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Well when I posted last week’s update it rained where I was: now it’s snowing from where I’m posting (not in the East).

I’ve copied some of the post from last season as I’m currently out in Banff, Alberta. Only the text and format are copied, the information and data are current.

LIST OF 11 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 3 areas spinning daily

Quebec : 5
Vermont : 3 (2 daily)
Maine : 2 (1 daily)
New Hampshire : 1

Gallix QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Sugarbush VT – May 1 (tentative – weekend and Monday only)
Sunday River ME – May 1 (weekend and Monday only
Sugarloaf ME – May 1 (tentative – daily)
Wildcat NH – May? (tentative – weekend only)
Comi QC – May 7 (weekend only)
Jay VT – May 7 (daily)
St-Sauveur QC – May 14 (weekend only)
Killington VT – June? (Tentative – daily until May 1 then Fri-Sun only)
Miller QC – TBD (weekend only)

MAY

What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?

a) Ski area might open this weekend
b) Ski area might go beyond this weekend and some are just adding extra day Monday to end in May
c) Skiing into May
d) Lifts aren’t an end to all means.
e) All of the above

People always wonder; Where is their skiing in May? May skiing is greatly very possible even if you live in the East. Good year, bad year, I’ve never in the last 12 years that I have kept track on the Eastern Closings has there hasn’t been at least one ski area spinning their lift for the skiing public. Next weekend will not be the exception, currently 8 ski areas are planning to spin, but as it is always this time of the season, you can’t take it granted. 

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning in May
7 or more ski areas : 4 times
6 ski areas : 1 time
5 ski areas : 1 time
4 ski areas : 3 times
3 or less ski areas : 3 times.

Previous years:

Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years:

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Daily until May:
2017 tentative :  11* : 9 / 3 (*April 30: May)
2016 :  7 / 1 MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Comi
2015 : 9 / 2 Wachusett, Sunday River, Miller, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Sugarbush, Jay, MSS, Killington
2014 : 6 / 3 Comi, MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf
2013 : 4 / 2 MSS, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Killington
2012 : 1 / 0 MSS
2011 : 7 / 2 MSS, Miller, Jay, Sugarbush, Killington, Sugarloaf, Saddleback
2010 : 3 Jay, Sugarloaf & MSS
2009 : 5 Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2008 : 4 Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2007 : 4 Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat & MSS
2006 : 2 Bretton Woods & Killington

We have the familiar actors in the May skiing skimming pool. A few ski areas closed last weekend, some had enough coverage to continue later. Some of these areas, especially in Eastern Quebec (Mont Édouard, Le Valinouet, Val d’Irène, Mont Comi) could have continued their season, but other factors are taken into account.

Ski areas that have spinning in May since 2006 including this year’s recent tentative closing dates)

Jay VT : 8 times (67%) – last 4 years
Wildcat NH : 3 times (18%)
Sunday River ME : 3 times (18%)–last 3 years
Comi QC : 3 times (18%) 3 of the last 4 years
Miller QC : 3 times (18%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (8%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (8%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (8%)

By Provinces/States:
Quebec : 11 times (92%)
Vermont : 11 times (92%)
Maine : 9 times (75%)
New Hampshire : 4 times (33%)
Massachusetts : 1 time (8%) 

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.

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
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4


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?

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Mont St-Sauveur QC – 3 juin 2016

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