SUNDAY: Day 3
Okay, the good news for camping is that the night was pretty warm. Éric played guitar/harmonica and going through the repertoire of Neil Young, Pink Floyd, etc. According to Lucky, this brings the girls out, but the only girls around our tents would have been female moose. Look at your feet when you walk, moose crap is everywhere. 😮
So we head in our tent shortly before 11pm as the rain started falling. Wind howled during the night and at one point Luc’s tent collapsed on us. Everything was wet inside. Pete said that he felt something on the edge of their tent, I felt something too!!! MMMhh!!! :-k
We had to get everything out and try to get it dry. The rain was still falling, but not as hard. After many minutes of hesitating, Lucky, Pete and Éric decided to head out and ski. It was Pete and Éric’s last day and they only had one day under their belt. I had already gotten 2 days and maybe another day on Monday, so I decided to pass. Extremeskiboy from Zoneski fame joined them later. I stayed around with the others Zoneskiers, did some little hiking and checked out the exhibit at the Information Centre. Once Pete and Éric were back, they started packing their stuff and drove back to Western Québec. Éric said that he didn’t like the snow. Lucky had a different opinion, but he was getting really wet skiing and hiking. Lucky and I had the same idea, we left…and drove into town. The temps were going below 0c and some our stuff was humid. One of the ZSki pairs left also while the others stayed at the campground.
Picture by MadPat : Pete, Lucky and Éric thinking about options
Picture by MadPat : Rivière Sainte-Anne next to campground raging
Picture by MadPat : River might be good for kayaking, but there is the odd waterfall
Picture by MadPat : Pete and Éric are tearing down the site
Picture by MadPat : Group picture like the ones you see in Beer Ads
Picture by MadPat : Ste-Anne-des-Monts at the end of the day
Picture by MadPat : Driving and looking for the Sea-shack for another day of skiing
Picture by Éric : Éric and Pete heading West and not skiing tomorrow
Picture by MadPat : Beautiful part of Quebec. Mountain meets the sea or super large St.Lawrence river steroids
We headed to stay at the Hostel we stayed the previous winter, however prices listed aren’t what we had in mind. On the Friday, Vincent mentioned that we was going to stay at the Sea-shack. That sounded interesting, so we headed that way. We had beds in a type of wooden tent on the beach, definitely sounded like a cool setting. Girls and a spa, a few of them we’re curious when we started getting our ski gear out. “There is still snow?”
Lucky and I eat on the beach and enjoyed the sunset on the sea. Lucky mentioned that he would prefer being next to his girlfriend, I agreed, I would also prefer being next to his girlfriend. 8-[ 😆 😉
Picture by MadPat : Lucky’s looking for cash for his car ads setting. This is where we eat (well Lucky did) and the hostel is 500 ft behind us
Picture by MadPat : Lucky’s girlfriend isn’t in this picture. He had to settle for a bearded guy … and me, him. lol
Picture by Lucky Luke : Nice sunset on the St.Lawrence
Picture by MadPat : Lucky’s perfect romantic setting wasted on Pat
Picture by MadPat : Sea-shack. Comfortable settings, hoping for a good night sleep
MONDAY: Day 4
That Sunday night the Sea-Shack hostel was packed with foreign exchange students from France plus the odd travelers. The only place available was in the yurt (like a tee-pee) which had about 5 bunk beds (slept 10-15). After a few beers inside, next to the fireplace outside and listening to the music playing, we eventually called it a night. Lucky got tired or maybe he was tired of the locals which had just arrived to impress the female tourists. A few minutes later, I decided to get to bed also. MMhh….nice, dry and warm bed.
We are now comfortable in our beds in our yurt next to the beach as a girl was putting logs on the stove; it was actually too hot. That’s when someone cranked the volume outside to maximum. Some of drunken locals were loud as they were trying to impress. Someone had a loud and very annoying big long red horns that you see drunken idiots used at the Grey Cup games or Québec’s Winter Carnival. Needless to say, it was probably the worst night I’ve had in a hostel noise wise. I guess we shoud have checked their website, but we were going according to what we heard. For that Sunday, it might have been a great place to party, but not necessarily to sleep. The website might have clued us off, especially when they mentioned bar on the beach and pictures on drunk people on their website.
Ok, it might have been a bad night. I remember know why I check into the hostel reviews when I travel. Funny, I was sure that Lucky would lose it, but it was a girl in our dorm that steeped out and told them to cut it out and turn the off the *?&*?&* music at 4:30am: the sun was already up.
Two hours later, Lucky woke me up and we left the sea toward the mountains. Last day, cold temps and rain the previous day made for an interesting surface. As we observed the different white ribbons on the surrounding mountain as we moved in land, we wondered if we would be lucky to get the soft conditions we had on Friday or the frozen surface I expected at the beginning of this trip?
Picture by MadPat : Heading back towards the mountains
We made it to the campground to join the 2 remaining ZSkiers. After a breakfast near freezing temps, we headed up the familiar road. Lucky was hoping to explore different locations, however the uncertainty of the snow surfaces made us decide on the familiar and easier access terrain.
The snow on the road toward Saturday location had melted enough for us to use it. After finding the route to the apron of the mountain, the surface was what we had feared: it was frozen solid. ExtremeSkiBoy and Lucky got their crampons on and I got the ice axe. Yannick from ZSki had decided that he wasn’t going to try riding if the conditions would be firm and leave his board in the car. We didn’t head toward the longer no-fall couloir, but the bottom of the other couloir. I had a hard time getting the ice axe into the slope. Booting up required a few kicks only to get one, maybe two inches in. Extremeskiboy mentioned that it was crazy to climb without crampons. They were seeing my slow climbing technique. It was a fun experience, definitely crazy enough that you needed crampons or an ice axe. The snow was ppprrreeeettttty firm.
We made two short runs (100-120m vert) each before heading back through the bushes, around the pond, branches toward the car.
Picture by Yannick : Pat making his way through the bushes
Picture by Yannick : Skis back on
Picture by Yannick : Lucky skiing frozen solid slope
Picture by MadPat : MadPat making it up without crampons (taken by Yannick)
Picture by Lucky Luke : Extremeskiboy with the crampons and MadPat with the axe. Where going to ski this??? We are mad
Picture by MadPat : MadPat on edge (taken by Yannick)
Picture by MadPat : Lucky, Yannick and Extreme at the bottom heading home.
Picture by MadPat : A real maze to get and from this place. Trees
Picture by MadPat : Water…
Picture by MadPat : Extremeskiboy thinks it’s worth the trouble getting to
At the car Lucky and I decided to make one last call and skied the dyke where the car was parked. Yeah…the snow was pretty dirty and corny. So much fun that Lucky and I decided to do it again. The dyke was about 35 meter high (you could ski lower), an extremely fun 35 meter. Great way to finished our trip as Lucky and I high-five each other after out last run. What a fun trip to a great place.
As we started driving back to civilization shortly before 2pm, we were already thinking about our next time. Definitely will comeback, so many lines to ski. So many freaking lines.
That’s it folks (now I can repost some really dated TRs)!!! 😉
Picture by MadPat : Lucky skiing the dyke
Picture by MadPat : Going back up
Picture by Yannick : MadPat’s turn
Picture by Yannick : End of last run…Lucky and MadPat
Skilog for the Day
Picture by Lucky Luke : Another try for Lucky to find a car sponsorship. Car on the dyke with terrain in the background
Picture by MadPat : Heading out
Picture by MadPat : Looking back. Saturday and today terrain with Dyke in foreground (white horizontal patch)
Picture by MadPat : Turn left at the river to head home
Mines Madeleine : 17 mai 2009
Mines Madeleine : 18 mai 2009
Originally posted on Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:22 pm on firsttracksonline
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