Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 15, 2017

Mont St-Sauveur's Viking coaster.

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Action off the slopes

Not interested in clipping into a pair or skis or a snowboard? Not a problem. Some resorts are adding attractions off the hill where you can still savour the great outdoors. For example, Big White Ski Resort (bigwhite.com) outside of Kelowna, BC is adding ice climbing by flooding four connected metal structures until they create a frozen tower. One climb costs $20, or an all-day pass is $55.

At Blue Mountain Resort (bluemountain.ca) in Collingwood, ON, the new year-round Ridge Runner alpine coaster kicks off this season. Two passengers at a time will hop on and zig-zag through the trees down the Niagara Escarpment, past the base village and wind up at the Grand Central Lodge. (Prices to be announced).

This comes hot on the heels of the year-old Viking alpine coaster in Mont Saint-Sauveur (montsaintsauveur.com), Quebec which twists for a kilometre and a half at speeds reaching 35 kilometres an hour. Single rides are $10, with discounts for multi-ride tickets.

And for those who just like to take in the view from the summit, The Canyons (thecanyons.com) in Park City, Utah is inaugurating a new bubble-enclosed quad chairlift with heated seats — the first of its kind in North America.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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