Preparing For A COVID-19 Collingwood Ski Season

With an unprecedented year coming to a close and some cold and unpredictable months ahead, more people are thinking about how to get their daily recreation and leisure in during the winter. Skiing, the perfect combination of exercise and recreation, has long been a winter pastime for many Canadians throughout the country (primarily on the West Coast, in Quebec and Ontario.) 

Collingwood, one of Ontario’s most coveted ski destinations and the home of some established mountain resorts and private clubs, is witnessing a changing tide that could change not just the face of the mountains, but skiing accessibility in general. As more mountains prepare for a busy winter and try to navigate COVID-19 protocols without going under, skiers try to comprehend how they should approach the snowy season. 

If you are a skier and wondering what you can do to stay safe while also skiing regularly, you will need some advice. Whether you plan on moving to the area or are a long time visitor, these tips will help you feel more confident about the months ahead. 

Contact Hills Individually

A big mistake you might make this ski season is assuming the rules are the same at each ski hill. While past winters were as easy as driving up to a resort, unloading your gear, and hitting the lift, things are different now, much different. As most hills will be swamped trying to invoke a new system for booking and renting, you need to ensure you have the correct details before jumping in the car. 

If you are already living in the Blue Mountains area, currently looking for homes, or coming in from the city, knowing how each hill is approaching the season will help you prepare. You can find out what their scheduling system is like, what their COVID protocols are, and other information that will better inform your excursion. 

Avoid Renting

For tourists and people looking to try skiing for the first time, renting equipment is useful, especially if you realize you never want to do it again. However, if you tend to ski every year, even if only once or twice, but have never bought yourself gear, this is the year you should. Renting requirements could make your ski excursion more complicated, increasing wait times or costing you more money than usual. 

If you invest in some good skis or borrow from a friend, you will be better prepared for the Collingwood ski season. As you might also have to ski somewhere further from home or at a hill you’ve never visited, having your own equipment will ensure you actually ski and aren’t just waiting for your friends and family to finish.

Stay Updated

If there was ever a time to listen to the news, it’s now. With COVID-19 protocols in constant flux and more news regarding the months ahead being released every second, you should be staying up to date. Keeping informed about the issues and the state of various winter activities like skiing in the Collingwood area will ensure you don’t miss any critical information. 

Preparation will be necessary if you want to ski this winter in the Collingwood area. If you contact the various hills and find out their protocols, avoid renting and stay informed, you will plan your trip more effectively. While the upcoming months may be different than others, if there’s anything Canadians handle best, it’s the unpredictability of winter.



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3 Fun Physical Activities That Will Get Your Body Ready For Spring

During the winter, it can get extremely cold in Collingwood, ON. As a result of these frigid temperatures, many residents may be more inclined to stay indoors. Although it is warm and toasty inside the home, staying indoors can turn people into couch potatoes.


There is nothing wrong with taking it easy over the winter, however, sitting around eating delicious treats can lead to unwanted weight gain. Many residents in Collingwood, ON like to do these physical activities to shed off this winter weight.


Physical Activity #1 – Skiing/Snowboard


It is common knowledge that Collingwood, ON is a short drive from the renowned Blue Mountain Resort. This fantastic resort offers a plethora of opportunities for skiers and snowboarders. Whether you’re hitting the beginner slopes or going for the double black diamond, Blue Mountain is the perfect place to go. After an hour of hitting the slopes, a person can easily burn anywhere between 300 and 600 calories.


Physical Activity #2 – Hiking

Although Collingwood, ON is known for its skiing and snowboarding, it also offers plenty of beautiful trails. A person can spend hours exploring these jaw-dropping works of nature. During the winter, a person can walk the trails or opt for some snowshoes or cross-country skis.

A 200 lb person can burn up to 550 calories in a single hour of hiking. Similarly, people can burn between 650 and 675 calories an hour while cross country skiing at 2.4 mph. That is a lot of exercise!


Physical Activity #3 – Gym


Those that aren’t fond of the cold may feel more comfortable going to the gym for some exercise. Thankfully, there is an abundance of great gyms in the Collingwood, ON area. After a month or two in the gym, anyone will notice some results. Match the hard work with a balanced diet for an even healthier lifestyle.


With Wasaga Beach just a short drive away, many residents in Collingwood, ON want to look good in the spring and summer. However, due to the frigid temperatures, many of these residents have a hard time finding the motivation to do so. Some fun outdoor activities residents should consider for exercise are skiing, snowboarding, or hiking along one of the many trails near Collingwood, ON. Those that prefer to stay indoors can get their exercise fix by going to one of the gyms in town. With all of these options, it is easy to stay fit in Collingwood, ON.


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Collingwood Ski & Snowboard Swap

Let’s face it: Collingwood is well-known for its skiing. People from all over Ontario know the Blue Mountain area for its well-maintained and beautiful Blue Mountain and the rich skiing and snowboarding opportunities it provides. With 42 runs, 16 chairlifts and three freestyle terrains, it is one of the largest resorts in Ontario. Ever since Jozo Weider signed an agreement in 1948 to lease the area, Blue Mountain has been the spot for snow enthusiasts to come and enjoy what we’ve got to offer.

With skiing and snowboarding comes equipment and one of the best events of the year that happens in Collingwood, every Thanksgiving weekend, is the Collingwood Ski and Snowboard Swap. It is here where you can swap, sell or buy a number of ski-related items, which can include:

·        Helmets

·        Skis

·        Ski boots

·        Snowboards

·        Snowboard boots

·        Ski poles

·        Snowshoes

·        Goggles

·        Bags

The entire event is free, whether you are buying or selling, and if you are in the market for new snow equipment, this is the place to stop and find some great deals.


Basically, how it works is that you’ll register to sell your equipment during the swap. You’ll start by filling out a form and describing your equipment, along with the price you wish to sell it for. It is then tagged and put on display during the sale. Qualified sales people will be on hand to answer questions about your equipment and others and you’ll receive 80% of the purchase price of the goods once it is sold. You’ll come back once the sale is done to get a cheque or take back your unused equipment. If you want, you can donate your unsold equipment.

If you are a buyer, you can attend the sale at the following times:

·        Thursday October 8th from 5pm – 10pm

·        Friday October 9th from 9am – 10pm

·        Saturday October 10th from 9am – 5pm

·        Sunday October 11th from 9am – 4pm

Of course, your best bet is to come early to the first day of the sale to have the most selection. Admission is free and so is parking, so it doesn’t hurt to come and have a look around. If you aren’t from the area, feel free to enjoy the surrounding amenities of Blue Mountain and Collingwood!

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