Ontario’s first Alpine Coaster ready to launch for end of March Break 2011!

Blue Mountains, ON. – March 17, 2011 – Blue Mountain Resort introduces Ridge Runner, Ontario’s first Mountain Coaster! Following months of anticipation Ridge Runner is set to premiere at the resort for the end of Pepsi March Break 2011, with the official opening date being Friday, March 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting). The ride will remain open Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, re-opening for weekends only until the end of the 2011 ski and snowboard season. After the season end, Ridge Runner will close and then reopen for the May 24th long weekend.

Technically known as an alpine coaster, Ridge Runner, seats up to 2 people at a time and puts the rider in the driver’s seat, literally, controlling the speed and velocity at which the cart travels down the escarpment. The coaster will take riders through an exhilarating ride twisting and turning down Blue Mountain’s varied terrain, around two large circle construction elements and over elevated bridging features. Adding to the adventure, the ride offers open-air seating allowing all riders to experience stunning views of Georgian Bay and the surrounding Niagara Escarpment – a wilderness tour with an extreme twist!

Updates on hours of operation, photos and video files will be posted at: www.bluemountain.ca. Cost per ride is $15.00 + HST, with multiple ride pass options available priced at $24 for 2 and $40 for 4. The driver or passenger must be at least 12 years of age and 54 inches tall. Those who are younger than 12 or those do not meet the height requirement may purchase a ticket for $5 and can ride with an adult rider.

About Blue Mountain Resort –

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Spanning over 700 acres, Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Winter at the resort boasts 36 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by a world-class snowmaking system. Summer months offer the largest downhill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course and a private beach property among other seasonal attractions. Year-round the resort attracts visitors to over 900 luxury accommodation units and 40 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail stores in our pedestrian village.37,500 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space caters year-round to corporate meeting groups. Blue Mountain is 50% owned by Intrawest ULC. Visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information.