A Small window of opportunity for rare April turns for MadPat.
My choices and probably my last opportunity to ski this month unless the local is still open next Saturday (not counting on it) or stopping on Easter Friday/Saturday driving back from NYC. I doubt I’ll have the time with four days in NYC and driving there and back.
If I was solo, I didn’t want to drive far as I almost fell asleep at the wheel coming back from Vermont last Saturday. 😕 Here were my Sunday options according to odds:
-Rest at home
-Camp Fortune: 15 minutes away
-Whiteface with Slides open: 3 hrs
-Jay: 3.5hrs (need to pick up a package at Store near Montgomery Center)
Walking from work late Saturday after twelve hours at the office, it was getting clearer. This was the seventh day in a row after that crazy one day trip from Ottawa to MRG with that detour for a close store last Saturday. It had been a really great day, however my body was feeling it.
So on Sunday morning, I slept in. Instead of driving a few hours, I was opting for 15 minutes. Steepmomo was okay to get back on skis while Tara didn’t necessarily want to ski. My oldest wasn’t really interested in skiing only at Fortune and was concerned about her recently injured knee and Spring bumps. As I looked at the weather and the radar and we needed to get ready and leave soon if we wanted to ski. The rain and t-storms were coming our way.
We had a Small window to ski corn before the rain and didn’t want to miss it. Kids didn’t want to come, so they stayed home. My wife and I heading to Chelsea only. Not exactly sure when the last time we skied solo together? (answer at end of post) The sky was gray and it was warm +15c. Camp Fortune was the only ski area open in the Gatineau hills with Skyline being the only open option. That is the most interesting side anyways. A liftticket was $25, but I paid $18.50 with my season pass from elsewhere in Quebec. As we are about to ski, we noticed that a few kids from Fortune were still going gates.
The first run was down Canadian/Chute before heading to bumps on Heggtveit. I always thought as a teenager that it would have been great if Gray Rocks Spring skiing was closer to Montreal. On this Sunday, Fortune felt almost as good as Gray Rocks Spring skiing. Skyline gave 5 runs (4.5 different runs) to choose from with Swan Dive being closed, but I’ve seldom seen it opened. That didn’t stop some people from skiing it. Heggtveit is really a great run. We skied around each run then on our 10th run, light rain started. We did an extra two runs as the rain started falling harder. It was 2:30pm which I thought the rain would be sooner.
I have another busy week ahead of me so I opted something like 12 runs of skiing at Camp Fortune. Stopped after 2 runs in the rain. It was fun. Corn snow. There wasn’t any bare spot, but a few icy and wet spots on certain flats. As I got off the chair, one Master racer meet up with me and started talking as we were getting wet. As we were about to drive away, another car parked next to us. Another Master racer which I planned to ski. I hadn’t seen Trevor in a couple years due to a knee injury. It was another good day. It’s on days like this that you can really appreciate living in Ottawa and skiing at Camp Fortune.
Fortune might be open next week, if not… my next ski day won’t be before May.
Last time my wife and I skied solo together? Stowe 2005
Why I won’t be able to ski far from home next Saturday. In Montreal for a couple nights and coming this way.