Getting a teenager early on the hill on Saturday morning isn’t easy. Didn’t make it on time, but it was an improvement over last Sunday. The whole Edelweiss Race kids were on the hill today going drills. This week Ottawa got a few flakes and a few rain drops, but been mostly below freezing, -13c in the parking lot this morning. New snowmaking fans and cooperative temps are helping, the upper part of Easy Street was added to Yodeler and Chemin des bois. Mountain of snow were being made on Chute and the rest of Easy Street; probably opening soon. They even making snow for the tubing.
This is definitely the best start in a number of years at Edelweiss; natural snow is really irrelevant of getting terrain open locally, however natural snow is more fun. Mt St-Bruno on Montreal’s South Shore probably got as little snow as Edelweiss so far this year, however MSB became the first ski area in Quebec to have 100% of its trail opens, Mont St-Sauveur isn’t that far to having its trails fully open.
Surfaces were slick on the steepest Yodeler; the old slalom I used today hadn’t been tuned in a long time.
Did 9 runs until I found out that Morgane wasn’t feeling well; there is a flu bug going around. After lunch, Morgane decided to call it a day. That was fine, we needed to be back early in town. A nice sunny -6c as we were heading back. Tara had a music lesson and a birthday party/sleepover at a friend plus Caroline and Morgane had tickets for a play.
Improvement: didn’t take as long as yesterday to get my daughter up.
Improvement: my daughter’s musical taste. She no longer listens to Hot 89.9, we choose Live 88.5, the new Alternative. Instead of listening songs with foul language, we had stuff like Arcade Fire on the radio.
Today’s temperature was slightly warmer, but it didn’t feel like it. It was gray and windy. After the first run, snow started falling at a good pace.
Another improvement was that Morgane …and I made it on the hill earlier. Carving was so much better today, probably helped that I had some race tuned skis. You know your lazy you are when instead of tuning your skis, you just grab a different pair in the basement. Today was my 4th pairs of the season for only 5 outings. For my 2 days in West Virginia I used my all-mountain touring setup, last week it was my Rossi B2s, yesterday my old untuned Atomic slalom skis. Today, it was the Fischer slaloms, my good and race tuned slalom skis.
Kids were skiing better as they kept going drills with brushes and bamboos this time; I continued carving Yodeler and enjoying the skis and snow much more. There were still a few guns running, but it was so windy that snow was falling everywhere. I mentioned to someone that it was similar to Halloween in West Virginia without the 3-4 feet base.
Not much variation today, I stayed on the steepest run available for all but one run. After 7 runs in less than 90 minutes, I decided to follow a few parents for their coffee break – I had water and a granola bar instead. I felt much better than last week, although a bit tired, I didn’t have the unpleasant feeling of trying to catch my breath all of a sudden.
Kids came in at 11:30am, Morgane feet were totally frozen. Wondering if her boots are too small? She said they were okay when she tried them at home a few weeks ago. That is an area that will need to improved, because it wasn’t really cold. We had to be back in Ottawa for 1pm in order to attend Tara’s music concert.
It was a great day, and if it wasn’t for the ski instructor clinic and the race team, the hill would have been deserted.
Ottawa is supposed to get a few snow episodes this week (with a chance of freezing rain), it might be a snow only events in the Laurentians and towards Quebec City. That would be an improvements. Although most ski areas were going fine with artificial snow; cross-country has been pretty limited in Quebec, so the natural stuff would be well appreciate by all skiers and sliders.
Another improvement? Same day Trip Report. Don’t expect it to happen to often.😛