M.S.S.I. = Mad Skiing Sauveur on Ice.
Another trip to Montreal to take care of business this weekend (Nov. 20-21). I was hoping to get some turns at Sunday River on the previous week, but Friday the 12th felt more like Friday the 13th. :( I couldn’t get all what I had planned in Montreal due to a stupid postponed appointment on the 11th while I had already made the trip down. What’s up with people that worked in the construction/renovation/electrical trades? Okay, I know it’s a generalization just like the title of this TR (as it wasn’t really ice everywhere).
For that Friday I found out that Lucky had just gone under the knife…asked Riverc0il if he planned to return to Sunday on Friday? It could have made a real confusion post title going somewhat like this: Mad at Sunday on Friday with River. Anyway, it became a moot point as I needed to see the electrician (reason #1 why I was in MTL) as it was postponed the next day.😦 So instead of making a long drive back from Maine, I returned to Ottawa with a car full of boxes again on top of 2 unused pairs of skis.
The next weekend:
Same trip with the same two pairs of skis. One more serious option was added as Mont St-Sauveur became the first Quebec ski area to open …again. The previous week possibilities were Kmart (Killington) and Sunday River, Kmart being a non-option for the price quality ratio. River was thinking River, Lucky was still sidelined. I’m sure the skiing would have been much better at Sunday, but Sunday was slightly sidetracked again. I had made a call at MSS to see if my Edelweiss pass (part of the MSSI group) was honoured like it was a few years ago when Edelweiss’s wasn’t open. I hadn’t my pass yet, but I was told that they could make it. Great!!! Running around was taking it’s toll and if I could saved myself a long drive and get a few turns to focus on my pleasant thoughts, that all what I had asked for.
My business was pretty much all gone, except two small items that I needed to get done like recuperating my late mom’s new flatscreen TV. The 1978 RCA colour lost much of it’s colour. Left Montreal from her home at 9:45 with the skis and the flatscreen TV in the back. Driving North on the Laurentians Autoroute there was a huge billboard, “Mont St-Sauveur, les premiers à ouvrir… ENCORE!!!” :O
I was at the Mont St-Sauveur parking lot getting changed in about 40 minutes and about the same number of miles later. There was a number of cars, a good crowd on this second day of the season for the classic Hill 70-West. Snowguns were shooting up on Nordiq in order to open some time soon. Since my last visit, the Triple had been replaced by a quad with a rolling carpet like I’ve seen at a number of places in the Alps. Opening season at St-Sauveur never really changed, except for fashion. The colours!!!! Jibbers, boarders, skiers, racers all mixed on a fairly crowded WROD (White Ribbon of Death). Surfaces on most of the trail was pretty slick, if not icing. I had brought the old XXXs, but knowing I needed some edges, I opted for the Rossi B2s. In hindsight, I should have taken my older slalom skis. The coverage on top of the 200 meter vertical ribbon wasn’t deep, but it wasn’t moving with the -6c high, it was frozen solid. After 2 runs I was sent at the ticket as I was informed that starting this year with a pass from another MSSI mountain, I needed to pick up a day pass at the ticket window. So I was curious, how much were they charging for this? $38 + taxes. Not surprised, definitely the lowest in term of price/quality in the East, but also the closest to a big metropolitan area. Once lunch was over, crowds started again, so after 13 runs and 2 hours of sliding, I didn’t want to push my luck and I called it day 2 for the season and month 62.
Mont St-Sauveur and Avila. Hill 70 West is highlighted in blue.
Once back at Ski Mad World Central, I looked up how was my last visit at MSS?
Last visit was back on Saturday May 7th 2005 and skiing free with my Edelweiss pass. Here is Frankontour old TRs on Zoneski and FTO
I didn’t have a camera and didn’t really care about repeating pictures that I’ve taken already back on November 10th (first time online on the internet). Pretty much the same, except the fashion of course.
Here is satellite image on Mont St-Sauveur and village of St-Sauveur des Monts. Hill 70 is the early and late skiing trail which can easily seen on the image below. On the left side of the image is Mont Habitant while Avila which has been part of MSSI for many years is attached on the right. The sector between the hard of the village and the hill used to be fields when skiing started at the hill started becoming popular in 1930s. Some of those old pictures our on display at the Laurentian Ski Museum.
I believe my last visit at the Laurentian Ski Museum was related to those ski days in November 2003 when it was located within the walls of a St-Sauveur-des-Monts restaurant. Since that time, the LSM were given some space of the old Fire Station building on Fillion Street next to a huge St-Sauveur church. The exhibit space is located in the old Fire station garage. The temporary exhibit was on Ski School and Instructors in the Laurentian, birth place of the first North American ski school in 1911. I spent over 2 hours reading and talking to the museum volunteer and publicist. Really enjoyed my visit, if you are around Mont St-Sauveur, you should stop over…better yet, give them (or any ski museum), become a member or give a donation.
At the end of the day, I could see Habitant and Olympia were also blowing snow. The 2:15 drive from St-Sauveur directly to Ottawa made for a nice change from the 2 hour yoyoing I’ve been going between Montreal and Ottawa of late. It wasn’t the hard work from my last two ski outings, it wasn’t ever close to being “orgasmics” like my last dozen plus skis days from June to September, but it was skiing and fresh air. Can’t wait for my next day on skis. Where will it be and when? I don’t have a clue.
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