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Raining here in Ottawa, snow showers in the Gaspé Peninsula and I’m not even talking about California. Many ski areas objective was Easter and now that Easter has passed, so has many ski seasons. Fifty-three to sixteen, that is the difference one mid-April Easter weekend can do to the open ski areas count. Eastern Québec was still pretty deep with often 100% of their runs open, but interest in late season there as everywhere else, is fading. Skiing close to Montreal will be limited to St-Sauveur and Northern Vermont, all the other Quebec ski areas are all East of Québec City.

The midweek lift options are totally non-existent in Québec; however that isn’t the case yet in New England ski areas where everyone, but one, are running lifts daily.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2017 : 16 / 7
2016 : 14 / 8
2015 : 10 / 7
2014 : 11 / 5
2013 : 8 / 4
2012 : 6 / 3

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.
Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 16 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 6 areas spinning daily

QUEBEC 9
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Valinouet – April 23 (weekend only)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Massif du Sud – April 30 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne – April 30 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 14 (weekend only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)
Comi – TBD (weekend only)

VERMONT : 4
Stowe – April 23 (daily)
Sugarbush – April 30 (daily until April 23)
Jay – May 7 (daily)
Killington – June (daily until April 30 then Fri-Sun only)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 1
Wildcat – May (tentative – daily until April 23)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – May 1 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May 1 (daily)

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3

Not much time to write, too much skiing to be had. The last few days have been closer to Spring skiing with Summer temps at many Eastern ski areas. The heat made way today for a cooling of temperatures and rain. Despite the heat and rain, many ski areas have enough coverage to probably make to their Easter weekend goal. Skiing options will greatly diminish after Easter with less than half of them keeping the option open for spinning the lifts again once all the chocolate eggs are eaten.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2017 : 53 / 19
2016 : 27 / 8
2015 : 39 / 22
2014 : 38 / 15
2013 : 25 / 12
2012 : 10 / 6

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 52 53 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND**

QUEBEC 26 28**
Québec West
Val St-Côme – April 14 (Friday only)
Vallée Bleue – April 16 (Friday open, tentative Saturday-Sunday only)**
Belle-Neige – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
La Réserve – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Camp Fortune – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Owl’s Head – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)
Bromont – April 17
Tremblant – April 17
Orford – April 15 17 and more TBD (Friday-Saturday onlyMonday for Easter long weekend)**
Sutton – April 17 and more TBD
St-Sauveur – May 14

Québec East
Tobo-Ski – No information**
Castor – April 15 (tentative Friday-Saturday only)**
Val Neigette – April 15 (tentative Friday-Saturday only)
St-Mathieu – April 15 (Friday-Saturday only)
Chalco – April 16 (weekend open Saturday and tentative Sunday only)**
Stoneham – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Massif – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Relais – April 17
Miller – April 16 and more TBD (weekend only)
Comi – April 17 and more TBD (Thursday-Monday Easter long weekend only, tentative for late weekend)
Massif du Sud – April 23 (Friday-Monday Easter only, tentative for late weekend)
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday plus Easter Monday only)
Le Valinouet – April 23 (after Easter Monday, weekend only)
Lac Vert – April 23 (Friday-Monday Easter only, tentative for following weekend)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Ste-Anne – April 30 (tentative – After Easter Monday, weekend only)

ONTARIO : 1
Calabogie Peaks – April 15 16 (Friday-Saturday Sunday only)**

NEW BRUNSWICK : 2
Farlagne – April 15 16 (tentative Friday-Sunday Saturday only)**
Crabbe – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)

NOVA SCOTIA : 1
Tuonela – April 16

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3 2**
Marble – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)**
White Hills – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 3
Belleayre – April 16 (tentative – Weekend only) (Saturday open, tentative Sunday)**
Gore – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 16 or more TBD (Thursday-Sunday weekend)*

VERMONT : 8
Burke – April 16 (weekend only)
Okemo – April 16
Smugglers’ – April 16
Snow – April 16
Stowe – April 23
Sugarbush – May 1 (tentative – daily until April 23)
Jay – May 7
Killington – June

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 6
Black – April 15 (tentative Saturday only)**
Waterville – April 16 (weekend only)
Cannon – April 16
Loon – April 16
Bretton Woods – April 17
Wildcat – April 30 (tentative)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – May 1
Sugarloaf – TBD

*Update: April 13
**Update: April 14: Note: Marble is reopening two weeks after it’s official closure

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2

The last week has been a microcosm of the 2016-17 season in most of the East; a good accumulation of snow followed by a few days of rain. The rain has washed hopes for some ski areas of spinning for the season week of April, let alone reaching Easter. If that isn’t enough, it going to get pretty warm early next week.

But regardless of the rain that fell this week, and is continuing at this moment, across most of ski country; we will have one of the biggest choices of open ski areas that we’ve been recently accustomed to for the second weekend in April. But don’t wait to Easter weekend if you still want to make get some lift served turns, half of the following ski areas won’t make it to Easter.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US
2017 : 92 / 36
2016 : 46 / 11
2015 : 82 / 38
2014 : 89 / 35
2013 : 47 / 25
2012 : 20 / 11

What once again: “Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.”

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 92 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND

QUEBEC 48
West Québec
Chilly – April 9 (weekend only) – no information*
Kanasuta – April 8 (Saturday only)
Cascades – April 9? (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 9 (tentative – weekend only)*
Rigaud – April 9 (tentative weekend only)*
Avalanche – April 9 (weekend only)
Avila – April 9 (weekend only)
Blanc – April 9 (weekend only)
Chanteclerc – April 9 (weekend only)
Garceau – April 9 (weekend only)
Habitant – April 9 (weekend only)
Montcalm – April 9 (weekend only)
Vidéo – April 15 (tentative weekend only)
La Réserve – April 16 (tentative – weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 16 (tentative)
Belle-Neige – April 16 (Friday-Monday only)
Vallée Bleue – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Val St-Côme – April 16 (tentative weekend only)
Bromont – April 16 TBD (tentative)
Tremblant – April 17
Orford – April 17
Sutton – April 23 – TBD (tentative)
St-Sauveur – May 14
Owl’s Head – TBD

East Québec
Pin Rouge – April 9 (tentative – weekend only)
Gleason – April 9 (Sunday only)
Orignal – April 9 (weekend only)
Vallée du Parc – April 9 (weekend only)
Tobo-Ski – April 9 (weekend only)
Ti-Basse – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Béchervaise – April 9 (weekend only)
Cap Chat – April 9 (weekend only)
Castor – April 9 or more TBD (Friday-Sunday only)
Chalco – April 16 (weekend only)
St-Mathieu – April 15 (weekend only)
Stoneham – April 16
Le Massif – April 16
Le Relais – April 17
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Massif du Sud – April 23 (tentative Friday-Sunday (Easter Monday only))
Le Valinouet – April 23
Lac Vert – April 23 (tentative for closing weekend. Wednesday, Friday-Monday then weekend)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Ste-Anne – April 30
Val Neigette – May 7 (tentative- weekend only)
Comi – late TDB (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)

ONTARIO : 2
Blue – April 9
Calabogie Peaks – Easter weekend (tentative)*

NEW BRUNSWICK : 2
Farlagne – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Crabbe – April 17

NOVA SCOTIA : 2
Tuonela – April No information
Cape Smokey – April 9 or more (weekends only)

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 2
White Hills – April 16 (Wednesday-Sunday only)
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 6
Plattekill – April 9 8 (tentative Saturday weekend only)*
Woods Valley – April 9 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Hunter – April 9 (weekend only)
Belleayre – April 16 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 16 or more (tentative. After next Monday, will reopen on weekend only)
Gore – TBD

VERMONT : 13
Mad River Glen – April 9 (tentative – Sunday only)*
Bolton – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Magic – April 9 (weekend only)
Pico – April 9 (weekend only)
Stratton – April 9
Burke – April 16
Okemo – April 16
Smugglers’ – April 16
Snow – April 16
Stowe – April 23
Sugarbush – May 1 (tentative)
Jay – May 7 (tentative) “Mayish”
Killington – June

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 9
Sunapee – April 9
Attitash – April 9 (weekend only)
Black – April 9 (weekend only)
Crotched – April 9 (weekend only)
Cannon – April 16
Loon – April 16
Waterville – April 16
Bretton Woods – April 17
Wildcat – April 30 (tentative)

MAINE : 5
Abram – April 8 (Saturday only)
Bigrock – April 9 (weekend only)
Black – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Sunday River – May 1
Sugarloaf – TBD

MASSACHUSETTS : 2
Wachusett – April 9 or more TBD (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Jimmy Peak – April 16 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 1
Big Boulder – April 9 or more TBD (weekend only)

*Update: Friday April 7, 2017

 
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1

The Ski Mad World blog has had enough difficulty time with its only contributor, but my skiing life as active ever. My life has been going through some challenges and my online presence on this blog or elsewhere has virtually non-existent over the last three seasons.

Here is quick update for the Annual Eastern Closing Thread between two wonderful Spring ski days (corn on Thursday and possibly powder on Friday). A quick update that was a lot of work to compile. I guess that means there is still a lot of ski areas still running lift into April.

FIRST WEEKEND OF APRIL

Just look at the comparison between previous seasons. The snow and late snow combined with a late April is giving a date to aim for many ski areas.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2017 : 153 / 70
2016 : 76 / 19
2015^: 82 / 38 (2nd weekend of April)
2014^: : 89 / 35 (2nd weekend of April)
2013 : 107 / 48
2012 : 29 / 11

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 153 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND

QUEBEC 65

Laurentians and Launaudière
Avalanche – April 9 (weekend only)
Avila – April 2 (weekend only)
Belle-Neige – April 16 (Friday-Monday only)
Blanc – April 2
Chanteclerc – April 9
Gabriel – April 2
Garceau – April 9
Habitant – April 9
La Réserve – April 16
Montcalm – April 9 (weekend only)
Morin Heights – April 2
Olympia – April 2
Sauvage – April 9
St-Sauveur – May 14
Tremblant – April 17
Vallée Bleue – April 16 or more (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 9

Eastern Townships:
Rigaud – April 9
St-Bruno – TBD – April 3*
Adstock – April 2
Bromont – April 16 TBD (tentative)
Orford – April 16 (tentative)
Owl’s Head – TBD
Sutton – TBD

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore

Vallée du Parc – April 9
Val Mauricie – No information
La Tuque – April 2
St-Raymond – April 2
Le Relais – April 17
Ste-Anne – April 30
Stoneham – April 16
Orignal – April 9 (weekend only)
Massif du Sud – April 23 (tentative Friday-Monday only)
Le Massif – April 16
Grand Fonds – April 2
Gleason – April 17
Édouard – April 17
Fortin – April 2
Le Valinouet – TBD
Bélu – April 2
Do-Mi-Ski – April 16 (tentative)
Lac Vert – April 30 (tentative)
Tobo-Ski – April 2 (Wednesday and Sunday only)
Villa Saguenay – April 2
Chalco – TBD (weekend only)
Gallix – April 30 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Ti-Basse – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)

Gaspé Peninsula

Béchervaise – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Biencourt – April 9 (tentative – weekend only)
Cap Chat – April 2 (weekend only)
Castor – TBD (Wednesday, Friday-Sunday only)
Comi – TBD (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)
Pin Rouge – April 9 (weekend only – tentative)
St-Mathieu – April 9 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Val Neigette – April 30 (tentative- weekend only
Val d’Irène – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)

Outaouais and Abitibi

Camp Fortune – April (Wed-Sunday only)
Cascades – April (Thursday-Sunday only)
Edelweiss – April 2 (Fri-Sun only)
Chilly – April (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 9 or 16 (tentative Wed-Sunday only)
Vorlage – April 2 (Friday-Sunday only)
Kanasuta – April 8 (Saturday only)
Vidéo – April 30 (tentative – Wed, Fri-Sun only)

ONTARIO : 9
Antoine – April 16 (weekend only)
Baldy – April 2 (weekend only)
Blue – TBD
Calabogie Peaks – TBD
Dufour – April 2 (weekend only)
Kamiskotia – April 2 (weekend only)
Laurentian – April 1 (Saturday only)
Loch Lomond – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Parkenham – April 2 (weekend only)

NEW BRUNSWICK : 3
Crabbe – April 17
Farlagne – April 2 (Friday-Sunday only)
Poley – April 2

NOVA SCOTIA : 3
Cape Smokey – April (weekends only)
Tuonela – April
Wentworth – April 2

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3
Marble – April 2
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
White Hills – April 9 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 18
Belleayre – April 16 (tentative)
Bristol – April 2 (weekend only)
Catamount – April 2
Gore – TBD
Holiday – April 2
Hunter – April 9 (tentative)
Labrador – April 2 (very tentative – weekend only)
McCauley – April 2 (weekend only)
Plattekill – April 2 or more
Royal – April 2
Snow Ridge – April 2 (Sunday only)
Song – April 2 (weekend only)
Titus – April 2 (tentative – weekend only)
West Mountain – open
Whiteface – At least until April 8
Willard – April 2 (extremely tentative – weekend only)
Windham – April 2
Woods Valley – April 2 or more (weekend only)

VERMONT : 16
Bolton – April 9
Bromley – April 2
Burke – April 16
Jay – April 23 or more
Killington – June
Mad River Glen – April 9 (tentative)
Magic – April 9
Middlebury – April 2
Northeast Slopes – April 2 (tentative – weekend only)
Okemo – April 16
Pico – April 9
Smugglers – April 16
Snow – April 16 or more
Stowe – April 23
Stratton – April 9
Sugarbush – May 1 (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 13
Abenaki – April 8 (Saturday only)
Attitash – April 9
Black – April 2 or more (weekend only)
Bretton Woods – April 17
Cannon – April 16 (tentative)
Cranmore – April 2 (weekend only)
Crotched – April 2 9 (weekend only)*
Gunstock – April 2
Loon – April 16
Ragged – April 2
Sunapee – April 9 (tentative)
Waterville – April 16
Wildcat – April 23 (tentative)

MAINE : 9
Abram – April 8
Bigrock – April 2 or more (Friday-Sunday only)
Big Squaw – April 2
Black – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Lost Valley – April 2 (Friday-Sunday only)
Quoggy Jo – April 1 (Saturday only)
Shawnee Peak – April 2 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – At least until April 16
Sunday River – May 1

MASSACHUSETTS : 5
Berkshire East – April 2 (tentative)
Blue Hills – April 2 (Sunday only)
Butternut – April 2
Jimmy Peak – April 16 (tentative)
Wachusett – April 9 or more (tentative)

CONNECTICUT : 2
Mohawk – April 2 (weekend only)
Sundown – April 2 (tentative – weekend only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 6
Big Boulder – TBD
Blue – April 2 (weekend only)
Camelback – April 2
Elk – April 1
Hidden Valley – April 1 (Saturday only)
Seven Springs – April 1 (Saturday only)

NEW JERSEY : 1
Campgaw – April 2 (weekend only)

*Update: April 2

July lift served…. Oh yeah!!!!

The question has I went on to bed on this warm Ottawa night was….which skis do I take tomorrow? Not my good race skis, but it’s a race??? Old race slalom? Older all-mountains? Snow is going to be dirty. Hope they ain’t too many bugs. Ski ya tomorrow.


Picnic tables near the beaches


Rope tow

I ended up bringing 3 pairs of skis. The Akamp had been a jibbing snowcamp that has been held on the lower slope of Mont Avila. The 8th edition started with a few events: JR Games which was a slopestyle competition and a Banked Slalom. The camp has been running for the last few seasons and is either held during 4-5 days in late June or early July. The snow from the Mont Avila snowpark is stockpiled in a huge mound at the end of the season and covered with hay. I had experience the Akamp snow or leftover snow in 2013 and 2014.

Today was the first day with Mogulskier and I signing up for the Axis banked slalom. For the first year, you could use a ride up on a lift. Here is what Mogulskier had to say about the experience: “interesting rope tow installed with a scaffold ramp to start-it was really fast, probably faster than a detachable lift really neat set up. Lots of brown snow up higher, many features set up for the week-long A Kamp. I managed 2nd place overall, MadPat beat me by a tenth we came in at 15.6-8 seconds, it was fun and quick/short. Got lots of laps in outside of the event, a really enjoyable afternoon/evening on snow.”

My advantage were longer poles…the difference was all in the pushing through the dirty snow prior to the first bank turn. I didn’t know my time until I reached the start for my season run. I finally opted for my long Rossignol B2 which were fairly beaten up. We had a few practice runs and the rope-tow definitely ease the work on this hot Summer day. They also had other activities for the kids registered to the camp, like trampoline and skate half-pipe. Our registration got us a drink and a delicious stove over pizza.


Skateboarders


Liftlines (chair and rope tow)


Racing action: Don’t eat the dirty snow


Snowboard racing


One of the three Fat Bikes registered for the race


View on the Mont Avila Lodge


Finish line and Rope tow setup

Picture by Mogulskier
Picture by Mogulskier: MadPat and the Rope tow. As my tiny wet glove got wet, the grip became harder as the rope started sliding through my hands. Later on I would go gloveless.


The mud from above the snow made the some dirty, however the snow was much better lower down.


Mogulskier’s daffy


Air


Mogulskier’s carving


Al finally showed up


Mogulskier and Al

Initially the race was supposed to be done by teams, but not sure what happened between the concept and the race, probably a lower anticipated turnout. Alex was suppose to show up for the race and ski with us, but we showed up after the rope-tow was turned off. He still managed to hike up for some turns, Mogulskier joined him will I enjoyed my first first place medal and rewarding beer.


Beer


Gold


Ottawa trio


Goodbye


Parting shot

MadPat’s Gallery:
Mont Avila QC – 4 juillet 2015


MSS: Disconnected patches

Picture by Mogulskier
Picture by Mogulskier: MadPat adding some extra weight. Probably the beer.

After leaving St-Sauveur on May 22, the snow depth looked deep enough that it would survive into June even if the hill was closing the following day. A source had told me that it was still continuous snow from the lift to the top of the pitch on Sunday May 29. On that day South of the border Killington was still offering lift-served skiing, although they was some walking required. K was even hoping to offer some skiing on June 1, however the continued heatwave squashed those plans.


Mogulskier’s Stealth approach


Out of sight

I could have gone to Killington to earn my June turns on the Superstar patches with a number of likeminded snownuts, but I was somewhat afraid of the response I would get from the Customs Officers: drugs testing or locked up in an asylum. So I decided to keep my skiiing shenanigans closer to home this time. Forecast was calling for heavy rain at time on Thursday June 2, but the weather was perfect the Friday June 3, plus I had a partner in crime with Mogulskier. We meet up in front of a very green Mont St-Sauveur, however approaching the mountain you could definitely see some snow was still present higher up on part of Hill 70 and Nordique. The question on the amount was hard to see from a distance; it just looked like a bunch disconnected patches.


Snow!!!


Crest of the final pitch


Middle flats

Near the base of Hill 70, workers were getting things ready for the Summer activities and Waterpark, so we decided to use a stealth approach in a less obvious location. We joined Hill 70 just above the final pitch and witness our first patch of snow. Snow was semi-continuous on the middle flats on looker’s right close to the trees and shade. Someone had definitely been around as the two box features were moved a few feet from the last open day to the remaining snow area. Bri7 had mentioned that the patch was still continuous on Sunday with 2-3 choking point, this was clearly no longer the case. As we moved above the mid part, there was a wet grass/mud field. Through the trees onto the next trail there was the appearance of an important Nordique patch.


Upper pitch with two distinct patches


Mogulskier on lower patch


Lower patch’s snowbridge

Picture by Mogulskier
Picture by Mogulskier: Upper patch

The next important patch was on the upper pitch, however there was a cut/snow bridge on the verge of collapse where a stream. Once we arrived at the clearing at the top of the triple, there was no longer any remaining snow. We dropped on gear and celebrated the verge of my first descent of Quebec June skiing with a couple of bottle of beer. As for Mogulskier, he had skied Mont St-Sauveur with the lift running back in June 1997. We hiked over to take a look at the upper pitch of Nordique and the patch looked more impressive through the trees. It was only one narrow cross trail patch, so not necessarily enough to fight the adversity. The adversity had found us and it was black flies. We quickly chugged what was left of our beer and jumped into our ski boots still attached to our skis.


Where the snow that we saw on Nordique?


Nordique’s snow patch partially hidden

Funny, I was so focus on carrying a pair of bottles that I had forgotten my ski poles. D’oh!!! We hurried down from our spot before bug lunch, connecting the patch as best we could via grass and mug skiing. That included the perhaps ill-adverse skiing over the snow bridge. The upper patch was definitely the steepest if you didn’t mind the few yards of grass skiing. The main patch was definitely the middle of the trail, a few hundred feet of partially suncupped hard snow. Although it was hot, the snow didn’t have the cream cheese fell. The main patch curled over the crest of the pitch with one tiny patch in the middle of the pitch and ended on fresh ankle-deep grass. Fresh tracks top to bottom with only one portage. Woyou!!!!

After reaching our car, we drove off to look at possibility our next mission on the neighbouring ski area in a few weeks time.


Maximum vertical


Upper patch


Connecting patches


Pretty much continuous


Timelapse video of Mogulskier

Fresh tracks


Top to bottom


Next mission?

MadPat’s Gallery:
Mont St-Sauveur QC – 3 juin 2016

Another May weekend, what else to do, but enjoy the cool snow and warm breeze while skiing in a t-shirt?

After last weekend double destination at the last two ski resorts open in the East, it was time to focus on the more local area for me.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca

Saturday May 14:

Definitely less driving this weekend: Mont St-Sauveur is under 50 miles from Montréal and 100 miles from Ottawa. MSS was having an end-of-the-year party with a band, the popular exterior bar, BBQ, $1 hot-dogs, inflatable jumping structures for the kids and it was also the last weekend to take advantage of the Waterpark season pass special of $59 for the season-pass. This would explain why there were 25 people in line in front of me at the Customer Service desk.


Mogulskier hitting the bumps on the final West Hill 70 pitch


Planetskier carving outside the bumps lines


Mogulskier on Hill 70

It was also “May repeat” from the previous weekend, everyone was out for what was initially the last weekend (which was changed the previous day) of skiing. A repeat in the warm t-shirt weather, the Ottawa crew was here, the two Dan, Danmelon and MTL_Ripper, Mogulskier, a few people from Zoneski and a few bloggers like Tom from Estski and Jari the Planetskier. The previous Friday I meet Jari at Killington, this time he made the trip from Boston (not Finland) to ski at MSS and Québec which he had never skied. His other option for weekend turns was Iceland, but MSS wasn’t as an expensive option.


Nordique was official closed, but that didn’t really stop anyone


The entrance of Nordique wouldn’t last the day, but coverage was 100% on everything about the finally pitch which was roped off.

I don’t recall the last time I saw so much coverage in mid-May at MSS? Snow was pushed all the way to the lodge’s patio. The official trail count was one, Hill 70 West, but part of 70 East was covered and skied. The main difference in one week was the official closing of the Nordique trail, however it didn’t stop anyone from skiing it. The coverage was thin and became non-existent at the entrance of the trail plus the final pitch was roped off with undermined snow at bottom and ended on pavement with two parked groomers. A few bump lines were seeded, a box and rail setup on Hill 70: Fun for all. The surface was pretty firm due to the salting of the Hill 70, Nordique was soft while the finally roped pitch was nice and firm, you really had to work your skis.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
MadPat and Mogulskier at the top of a closed Nordique trail
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca


Clouds moving in above Nordique


Planetskier on Nordique


Bottom pitch on Nordique which skied really nicely, thank you very much.

Besides Jari from Finland, MSS had a 3-time gold medalist at Olympic and World Championships in Moguls. There were also a few plates from New England and New York. So MSS didn’t just drag out the nuts; although a few of them continued to ski when the rain came. The rain stopped just in time for last chair.


Mini-bar crowded, patio empty during pouring rain

MSS is very steep … in history. Dartmouth College raced here for the 1st or 2nd intercollegiate race against McGill in the 1930s. After the day of skiing, I showed the Laurentian Ski Museum in town where we got totally drenched … again.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
The crew enjoying Après-ski beer
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca


Hardcore bumpers hiking for turns after 5pm


St-Sauveur church in the village

Sunday May 15:

The forecast for Sunday was may rain or may snow. Snow flakes failing from the sky, it is somewhat ironic considering that it was a sub par winter. Killington received 6% of the yearly snowfall on this “event”. Part of the Ottawa crew were considering a May repeat on Sunday, but as the weather was less than favourable. But like the weather was less favorable for Sunny Spring skiing, MSS didn’t open due to the risk of rain…again. As for Jari, we returned to ski Killington on this wintery day.

Saturday May 21:

Three-day ski weekend on both side of the border, Killington was going Friday-Sunday as always this May, while St-Sauveur were opening an extra day on Victoria Day Monday (Saturday-Monday). My plan was skiing Sunday and Monday and may again at Killington the following Monday May 30.


Waterpark is going to be open soon, but we’re still skiing


Like skiing in Summer

Sunday May 22:

Mogulskier was already skiing when I showed up, his kids and wife were at the MSS’s F.U.N park. Another week of temperature hovering around the 30c did a dent on the snowpack, especially the closed Nordique which was official closed the weekend before with excellent coverage on 3/4 of the trail. The trail was reduced a series on disconnected patches, however the snow was Hill 70 tight. But the coverage was showing a side of weakness in the middle of the Hill 70 pitch; as the day passed, water puddles and bare spots in the moguls field started growing. I don’t recall seeing this on Hill 70 in May in previous year. It’s a sign that the end is near. There was definitely not the number of skiers of the previous weekends, maybe they were spread out over last 3 opening days? Part of the Ottawa crew were there and other regular. It was getting really hot at noon with made it really difficult. As Mogulskier left for Dad duties in the park, the clouds started to move in and we even got a small drizzle for 15 minutes to cool us off. The pitch of Hill 70 was ugly, tomorrow is definitely the last day of the season for St-Sauveur.


There is still a few lines for Mogulskier.


Middle of Hill 70 pitch was getting uglier as the weekend passed. This section of the trail was bare on the last day.


Still enough snow for June on the middle of 70?


Wayne on the final pitch


The last hour crew

Monday May 23: May repeat, Maybe not, May June?

Alex sent me an email Sunday night and asked me if I was going back, was I going to repeat or not? After some consideration, I decided to spend Holiday Monday at home with the family. That being said, I hope that K makes it to June. In fact I hope MSS and K … and a bunch of others make it as long as possible. The more the merrier. I may go to Killington if they are open on Memorial day, meanwhile for MSS, today was definitely the last day of ski operation, even if the snowdepth at some places on Hill 70 will may survive into June. June turns at MSS, I may go for that.


The end


Bye Bye

MadPat’s Galleries:
Mont St-Sauveur QC – 14 mai 2016
Mont St-Sauveur QC – 22 mai 2016

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