Day 2 of the 2006-07 season.
First day with lifts.
Vertical skiable: 270m / 885ft (North)– 350m / 1150ft (South)
Total Vertical: 4200m /13780ft (greatest vertical skied since September 4th. 😕
The 2006-07 season in Quebec and the Northeast hasn’t started this late in at least 40 years. It’s been warm and the ground is pretty green. I know that the first weekend of the ski season is also of a poor price/quality wise, today was probably not going to be much different.
You know it’s bad when you lived in Ottawa and you have to drive 2 hours and 100 miles to get to the closest snow (excluding piles of snow next to ice arenas). Okay, forecast high at Tremblant is 8c with 60% probability of rain late in the afternoon. Not good unless you hope this has an affect on the crowds.
Kid A (Radiohead) and Speaking in Tongues (Talking Heads) were going to be the soundtrack for the drive. After almost two hours, I can see the majestic mountain WITH no a trace of snow on it. If I didn’t know any better, I would say the mountain is closed.
Lift tickets were going $54CDN – I had a discount, but I was surprised by the after-discount price. 😯
Well if we would have had an average November this report would have been totally different. This was only Day 3 at Tremblant and with 4 runs (I don’t how much their snow report mentioned) is by far the most terrain open in Quebec. (St-Sauveur and Ste-Anne each had one run).
Surfaces wasn’t the frozen scrappy surfaces that one could expect with the amount of traffic, early season terrain and weather. However if felt much more like Spring than Fall with temps way above freezing. This meant the surfaces were soft. The problem is that if this warm weather continues much longer bare spots might start popping up as the week goes by. Two to Three spots on part of the trail were very thin, but the overall snow coverage was excellent. I didn’t feel like November, it felt like October without any leaves. 😕
The top side of the North side features 3 runs and Tremblant added the Beauvallon on top of the South on Saturday.
Gondola to reach the summit and the snow.
Lowell Thomas Triple on the Upper Northside serving 3 runs.
TGV HSQ on the Upper Southside serving 1 run.
At the end of the day, people needed to download from the top with the Gondola.
La Crête-Beauvallon to TGV SuperQuad
Petit-Bonheur-mid section of Beauchemin to Lowell Thomas Triple
Beauchemin (upper and mid) to Lowell Thomas Triple
RopeTow (snowpark)-LaTraverse-mid section of Beauchemin to Lowell Thomas Triple
Crowding on Beauvallon and thin spots and narrow at the end.
Thin spots at the end of Ropetow prior to connection with LaTraverse.
No wait time at TGV and average 8-10 minutes wait at the Triple.
I heard from someone I knew that was there the previous two days and told me that the conditions deteriorated each day. Not a good omen with this week’s forecast.
Sorry guys and gals, no pictures. My official photographer, Lucky Luke was in Bromont (not skiing). 😉
Originally posted on Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:02 pm on firsttracksonline