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This Trip Report is on a ski outing that took place 6 years ago.

Quote posted on Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:00 pm on Zoneski regarding the status of the local ski scene.

Fortune: ouvert (1 piste de débutant – Pineault). Un prix unique: 15$

Ste-Marie: ouvert (1 petite piste de débutant – Promenade)

Edelweiss: ouvert avec une demi-piste ❓ ❓ ❓ . En fait, la préposée m’a dit que la montagne était ouverte avec une demi-piste, mais il fallait monter à pieds, c’est pour ça que le ski est gratuit. 😆

Vorlage: espère pour la semaine prochaine.

Quote posted on Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:15 pm on firsttracksonline

Ottawa is getting pretty white. 10cm on Thursday, light snow all day today (Saturday). 😀

I’ve been swamp at work+sick the last few days, I tried to get to Fortune this (Saturday) afternoon, but it came down to the one car family issue. 🙄 (I knew my daughter music lesson was going to affect my skiing independence).

Shouldn’t have that problem tomorrow, so I’ll be out for sure. I don’t want to let my skistreak stop at 1 month after bagging October (just in case). 😆

Don’t know if it will be Tremblant (2 hours away and 100 miles) or Fortune (15 minutes and only 15 miles), depends how I feel tomorrow morning.

So there was skiing available this weekend in the Outaouais. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go after being sick and a crazy week at work, I didn’t have much energy or desire to make it to Tremblant. Pineault is somewhat pathetic as an option, but is only 20km away. The way things looked at work, this weekend might be my last two-day weekend off work in a long time, so not sure how many days I’ll get in the next few weeks so I better take advantage of it and spend some family time with my daughter. It was sunny and nice with temps around freezing.

Nothing much to write about and even less to ski about. After skiing mid-Winter powder on 2000ft vertical in October, I went out to ski Pineault with Morgane. Camp Fortune managed to open for the last weekend of November and I managed to get out of the house and bring my oldest daughter with me which is the important thing.

Pineault; a beginner trail with 80 meters vertical was the only trail at its cost $15 per person to ride the lifts. Edelweiss also mentioned it was open and free, however the lifts weren’t running. 😆

We showed up at around lunch time. There was a bunch of 2-for-1 from the Ottawa ski show floating around. I can’t remember if we had one or not, or if we kept it for later in the season? As we were getting ready inside the Chalet and bumped into the owner and chatted with him a bit. The skiing was, what it was, not much to say about it. It wasn’t too crowded, but after something like 2 hours, Morgane and I had enough. It was skiing after all, and it was a better than simply staying at home.

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After hearing the comments (at work and elsewhere) about me skiing last night, I decided to write a ski report of a small area outside Ottawa (167meters vertical) (approx. 1m=3ft)

Wednesday night, as always, a Masters race was scheduled. This week, it was at Mont Cascades. Last week, the race was at Camp Fortune (same size about 20km from downtown Ottawa). Cascades is located 30km away from downtown.

Some believe the conditions must have been terrible and icy, the only terrible conditions were the driving and weather. Snow conditions are very often great when it’s raining. The weather last night was -6c with Freezing Rain, Drizzle and Fog. An interesting mix indeed.

The base was soft and easy to carve. It’s was a lot fun to ski. Unfortunately the race had been canceled ’cause the part of the hill that had the equipment was shut down for the evening. The word went out late so a few of us never heard it and made our way to the hill. Once there, why not ski a bit. The hill were operating the triple and the small beginner. The other two doubles elsewhere on the mountain were closed. There were 3 runs if I exclude the small beginner one. Amazing conditions, my race wax combination was dead on for once. 😡

Anyway, I had fun, however I had to remove the ice from my goggle each time when I got on the lift AND off the lift. My whole body was like a statue covered in a sheet of ice during the ice storm. I called it quits at 9pm (after 2 hours of skiing), hope everything dry off by next week. 😆

SKIING IN THE RAIN CAN BE FUN:

Need to dress in layers. Have a change of dry clothes in a gear bag including underwear (unless you are using t-bars). If you are wearing a hat, very helpful to have a hood on your jacket. The hood keeps you head dry and warm.

So next time it’s raining and you have scheduled to go… go anyways, you’ll have fun if you are dress properly. 8)

Here are some Great Ski Days I had in the Rain.

Grand Montet (Chamonix) March 28, 2003
Tremblant, April 21, 2003 (closing day)
Alpe d’Huez (near Grenoble, France), Jan 2, 2001.

http://www.montcascades.ca and http://www.ottawamasters.ca

Originally posted on Thu Jan 13, 2005 5:24 pm on firsttracksonline

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Patrick dit :

Zukatah dit :

Mieux vaut fermer que de rester ouvert et d’offrir des conditions exécrables!

Au contraire mon ami. Conditions exécrables ❓ ❓ ❓

Les conditions (comme d’habitude lorsqu’il pleut) étaient fantastiques, seules les conditions routières et météorologiques étaient difficiles.

Pourvue que tout sèche avant la semaine prochaine 😆 .

Bon comme je l’ai mentionné ailleurs, malgré les conditions météorologiques, le ski hier soir était fantastique. -6c et verglas/grésil.

Comme tout les mercredis soir, je m’alignais skié (beau temps, mauvais temps) avec les OMSA (Ottawa Masters Ski Association) (www.ottawamasters.ca). La semaine dernière la course était au Camp Fortune, c’était un peu plus loin cette semaine (30 km au lieu de 20km).

Les conditions routières étaient difficiles, quitter Ottawa à 6 heures n’est pas évident en plus de la météo. Surtout qu’il y a quelques grosses côtes avec des virages en bas pour se rendre au Mont Cascades. La station est située à 30km du centre-ville et à 167 mètres de dénivellée.

En arrivant à la montagne, le stationnement avait environ 40 autos, mmmh, “les Masters vont être les seuls sur la montagne ce soir”. 🙄

Hé non, à mon grand désarroi, la course a été annulée pcq le côté de la montagne avec la piste de compétition, les piquets et chrono était fermé. Seul le triple et la chaise double pour débutant étaient ouvertes: 4 pistes ouvertes. Plusieurs autos appartenaient à un groupe de ski qui avait des cours. (et oui, j’ai téléphoné la montagne avant, mais la décision a été fait après 4h30 😡 ).

Au lieu de rentrer chez nous, j’ai décidé de m’habiller et skier. Comme d’habitude, les conditions sont superbes lorsqu’il pleut. La base est ramolie, aucune plaque, c’était très agréable de tourner 😛 . Et la météo…

Verglas et grésil pendant les deux heures que j’étais sur les pistes, je n’avais pas de lave-glace pour mes lunettes, je devais donc gratter vigoureusement lorsque j’embarquais sur la chaise ET en débarquant de la chaise 🙄 .

Important chose à savoir lorsqu’on va skier sous la pluie/verglas. Amener beaucoup de vêtements de rechange (bobette inclus à moins qu’il y a seulement des t-bars). Mes vêtements étaient recouverts d’une couche de glace, c’était beau à voir, on dirait que j’étais une statue durant la tempête de verglas. Autre note importante, avoir un capuchon si on skient avec une tuque, car ça protège vraiment beaucoup de l’humidité et du froid.

Dans l’ensemble, superbe soirée, la meilleure des trois que j’ai eu à date. Pour vue que mon linge sèche d’ici samedi. 😆

Voici d’autres journées de ski mémorables sous la pluie:

#1 Grand Montets (Chamonix): 28 mars 2003
#2 Tremblant: 21 avril 2003 (dernier journée)
#3 Alpe d’Huez (près de Grenoble): 2 janvier 2001

DONC, N’AIEZ CRAINTE, SKIER SOUS LA PLUIE PEUT ETRE AGREABLE.

Le problème est après la pluie 😕 .

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You can’t let days like this go by, especially in October.

When will there be another occasion like this? ❓ ❓ ❓

Being October, I will put a baseball analogy to this trip.

How long will it take for Red Sox or White Sox to win the World Series again?

How long will it take for the EXPOS to win a World Series?

PREPARATIONS (WEDNESDAY EVENING):

S**t, need to get myself in gear.

a) Ski stuff, somewhere around here. Readjust the DINs on my bindings.

b) Show tires, not much time…I promised a ride for someone at work tomorrow.

c) Ski driving partner. Already called, he can’t make it on Friday. It’s a PD day for schools in the Townships. Left a message with the other partner in Montreal. Don’t necessarily need a partner, but it’s helps split the cost.

d) At least, I secured a place to sleep tomorrow night (if they open Friday) at my friend in Bromont. That should cut 45-60 minutes to the drive from Montreal. So it’s a 3 hours drive tomorrow evening to get to his place.

e) Snow tires … don’t necessarily need them, but it would be nice just in case. My friend in Bromont said that it was still snowing and there was a new 6 inches on the ground.

f) One small detail. I have to ask for my Friday off (in case). Open on Friday would definitely be much better and probably less skied out.

g) Schedule to work on Sunday. Wife will not be happy if I’m not at home for two days then I go to work all day Sunday. Need to change that also.

h) Later at 10pm at night… Wife says that she would LIKE to have the car on Saturday 🙄 . My daughter has music lesson + birthday party. Ah yes, I need to be back in Ottawa before Sunday morning.

WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO? WHAT THIS DOING TO STOP ME?

Asked my mother in Montreal if I could borrow her car and asked her to get the snow tires on.

Took the Voyageur/Greyhound to Montreal that Thursday evening. No skiing partner, regardless I was determined. Some people might call it committed. 😯

Montreal-Wildcat: 340km (230 miles) and 3:30 hours drive.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005: Driving to the Whites.

It was interesting to see the snow variations on the ground during the drive. First sight of snow started in the fields around Farnham (40km east of Mtl). I could see the Bromont, Sutton, Glen, Orford and Jay Peak ski runs all white. This really looked like winter, except for the red leaves on the trees.

Snow didn’t last… to my surprise there wasn’t any snow on the ground from a few miles past the US border until the White Mountains.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005: the Whites.

Arrived at the Wildcat parking lot at 9:30am – first chair at 10:00. I was there at around 10:15am.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 28:

Tomcat triple was the only lift open. 1500′ vertical of pure natural snow skiing, much better that the usually early season eastern skiing. The mountain was charging $30 for lift tick.

Trails open at opening were: Middle/Lower Polecat, Tomcat, Catnap, Middle/lower Lynx. However poaching was definitely happening. Maybe one-two hours later, Tomcat Schuss official opened. I did one of my early runs here. Lost a ski for no apparent reason, but continued skiing for maybe 30-40 ft. Tried to retrieve my ski by walking up. I sank down by 3 feet, boy was this hard. I always had mid to full pole in snowdepth.

Around lunch, the patrol was about to official open the skiing on the right side of the mountain (Cat Track, Middle/lower Wildcat, Middle Catapult, Bobcat, Cheetah). I decided to ski down a steep line; Black Cat. Let’s say that there was a lot of snow, because this run looks like it was full obstacles (i guess this one was not open). Made it down (I was puffing)… continued down Alley Cat (lower mountain intermediate). AHHH – huge waterbars every 30feet… What a rough ride. The worst part of it, I screwed up skiing Catapult and ended again on that same Alley Cat trail.

What a beautiful view of Mount Washington, regardless that the cloud level was at around 5000ft (top of Tuckerman).

Some people were climbing the extra 500ft vertical to reach the summit. I had such a fun time that I decided to sleep in Gorham and ski the next day. You could get the following day ticket for $25!!! Good deal indeed!!! A full day skiing: 10:15 – 3:30 virtually without a break or lunch. The mountain definitely became quiet after 1:30pm. I did 15 runs, I was going to feel it the next day.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005. All Natural.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005: Sherbourne Trail across the Notch.

Day 1 / Friday October 28, 2005.

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 29:

Wildcat was charging $39, but it’s was still a bargain if you ask me. Of course, I had paid $25 for it the previous day.

More people and the worst line-up were about 5 minutes at around noon.

I got to the chairlift at 9:15am, the plan was no lunch and end early, because I needed to end back to take the Greyhound back to Ottawa from Montreal.

Extra runs official opened (?): Feline, Cougar, Alley Cat (no more waterbars), Lower Catapult, Wildcat Pitch, Wild Kitten, Catenary (incl Lower). Basically, virtually everything was skiable. Ally’s Folly was great, some people skied Hairball and Mountain Jag Glade regardless of the creeks.

The high traffic areas started to ice up (ie. Middle Wildcat). When the skier density increased, I decide to climb to the top via Upper Catamount. It probably took me between 30-45 minutes, I was happy that part of that climb was groomed, the first 15 minutes were really hard. Today was definitely the most spectacular day. A blue sky day, Mount Washington white and bright. WOW!!!

Did my top to bottom run on the classic Wildcat trail, what a fun trail. Lose powder, wind-blown at some spots, but definitely worth the climb. Finished my day at 3pm with approximately 10 runs.

What about the snow compared to the previous day? I estimate that under the Triple the snow compacted by about one foot at mid-mountain between early Friday and late Saturday. How much snow will there be in the next few days?

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005: Mount Washington.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005: Wildcat ski area.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005: View from the Wildcat Summit. Mount Washington and MadPat.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005: Top of Wildcat trail with Mount Washington.

Day 2 / Saturday October 29, 2005: Wildcat base.

WHAT A DAY…AGAIN!!!

A FEW COMMENTS:

1) First of all, I want to thank the management of Wildcat for making this possible. =D>

Maybe they did it for the publicity, but it’s sure beat all the signals we’ve been hearing in the East lately.

2) You know you’re having a good day when you skip lunch TWO days in a row. \:D/

MadPat’s Wildcat – October 2005 photo gallery

Originally text posted on Sun Oct 30, 2005 3:25 pm on firsttracksonline

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The following were initially posted in two ski forums: The French on Zoneski and the English on First Tracks Online. The English was initially a followup to another user initial TR. Some information to the English version to give a more accurate account of the day.

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Posté lundi le 16 mai 2005 à 8h43
Super belle journée de ski les amis. 😀 😀 😀

Je m’en ressens encore aujourd’hui. 😯

La météo était un peu incertaine ce matin là. J’ai même eu des doutes lors de mon départ de Montréal tôt samedi matin sous la pluie, mais une fois à Killington la météo était mieux. Très sombre et nuageux, il y a eu qq gouttes (pas assez pour appeler ça de la pluie) pendant 15-30 minutes en après-midi.

Je skiais en t-shirt à Mont St-Sauveur la fds précédente, ce samedi j’avais un manteau. Il ventait beaucoup.

Pour moi, ce fut un peu un retour aux sources cette saison; typique de mes saisons du siècle dernier, Killington en novembre et en mai.

Les conditions : TROIS pistes!!!

1) Bittersweet : Un à deux passages de neige très étroits qui se sont dégradés rapidement à force de passer. La couverture sur le bas de Bittersweet était bien et nettement plus achalandé par les skieurs arrivant de Skye Lark.

2) Skye Lark : Meilleure couverture de neige, aucune passe rocheuse. Cette dernière rejoignait Bittersweet à partir de High Road (Lower Skye Lark ayant fermé). Parcontre la longueur de cette piste à elle seule était probablement l’équivalent de la Côte 70 à MSS.

3) Superstar : Bosses mur à mur. Rien d’autre à ajouter. Les bosses étaient FULL gros sel, malgré la température.

Les à-côtés :

Dimanche était la dernière journée de la saison pour Killington. JAMAIS Killington n’a eu de si bonnes conditions pour sa fermeture. Aucune obligation d’enlever ses skis pour se rendre à la piste ou aux chaises. Par mon expérience avec le ski de printemps sur Superstar au cours des années 80 et 90 ; la montagne n’aurait pas eu de difficulter pour se rendre à la prochaine FDS. Il aurait probablement perdu la partie experte de Bittersweet et peut-être le combo Skye Lark-Lower Bittersweet si la météo est extrêmement mauvaise pour la neige, et peut-être avoir une obligation de marcher pour se rendre au Headwall de Superstar… mais le reste de Superstar sera plus ou moins intact pour possiblement une à deux semaines de plus. D’ailleurs, il y avait une petition pour que la station soit ouverte la FDS prochaine. Moi, je ne pourrais pas y être, car Morgane à une compétition de danse. 8)

Le monde? Il y avait nettement plus de monde qu’à la chaude journée ensoleillée à MSS et ceci malgré la température incertaine de samedi. Il faut dire que c’était aussi le 15ème Killington Triathlon (Ski-Vélo-Course). 15 ans déjà? Je me rappelle de la 1ere année, la course avait toujours lieu la FDS du Memorial Day (dernière FDS de mai).

Ski et musique écoeurante : il y avait un band qui jouait au pied de Superstar, on les entendaient clairement sur le dernier pitch. À la fin de ma journée à 16 heures, au lieu de porter mon stock à l’auto, j’ai écouté le SHOW. Le groupe était CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN. WOW!!! 😯

Site web AllMusic :Camper Van Beethoven


Sons Of The New Golden West

Le retour fut relax, le soleil est finalement sorti à 17h30. Un gros soleil pour la route du retour via Rutland, 30 minutes de plus en passant par les routes 4 et 7 vers Burlington au lieu de l’autoroute 89.

Désolé les gars, pas de photo. J’ai déjà tellement de photos de Killington en mai. 😀


Skinhead Stomp

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Killington 5/14/05 : Full description by skiadikt on First Tracks Online, Sun May 15, 2005 8:56 pm

Mon May 16, 2005 9:13 am
skiadikt wrote:

saturday rocked.
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supe looks great and could probably last ’til memorial.
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there may still be some hope as there was a petition circulating asking that they keep the mountain open ’til the snow runs out. doubt it but we’ll see … in any case supe’s definitely worth the hike if you’re into earning some.

I signed the petition… but I have to agree with Jim, I am afraid the lifts have shutdown until next November. 😥

Snow coverage (I haven’t skied K in the Spring in the last few seasons, but the only year I recall so much snow since the New Superstar arrived on the scene in 1987-88 would be in May 1997. I remember skiing late May where the Vertigo and Great Eastern-Snowsheed crossover combo were still open. I also skiied on June 1st and June 15th that year. With the amount of snow, if Kmart had the same attitude as the “good old days”, they would have easily spun the lift for an extra week or two.


Pictures of Matchstick Men

Saturday was definitely rocking, especially when the soundtrack to Lower Superstar skiing was Camper Van Beethoven. You could clearly hear the music on Superstar lower pitch. At 4pm, instead of bringing my gear to the car, I stayed and watched the rest of the show. 8) This was the first time I had seen a stage slopeside,

AllMusic website :Camper Van Beethoven

A gray day, rain drops and uncertain weather made me have doubt about leaving Montreal early this Saturday morning. Killington in 2004-05 was a return to my roots: skiing at Kmart on the bookends of the season (November and May).

Dark and cloudy at Killington with a few drops during the day, but not enough to call it rain. What a contrast compared to the previous weekend’s t-shirt skiing at Mont St-Sauveur. Today was windy, gray and I was skiing in a jacket.

A quick summary of the conditions : three trails

Bittersweet : one or two passages were getting real thin as people skied on them. The lower part of the trail had better coverage and was busier with skiing arriving from Skye Lark.

Skye Lark : better snow coverage with no rocky parts. The trail joined Bittersweet from High Road, Lower Skye Lark being closed.

Superstar : Wall-to-wall bumps. Nothing else to add. Moguls were FULL corn, regardless of the less than ideal weather.

Sunday was Killington’s last day of the season. As mentioned above, I’ve had never seen Killington which such good conditions on their closing day. No walking required, 3 runs, they could have definitely made it for one or two extra weekends.

People? There were definitely more people than at MSS the previous weekend. It was also the 15th Killington Triathlon (Ski-Bike-Race). I remember skiing on the day of their 1st Triathlon on Memorial Day.

After this great day, I had a relaxing drive back home. The sun finally came out at 5:30pm. I choose the longer way home via Rutland with Highways 4 and 7 towards Burlington instead of using Interstate 89.

Sorry, no pictures. I already have a ton of Killington May pictures. 😀


The Long Plastic Hallway

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Tue May 17, 2005 7:01 am
nymous wrote:

So…having a signed petition from a bunch of passholders makes spinning lifts for 20 people profitable…sometimes you all amaze me.

Am I a passholder ❓ If I would known I wouldn’t have PAID $39 US!!!

The sheet I signed only add 2 passholders on a whole page (check box for passholders). I noticed there were other fellow Canadians from Montreal, Sherbrooke that also signed, I would be very surprised if they were passholders too.

We had this discussion last year, some of us only show up at Killington when it’s the only show in town. After skied the previous weekend elsewhere, I showed up for my first and last day at Killington in 2004-05.

I never said it might be profitable, some ski areas are not profitable after Easter but still run their lifts as long as they can. I don’t question the right for K to close or not, it’s was just a petition – K can do what they wish.

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Fri May 20, 2005 8:58 am
Tony Crocker wrote:

I do think managements at traditional spring areas should show some flexibility depending upon the snowpack. I’m obviously spoiled by Mammoth in this regard, as it puts way more management effort into spring skiing than anyone else.

Personnaly I don’t have a problem with K closing policy. The main issue for me (as stated elsewhere regarding MSS) is the Marketing of it. I can’t stand the :bs: about making it to June, being open until this date or other very very optimistic predictions. The same as the snow report I guess? 🙄

I have to hand it to K this year, as a non-regular K skier, the BS seemed to be at a minimum reading open/closing dates. That said, a bit of flexibility would’ve been nice. I mentioned this above, Killington have never seen this much snow on a closing weekend in the 20 years I have skied there.

Plus, only one other time (1997) that I have seen some much snow in mid-May since the Spring operations were moved to Superstar in 1987-88. So it would have nice to have skiing for this long Canadian weekend. 8)

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Interstellar Overdrive

Camper Van Beethoven Setlist for the Killington show. A recording exists.
1. Mao Remoinisces About His Days In Southern China
2. Abundance
3. Tania
4. Eye Of Fatima Pts. I & II
5. Prelude
6. Sons Of The New Golden West
7. 51-7
8. Circles
9. White Riot (Strummer/Jones)
10. Wasted (Ginn/Morris)
11. Shut Us Down
12. R ‘n’ R Uzbekistan
13. Might Makes Right
14. Militia Song
15. Take The Skinheads Bowling
16. Skinhead Stomp
17. All Her Favorite Fruit
18. Sweethearts
19. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Rossi)
20. “We’re Camper Van Beethoven”
21. That Gum You Like Is Back In Style
22. “Hunter S. Thompson”
23. The Long Plastic Hallway
24. Hippy Chix
25. Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett/Waters/Wright/Mason)
26. (Outro)

Originally posted texts on Mon 16 May, 2005 08:43 am on zoneski and on Mon May 16, 2004 9:16 am on firsttracksonline

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What a beautiful day ❗ ❗ ❗

It didn’t start off that way, unless you’re a duck. Forecast, rain, rain, heavy rain at times, rain. Leaving from Montreal in the pouring rain, raining all the way to MSA (3 hours drive). The parking lot was virtually deserted at 10:30am, 20 cars under the pouring rain.

Geez 😕 , my stuff was barely dry from the last time I skied in the rain (MRG on April 2th). The snow report called for 29 trails open (most of the sleeper – bump south side runs were on hold). Skiing the south side would’ve brought a more or less long walk in the rain back to the gondola. I am not sure they ever soften up to be opened. Hard to see, the top of the mountain was covered in a dark cloud.

Surprise, Surprise. It was snowing on top, not wet snow, winter snow. 😛 Most of the runs on the North side are shorter and groomers. The skiing was typical great early december skiing. Slightly below freezing temps, dark, frozen base covered with 2 or 3 inches of fluff. As the day went by, the snow started falling harder. It’s was fresh tracks every runs.

Unfortunately 😥 , they advanced the lift closure to 3pm (instead of 3:30). No use running a lift for a few of us diehards. The last run of the day was done on the south side, I tried to find my way to see what was opened, however it was a total white-out on top. Once I got in mid-mountain, it’s was pouring rain and you can tell by the wet snow on the trail that it didn’t snow here all day. Back to the car, I was very wet, but very happy.

I have had a similar trip in desert fresh tracks days when it’s raining all over. Among the most memorable, I would included some April visit to Sugarbush (late), Cannon (early) or Sunday River (May 1st?).

Ste.Anne is closed midweek, but will open for a last Hourrah next weekend. 8)

Originally posted on Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:57 am on firsttracksonline

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MT-STE-ANNE – 23 avril 2005 – plutôt décembre???

Pluie battante de Montréal à Québec, rien de très encourageant. Il me semble que j’ai skié souvent dans une pluie battante cette hiver, mon stock de ski avait à peine sècher de ma journée mémorable 😕 du 2 avril à MRG.

Arrivée à la station, le stationnement était desert, une vingtaine d’auto maximum sous la pluie. Le rapport de ski parlait de 29 pistes, mais plusieurs devaient ouvrir graduellement (La Crête, la Super S…). On devait marcher pour se rendre à la gondole.

Au sommet, White-out, hiver et tout blanc. Au lieu de la pluie, c’était de la neige, de la neige pour les plus téméraires. Les conditions de neige étaient fresh tracks à chaque descentes sur un fond dur. Il va sans dire que le fond n’a pas ramolie de la journée, la neige a également pas arrêter de la journée, au contraire, il neigeait de plus en plus fort. 😀

J’ai skié la plupart des pistes du côté nord, sublîme. 8) Je n’ai pas voulu voir ce que le sud avait l’air (je n’aurais pas vu dans le brouillard de toute façon). Malheusement la station ont devancé la fermeture à 15heures (faute de monde, j’imagine 😕 et allait fermer pour dimanche étant donné que les conditions météorologiques allait amener des températures plus chaudes avec précipitations).

La dernière descente (ce que j’ai pû voir 😆 ) fut par la Pichard. Au milieu de celle-ci, la limite pluie-neige a eu l’effet d’une douche. 😮

Belle journée dans l’ensemble. Est-ce ma dernier journée de ski de l’année ❓ ❓ ❓ (je ne peux pas skier la semaine prochaine et mon employeur va décider mon sort ensuite). Si c’est le cas, ça sera ma fin de saison la plus hâtive depuis que je comptabilise mes journées (1981-82, exception de la saison 1983 qui fut écourtée par une blessure en 1983). On est très loin des fins de saison à la fête de reine ou en juin. 😥

En tout cas, ça aussi été ma saison avec le plus de sorties. 😕 Je me croise les doigts pour continuer encore quelques fois.

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I remember my last visit at Orford. It was the first time that I took my mother’s car to go skiing alone with a friend. I was 16, the car was a Buick Skylark 1976, this was way back in April 1981.

I remember having enjoyed that day very much and mentioning that I was definitely going to return. How times flies, the following visit happened 24 years later!!! Why did it take so long?

Vertical 540meters
Eastern Townships

Mommy stayed with Tara, Morgane’s (oldest daughter) ski pants stayed at MRG. Who will come ski with me? Caroline (my wife and mother of my daughters) suggested I call a certain friend at 7:30am. At that time, this friend was leaving at work, but the devil 😈 played with her mind. Work or Skiing?


SuperNat on Mont Alfred-Desrochers; the tamer of the three summits


Owl’s Head in the distance from the top of Mont Giroux

A few hours later, we were skiing trails like:

L’écureuil (Squirrel): a crazy twisted glades runs with cliffs. A fun trail, probably one of the hardest in the East in non-powder conditions. Unfortunately there were rocks, branches and other hazards that you had to be careful with. This trails was definitely skied too much for the type of trail it was. I still had a great time.

L’intrépide: not as hard as l’écureuil, but steeper and more wide open. The run is not as long and consist of a steep pitch at the top of the mountain. Great conditions. Best run of the day.

Super: top to bottom run under the hybrid lift (gondolas and 6-pack chairs on the same cable). The top pitch (next to l’intrépide) was great fun, but coverage was not as good.

Passe-à-l’ours (Bear Pass): Same type as run as l’écureuil with similar conditions. Pretty rocky on the last two pitches.

Contour: this a classic black-diamond run I skied in 1981. Many rolls, bumps and pitches, twisting across the fall line. Great trail. Very good coverage.

Lloyd Langlois on Giroux Mtn: lower attitude glade and it showed. Bad coverage and rocky at the bottom.


Quad on Mont Giroux-Nord


Mont Orford with the narrow and twisting Contour run clearly visible


MadPat at the top of Passe-à-l’ours


Passe-à-l’ours


Super Nat on “4km” from the top of Orford.


Super Nat on the nice long “4km” from the top of Orford. Eastern Township Autouroute (Highway 10) at the bottom

Orford is definitely a fun mountain, among the best in Quebec for glades and twisted 😈 runs. Steep runs are a bit short on vertical when compared with Stowe, MRG and other big ones of the East.

Overall, it’s was a great week. Best snow of the week was found where the lift capacity is the lowest (ie. MRG and Spruce).

MadPat’s Orford 2005 Gallery

Originally text posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:30 pm on firsttracksonline

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Road to MRG. View of Sugarbush North.


View of MRG

Back to MRG…

What a huge difference since my last visit in late January (Powder day with no base). Conditions were amazing. After a day skiing at Stowe, we returned back to Montreal to get my oldest daughter (7yrs).

Started the day skiing Quacky. I seldom look at these runs when I ski with friends, it’s a shame. This run was fun and full of moguls. My daughter loved it.

In those two days, I didn’t get to ski Paradise, Fall Line or some off-piste stuff, instead we stayed with my daughter and had a blast. Catamount Bowl, Glades, Waterfall, Antelope (Upper and Lower) (she definitely didn’t like the last part of Lower 😕 ), Slalom Hill, Quacky, Porcupine, etc. She never skied so many moguls in all her life and she loved it, she wanted MORE (something that would make Joe proud 😉 ).

Winter snow conditions still prevailed at that time. Loose Powder to be had by all. Corn snow was only found at the bottom of the Sunnyside chair. Coverage was excellent, best conditions of the week.


Top of Catamount


Catamount Bowl


Catamount Bowl


Basebox

MadPat’s MRG – March 2005 photo gallery

Text originally posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:59 pm on firsttracksonline

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