For some of us, this is the first ski outing in a long time. For me, it was the first ski outing in just over one month and one thousand kilometers away. November had seasonal temperatures for once which permitted ski areas to make some snow and open some terrain, however it is always hard for myself to get turns, even if I would rather ski than going other stuff. The local skiing started on November 10 at Camp Fortune and this was the second weekend for Edelweiss. The Edelweiss Race kids’ dryland training ended the previous weekend and a few of them managed to get a jump on the season at MSS or Tremblant. On this Sunday, most of them were at MSS which owns Edelweiss which offers discount for passholders and more open terrain than any of the local hills. The team was at Edelweiss the previous day, but we didn’t head out as Morgane had a previous engagement.
This was going to be her first outing since her leg fracture in early February, 10 months ago. Preparation for the first outing of the season is often followed by ”Where is?”.
Where are my ski boots?
Where are my ski socks?
Where are my gloves?
Where is my ski bag?
Where is my bandana for my hair?
The ski jacket was bought the previous weekend, so no need to look for it. Morgane grew quite a bit since her injuries, but luckily her ski boots still fit. I brought her two pairs of skis and two set of poles. My wife’s or her GS poles. She needs new poles and ideally new GS and slalom skis, however this is probably her last race season as it her last year in U16 so still not sure on the purchasing point. The race classification categories have been changed to what is more commonly used internationally; last year it was called K2 for 13-14 yr olds instead of 14-15 yr old kids under U16. I previously mentioned that ski racing is expensive; Tara wants to try pre-comp on Saturdays and continue her music lessons. What we won’t do for our kids?
We managed to get our things together in town, get it in the car and after a 35 minutes drive through a white countryside, it was now time to get our season passes. As she was getting ready, Morgane realized that she left her gloves and ski gloves next to our coat rank back at ….home.😦 I had two pairs, so she ended up with one of my Men’s adult gloves size instead.
While we had a good snowmaking December, Ottawa got it warmer December day on record with a very unlike +18c last Tuesday, but after the weather switch back to Winter. Unlike previous Decembers at Edelweiss; skiing wasn’t limited to Chemin des Bois or Easy Street. Yodeler was open which was a great surprise; last year we didn’t get to ski that Yodeler until the New Year.
We started late as we got a late start, once the passes and glove situation settled, we went out. Forgot to start the watch for the first run. There were two coaches and a few younger kids out, we freeskied a few runs, alternating between Chemin des Bois and Yodeler, trying to remember where her skiing was at last year. Surfaces were firm, but nor hard or icy with a foggy -5c. It was great to be out and the hill was deserted. True that it rained in Ottawa yesterday, but the Gatineau Hills got some snow. We had 4 runs when we joined the others lunch. Morgane skied with a coach in the afternoon, working on a few elements. Eveything is slowly getting back to normal…on one of my last runs, I was suddenly out of breath at the bottom; that wasn’t normal.😦 Was it a freak event? Or was it sign that my health concerns from last Winter weren’t over? I skied one more run, a 7th run in the afternoon and heading inside afterwards, waiting for Morgane to finish. Wondering what was wrong? I did a number of tests last year. Maybe it was because I was cold with the old gloves? Hopefully all is well this weekend.