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Day two of our Hard Luck too short Spring Break

Ten inches had fallen the previous day on General Stark Mountain. Morgane was sad, she was sitting this day out as her knees were really hurting. She really loves this mountain and hasn’t skied it since Spring Break 2010. Tara’s mind was on the single and nothing else. Skied Upper Antelope then into a one feet powder turns on Bunny’s skier’s left. We repeated for the second run, however we turned on Porcupine this time, but the base was real thin underneath that fresh snow. Isssh, this was not good for the project of future turns at MRG in the coming week (but it got cool again and skiing at MRG made it to April). It was the same program everytime, Tara would ask us if we would get off at the mid, we always said ‘no’ then a push off to Antelope then playing around in the various trail options between Catamount and Antelope. On the lower end, we would always explore the trails more on the Sunnyside.


Tara and Caroline at the top of General Stark Mountain


Antelope


Approach the mid crossover


Bunny powder

Tara had a weird twisting fall at the bottom in Periwinkle Bowl. Her leg hurt, but she ended doing one more run on the double. She wanted to ski on a green run this time as she didn’t want to force her leg too much. At the end of the run, we suggested that she call it a day. It was already close to 3pm anyways. Caroline and I went out to head towards Fall Line. Again there was powder, but the base was real hard as the previous day at Sutton. We didn’t experience it with Tara as we were skiing the lower angles runs, but on the rough and steeper runs, we were being knocked around. Skied a bit of the woods to catch up to Caroline as I was busy taking a few pictures. The lower mountain was done through Upper Glades and Lower Beaver. I was tempted to sneak in the woods, but it didn’t seem like a good idea. Although the base was thinner, the overall ski surfaces was better on the runs we skied.


Beautiful from this angle


Ugly looking uphill – I don’t have twins. Pictures taken on different rides up


Hard base on Liftline with deep pocket


Chute’s coverage was better


Sketchy top on Chute


Woods


Upper Antelope


Antelope Powder


Creamery Powder


Catemount

As the lift were about the closed, the clouds moved it and it started snowing and building the recent snow. The forecast for the following days was also cold, because the base was very thin on the Sunnyside – if it would get real warm, Easter at MRG wouldn’t happen (they made it even further into April). Even luckier since our visit, MRG and the rest of Vermont received even more snow and from what I read, skiing was great.


Bare spots showing on Sunnyside


Double


Snail under Birdland chair


Family inside, Tara is done.


Last run without kids on Fall Line


Glades


Hiking in the snow after the lifts are closed


Quiet inside


Leaving back for Ottawa

MadPat’s Gallery :
Mad River Glen – March 15, 2013

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Hard luck Spring Break.

Bad luck curse for Spring Breaks due to injuries and weather seemed to continue again this March. The week started with two girls and one dad being sick then it rained on Tuesday. I was hoping to make to the Saguenay for the first time, however the fact that we had to be back in town on Friday night made the possibility of this trip less likely.

Our departure for Spring Break finally took place on Thursday morning. The trip was now a combo MRG-Sutton, however after it was decided we were going to leave on Thursday morning, we opted to start it off at Sutton. I wanted Morgane on her new non-race skis for MRG, however I needed to pick them up at Stowe. It made for a morning travel from Ottawa, pickup, mounting skis then skiing unlikely. The decision was to head straight for shorter drive to Sutton and let her use of race skis. Mont Sutton and Edelweiss (MSSI) no longer had an agreement on deals with season passes, so we ended up paying full price … for a Half-day pass. Tara had a free lift ticket with her Grade 5 passport.


Chalet

It was a very late start and Morgane wasn’t fast: Tara and Caroline did one run on the beginner chair. I remember as a young kid, we used to ride that T-bar on that liftline and ski solo. The chair goes slightly higher than the old T-bar. Once they were done we all headed towards the HQS Chair II.

Trying to find a compromise for first run; we skied down l’Alouette. There was a new layer of loose powder on the hard frozen base. For the second run, we skied towards Chair IV and the upper mountain via the steeper Youppe-Youppe. This run used to be one of my favorite’s when I was 7 back in Winter 1973. Everything off the run was really rough snow, ice, grass and ungroomed covered with a nice 15cm of light layer, so it didn’t take long to figure out it was not necessarily the day to explore.


Alouette


Old wooden liftline maze at bottom of Chair II


Youppe-Youppe

Next descente was down on Miracle-Emotion(?) to Chair VII. It was mixed illusion and emotion as they was untracked snow. I could also see Morgane grining as her knees were really hurting. You could see she was in pain, but she wanted to continue to ski. As we were skiing down a nice final untracked pitch, we realized that the base wasn’t as nice and Morgane did some damage on her race skis. The rough surface made my teeth fillings hurt. After that run, both girls wanted a break for food, from the cold, frozen feet and for Morgane’s knees. It was about -10c, but it was humid: it was probably the coldest temperatures we had skied in over 3 weeks. Although we started skiing really late and barely skied 60 minutes, we went in the Chalet 840 at the top at altitude 840 meters. This is a part of Sutton I enjoy: the rustic feel of the on-mountain chalets.


Traverse towards VII


Steeper pitch


Hurting knees and no base under soft layer


Emotion pitch above VII


Rough conditions : Triple-diamonds aren’t open

Sutton has some real fun terrain, but with the hidden hazards buried, we opted for skiing Dynamique straight under Chair IV. There were so nice pockets of powder, no surprise underneath, although the base was hard and icy.

Trying to keep everyone happy, we skied down the long Alleghanys, one of the classic Eastern Townships trails that starts at the top and runs along the Mont Sutton ridge across the top of the whole ski area to finally dropped into the mellower Chair I sector. Tara and I skied the “marginal conditions” conclusion of Alleghanys while Morgane and Caroline better covered trails – this is why we needed to pick up her non-race skis. Signals got mixed and Tara and I skied one more run on Lift I before ending back to the Main Chalet for an urgent restroom break.


Chalet 840


Light powder


Dynamique


Main Chalet


Happy after a day of skiing

It was a short day, but not if you count the long drive. It was a nice little powder day, unfortunately what was underneath wasn’t. After our day skiing, we drove across the border at Richford VT to eventually eat supper in Stowe. Tomorrow, we ski Mad River Glen.


Northern Vermont driving


Stowe food

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MadPat’s Gallery:
Mont Sutton – March 14, 2013

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I remember my last visit at Orford. It was the first time that I took my mother’s car to go skiing alone with a friend. I was 16, the car was a Buick Skylark 1976, this was way back in April 1981.

I remember having enjoyed that day very much and mentioning that I was definitely going to return. How times flies, the following visit happened 24 years later!!! Why did it take so long?

Vertical 540meters
Eastern Townships

Mommy stayed with Tara, Morgane’s (oldest daughter) ski pants stayed at MRG. Who will come ski with me? Caroline (my wife and mother of my daughters) suggested I call a certain friend at 7:30am. At that time, this friend was leaving at work, but the devil 😈 played with her mind. Work or Skiing?


SuperNat on Mont Alfred-Desrochers; the tamer of the three summits


Owl’s Head in the distance from the top of Mont Giroux

A few hours later, we were skiing trails like:

L’écureuil (Squirrel): a crazy twisted glades runs with cliffs. A fun trail, probably one of the hardest in the East in non-powder conditions. Unfortunately there were rocks, branches and other hazards that you had to be careful with. This trails was definitely skied too much for the type of trail it was. I still had a great time.

L’intrépide: not as hard as l’écureuil, but steeper and more wide open. The run is not as long and consist of a steep pitch at the top of the mountain. Great conditions. Best run of the day.

Super: top to bottom run under the hybrid lift (gondolas and 6-pack chairs on the same cable). The top pitch (next to l’intrépide) was great fun, but coverage was not as good.

Passe-à-l’ours (Bear Pass): Same type as run as l’écureuil with similar conditions. Pretty rocky on the last two pitches.

Contour: this a classic black-diamond run I skied in 1981. Many rolls, bumps and pitches, twisting across the fall line. Great trail. Very good coverage.

Lloyd Langlois on Giroux Mtn: lower attitude glade and it showed. Bad coverage and rocky at the bottom.


Quad on Mont Giroux-Nord


Mont Orford with the narrow and twisting Contour run clearly visible


MadPat at the top of Passe-à-l’ours


Passe-à-l’ours


Super Nat on “4km” from the top of Orford.


Super Nat on the nice long “4km” from the top of Orford. Eastern Township Autouroute (Highway 10) at the bottom

Orford is definitely a fun mountain, among the best in Quebec for glades and twisted 😈 runs. Steep runs are a bit short on vertical when compared with Stowe, MRG and other big ones of the East.

Overall, it’s was a great week. Best snow of the week was found where the lift capacity is the lowest (ie. MRG and Spruce).

MadPat’s Orford 2005 Gallery

Originally text posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:30 pm on firsttracksonline

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Road to MRG. View of Sugarbush North.


View of MRG

Back to MRG…

What a huge difference since my last visit in late January (Powder day with no base). Conditions were amazing. After a day skiing at Stowe, we returned back to Montreal to get my oldest daughter (7yrs).

Started the day skiing Quacky. I seldom look at these runs when I ski with friends, it’s a shame. This run was fun and full of moguls. My daughter loved it.

In those two days, I didn’t get to ski Paradise, Fall Line or some off-piste stuff, instead we stayed with my daughter and had a blast. Catamount Bowl, Glades, Waterfall, Antelope (Upper and Lower) (she definitely didn’t like the last part of Lower 😕 ), Slalom Hill, Quacky, Porcupine, etc. She never skied so many moguls in all her life and she loved it, she wanted MORE (something that would make Joe proud 😉 ).

Winter snow conditions still prevailed at that time. Loose Powder to be had by all. Corn snow was only found at the bottom of the Sunnyside chair. Coverage was excellent, best conditions of the week.


Top of Catamount


Catamount Bowl


Catamount Bowl


Basebox

MadPat’s MRG – March 2005 photo gallery

Text originally posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:59 pm on firsttracksonline

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Ontario Spring Break was here and I had taken the week off. After one day family ski day St.Bruno (near Montreal) where we initiated Tara (2.5 yrs old) to the great sport of skiing, Tuesday was Parents’ Day.

We left our kids with Grand’ma in Montreal and treated ourselves with a beautiful day of skiing at Stowe, one of our favorites ski areas in the East.

Focus: Spruce ….

I wanted to return to Stowe and ski Spruce Peak before that whole area got “improved” 😡 next year with the removal of the old double and added snowmaking. Unfortunately, I always overlooked this part of Stowe because of the lack of expert runs. Yes, the lift was slow, but the conditions were well worth the wait. Whirlaway is fun and twisted, great coverage with minimal rocks and branches. Smugglers was also great. He did repeat those runs a few times.


Spruce Chair


Spruce Chair


Smuggs from top of Spruce

Mansfield:

After the great skiing off the old double, we took the gondola and headed for the gondola. Chin Clip was a huge disappointment, conditions were hardpacked and wind-blown, a far cry from the fun stuff at Spruce. Most runs were (or looked) windblown and icy. We didn’t stay here for long, it’s was getting late.

What’s next? Goat, Starr?

Although there are many runs that I love at Stowe, the other focus of the trip was to ski the Bruce trail. We started skiing down it sometimes past 3pm. What a great run, long and narrow with a few drops. Conditions were better than Spruce (virtually no rocks and branches, only a few bare spots at the end (before the cross-country center)). The snow had more of a Spring texture to it. We had to push and climb for a while before we were able to get back to the “resort”. 4:03PM – Finally made it to the Toll Road chair (or whatever it’s called). “Sorry, we are closed, the liftee told us” 😥 We finally had to hop on the shuttle to get back to the lot.

A great day. Best conditions skied: Spruce and Bruce.

Next day destination: Mad River Glen.


Bottom of Spruce and Mansfield


Nosedive


Bruce Trail

MadPat’s Stowe – March 2005 photo gallery

Text originally posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:40 pm on firsttracksonline

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