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Two trails, two hours for two nights!!!

After two days at Tremblant, my old home mountain. It was time to pay a return visit at my new home, a place where I have spent many days over the last few seasons This season isn’t going to be any different.

Edelweiss versus Tremblant
Since 2005-06 : 99 vs 8
From 1981-82 to 1999-2000 prior to Morgane’s 1st real season : 3 vs 78 with many more days since 1968.
Since 1981-82 at the end of last season : 138 vs 103

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The advantage of Edelweiss is that is just over 30 minutes next to my home west of downtown Ottawa. November 2013 was like the ones I used to remember as a kid; it gave us some snow and cold temps close to the normal where ski crews could make some snow. Camp Fortune had opened on November 22 and last Friday it was the turn of Mont Cascades, Mont Ste-Marie and Edelweiss. Edelweiss is the only local area currently offering night skiing or open weekdays. After 25cm last Wednesday November 27: it was time to take advantage of the proximity of local skiing and make a few turns.

Monday December 2
Day 4:

I needed to get my season pass before the ski team season started on this coming weekend. My time was limited in more ways than one, I also had to back in town for 6pm.

I left Ottawa as the afternoon rush-hour traffic started as I coundn’t leave before my youngest daughter got home. She had forgotten her key and I needed to wait for her. The temperature was slightly below freezing, much warmer that the last few days. Edelweiss generally starts the season with only Chemin des bois, but with the cold temps they managed to get Easy Street open also. Chemin des bois is more leveled will Easy Street has one good pitch for green run.

It was already dark and the lights were up when I got on the old High speed quad at 4:15pm. I managed to ski 8 runs in 1 hour until I had to hurry back to Ottawa.

The conditions weren’t the excellent packed powder variety found the previous day or last week at Tremblant, but it was easy carving. I had my old Atomic slalom skis and practiced my turn cranking. There was some loose snow on top of an artificial base. It was foggy with the odd flurries and the odd light freezing drizzle.

Tuesday December 3
Day 5:

Another afternoon rush-hour departure from Ottawa for another 8 runs in one hour. I had a date with the family at a restaurant for a birthday followed by a movie.

Today was a sunny day and the drive up to Wakefield wasn’t as dark as the previous day. The temperature was the same, but the snow texture had changed somewhat and the base was freezing up as the temperature dipped under 0c. It felt more like an early Spring night skiing with a refreezing base with a sunset when I got on the lift.

It was the same pattern as the previous day: 4:15 to 5:15 and 8 runs, 4 in each run. As in the previous day, they were at the most two-dozen people on the hill, most of them snowboarders hitting the few rails setup at the bottom of Easy Street.

Two hour workout over two days, better than watching TV. Tonight I mostly wanted to get out before the potential warm weather and rain hit on Thursday. After that it should be back under freezing, but surfaces aren’t going to be the same.

PS. Calling it night skiing even if I left prior to 5:30pm as I was skiing under the lights both time.

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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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