Heading for a race today and a powder day showed up.
After skiing on what seemed to be broken dishes ice pellets on ice the previous day at Cascades, today was a pleasant surprised. Morgane was racing GS at Ste-Marie and we took advantage of the Grade 4-5 Passport for my youngest and made it into a 95km family ski daytrip. As usually, the greater number of passengers, the harder it was to leave the house. We left at 6:50am which made us on time for registration and a 8am planned arrival, however that wasn’t counting on the out of nowhere snowstorm that hit us between Chelsea and Wakefield. Snowcovered Autoroute 5, low visibility and windy…I started to serious worry about our ability to reach Ste-Marie in time before the closed of registration. Luckily after the end of the Autouroute in Wakefield, the snow diedown and I only had to contend with snowcovered roads and one Sunday driver, (it was way too early for mass) in a big SUV driving at 40kmh. Finally arrived 10 minutes late for the plan arrival, so we had room to spare. The ticket office wouldn’t give Tara her free ticket without a ‘full’ payment adult, I guess the discounted parent passes wasn’t go enough. 😦
Morgane followed the team to the other side, the Cheval Blanc side was where the race was being held. I went to bring the lunch halfway in Le Chalet du Trappeur. Wife and Tara went on their way; I suggested that they make a few runs on the main side (Vanier) due to the various options that Tara could ski down easily heading to Cheval Blanc. Staying on the Cheval Blanc would require either skiing one blue run (Carousel) or several steep blacks (Formidable and Betsy). They are a few easy runs, but they traversed back to the Vanier side. Started snowing hard as we headed out.
The race was being held on Outaouais and the course crew were busing trying to remove all the snow, so they were a few long delays prior to the race. I was on the side of the course trying to find a good spot to take pictures. Not sure how much snow had fallen overnight, but probably somewhere between 8-12 inches. Skied on Outaouais a few times, outside the netting. Hard ice when the snow was scrapped off. National team member Dustin Cook was forerunning. A bunch of kids crashed in the powder if their line was too late. Took some more pictures with the new camera. Even mistakenly cheered for the wrong girl with a pink poc helmet and skinsuit with a bib before Morgane. One guy question why I was cheering for her, I said she was my daughter…he answered back that it was his daughter. Oops!!! That is why I sometimes wear glasses. Not fun getting old. Morgane had another good race; made the flip for the 2nd run. She just needs to get closer to the gates. The weather was crazy, between sunny, light snow to full snowstorm. Morgane summed up her experience pretty well:
Had an epic ICED GS race with powderful snow banks slowing us down and like a thousand disqualifications including my friend. Lol overall it was a “fun” race (and unlike my friend, I DID FINISH.)
As for Tara and my wife, they didn’t ski on the other side and made it down Betsy and Formidable a few times. I skied with them when the race wasn’t happening. I also asked a patrol friend about the lost Klotz black trail that is no longer on the map, he mentioned that he needs it was really good. I could see the entrance, but I ran out of time. The whole family skied back to the Vanier side after the last ride up, however we got to the bottom of Vanier and that chair had closed at 3:59. Oh well, still a great day.
So it was a day torn between: a) checking and helping out the club for the race, taking pictures and bringing jackets. b) skiing with wife and youngest and c) getting lost and skiing powder. Tried to all of them, but ran out of time.