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After the bad week and last episode of rain 14-days ago, the awesome 2013-14 Winter was back on track. The Polar Vortex 2 moved in time for the Ottawa Masters to use their no skin suit rule last Wednesday. The temperature moved away from the deep into the -20s just in time for Saturday.

Saturday January 25 : Edelweiss

The Strief ski run opened for the previous weekend, but we were away racing at the neighbouring hills. Prior to the trail opening, Strief had a few big mounds of snow on it which was probably moved after the rain, then it got real cold.

Saturday morning was covered with 10cm layer of fresh snow. As usual, instead of making fresh tracks, coaches were making a fresh course down a steep Streif. I couldn’t believe the amount of snow that was blown at the entrance and in the pitch of a still closed Shotgun trail. I’m taking meters high. A few poachers defied patrollers and ducked the rope or sketched down on the edge of Strief behind the pipes.

Today was the return to awesomeness of our great winter weather with fresh snow, big flakes falling and -6c in the afternoon.

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Sunday January 26 : Edelweiss

Our Winter hasn’t been only about the snow, but also the cold spells. A freezing -29c start which would warm up to -18c later in the afternoon. Shotgun mounds of snow were roughly flatten, but I think the trail was still closed and some people were still poaching it.

It didn’t matter, it was a hero snow day on Strief. When it is this cold, snow doesn’t slide much. Hard lovely carveable cold artificial snow on the steep pitch, I could have stayed for hours if it wasn’t for my frozen hands and toes. Morgane was giving her ski lessons, not easy to ski with young kids when it is this cold.

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Tuesday January 28 evening : Edelweiss

Another 10cm feel on Ottawa on Monday with continued cold conditions, awesome skiing and -18c. Coaching on Strief again, but with the U10s and U12s for a training evening under the lights. For the three outings in four day, I still skied exclusively on Streif.

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Wednesday January 29 evening : Fortune – Back on course (Racing)

So Winter was back on course…now it was time for me to get back on course. Back to ski racing. I’m taking babysteps in Winter 2014 in my return to Ottawa Masters ski racing after a hiatus due to health issues. I’m still not over them and I’ve been skipped two of the first three races struggling with my anxiety. Wednesday was my first slalom race since March 2011. A slalom on Slalom was the order of the evening. I hesitated before leaving the house, however I managed to overcome my demons for this night. The stress level was slightly better than my first race back two Wednesdays ago, but the results were again far from my normal handicap. Skiing at 88%, second last in the Beer Points again. Although the conditions were nice, the course was down to the blue ice layer from the rain event. The skis weren’t tuned, but that wasn’t important, the goal was showing up for the race.

Next race is already tomorrow: a GS at Edelweiss.

Tonight’s Results and Beer Points

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What did I go during the Holidays? Not sure other than ski many days at Edelweiss and watch hours of Doctor Who episodes. We also got away for New Year Eve Celebration at Titus Mountain, New York.

Saturday December 21

On the first day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin des bois trails to ski.
A snowing drive after the previous day long snowing drive to and from Tremblant.
A nice -7c and smooth skiing.
One coach off to Newfoundland and the another at Tremblant resulting in me skiing with the U10s.
Great day with the exception of one hour of freezing fog and a young racer being plowed by a snowboarder on Chemin des bois.

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Sunday December 22

On the second day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin des bois trails to ski.
Woke up by some ice pellets hitting the window.
No snowplows on Ottawa streets and crazy slow snowing drive after I managed to hit the highway.
A nice -6c and 12cm of fresh snow with a layer of sugar on top with was hard for the U10s.
Freezing windshield and goggles weather turned us into skiing glazed donuts.

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Monday December 23

On the third day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer is added to Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin des bois trails to ski.
Brushes on Upper Zoomer for the younger kids to brush up on their stance and pole plant while older kids got full gates on Lower Yodeler.
Again nice -7c and awesome groomed packed powder skiing.
So good that I added a couple of extra runs after the training was done.

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Friday December 27

On the fourth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin des bois trails to ski.
Skiers’ Boxing Day…after wrapping, unwrapping and shopping in the last 3 days, it is time for the folks to hit the slopes.
The Strief chair opened for the first time this season, but no extra terrain open.
An 8am arrival for my daughter Morgane’s CSIA Level 1 Instructor Course even if the lifts only opened at 9am.
One coach gone and two were back – Christmas Camp is starting for the whole race program.
Brushes and stubbies on Upper Zoomer and Full gates and hand timing of slalom runs for older kids.
Conditions were awesome in the morning, but I was helping to set the course.
Deep cold as moved in those days, but the cold morning temperature, turned out to blue bird and -7c again.

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Saturday December 28

On the fifth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Second day of CSIA course for Morgane, second day of camp for the race program.
Racers skiing GS while younger kids begged me to take them in the “bumps” which was in fact ungroomed mounts of snowmaking on the skiers’ left of Upper Zoomer.
Warm day in Ottawa with a -1c at 7am, temperature hovered around freezing all day.
A very light spitting like on Day 2.
The top of hill was covered with a fog/mist when we left.

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Sunday December 29

On the sixth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Morgane passed her CSIA Level 1 and follows in the tracks of her grandfather more than 60 years later.
Christmas camp day two and I’m with the U12s today as we set on Upper Zoomer.


Congratulation Morgane!!!

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Monday December 30

On the seventh day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Cold -20c and the snowguns are back on Zoomer.
Frozen U10 kids in and out of the lodge a few times.
My whole family is at the hill and Morgane’s season pass snapped in half while training GS with the U16s.
Warmed up to a -18c in the afternoon.

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Thursday January 2

On the eighth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Car had difficulty to start when it was time to leave the hill.
-29c makes for a freaking cold day, almost record-breaking, wind chill warning in Ottawa, frozen toes and frostbite at the end of nose to end the day… even if it had warmed up to -24c. Hard to believe that it could be colder than earlier in the week.
We had the hill to ourselves, except for a few brave frozen souls.
The kids trained GS top to bottom on Yodeler on a Polar Vortex day.
Too cold for the radios to function; awesome groomed conditions.
Huge mountain of snow on Zoomer…can’t wait to have it flatten so we can have another run open. There was also limited snowmaking operations on Easter Bowl and Streif for the first time.

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Friday January 3

On the ninth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Mountain of snow on Zoomer are flatten.
The rest of Zoomer is added to Upper Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Another -29c start at a freaking cold day, wind chill warning, frostbite on nose and frozen toes as it warmed up to -25c.
Stubbies slalom instead of full gates due to cold and the risk of breaking them.
As for my body, I thought my nose would fall off.
Incredible skiing on incredible new grabby hero snow on Zoomer.
Snowmaking on Easter Bowl and Strief.

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Saturday January 4

On the tenth day of Christmas,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Couple centimeters of fresh snow and Slalom training on Zoomer.
Much warmer day forecast gave us a still cold -22c to start and increased wind. Temps managed to crawl up to -14c, but still had frozen toes and nose.
And Mikaela Tommy visiting her coaching brother and giving back to her club and community. Never saw someone ski so fast in a course without touching the gates.
18-year old Mikaela received the rockstar welcome from the kids.

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Sunday January 5

On the eleventh day and last day of Christmas holidays,
Ullr and MSSI gave to me:
Zoomer, Yodeler, Chute, Trou du Diable, Easy Street and Chemin trails to ski.
Great conditions and awesome skiing with fresh snow again. You know its good when a World Cup skier skis Edelweiss on fat skis.
People tracking powder when we are setting.
Mikaela was back in the afternoon with her race gear to ski with the club and her dad, Mike Tommy (twice Olympian and Canadian Champion in the 1980s), gave a few pointers to the racers and coaches.
It was a great conclusion to the last day of the Holidays. Awesome snow conditions, awesome skiing by the kids and awesome pointers from World Cup skiers.
And real warm day compared to the last few days; -12c to -4!!!

Last Holidays were real good, but the 2013 Christmas Holidays skiing at Edelweiss was overall the best in over 5 years!!!! The Ottawa region was blessed by Ullr this Christmas, let’s just hope he doesn’t take too much of a break this Winter and keep delivering.

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Pictures courtesy of Julie from the Edelweiss Ski Racing Team

U12s on Lower Yodeler


Mikaela skiing the awesome conditions


Maddie U16 training slalom on Zoomer


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Chris


Xavier


Mikaela and her fans!!! You can even see a piece of MadPat in that picture

Support Mikaela Tommy : Make A Champ website

S-Media : Q&A with Canadian Rising Star Mikaela Tommy by C.J. Feehan

FIS website : Mikaela Tommy’s biography and results


Bob and Doug McKenzie : Twelve Days of Christmas
Truly is the Great White North!!!

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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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