After posting 3 Powder filled TRs in less than one week, I was off to New Hampshire for my Kids’ Spring Break:
As written at the end of that last TR and in the Perfect Storm thread, especially that New England had just received much of that storm in liquid form. 🙄
I know some of you might question the sanity of this (going to NH), but it’s about a vacation that the kids are looking forward to it. Skiing local or the Laurentians wouldn’t be special for them.
Some of the advice.
Not 100% yet…can’t believe I’m consider leaving this place.
Stop considering, stay put, and enjoy the powdery conditions north of the St. Lawrence.
Tony Crocker wrote:
Surely Patrick can find someplace appropriate in Quebec for his family rather than drive farther to ski on crap.
If I would have stayed put, this is what my conditions would have looked like…
Trip Report on FTO: Ottawa March break – Cascade, Tremblant, Mt. Ste. Marie
However as I’ve said many many times, it’s not only about the conditions, other factors are in play like Terrain and Challenge. A trip also feels more like a vacation than skiing local.
We didn’t ski on Tuesday at Cannon as planned. We got in late in a storm affected Montreal on Monday plus my youngest was feeling sick. 😕 We woke up at a normal time and then headed for NH.
One advantage of this trip was I had taken the Grade 5 NH passport for my oldest.
Kids Ski for Free – grade 4, 5 or 6 🙂
Driving by Cannon on Tuesday
WILDCAT ON WEDNESDAY…DAY 1
As planned, we were at Wildcat for 2-for-1 Wednesdays. So the total cost for my wife and I plus my 5yo (free) and 10yo (passport free) was $59. What a deal…
Started off skiing with Tara on the Snowcat beginner lift. Tara needed to revisit her ski basis and gain confidence. Wildcat has excellent terrain built for beginners. Many smaller areas don’t have this.
Morgane and my wife were at their first visit at Wildcat. I had given them the advice that they should start with the following trails which I believe give a good sense of what Wildcat is: Polecat (green), Lynx (blue) and Wildcat (black). After a few runs, my wife and I traded daughters. My wife was having a hard time keeping up with Morgane.
Morgane wanted to ski every open run on the mountain. The closed runs were Lift Lion, Starr Line, Hairball, Top Cat, Black Cat and Al’s Ally. Not necessarily due to lack of snow, but more related to ice flows. (These runs were open again today).
Conditions were hard, fast and icy in some spots with overcast sky with flurries in the afternoon. The first run we did was Catapult which I was groomed hard and fast. I had to asked Morgane to slowdown. Part of Top Cat was open and Morgane opted for it. After a few turns on some icy conditions, I asked her if she wanted to go on the easier conditions on Lynx, the answer was “No”. 😀 This girl like the challenge. So we moved on across the mountain, nothing was too bad and we had fun. Feline was frozen bump field, she still had fun. She only had a few runs to complete the list of open trails, once she skied with my wife later in the afternoon after an entire family run down Wild Kitten (note – unfortunately WK got some high speed traffic, always a concern on a green run).
Unfortunately my wife is not into ski maps and she skied a few repeat runs. Missing runs were all at the lower mountain: Tommy Schuss, Mountain Jag Glade, Cougar, Panther, Alley Cat & Annie’s Alley.
Conditions were much better locally, however Morgane had a great time. Much greater to any days locally this year.
The only minor negative is that the family didn’t get to see the wonderful view on Mt. Washington. 😀
Graph of the day. First runs alone with Tara then skied with Morgane. Tara was impressed by the beginner run on that first run. I believe two runs after lunch were done with the entire family.
Originally posted on Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:32 pm on firsttracksonline