Nothing but Easy-weiss. That says it all! Or does it?
Edelweiss Valley, Sunday 12-12-10
Second day of their season at this MSSI ski area.
Snow report: one green run called Easy Street/Chemin des bois.
Isn’t going to be like this all season?
Only skiing Edelweiss?
How painful isn’t going to be?
As painful as having ice pellets hit your face at 50mph which I experienced at one point during this day.
If you don’t know why, my daughter is on the race team.
Today was my first local day with my daughter, Steep Momo. It was her first day with her team. The weather nothing but easy, that 3 out of 5 kids at her level didn’t showed up.
My daughter didn’t make it yesterday as she went to sleep the previous night at 1am after an evening of babysitting with two young kids. So when wisely skipped that first day. First day Edelweiss was open, overrated.
I noticed the previous night that her skis hadn’t been adjusted to the new boots nor tuned since skiing in California last July.
Hard time to get up.
Dark and gray and snowing.
As I got the final things in the car, freezing rain started. Once we crossed the river into Quebec, the precipitation fell as snow….for now.
Driving on snow covered road. Where are the plows? Ah yes, right in front of me heading toward Edelweiss for the last 9km. I didn’t see a thing from the flying snow and definitely couldn’t pass.
Morgane got ready and we are trying to catch up to her group. Not easy. Her coach is at the top, we are at the bottom or vice-versa.
The mountain had fresh wet snow, the place is deserted except for the race programs, training patrollers and ski instructors. A good thing, because a HSQ with one trail isn’t always a good thing. The other trails are white, but not much to ski on if you don’t have rock skis.
Ice pellets started at 10ish then came the freezing rain followed by the rain. The freezing ice pellet made for a faster surface, especially the long flat traverse at the top that you need to do in order to get to Easy street/Chemin des bois. I was in when this really came down. After lunch the rain slowed down somewhat as I headed back out of a couple of runs. But it didn’t last.
My daughter’s 2 person group only got in for lunch and skied with plastic poncho in the pm. Wow…hard core.
I took care of unpaid business during my long break, OUCH…having a kid in competition is not easy on the wallet. Also talked to the Club Prez who got injured last season and just went under the knife.
Hope our gear dries out until next time.
So as people were hitting powder skiing of epic proportion, I headed for Edelweiss. Is this going to be the tale of my season? Funny, but I watched the movie Groundhog Day this weekend. Started have that feeling that I might live yoyoing on the slope over and over just like Bill Murray relived Groundhog Day over and over.
On the bright side, the snow surfaces was pretty fun to ski. Happy that it wasn’t crowded and it probably more enjoyable than on Edelweiss’s 1st day.
Getting home wasn’t easier, one car in the ditch and at the 7km further, a road closure, I had to back track all the way to the ski area and take the other route to Ottawa.
Yeah, this storm was so close of being epic part 2, but a slight change and … washed up. Oh yeah, Southern Ontario ski areas are closed due to too much snow.
Here is that news on FirstTracksOnline.
The data log: Note the change of altitude during the day as it’s measure by the atmospheric pressure. The base altitude changed by close to 100 metres in less than 5 hours. Yep, that graph says it all. Hard to get back from skiing the Andes to one green run.
Map of Edelweiss. I don’t think they changed it much in the last few years, they didn’t change it on the website this year even if they replaced the old double with other quad. The quad follow the double liftline, but goes further at the top and stops where the old poma used to go. Needless to say, that is before I moved to Ottawa.
The Green represent was open and covered with artificial snow. There was also covered, but only natural and no real base to ski on.
The next day I get this newsletter from the Ottawa Masters, looks like I wasn’t the only one skiing that Sunday. Here is his update:
Howdy Racers and welcome to the Pre-Pre Season newsletter!
The Weather, Man!
The week started out promising with the weather folks getting all excited about a “Weather Event”. Maybe 40 cms they said. Which I thought was most excellent. I even considered perhaps being sick on Monday might not be a bad idea. Then as the week progressed, it became 15-20, which is ok, I could live with that, but that quickly became 5-10. My 🙂 became a :-\ Then on Saturday, they started dropping the R-bombs, which was immediately followed with a 😥 . How is it possible that a wondersly super exciting forecast of 40 cms can degenerate so quickly into a slew of R-bombs. I hate that R-word. (And I’m not referring to the recession here folks)
I went out anyway. Sunday started out amazing. I brushed a whack of snow off the car and made it for first run. I put down first tracks in fresh binding deep powder in a blizzard. Then it turned to freezing rain, I mean R, freezing R. (You’re not allowed to say the bad word.) After an hour of that I looked like a glazed donut. So I went home.
Next weekend will be perfect, I am sure.
The season has started folks, so get out there and put some more character on those skis.
All local resorts are open!
CampFortune: 3 runs (PeeWee, Marshall, Clifford)
Calabogie: 4 runs (Express, Shanty Man, Pineside, T-Bar)
Mont Ste Marie: Open
Many Resorts have done great things over the Summer:
Edelweiss: New Lift and new snow making guns
Cascade: New Groomer, Carpet Ride, And bigger jumps
Calabogie: New runs cut, blasted and sculpted, Warming hut at the top, expanding snow making,
Get out there and check it out.