I remember my last visit at Orford. It was the first time that I took my mother’s car to go skiing alone with a friend. I was 16, the car was a Buick Skylark 1976, this was way back in April 1981.
I remember having enjoyed that day very much and mentioning that I was definitely going to return. How times flies, the following visit happened 24 years later!!! Why did it take so long?
Mommy stayed with Tara, Morgane’s (oldest daughter) ski pants stayed at MRG. Who will come ski with me? Caroline (my wife and mother of my daughters) suggested I call a certain friend at 7:30am. At that time, this friend was leaving at work, but the devil :twisted: played with her mind. Work or Skiing?
A few hours later, we were skiing trails like:
L’écureuil (Squirrel): a crazy twisted glades runs with cliffs. A fun trail, probably one of the hardest in the East in non-powder conditions. Unfortunately there were rocks, branches and other hazards that you had to be careful with. This trails was definitely skied too much for the type of trail it was. I still had a great time.
L’intrépide: not as hard as l’écureuil, but steeper and more wide open. The run is not as long and consist of a steep pitch at the top of the mountain. Great conditions. Best run of the day.
Super: top to bottom run under the hybrid lift (gondolas and 6-pack chairs on the same cable). The top pitch (next to l’intrépide) was great fun, but coverage was not as good.
Passe-à-l’ours (Bear Pass): Same type as run as l’écureuil with similar conditions. Pretty rocky on the last two pitches.
Contour: this a classic black-diamond run I skied in 1981. Many rolls, bumps and pitches, twisting across the fall line. Great trail. Very good coverage.
Lloyd Langlois on Giroux Mtn: lower attitude glade and it showed. Bad coverage and rocky at the bottom.
Orford is definitely a fun mountain, among the best in Quebec for glades and twisted :twisted: runs. Steep runs are a bit short on vertical when compared with Stowe, MRG and other big ones of the East.
Originally text posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:30 pm on firsttracksonline