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What’s New for 2009: Blue Mountain
By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor
November 11, 2009

Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Area this winter will be greeted by a new double-black diamond slope and new “streets” terrain park.

Adventurous skiers and boarders can try their skill at Nightmare, Blue Mountain’s new double-black diamond trail. At over 900 feet long, Nightmare features thrilling steep slopes and turns.

Blue Mountain will also unveil Central Park, a new “streets” terrain park.

“We are bringing the streets right to our slopes with two brand new one-of-a-kind stair sets from Snow Grind as well as other street-related elements,” explained Blue Mountain’s Tamara Graber.

Central Park replaces Blue Mountain’s older halfpipe. Blue Mountain now has four terrain parks, targeted skiers and boarders at all ability levels.

Blue Mountain will also have two new outdoor dining areas. A patio off the Summit lodge will include a grill, bar, and fire pit called the Slopeside pub and grill. The Valley courtyard will be home to the Fresh Tracks Java Hut, Trails End Bar, Giuseppe’s Pizza, and Philly Grill. Blue Mountain also plans to have Ray’s Grill on Skis located on the slopes at the top of the mountain.

Finally, the ski area has ordered a BigAirBag, which should arrive by the end of December, 2009. The BigAirBag is a “fall cushion” placed behind ski jumps, allowing a safer way to practice freestyle jumps. Blue Mountain will be one of the few U.S. resorts to have a BigAirBag.

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