Okay, I headed to head out on this night.
What were my options for night skiing within a maximum of 30 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa.
Fortune was down to two runs and charging full-price ($25).
Cascades, something like 1 1/2 run.
Vorlage, not sure.
The choice would be down between these two:
Fortune was down to two runs (Clifford and Pineault) and charging full-price ($25). Cliff
Edelweiss mentioned 5 trails open on their website + better vertical AND I had a discount coupon for Edelweiss. No brainer, right? 🙄
I started skiing at 7:30pm, I would be satisfied with 2 1/2 hours of skiing with almost 200 meters vert HSQ.
Edelweiss had shutdown all their runs except one on Thursday night in order to make snow. I wasn’t a happy camper, I was pissed off.
Website had 5 runs open including a blue run, to my surprise, only 1 green was open served by a fixed-grip quad and they were charging FULL-PRICE. Ah yes, Edelweiss is part of the MSSI Group. Not pissed about the FULL-PRICE, but on the bad information on their website. If I would have known, I would have driven 20 miles less and gone to Fortune.
For comparaison, on December 30th, Edelweiss had 8 trails, snowmaking was happening only on those runs, I didn’t notice anything happening the other major runs like Zoomer, the major blue run under the HSQ and nothing on the black side (Streif). The crew stopped the snowmaking at 9pm as the temps were above freezing and some of the snowguns where putting water on the trail. Weather the next day was +4c and some rain.
Ah yes, one of the run close was Main Street under the lift which was perfect except for the fact that they had some snow guns on it. These poachers were lameducks for the patrols.
How many runs did I complete in 2.5 hours? Only 11 runs and 2200 meters with that slow quad. However it was probably a good thing, because the trail had a pretty good traffic. Conditions were typical January with Eastern skiing with no natural snow.
Originally posted on Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:39 am on firsttracksonline