Blue Mountain Resort is emerging from a two-month-long pandemic induced slumber as the Ontario, Canada winter and summer resort prepares to reopen, offering a new $59 hiking pass.
But many of Blue’s locals are not in favor of the new hiking pass, accusing the Alterra-owned ski resort of price gouging by charging people to hike the resort, which for the longest time has been free.
Beginning on June 6, those wanting to use Blue’s hiking trails will be required to buy an “Explore Pass” which costs $59 for adults, $49 for young adults, $39 for youths, and $19 for children four or younger. The pass will allow access to gondola service and hikers will have to display passes to ticket checkers at trailheads. Those hiking without purchasing an “Explore Pass” will be considered trespassers and escorted off resort property, The Star reports.
Starting June 6, anyone wanting to use Blue Mountain’s hiking trails will have to buy an “Explore Pass” at $59 for adults.
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— Hamilton Spectator (@TheSpec) May 23, 2020
Blue Mountain has grown from being just an alpine ski resort into a now four-season resort on the southern shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. According to The Star, Blue said the move to start charging hikers to use the mountain’s trails was necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to manage the number of people hiking at the resort while also helping cover the cost of trail maintenance.