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Three day course at the hill. A course to become a certified coach. You see, after skiing for the first time in 1968, I finally went to go some type of skiing certification. I guess I’m living life upside down…almost everyone get into skiing then get a real job…I’m doing the opposite.

All the friends I know that went to get some type of skiing certification did so when they were in their late teens or early twenties; the demographics of this course wasn’t any different. I was the outlier, everyone else were maybe 21 and under. I was almost the oldest, except for the “facilitator” who was 2 months older than me. A majority of the people in the course were ex-FIS racers.

Friday December 6

The day after the rain and thaw, the temperature was holding steady at -1c. The meeting place for in the main lodge at 8:30am even if the lift only opened at 9am. There wasn’t many cars in the parking lot when I arrived at 8:15am.

The course was a mixed of “in-class” and “on snow”. On the first two days we would ski from 10 to 2:30 then back into the class until close to 5pm.

The coverage was still good on Chemin des bois and Easy Street, but the surface was of a frozen granular type. A bit like skiing on small marbles. Let’s just say it was much better a few days ago. The terrain was limited, but the Easy Street is nice for a green run. The facilitator showed us a series of exercises and drills. The intensity increased until I was sweating. A few in the group got warned about their lift ticket not being placed on their jacket, geez there were maybe 10 other people on the hill. Not surprising the kids from the club have been asked about their pass when they had skinsuits. That being said, not sure how busy the weekend will be?

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Saturday December 7

Another -1c this morning. Edelweiss has a few snow guns blowing on Yodeler (aka Rockstar) and one the side of Easy Street pitch. It was frozen granular, but the surface was much better. The ski team has on the hill this morning plus the early season skiers and boarders. I always use the term skiers, but when I do, it includes all riders (ski and snowboard). Edelweiss is known for its park, so they get a fair percentages of boarders on the hill. You wouldn’t know that segment of the sport was in sharp decline.

Skiing on weekends can bring a few pet peeves. Instead of lift tickets, we were bugged about having to go around and use the coral when no one was there. That is probably where I damaged my base with the few peddles lying around. There were a few peddles on the hill also, I guess that what happens when the groomer drive over gravel.

As the class was skiing on Chemin des bois, one from our group was cutoff and had to avoid a crash by a split second. There were a few of those busy moments on the hill during the weekend which is one of the dangers when there is limited terrain.

Our facilitator reminded me of the coach I had in university. Both of them escaped Eastern Europe via flights to Cuba in the mid 1980s and spoke in a thick accent, in both official languages.

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Sunday December 8

A cold -13c morning for Evaluation Day. I was in terrible shape as I managed to sleep only 2 terrible hours. One of my daughters was sick while the other had a sleepover. Tara was going to the hill with her friend and her ski patrol dad. I had to adjust her used boots with Morgane’s old skis and bring then at the hill. I wasn’t going to be able to lookout for my daughter for lunch or anything else, so I asked my wife to come to the hill with me.

When we arrived at 8:15am, Tara was already ready. For the course, I was told what I needed to go to pass. It should have been easy, but my brain was scrabbled from lack of sleep and fatigue plus going the exercises.

The snowguns had more all night and the conditions were groomed to awesomeness. Best day out of the three. They were huge mounds of snow on Yodeler and Trou du Diable, so it shouldn’t be long until the area had some extra terrain.

We got on the snow at 9, as everyone had to do a lesson. It warm up to a nice -6c, conditions were awesome; I wasn’t. 😦 It would have been easier if we still had straight skis and shape skis never existed. Damn A-frame which come back as a reflex. After waiting for over one hour, we had individual interviews.

The wise Polish guy said to me today that I need to work hard to become a good skier…and he is right. I could have skied better today, a good night sleep can’t be overstated. If they had a retro category, I would rock!!! Bring back to 205s. Technique has changed, but hard to teach an old dog a new trick, but I squeaked by, I passed… it was ugly. Anyway, I’ll have to ski more to work on it.

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After three days of 8 to 5 at the hill and six out of the last eight on snow; I’ll take a break for a few days, even if there is fresh snow on the ground.

What’s next in skiing? I don’t know, there is always working to get better. What is better than a Level 1? Level 2! I already have a Avy 1. Avy 2 wouldn’t be in the cards for this Winte, but somewhere down the road. Oh yeah, Instructor 1 & 2 and Coach 2 would also be nice; it would make four Level 2 as I already have my Race Official 2. You see, I’m living life upside down…almost everyone get into skiing then get a real job…I’m doing the opposite.

Over sixty years after my father became a Certified Ski Instructor at Chalet Cochand in 1952, now it was my turn. My mother always discouraged me of being to involved in skiing like my father and focus on getting a good job unlike him. I’m at the crossroads and not sure what I want to do in life, but one thing is certain, I want to ski!!!

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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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