Happy St.Patrick’s Day
Okay, this might not be a Valentin’s Day storm, but who is going to complain. 😉
So there is a snowstorm happening…how much snow did we get? 😮
First thing I saw yesterday morning at work was an email from Lucky Luke asking me if I wanted to go skiing this weekend (I presumed he meant in the Townships or Vermont). 😆
I told him I was going to ski Edelweiss today which is roughly 25 miles outside Ottawa. Not much compared to some real Eastern Snow destinations, but I had a commitment today, it was the Finals of the Ottawa Masters. GS in the morning and Slalom in the afternoon. How ironic that on one of the rare Edelweiss Powder Days, we were trying to sideslip the fresh snow off the course. 😆
The last four finals were held during the next weekend in March and where we generally had very warm Spring Day with corn snow. Today on the other hand was definitely Winter. A few inches on my car when I left home and the streets hadn’t been plowed. 😛
How were the conditions?
Maybe 6 inches of fresh snow on a hard base.
Without the fresh snow? The surfaces would have been pretty icy. It was warm on Wednesday and rain a good part of the day and since then temps has been under freezing point by a few degrees. Maximum Temps today was -5c. Good that it got cold, because there isn’t much base depth on Zoomer (which is the main intermediate run).
A major disappointment about Edelweiss this season are the snow conditions and lack of effort in opening any expert terrain. I understand that some of their expert runs don’t have any snowmaking, however the main run (which many competitions are runs on) never opened. They never even tried to make snow on Streif or Olympic. As a consequence, the area had to closed half of Zoomer a few times for competitions. Edelweiss has some great expert runs, however there isn’t that many runs even if you count Zoomer. More or least, Edelweiss has only had 10 runs out of 18 open this year while the neighbours (Fortune, Cascades and Vorlage) had most of their runs for all abilities open this year even if they also suffered from the same late Winter and lack of serious snow accumulations.
I understand that Edelweiss has the cheapest season pass in the area as is probably one of the cheapest in Quebec for the size of the ski area, however if I would have bought a season pass here this year, I would have been pissed. Edelweiss is part of MSSI, so they should know what they are doing right?
Anyhow, on a sad note (for the ski hill), the place was so deserted this morning that they decided to closed the second quad after the first hour or so. Where was everybody? This is the last weekend of the Ontario Spring Break, the place shouldn’t have been so quiet (okay, it picked up later in the morning, but it was still quiet for a weekend with fantastic conditions)? Was it the road conditions? I just don’t understand? 🙄
Originally posted on Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:05 pm on firsttracksonline