In the past 7 seasons have started in October and those ski days have been a varied experience in term of skiing and geography. In my skiing lifetime November days has been the traditional start of my seasons until I started seeking October snow for turns.
After the decade November hiatus, ski days in that month have been mostly Quebec lift-served experiences: from Ottawa molehill Camp Fortune to Montreal molehill Mont St-Bruno and even Rawdon molehill Montcalm. There are also the odd Quebec big resorts like Tremblant twice and Ste-Anne plus Quebec’s long-season resort Mont Saint - Sauveur. Of course, there are some exceptions like hiking Jay Peak or heading down to Killington like I did the 1980s. In the last 25 years skiing in November is becoming a harder thing to come by with limited options in Quebec and the rest of the East. Bhawan Singh said it would happen back in 1986.
“There will be a marked reduction in the duration of the ski season over the coming years, especially in more southern regions.”
In this warm November 2011, so far we’ve had only one ski area open in Quebec and only two more open this month south of the border. St-Sauveur is still only Hill 70, Sunday River is still above the midstation while Killington finally managed top-to-bottom this last Sunday. Similar to 2009, 2011 has been pretty pathetic so far.
All of MadPat’s past November Trip Reports have now been reproduced in Ski Mad World and represents all my Novermber outings in that time period; here is a list of original reports posted on Firsttracksonline.
Click on links and/or image to access the TRs.
11 days, 11 Trip Reports in the past 8 years.
1 Di, 9 Nov 03 St-Bruno night
2 Lu, 10 Nov 03 St-Sauveur
3 Ve, 28 Nov 03 St-Sauveur
4 Di, 30 Nov 03 Tremblant
1 Sa, 20 Nov 04 Killington
3 Di, 27 Nov 05 Fortune
2 Di, 26 Nov 06 Tremblant
4 Di, 25 Nov 07 Ste-Anne
2 Di, 30 Nov 08 Montcalm
2 Sa, 28 Nov 09 Jay Peak
2 Di, 21 Nov 10 St-Sauveur
MadPat was skiless in November for a 11-year period prior to 2003. It all started by rushing to complete my thesis back in Fall 1992 and continued due financial consideration due to overpricing versus quality consideration in 1993 and 1995, started a new job in a different city in 1994, another job with a lot of overtime in 1996 and 2000, very young baby girls at home in 1997 and 2002. The month of November has always been a busy time for me, like December and April when I was in University. It has been generally my less favorite month to ski also and once you stop, it starts to become a bad habit of not going out.
Prior to that break in November skiing, it was a habit for myself to start my season in November before I got busy in end of term in CEGEP or University where I would focus on my papers and exams. Over the years where I started keeping track of my ski days from Secondary 4 (Grade 11) to my numerous University years; I skied 18 days in the 11 seasons (1981-1991). The November experience back then were Killington, St-Sauveur and Gray Rocks were equally important for my first turns of the season.
Here is the breakdown of those November ski days:
1 Sa, 14 Nov 81 St-Sauveur
2 Sa, 28 Nov 81 Jay Peak
3 Di, 29 Nov 81 Jay Peak
1 Di, 21 Nov 82 Gray Rocks
2 Di, 28 Nov 82 Jay Peak
1 Di, 20 Nov 83 Gray Rocks
1 Sa, 10 Nov 84 Killington
2 Ve, 16 Nov 84 Killington
3 Ve, 23 Nov 84 St-Sauveur
1 Sa, 16 Nov 85 Gray Rocks
2 Sa, 23 Nov 85 Gray Rocks
1 Sa, 22 Nov 86 Ste-Anne
1 Lu, 16 Nov 87 Killington
1 Di, 27 Nov 88 Killington
1 Di, 12 Nov 89 St-Sauveur
2 Je, 30 Nov 89 St-Sauveur night
1 Di, 11 Nov 90 Killington
1 Sa, 9 Nov 91 Killington
Like that last picture from Mont Ste-Anne, Winter has finally arrived overnight November 22-23 with 10cm on Ottawa, which was also the first of the year (pretty late) and more predicted in the higher in the mountains 3 hours from where I’m sitting now. Unfortunately temperature for the weekend is +10-12C range, so … :(
At least I got first tracks of this storm!!! First tracks driving on snowcovered-unplowed Highway 417 between 12:30-3am, coming back from Montreal and the Peter Murphy concert. Excellent!!! Ears are still ringing. :)))
Source: Bhawan Singh quoted in The Toronto Star in 2008.
Climate change will wipe out Quebec skiing, study predicts