Sunday morning, I woke way too early after going to bed way too late. I was in Montreal and needed to pick up Lucky Luke at 6ish maybe one hour from Montreal on the Eastern Townships Autoroute (10).
Longest drive of my season. Waterville was charging $1 for a lift ticket and Lucky and I couldn’t resist. Even if it was slightly more than 3 hour from Montreal (and over 5 hour at night to make it back to Ottawa). This was going to be a 3 CD trip. Music started with Johnny Cash: Unchained. The new Neil Young, live at Massey Hall in 1971 followed by Luc’s Nevermind by Nirvana.
Our day worked out at roughly 3.5 cents a run. 🙂 28 runs totally over 10,000 meters vertical (33,000 feet). Not many bumps (like at Tremblant), mainly cranking up some turns. We skied non-stop from 10 to 4, too afraid to stop. We wondered if we could get our bodies back on the hill if we had stopped. 😆
First time ever at Waterville. Nice evenly pitch runs. The liftlines were pretty crowded and took about 15 minutes at the main quad (White Peak Express).
Lifts open: White Peak HSQ
plus two small t-bar/jbar at the bottom.
Luc and I have often hit ski area freebies in the past like May Mania at Sunday River or June 1st slalom at Kmart. Somewhat sad to see that the snow conditions and coverage was pretty similar at what we would have found at Sunday River on May 1st, 10-12 years ago.
Like the first run on the previous day, the North facing runs were pretty hard to get a good edge on them. We ended skiing pretty much interesting open run True Grit and Lower Bobby Run were I think the only not really groomed runs, however the bumps weren’t great and pretty far apart from one another. We ended up skiing groomed soft stuff pretty much all day.
The worst part on the hill in term of coverage? The top part of the 3-4 Sunnyside Black diamond runs (Ciao, Gemma, True Grit, LBR) and the top with Sun Run and top of White Peak. No base, ice, rocks. Pretty marginal spot that will probably be gone before they last weekend, next week.
The blue Oblivion and especially the No Grit had a serious chocolate chip issues.
We eventually started going laps on Ciao where no one really wanted to tackle the very narrow strait line of snow on the top of the pitch entrance. Of course, prior to that, you had to tackle the poor coverage and traffic issues on Sun Run. The straight line of snow got longer and longer (maybe 30 feet). After that it was high-speed turns on an empty run all the way down. We also alternated with Abandon, Tommy’s WCR and Sel’s Choice. All great fun even if the conditions and coverage wasn’t even close to Tremblant. I definitely had more fun skiing with Lucky at a new place with some pretty good runs.
Left the ski area at 4:50, the Nirvana Cd was finishing up. Move on to PJ Harvey Uh-Huh will driving past Cannon (not much snow on Cannon either). Crossed the border and arrived at Lucky’s with Pearl Jam (Rear View Mirror). Left for Ottawa at 9 and arrived past midnight. I am dead….but happy. We found out that this April Fool $1 thing was an annual event, I guess we’ll try to make it back, now that the yearly May 1st and June 1st ski events and freebies are virtual extinct. 8)
Oh well, the weather was very Spring like Sunshine. 8) 8) 8)
I need to go to bed earlier… 🙄
Originally posted on Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:55 pm on firsttracksonline