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Another May weekend, what else to do, but enjoy the cool snow and warm breeze while skiing in a t-shirt?

After last weekend double destination at the last two ski resorts open in the East, it was time to focus on the more local area for me.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca

Saturday May 14:

Definitely less driving this weekend: Mont St-Sauveur is under 50 miles from Montréal and 100 miles from Ottawa. MSS was having an end-of-the-year party with a band, the popular exterior bar, BBQ, $1 hot-dogs, inflatable jumping structures for the kids and it was also the last weekend to take advantage of the Waterpark season pass special of $59 for the season-pass. This would explain why there were 25 people in line in front of me at the Customer Service desk.


Mogulskier hitting the bumps on the final West Hill 70 pitch


Planetskier carving outside the bumps lines


Mogulskier on Hill 70

It was also “May repeat” from the previous weekend, everyone was out for what was initially the last weekend (which was changed the previous day) of skiing. A repeat in the warm t-shirt weather, the Ottawa crew was here, the two Dan, Danmelon and MTL_Ripper, Mogulskier, a few people from Zoneski and a few bloggers like Tom from Estski and Jari the Planetskier. The previous Friday I meet Jari at Killington, this time he made the trip from Boston (not Finland) to ski at MSS and Québec which he had never skied. His other option for weekend turns was Iceland, but MSS wasn’t as an expensive option.


Nordique was official closed, but that didn’t really stop anyone


The entrance of Nordique wouldn’t last the day, but coverage was 100% on everything about the finally pitch which was roped off.

I don’t recall the last time I saw so much coverage in mid-May at MSS? Snow was pushed all the way to the lodge’s patio. The official trail count was one, Hill 70 West, but part of 70 East was covered and skied. The main difference in one week was the official closing of the Nordique trail, however it didn’t stop anyone from skiing it. The coverage was thin and became non-existent at the entrance of the trail plus the final pitch was roped off with undermined snow at bottom and ended on pavement with two parked groomers. A few bump lines were seeded, a box and rail setup on Hill 70: Fun for all. The surface was pretty firm due to the salting of the Hill 70, Nordique was soft while the finally roped pitch was nice and firm, you really had to work your skis.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
MadPat and Mogulskier at the top of a closed Nordique trail
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca


Clouds moving in above Nordique


Planetskier on Nordique


Bottom pitch on Nordique which skied really nicely, thank you very much.

Besides Jari from Finland, MSS had a 3-time gold medalist at Olympic and World Championships in Moguls. There were also a few plates from New England and New York. So MSS didn’t just drag out the nuts; although a few of them continued to ski when the rain came. The rain stopped just in time for last chair.


Mini-bar crowded, patio empty during pouring rain

MSS is very steep … in history. Dartmouth College raced here for the 1st or 2nd intercollegiate race against McGill in the 1930s. After the day of skiing, I showed the Laurentian Ski Museum in town where we got totally drenched … again.

Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca
The crew enjoying Après-ski beer
Picture by Jari from http://planetskier.blogspot.ca


Hardcore bumpers hiking for turns after 5pm


St-Sauveur church in the village

Sunday May 15:

The forecast for Sunday was may rain or may snow. Snow flakes failing from the sky, it is somewhat ironic considering that it was a sub par winter. Killington received 6% of the yearly snowfall on this “event”. Part of the Ottawa crew were considering a May repeat on Sunday, but as the weather was less than favourable. But like the weather was less favorable for Sunny Spring skiing, MSS didn’t open due to the risk of rain…again. As for Jari, we returned to ski Killington on this wintery day.

Saturday May 21:

Three-day ski weekend on both side of the border, Killington was going Friday-Sunday as always this May, while St-Sauveur were opening an extra day on Victoria Day Monday (Saturday-Monday). My plan was skiing Sunday and Monday and may again at Killington the following Monday May 30.


Waterpark is going to be open soon, but we’re still skiing


Like skiing in Summer

Sunday May 22:

Mogulskier was already skiing when I showed up, his kids and wife were at the MSS’s F.U.N park. Another week of temperature hovering around the 30c did a dent on the snowpack, especially the closed Nordique which was official closed the weekend before with excellent coverage on 3/4 of the trail. The trail was reduced a series on disconnected patches, however the snow was Hill 70 tight. But the coverage was showing a side of weakness in the middle of the Hill 70 pitch; as the day passed, water puddles and bare spots in the moguls field started growing. I don’t recall seeing this on Hill 70 in May in previous year. It’s a sign that the end is near. There was definitely not the number of skiers of the previous weekends, maybe they were spread out over last 3 opening days? Part of the Ottawa crew were there and other regular. It was getting really hot at noon with made it really difficult. As Mogulskier left for Dad duties in the park, the clouds started to move in and we even got a small drizzle for 15 minutes to cool us off. The pitch of Hill 70 was ugly, tomorrow is definitely the last day of the season for St-Sauveur.


There is still a few lines for Mogulskier.


Middle of Hill 70 pitch was getting uglier as the weekend passed. This section of the trail was bare on the last day.


Still enough snow for June on the middle of 70?


Wayne on the final pitch


The last hour crew

Monday May 23: May repeat, Maybe not, May June?

Alex sent me an email Sunday night and asked me if I was going back, was I going to repeat or not? After some consideration, I decided to spend Holiday Monday at home with the family. That being said, I hope that K makes it to June. In fact I hope MSS and K … and a bunch of others make it as long as possible. The more the merrier. I may go to Killington if they are open on Memorial day, meanwhile for MSS, today was definitely the last day of ski operation, even if the snowdepth at some places on Hill 70 will may survive into June. June turns at MSS, I may go for that.


The end


Bye Bye

MadPat’s Galleries:
Mont St-Sauveur QC – 14 mai 2016
Mont St-Sauveur QC – 22 mai 2016

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Sun
Hot
Sunglasses
Beer & BBQ
A band playing
Shorts, Bikinis, underwear and topless skiing
Corn
…and some bumps

This is what Spring skiing is about. Mother Nature gave us warm weather, sunshine and corn weekend. While some people were enjoying their Summer activities in the cities which includes patio drinking, cycling and try to forget about snow, for others it was just another really to go skiing and soak in the rays.


Skyline Parking


View from Skyline Deck with band, BBQ and beer on the left side next to chair

Here is a report of CTV News in Ottawa : Temperatures soar in the capital
http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/temperatures-soar-in-the-capital-1.2862873#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=yJMiHId

My teenaged daughter questioned my sanity. “It’s going to be 21c today, why would you want to be skiing? My reply was, “Exactly, it going to 21c, why not go skiing?” It’s on days like these that you see who the real skiers are.

Slow Sunday morning, it was 11:30, it was SUN and +17c. Barely twenty minutes later, I arrived at a packed Skyline parking. Camp Fortune was the closest skiing from home, the next closest options were Tremblant, St-Sauveur and Whiteface between 2 and 3 hours away.

The Valley was closed, Skyline was where it was happening, amongst the best concentration of Spring skiing on a 590’ vertical around, similar to the old lost Gray Rocks used to offer.

Today was a day where all the hardcore weren’t going to miss. If the locals weren’t at Tremblant, they were here. As the afternoon went on, I started to meet more and more people I knew.

The mountain had been groomed, but it was definitely corning up when I started skiing. Skiing from from left to right.


Chute, Middle Canadian and Bud Clark from Lower Canadian


Lower Canadian


Camille on the edge on Chute


Aaron’s Cornapolooza

Sparks : the longest and easier trail offered. It was a great place to get started. Corn was already deep.

Bud Clark : close to wall-to-wall coverage, but a few thin spot poking out. Deep corn lower down.

Canadian : Steeper than Bud, a fun steep pitch and some slightly firm snow on the side. Bumps were popping out as the afternoon progressed. Middle Canadian had a few large patches, but it was roped off. It still made for some beautiful nice turns on some of the firmer undisturbed corn snow.

Chute : The steep drop which can be terrifying for some racing kids when it’s solid ice at -21c. Today was +21c and keep you on the edge. The more on the edge, there was a nice small drop to jump off from.

Lower Canadian : the wide part concluding the 3 runs above. There was a few rocks poking through and you had to negotiate a puddle that became biggest has the snow melted.


Heggtveit

Heggtveit : The long steep bumped run that was used for the Canadian Moguls Championships for a few weeks ago. It started off fairly smooth after this was groomed, but like the other steep runs, it bumped up in a few places. The edge of the built up snow was particular a lot of fun. The run needed probably another few hours to become a real mogul field par excellence. Still tons of snow left on Heggtveit, probably a few weeks left for those that want to earn their turns.


Swan Dive with Chute, Canadian, Bud Clark and Sparks in the distance

Swan Dive : Officially closed, but that didn’t stop some brave skiers to try to hope from snowpatch to snowpatch on this steep natural run. It might be the last day of the season.

The tiny Skyline lodge was empty expect for those wanting to buy the $20 lift tickets and using the washroom. People taking a break were sitting outside on the bench and picnic tables setup at the bottom. People smiling in the lift line. The band was playing that you could hear from the top of the lift, burgers were flipping and the beer was flowing. People stayed outside until long after the lift stopped turning, the last beer was served and the last burger was flipped. This is what Spring skiing is really all about.

There was a glimmer of hope for a repeat weekend, but Camp Fortune decided to call it a season after the rain on Monday. Now it’s earned your turns season locally or head to closer open ski hill 2 hours away at Mont St-Sauveur which will continue spinning on weekends until May 14.


Ottawa hardcore (Carmen, Rog, Ben, Aaron) from Japan, Dubai, Europe, South America to Camp Fortune


End of season

MadPat’s Gallery:
Camp Fortune QC – April 17, 2016

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End of the season is already around the corner. My last ski outing felt like ages ago. After a talk with Lucky Luke at my mom’s funeral in Montreal and on the need to get out and make some turns, no matter where…I was back in Ottawa went Lucky told me he was heading for Whiteface. I needed to drive back to Montreal, but I was probably looking at some turns at St-Sauveur on a detour on another Ottawa-Montreal drive. I didn’t feel like paying at Tremblant, the detour was longer and the drive was longer for WF. I’m happy that my good friend Lucky dragged me out of unpleasant business and told me about the $17 lift tix deal at Whiteface.

Last liftserved day in the state of New York.

Skied on the same day last year…I don’t remember ever seeing so little snow at WF on their last day.

Gondola and Little Whiteface double were the only lifts in service. The day started off gray, but the sun found a way to find us at the end of the day. There was also signs on a dusting of snow on upper Little WF and the trees from the summit. I got at the mountain at 10ish and brought my old B1s on the gondola, not expecting wall-to-wall coverage that I found at Tremblant.

First run was down Excelsior with a lunch to drop off, as skiing to the base was sketchy. Order of the day was looping off Little Whiteface, to the mid or to the top. I saw Lucky and his clan right away on Mountain Run. \:D/ We skied Mountain Run, Wilderness and Thruway off the mid or Approach and Excelsior off the top. The top of Wilderness required some walking to get to or you could take a lower traverse.

There was also the “Closed” which we wondered why??? We lapped it a few times at the end of the day, best snow and run of the day. Overall snow was soft, but some flat areas mainly at the top of the double or around the midstation looked like someone stuffed the blender with Oreo cookies (real dirty slush) mixed with some chocolate chips (small rocks). The steep parts were okay. :mrgreen: The kids downloaded with the Gondola while Lucky, Anne-Marie and myself skied to the bottom. Lucky’s kids had already done it on their own earlier. There were a few narrow spots toward Broadway and at the bottom through the park. Snow in a narrow strip that disappeared maybe 100 ft from the base of the Face Lift.

So, here is the different runs options:

Off the top: A) Approach toward the mid 1) Thruway, 2) Mountain Run 3) Wilderness
B) 4) Excelsior or 5) Lower Essex/Northway to L Empire-Broadway
All to the way to the bottom via L Valley and SnowPark(name?)

Pictures are a courtesy of Lucky Luke:

Lucky’s kids at the top of Wilderness.

Lucky Anna-Maria

Lucky Alex

Lucky Alex in the bumps in “Closed”

Lucky Vero

Lucky Pat 😉

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Originally posted on Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:34 pm on firsttracksonline

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It wasn’t SUNday…it was RAINday. 8) 8) 8)

I was in Montreal on Saturday, so better to take advantage of it. Unfortunately the forecast was less than ideal. Rain everywhere…I hadn’t made my call on where to ski. The best lift served skiing option was the Loaf. The worst was MSS with 2 runs at $39. In the middle were the Bush and Jay. Three of them weren’t sure of opening on Sunday due to rain in the forecast. Sugarloaf was out of the question as it was too far with this weather and going solo. I had to wait until I got a confirmation on the phone that Jay was going to open. Got it at around 8:30am…Called MSS, no news – MIA. Left Montreal in a light drizzle.

After a long detour on Autoroute 10 (WTF was that???), I got into a virtually empty Stateside parking lot. I got changed and eat a sandwich as I got ready. As I headed out for the short walk to the Jet chair, I came face-to-face with a couple of FTO fanatical and future FIS skiers. One of them was going to change his skis. I wasn’t surprised to meet up with these hardcore skiers.

Okay, what is official open?

Here is the “Runs” down. 😉

1) Haynes/Mont L’Entrepide – First run, hood was doing down too low; couldn’t see much. Skiing in an aquarium feeling. Snow was pretty corny. 😛 The last time I skied this run was back in pre-lift October 06.

2) The Jet – Second run. Same type of Spring snow. Good coverage, however I never really like this trail. It’s a straight liftline trail.

Trail that wasn’t mentioned as being officially open, but it’s was open. Sign on top mentioned walking required.

3) Montrealer/Angel’s Wiggle/Paradise Meadows – 3rd run. Great coverage, harder surface, but still soft. Not many bare spots. Only walking was for the connection to the Jet triple.

Other trails:

4) Kitzbuehel – Branch on Skier’s Right. Harder surface bumps. Maybe 1-2 spot to walk or/and tight connection. Notice that the other branch on Kitzbuehel has better coverage. Connection walking back to Jet trail via Heaven’s Road. Greg and Salida saw me from the lift and mentioned that they’ll wait for me at the top.

5) Kitzbuehel – Branch on Skier’s Left. Did the way better side with FTOers and friends. Salida had changed his skis for some good old pair of Rossi 4S. Great…

6-7) Kitz Woods/Hell’s Crossing/Angel’s Wiggle – Great coverage, rotten and dirty snow, but fun obstacle course, especially the exit through the bushes onto Hell’s Crossing.

8 ) Derick Hot Shot/Mont L’Entrepide – Fun and bumps again. A few tight spots, but nothing major.

9-10) Kitz Woods/Hell’s Crossing/Angel’s Wiggle – again because it’s so much fun.

11) Montrealer/Catwalk(walking)/Northway(climbing on snow)/Upper and Lower Can-Am – A treat for the last run of the day. Can-Am. 😀 Coverage was almost continuous on Upper Can-Am. Nice hard Spring surface, not mush. Highlight of the day for all of us. Shared a beer at mid-run (thanks guys).

Lower Can-Am was more a connection on snow patches. I’m amazed how little rocks there is on the grass. Made it almost down to the bottom of the Bonnie chair without removing my skis. Okay, it included some no snow sliding.

Started skiing at noon and it’s stopped raining at my 8th run.

Great day, great fun and great companionship (almost sounds like a beer commercial). It was also closing day at Jay, so what is left?

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Log evidence of description above

salida wrote :

What a great day!

Gpetrics coming up with a Patrick sighting.

Those 4S really slayed. Here are a few more pictures.

Pictures courtesy of Famous Internet Skiers:


Already Famous internet skiers


Sign at the start of Montrealer


I wasn’t there when it was taken, but that would be Kitzbuehel Skier’s Right. Place where you had to remove your skis unless you’re on some 4S? What are you guys going? Yoga strenching with skis? 😆


Getting back to Jet


Where is the snow?


Top of CanAm


Classic !!!


Beer break at Mid-Can Am. Now I know why you guys were laughing from that pic (didn’t really see much on the LCD screen when I took it). 😆 Pretty close to the END of the Eastern Lift-service season.

Originally posted on Tue May 06, 2008 3:55 pm on firsttracksonline

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Okay, so it was raining on Saturday at MRG, but what else was different with Sunday at Whiteface besides the sun?

Temps were cooler: 19F at the Summit / 33F at the base at 6am. If I remember correctly, it was 61F on the top of General Stark mountain the previous day at 9am.

riverc0il wrote:

anyone that firmly believes a bad day of skiing is better than a good day at the office doesn’t get out on days like this there definitely are days on which i would rather be working than skiing, this was one of them. the only day of the season i can recall thinking “man, should have stayed home.”

This was going to be a different type of day. Life is Fun, Diversity is great. 😀

Admin wrote:

Day 46 (…) Seems to me that Marc “Sally” C forgot to set his clock this morning, so Nancy had a few runs in before Sally even started. ?

Day 45:

It was the type of day in which it pay off to not be first or second in line, but sleep in. 😛 It’s easy with a 2 1/2 hour drive back to Montreal in the rain and losing one hour to daylight saving time. Today I was heading back home to Ottawa with a slight detour via Whiteface.

Started riding the Cloudsplitter Gondola at 11am and with Essex (black diamond) on Little Whiteface as first run: Groomed + Frozen solid and icy. Sounds a bit like Riverc0il’s conditions at last day on Cannon. Unfortunately my edges weren’t as sharp after skiing dirt/mud mixt with a quarter inch of corn snow on the lower part of Bunny at MRG the previous day. Ah yes, marching across the top of a down tree on the rainy run down Paradise probably didn’t help either. Upper Northway: the neighbouring trail wasn’t better in the afternoon. These runs and North facing and never softened up.

Skyward and Cloudspin were definitely softer, except maybe for the few 100 yards off the top of Skyward before noon. Cloudspin terrain was a mix bag of bumps and bare shots. Skyward was groomed, but soften up real good in the afternoon.

Other fun runs were off Little Whiteface, runs like Mountain Run, Thruway and Wilderness. However the best run of the day was Mackenzie from the top. This is a fun run that is often overlooked. The top part turns and twist against the fall-line. This part was firm, but not icy like Essex and Northway. The lower part was a dream come true for all the Joes of this world. 🙂 The ending was thin and required a 3-5ft jump over the mud.

The middle blues in the upper Facelift area had serious ice flow and coverage issue while the bottom flat part of the mountain was a slush fest at the end of the day.

Runs skiied:
Skyward (3 times)
Cloudspin – the Niagara pitch was great fun as always.
Paron’s Run – coverage issue in the middle.

Mackenzie (3 times – run of the day)
Wilderness, Mountain Run, Thruway (2) – soft corn
Essex, Northway – icy and frozen solid
Excelsior – real soft like the whole bottom of the mountain.

From what I understood, the mountain is planning to close on Easter Weekend, however the coverage is thin at certain places at the bottom and around the upper part of the Facelift quad. Well have to wait and see how quick it melts.

Official open trail count: 47

Ah yes, after using some quotes from Admin and Riverc0il I even got something for Tony.

I was at the lift at 10:53am.
Runs: 15
Time: 4:51 (including 30 minutes lunch)
Descent: 7971m – 74m/min (26K vertical) – not bad for a ski day in the East and starting just before 11am.
Ascent: 7979m – 58m/min

It’s true that Whiteface’s vertical is similar to Snowbird.

As you can see, I finally got to use my Suunto watch.

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Day’s Log

Originally posted on Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:09 pm on firsttracksonline

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Super Bowl Super Sunday at Whiteface, skiing for $25, I couldn’t miss that. Parking lot were very very full, however I don’t know where the people were, the liftlines were reasonable. The longest we waited was maybe 5 minutes at around 11am, after that, it was more like 1-3 minutes waits. 😮

Like the other reports of this weekend, it’s was warm, it felt more like April 6th in temperature and snow cover. 8)

With this in mind, conditions were great for an April day, Upper Skyward had loose granular that bumped up nicely as the day went by. The other option off the Summit was Paron’s Run (didn’t ski Follies) was also bumped up by 1PM. The whole upper mountain was soft and fun to ski. 😀

Conditions were similar on Little Whiteface (Wilderness, Mountain Run, Thruway), however there were more icy spots. 😕

Essex on Little Whiteface remained hard and icy all day. Now for the negative, IT WAS FEBRUARY, not April and the snow coverage was thin in some spots and a few bare patches could be found, edge of trails might have hidden branches or rocks as I found out on Upper Skyward. 😡

Sheets of blue ice could be found on the flatter places on the mountain, some trails will probably never open this year unless it’s starts snowing now and we get a few BIG dumps. Trails like Northway, Empire (LW) and Cloudspin were virtual bare of any coverage. The Slides??? Forget about the Slides, unless Winter comes back in a very big way. 😦

Next Super Sunday is March 6th??? Hopefully Winter comes back with snow. 🙄

Originally posted on Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:28 pm on firsttracksonline

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