfiT I was looking into the size difference and found this:

Holiday Valley vs Blue Mountain in Ski Resorts
11-14-2012 02:32 AM
deuces99 Love moonstone compared to blue cuz of the smaller crowd and driving distance. The crowds at blue are a big turn off.

Tried Holiday Valley and it was so nice and quiet. Bit smaller than Blue mtn and the lifts aren't as high tech though. No village but the nearby town has all the supplies you need. Practically same distance and it gives you an excuse to buy some CHEAP snowgear at US online stores and pick up on the way to mtn!!
11-14-2012 01:19 AM
Solitaire In my opinion the runs at blue are longer and have more variety with more real estate to uncover.

I don't know much about the park, but from a pure quality of terrain perspective Blue is definitely superior to moonstone. On the flip side, moonstone wins for accessibility and shorter lines.
11-13-2012 01:28 PM
Dysantic The people at Moonstone aren't all doorknobs like Blue. I never had a bad time at Moonstone. It's smaller, but has some nice runs when I was there two years ago. Blue is bigger, but like Lamps said, the lines suck.

I've also never been a big park kind of guy, but I know some people who wouldn't go anywhere else for park boarding.
11-13-2012 01:00 PM
MiSfiT What about holiday valley?
11-13-2012 12:32 PM
Lamps the moonstone terrain park was rated #1 in eastern canada lately, although blue is doing work on theirs this year, and they got a new pipe machine.

for a day trip I prefer moonstone as it's a shorter drive, and lineups on the weekend at blue can also be stupidly long

for a weekend i prefer blue due to the amenities of the village despite the lineups

the north part of blue mountain is a little steeper and sometimes less crowded than moonstone.
11-13-2012 12:19 PM
Cormier Oh that's a good way to get tickets sold!

I gotta check out SLM this year and take a break from blue
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