Title says it all.
For the first time in at least 38 years, there was no Eastern US ski area open in May. Mont St-Sauveur in the lower Laurentians saved the honour of May lift-served skiing. There is still skiing 40 minutes away North of Montreal (or 2:15 from Ottawa).
MadPat was still in a MadDash as I had number of tasks on my plate in Montreal. Tasks that involved managing people and building. I was hoping to go skiing on Saturday then head to Montreal, but wasn’t going happen. too many things to be done before I could leave Ottawa. Ended up driving to Montreal and taking care of stuff that night and the next morning. I couldn’t leave from Montreal before 11am…not very happy, but getting these things done have been the priority lately.
This music is like how I’ve been feeling these days; racing around left and right dealing with things…being stressed out. I was listening to the first ExCubus CD while driving to Montreal. Group from an old friend from my University days.
Exited 2km before in Piedmont and drove by Mont Avila, never noticed that the sign now mentioned to exit here for MSS instead of the St-Sauveur-des-Monts exit. An immense hill of hay (which is probably covering snow for the planned annual AKAMP jib camp in July).
Parking lot at noon and getting ready. Not seeing many skiers on Hill 70. Maybe all the young jibbing folks are still in bed? Skiing in short Tee weather and corn, this is what I call “Spring Skiing”. Get out the sun glasses and sunscreen. As I’m getting reading, I see fellow Masters and Ottawa skiers saying ‘Hi Pat’. Skiing was $20 for all ages. I, of course, had my Edelweiss pass (MSSI group) which is good when Edelweiss isn’t open. It feels like Edelweiss’ season ended 3 months ago, whatever.
I had to figure out a place to put the RTIF card as I didn’t have any pockets, ended up transforming with pants into shorts and hearing them under my Summer weather ski pants. Problem solved; I could also have skied in shorts, but I’m not a short type of guys even when I’m not skiing. Some people had shorts, some had really tight shorts, some were topless, but it was generally fat guys who you would want to say “Put on Shirt On” and not the girl with tight shorts. Ouf!!! 😳
Starting to ski at noon-ish solo and ended up skiing more of the afternoon with someone from “not’ the ‘Yo’ generation. Talked about his trips to India, Gulmarg (which didn’t exist that then), home renovations and building management (which was my main concern these days), South America and skiing. Eventually found out that he’s a lucker on AlpineZone. Rode the chair a few times with fellow Ottawa skier also and he asked me about Termas de Chillan and other low altitude places in the Andes. Also finding out that health issues were concern too many this season. Teens and “yos” finally started getting at the hill late afternoon, some of them hitting the two boxes features on the trail.
Sweet corn, salted down. What was smooth at noon, became varied mounds, bumps, firmness. I was happy I had my slalom skis with the firm stuff on thin ice between the random bumps in the final pitch.
The top of the final pitch was getting pretty thin, but if they really want to re-open they could push the snow from the upper 1/4. It’s pretty thick on top.
Didn’t think it was possible, but I skied 5 hours on Hill 70. The non-break expect for the camera at 4:30pm. So I brought the camera, but forgot the watch. I’m estimating about 35 runs and 7500 meters based on my last trip at MSS last November. Wow…skiing until the last chair. This is why I love real “Spring Skiing”, you don’t get tired of it.
The official word around the mountain (staff and patrol) is that they were hoping to re-opening one last time this weekend (May 12-13), but the news came down on Thursday, MSS called it a year…Waterpark opens June 4th.
So this is for lift-served in the East, from the opening of the East October 29th at Sunday River (and Killington) to MSS on May 6…MadPat couldn’t have had a longer Eastern LS season in 2011-12. 191 days and I only got 31 days out of it so far. Now if I want to see some more, I’ll have to take a hike or a plane.
Mont Habitant in St-Sauveur-des-Monts not part of MSSI ski area
Mont St-Sauveur – 6 mai 2012