Your summer escape awaits, but this year, you'll want to get a pass for it. Blue Mountain Resort is working on plans to start up its summer season and hopefully see some visitors soon. Although shops in the village have already opened up, activities in the resort have yet to do so.

According to the Blue Mountain site, the resort, which has been shut since March 15, plans to limit the influx of guests at the mountain and attraction areas.

Tara Lovell, public relations manager at the resort, told Narcity by phone on Friday that "every attraction will have a modified operation if they reopen," due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website notes that three passes will be on offer: the Play All Day Pass, the Explore Pass, and the Play-As-You-Go Base Camp Ticket. 

Lovell said these are not currently set to be strictly mandatory.

However, she strongly advises that turning up without one during summer, which is often busier than the winter season at the resort, wouldn't be wise.

The resort will run a reduced capacity to ensure proper health measures can be followed.

If they're too busy and you don't have a pass, you highly risk being turned away and having to scrap your day's plans.

Meanwhile, at least one major attraction, the famous Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster ride, is going to have one very notable change.

"Masks will be required on some attractions like the Ridge Runner," said Lovell. That's because resort workers need to strap riders into seats, making it impossible to maintain the recommended physical distance.

Lovell notes all guests will be recommended to wear masks at the resort.

While the resort hopes the Ridge Runner and other major attractions will be able to open, the same can't be said for the usual mountain biking on the resort's trails.

That's been scrapped for the 2020 season after an evaluation showed it was not workable in the time of COVID-19.

Lovell warns that right now, the resort can't confirm the future of particular attractions. The outdoor pool and the splash pad at the Plunge Aquatic Centre, for example, depend on public health advice. 

For what it's worth, the Monterra Golf course is now open as of last Saturday, in line with other Ontario recreational facilities. So are many of the village's shops.

Even outside of the attractions, though, things will look different.

In previous years, visitors could park and walk freely around the pedestrian areas. Lovell notes that's won't be the same this year due to reduced capacity and measures such as strict directional signage.

It looks like that summer trip to Blue Mountain will still be on the cards this year.

 

It's just going to look pretty different.

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