The skiing in the Ottawa areas was still pretty pathetic with the exception of Camp Fortune. Most areas on the Quebec side (Ste-Marie, Edelweiss, Vorlage and Cascades) had only one or two runs open. Ontario’s Mt. Pakenham has the greater percentage open, however the area is mostly a beginner area, while Calabogie Peak has the 2-3 runs open and is one hour away.
Camp Fortune had 2 quad with 3 distinct runs offered. Went back for the afternoon after some wet snow fell on Ottawa. The snow was wet and grabby at first, but in the late afternoon as the temps got colder, things started speeding up. The place was still quiet considering that it was the week between Christmas and New Year. I guess some people prefer Boxing Day shopping than skiing. 🙄
December 28th: Camp Fortune
Camp Fortune again, however all the ski program started on December 27th. Imagine the masses of people when the terrain is limited to 3 runs. The Pineault beginner trail was so crowded that some of the beginners went on the Clifford intermediate trail. Dangerous. 😕 I heard that the Pineault Quad was so busy that the area decided to also run the old Triple. 😯 All this for one green run with 250ft vertical maybe 50 feet wide of coverage.
Surfaces were typically mid-winter busy weekend with lack of natural snow. Icy and fast. Add a few hundred skiers on one intermediate trail, including some people who didn’t belong…and voilà…Dangerous!!! 😯
Slalom expert trail didn’t have many skiers as the surfaces were very hard for all non-racers ice loving skiers.
The next day, with the help of snowmaking temps, Camp Fortune added the Paradise trail off the Meech quad with would definately help spread out the skier traffic.
December 30th: Edelweiss
As temps had been cooperating for snowmaking and some little natural stuff. On this day, Morgane and I decided to try Edelweiss. They were up to 8 runs out of 18 open, however all these trails funnel into one side of the mountain at the bottom. The area was relatively quiet, which was strange. However i heard that the places was pretty busy the previous day. Edelweiss had their HSQ, Fixed-grip Quad and magic carpet running. Most of the open terrain were beginner runs with the exception of the top of Yodeler and the very short Chute.
However only a dusting of snow on Zoomer the blue run under the HSQ. The expert stuff like Strief on the right side of the mountain definitely needs a great deal of snow before it can open.
January 1st: Camp Fortune
The plan 2 hour drive to Tremblant that morning didn’t happen. Freezing Rain that night had changed every outside into a skating rink. The road conditions at 6am for most of the 100 miles road to Tremblant was ice-covered. 🙄
Late in the morning, I decided to make a 15 minute drive and get an afternoon ticket at Camp Fortune. The place was dead…Meech side was closed. Quietest day I’ve seen at that area, maybe 50 cars in the parking lot. Spring conditions with temps probably close to +5c. The snowpack has decreased since my last visit. Snowmaking temps is rare. Forecast for +10c and rain in Ottawa on Friday. Can things get much worst?
Originally posted on Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:19 pm on firsttracksonline