Encore…skiing this weekend at Mont St-Sauveur, especially after mentioning last week that I had only skied 4 times in the last 32 Mays here.
St-Sauveur and Killington were the only two choices with spinning lifts East of the Rockies on Mothers’ Day. There were a total of 3 runs “open” and one of them was one of the oldest in the East: Hill 70
Although the “Encore” theme is still accurate, it was a first for many reasons.
First time I’ve skied twice at MSS in the same season since November 2003.
First time I skied on this day. Not Mothers’ Day; I’ve skied on Mothers’ Day 5-times prior to this year: all at Gray Rocks between 1982 and 1990 with the exception of Sugarloaf in 2011.
But it was a first time skiing on a May 12th. Geek alert: Since I started keeping track, I had never skied on the 12th making it with December 23rd the only two days unskiied between December 8 and May 26.
Encore at St-Sauveur, but it wasn’t an encore weather of last weekend. Instead of +27c and bluebird, we had +8c and mostly gray. It was rainy when I left Ottawa in the morning. No bikinis or shorts this weekend; there was no crowds either. The DLS kids (Laurentian Zone) had to deal with some rain this week as they skied when the hill was closed to the public. Another thing was different: the trees were all green.
It was a big day, awake early for my wife’s Mothers’ Day, breakfast made by my youngest daughter then a slow departure for MSS at 10am. I had to go to Montreal to take care of some business, so instead of going a 400km return Ottawa-Montreal trip, I drove 465km and skied MSS a couple of runs.
Someone knew who I was when I reached the snow, it was Bri7 from Zoneski and reader of this blog. He had also made the Mothers’ Day choice which involved a promise between snow and his mom and wife in the Townships. He drove north from Montreal to St-Sauveur to capture a few runs then drive to Granby to later meet his mom and wife. The surface was hard from the salting for the kids race camp and the cold weather. Flurries were expected later that night, so the snow isn’t going anywhere for a few days. The giant snowman was flatten with the bumps. We skied about 7 runs together before he rushed off. I went to get the camera to record the incredible amount of snow left.
12 runs on May 12th for 2 hours on base depth from 8 to 12 feet high to call it a day for myself, Montreal was waiting for me. Nordique was thin last week and didn’t survive, however West 70 still deep, so they should be fine for next weekend. They might be able to make it even make it to the following weekend if they want. Now that is the question?
The next day I haven’t skied is May 26th, so who knows? I might or might not ski before that date, liftserved or not.
Mont St-Sauveur – 12 mai 2013