Sunday, April 13, 2008

Blue Mountain Sets Record


Despite the never-ending reports pertaining to climate change and global warming, Blue Mountain has set a new record during the 2007/2008 ski season. As of today (April 13th) the resort has recorded 136 consecutive days of skiable snow conditions on the hills. This is the highest number of days of operation for skiing and snowboarding in the resort's history. The accompanying photo was taken today which saw 6 runs and 2 lifts open at Blue Mountain. In addition most of the private ski clubs continue to offer spring ski and snowboard condtions albeit on a limited basis.
Despite several mild spells throughout this winter, the generous natural snowfalls we received were complemented with significant amounts of man-made snow thus allowing most of the area's ski facilities to enjoy a longer than normal season. Conditions such as these have greatly benefitted the local economy. Visitors to the area that enjoyed the lengthy ski and snowboard season are more apt to return in the spring and summer to engage in the many other recreational activities the area has to offer. This continues to have a profound impact on area real estate so while not everyone is a fan of winter as the saying goes, "an ill wind always blows someone some good."

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.