Another busy week had me spend the weekend close to Ottawa.
Banquet at Edelweiss Golf Club QC : April 26, 2013
The weekend started off on Friday evening with a Banquet at the Edelweiss Golf Club near the ski area of the same name. The Edelweiss ski area has been owned by MSSI for about a decade, but the Golf Club is still owned the Tommy family.
It was a great idea for the Race Club executive to renew, what I was told, the Banquet tradition. Many parents and athletes were present and we received by the Golf Club and the Tommy family. Kids were presented with awards and their certificate. An inspirational speech by ex-Edelweiss ski racer, 17-year old Mikaela Tommy who made her World Cup debut this season and won the GS Nor-Am title (Ottawa Citizen). The Puttick family also donated the “Ted Puttick Memorial” trophy for the athlete that showed the greatest work ethic and thrive, the young Mykael that had a serious season ending injury.
So I didn’t ski tonight, got a great view of the Sucker Moon on the drive back to Ottawa. Planning to ski the next on the other side of the Gatineau River.
MadPat’s Gallery : Edelweiss Banquet – April 26
Fortune QC : April 27, 2013
What is the sucker moon? I didn’t know before that day at Fortune. First sucker is a fish, not a person. It is from the First Nations’ “Moon Teachings”. Sucker Moon is the April Full Moon.
The fourth moon of Creation is Sucker Moon, when sucker goes to the Spirit World in order to receive cleansing techniques for this world. When it returns to this realm, it purifies a path for the Spirits and cleanses all our water beings. During this time we can learn to become healed healers.
Source: Kanawayhitowin site
A different type of gathering was planned for Fortune on the following day. A gathering at the Skyline Lodge at Fortune for celebrating of good fortune for one of his local skiers: “the 40th anniversary of his being alive and more or less intact”. The fastest ski patrol I know and one that has, unfortunately, sometime tested his body for various injuries from skiing to car crash related. Funny, he’s not the only great skier I know that has gotten his share of injuries. The other is nicknamed Lucky.
I got this Facebook invitation…which appealed to me.
No real itinerary and nothing fancy, just some bootpacking up Hegg, a bonfire and BBQ eats, with a keg or three o’ cheap beer on hand.
Do: bring the kids and/or dogs, lawn chairs, guitars, other likeminded revellers.
Don’t: forget your rock skis or sliding device of choice.
Hope to see you there!
Here’s a rough guess at the itinerary. Weather looking just ok, but we’ll make the best of it of course.
2PM – 8PM skiing (or whenever you feel like really)
5:30PM some burgers and hot dogs
6:30PM wee bonfire
8:06PM sunset and bigger bonfire
8:30PM more burgers and hot dogs
10:37PM Sucker Moon rises, pagan worship begins (kids should probably head out before this part)
11PM some spider dogs and more marshmallows
12PM clean up and head to Ritual
Anyone that know Andy, know that the time are real approximate as I left at midnight and the party was still happening.
There was a good amount of snow left on Skyline on their closing weekend two weeks ago so I didn’t know what to expect condition and silliness wise, so I brought FOUR pair of skis – one that I had only use twice in the last 9 seasons.
– Good skis with touring bindings and skins.
– Everyday skis all-conditions skis.
– Old rock skis.
– An old straight pair of skis.
I meet Aaron and Carmen with are fellow Masters and Chile traveler from last Summer. They had just finished their first run. Judging on the amount of snow, there is no question that Fortune could have opened if the chair bearing didn’t brake on April 14th. I took the good skis with the skins and joined Aaron for his second run. A trio of skiers/boarders had just finished their run and we going home. I was skinning up while Aaron was hiking, we parted way where went up Canadian-Bud Clark and Chute respectively. I thought the snow looked continuous on Canadian, but it wasn’t really. I decided to remove my skis instead of going up the narrow steep ridge at the top. I ended up removing my skis 3 times to reach the top of Skyline. It took me about 23 minutes to skin and hope the 170 vertical with my skins.
Heggtveit looked like the “run”. Aaron opted for Upper Canadian-Chute, as Hegg was his 1st run. He started building a jump to leap over the melted out waterbar. Hike down to traverse to the top of Hegg as it was pretty melted out. I hiked around at the top, checked out Swan Dive. The snow on Heggtveit was continuous 155 meters, which was a continuous fall-line skiing getting steeper at the bottom. It started narrow and widen to the entire trail with the exception of a few spots. As I was skiing down, I meet a hiker with crampons that was training for a hiking trip to the Alps. The corn was perfect.
A few people started to show up once I reached the bottom. For the second time up we hiked up directing on Heggtveit which was more efficient: 19 minutes on snow with no hiking back down. Much more direct for the most interesting terrain. The snow was even better for the second run: smooth like butter. This time we were 4.
Andy and a few other people showed up for my third and last run. Fellow Masters racer Rog was in bike mode, we dropped by to say hi as he was riding in Gatineau Park. Needless to say that the schedule was off as started hiking shortly before 6:30pm. We hiked to the highest continuous snow. The snow was changing over as sun was lower and temps were dropping. I chatted with a random telemarker that was surprise to see some many people, he wasn’t aware of the festivities. Snow on part of Heggtveit was going to late a while; they was 10 feet deep on the sides of the trail on the last part of the pitch.
At the end of that Andy had to give a hand for the food; it was his party after all. Some of us kept our boots, just in case they would be a later run. It was getting dark, keg were open in the lodge and food was being prepared. BBQ on the deck. Camp Fortune permitted the use of the lodge as long as they were providing the food and beverages. Being a longtime member of the Ski Patrol definitely has had some advantages. Trucks got positions and almost stuck (a few times) to get better position for the bonfire. We all waited for the Sucker Moon, but didn’t see it. I could clearly see the moon as I returned to my car a few feet away from the slope, it was sheltered by the hill. I guess I was suckered to keep my ski boots most of the evening for hoping a moon light run…it didn’t happen.
MadPat’s Gallery : Camp Fortune – April 27