Is the Slogan, Mt St-Sauveur remains the Eastern Canada ski area with the longest season by a long shot. In fact, it’s been the only ski area in the East to make it into May every season since MadPat’s has been keeping track of Eastern closing dates (the last 8 seasons – the closer competition have made it only 5 out of 8 years in May : Sugarbush, Sugarloaf and Killington). I don’t recall MSS having closer prior to May in the last 30 years. We were Corn Deep in May.
MadPat has always skied in May since 1981-82 (94%) with the exception of two season due to medical conditions (1983 and 1998). Although I’ve skied 65 days in May, only 4 of those days (6%) have been at Mt St-Sauveur. There have been many May players over the years, but MSS has been the constant May opener.
Breakdown of ski areas for MadPat’s 65 May Days since 1982:
Killington VT (1984-2005) : 23
Gray Rocks QC (1982-1992) : 14
Sunday River ME (1994-2001) : 6
Mt Washington NH (1990-2006) : 5
St-Sauveur QC (1994-2013) : 4 (6%)
Ste-Anne QC (2002-2004) : 3
Chic Chocs QC (2009) : 3
Jay Peak VT (2008-2010) : 3
Sugarbush VT (1993) : 1
Tremblant QC (1997) : 1
Wildcat NH (2007) : 1
Sugarloaf ME (2011) : 1
As you can see, MSS has been far from my favorite ski area in May although it has always been an May skiing option even it was only 65km from Montreal and 160km from Ottawa over these years. Even within Quebec, MSS only accounts for 16% of my Quebec May Days. In the 1980s, I would often drive past an open MSS to continue the extra 45 minutes to ski Gray Rocks. Of course, Ste-Anne, Tremblant now close prior to May and Gray Rocks stopped spinning in May a long time before the ski area closed down in 2009.
A return to MSS for May turns. Warm enough to ski in t-shirt weather “encore” similar to last May 6, 2012, but only hotter.
M.S.S. QC : SUNday May 6, 2012 – May Skiing Saviour
Hottest day of the season, and I’m not only talking about the 27c (80F) weather. Probably up one of the hottest days I’ve ever skied. Bring out your sunglasses, sunscreen, your shorts or bikini…the Waterpark isn’t open yet, but there is still skiing happening at MSS. It was a hot one. This was Summer skiing at it’s best.
Lift tickets were $20 for all, however my Edelweiss pass which is owned by MSSI got me on for free. I just needed to recharge my MSS RFID. I decided to use my old slalom skis instead of an all-mountain. It definitely felt like a day at the beach. Instead of sand, it was corn. Most of the people were dressed in their best summer attire.
Started skiing at 12:30 as I wasn’t in the hurry to leave Ottawa that morning, especially the lift were suppose to be open from 11 am to 5pm. Door to lot in less than 2 hours with the newly completed Autoroute 50 plus I lose time driving through Lachute this time. As I got to the lift after my first run, I bumped into Ken and his son Tristan from Edelweiss and Gerard which I meet and skied here one year ago all at once. There were a few familiar faces from last May it would seem. Later in the day I also meet up with Wake from Zoneski. I made laps with Ken and Tristan as they making laps until they left at 2pm. Ken asked where my daughter was, as she is part of the Edelweiss Race club with Tristan. It was so hot that I was sweating skiing in a t-shirt.
Beautiful bluebird day with two runs with excellent coverage : Nordique and West 70 which spilled over onto East 70. There was great base on both runs, however the steeper Nordique base was thiner. It was not going to survive the Summer temperature for this past week. The final pitch was bumping up, but a few bare spot were starting to open up.
West 70 had a deep base along the whole trail, especially the bottom pitch where they were probably over 10 feet deep. Skiing was schedule to start at 11am when the ski camp was finishing. The B-net was up on the side of the top of Hill 70. Judging by the snow, courses were setup with salting on various spots of Nordique and West 70. I don’t know if it was continuous, but you could tell where it was as the snow was hard in a few lanes. The rest of the stuff was pretty corn snow.
There was a giant snowman at the top of the bottom West 70’s pitch. Immediately below was a mogul field. There was enough snow on the side wasn’t bumped which spilled over into East 70. Skied with Gerard later in the day and meet Wake later on the Terrace of the Chalet at the end of the day. The only break I took was to get my camera to take a few pictures for prosperity, whoever he is? They were only 45 minutes left when I started taking pictures, but I believe I managed to capture the vibe even if most people had stopped skiing.
The menu of the day was generally 2 runs 70 then 2 runs down Nordique. When the day was over, I had skied 27 runs in little over 4 hours. The mountain looked greener at the end of the day are buds were opening up. The unfortunate part was that the chair is at tree height and my allergies were giving me a hard time.
The extra snow from the giant snowman is going to be needed spread for the next weekend. The ski area is closed to the public this week, but it is open for a race camp. We noticed at the end of the day, the groomer pressing the reset button for the bumps.
As other players (Jay, Sugarbush and Sugarloaf) were folding in the last few days, MSS skied into May with another strong hand. Anyone that was here today, bearing a total meltdown, MSS is going to be open next weekend and maybe even longer. The talk now that the planed May 12 might not be the last weekend of the season after all; talk is May 17-18 might be also possible.
Mont St-Sauveur – 5 mai 2013