This may seem like a very dumb question, but is the Happy Valley run @ Blue Mountain a Beginner or Intermediate trail?
I ask this because on the "official" trail map, it has a green dot, but the lines are blue.
Happy Valley is a Green Run. It's a great run for beginner once you can get them up the hill. I've held a pass for blue Mountain almost every year since NIght skiing opened in 1985'ish for $29.00/year for two hills (Big Baby and O'Hill, South Base now). If Intrawest changed the labelling to a blue it would just be wrong. It still shows as a green run from the top of the hill on the signage also, unless it changes since I was there in January.
It is a green. It is also the connecting run between the north and south parts of the hill/ridge, and so gets a lot of traffic.
Generally speaking, the farther south you go, the easier the trails are, and most of the more advanced trails are on the north end.
As to difficulty level, it probably should vary with how crowded it is. On a crowded day, the ratings aren't that far off; most of the blues would be pretty daunting for a beginner trying to stay in control and not hit or get hit. On a non-crowded day, most of the blues could be green, the blacks blue and the double diamonds a single black imho of course.
This seems to have it as a green, but check the entrance from the north end is blue.
(click on the map in that page and an interactive pan and zoom map opens in a new window)
Depending on where you learned to ski... all of them
As someone said, south side is fairly mellow and with less choke points.
Sunrise/Cruiser. You can make a green variation by skiing dogsled to the north chair, then due south back through Happy Valley to Dogsled again.
Apple bowl on a good day... possibly combined with village way to make a loop.
I agree this is an awful beginner run due to traffic. Not only do you have slow skiers there who are just learning (which is OK) - you have everyone and their mother crossing between north and central sides (which is unfortunate but necessary), plus the nutbars who are out of control (which is not OK). Personally, I ski fairly fast (in control) to stay away from the dangerous people and give a wide berth to the slow skiers so they don't get scared.
For good green terrain (and blue terrain), consider Mount St. Louis. It's closer to Toronto/Barrie, has way less skier traffic, and is cheaper too.
As an aside, the two advantages Blue has are its double black terrain, and the slightly longer runs. Nothing similar exists at MSLM, but you can get similar terrain at Georgian Peaks, and probably at the other private clubs as they're on the same escarpment.
Being from Southern Ontario, and learning, there is also Glen Eden in Milton if you want to get out nights. You may be interested (for next season), in one of their 8 week lesson programs that run evenings from 7 to 9, one night a week for 8 weeks. They are very reasonable (cost effective) way to learn to ski and meet new people.
I agree, Mount St Louis is one of the nicest resorts in the Barrie area for ammenities, snow conditions and intermediate terrain.
Also keep in mind, if it's possible for you, week day skiing is always tops. Weekends get crazy everywhere.
If lessons are important, and you want an amazing deal, check out the High Park Ski Club! We ski Blue and Mount St Louis sat and sun, and the private clubs on weekends. Just by becoming a member you get free lessons on any weekend or midweek trip. http://www.highparkskiclub.com - volunteer-run, non-profit, awesome lessons, great affordable local and international trips, and lots of friendly people in it.