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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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It snowed lightly all day Saturday and Sunday in Ottawa. The ski season was getting old and Spring was here, so I decided to head off on 100 miles of snow covered road to Tremblant to use one of my too-many pre-paid tickets. Tremblant’s closing day was only four weeks away.

I had a hard time getting out of bed on Sunday morning (Frank, I guess it doesn’t help when you are busy at work and you only start your weekend at 10:30PM on Friday night. Eh, at least I didn’t go to work on the weekend – not for now at least). I knew I was not going to get first tracks, so I didn’t really hurry. I eventually left Ottawa at 8AM to finally arrive 2:30 hours later (it normally takes 2hours). I opted to drive an extra 15 minutes past the Zoo on the South side and head to the North side parking lot.

Tremblant was reporting 10cm new snow (4 inches) at 7AM (I think), but it was still snowing heavily. This was only my third time at Tremblant this winter, the first being in November. Started my first run of the day from the top on CBC, which was closed on my previous visit two weeks ago. The new trail “Superieur” cuts part of the original trail. CBC definitely Tremblant’s narrowest and twistiest trail (I think that some trees on the sides of the trail were also cut, so it is more forgiving that before). For some reason, the snow was not the greatest, I guess too many people side-slipping.

I had to figure out where there was less skier traffic while trying to stay more or less on the trail. Tried the old-t-bars lines, better, but not great then I started getting serious (I must have been powder snow deprived). Skied a few runs of part of abandon trail (old Grand Prix’s two options) or access trail (t-bars access-this is the deprive part) from the 70s. The snow was great.

I was skiing with my Atomic GS skis, the perfect ski for Tremblant on most days. On my first runs to the bottom of the South side, there a Rossignol Demo tent. Spoke to the rep and 30 minutes later he had a pair of B1s- 176cm waiting for me. Perfect day to test these skis, unfortunately the South side didn’t have any moguls, not even on the steeper Vertige and ZigZag which were skiing great nevertheless. So I decided to go to Tremblant’s ultimate black run, Dynamite!!! Testing the B1s full speed to the bottom of the North Side via Tunnel. Dynamite had been closed at my previous visit, the bumps big and soft in powder (no one ever ski this run). The last pitch (which is a steep rocky drop was closed, like most times) so I cut across to reach the middle of Expo. Expo had I nice patch of ice (30 feet across), skied it, skis held fine, I was impressed. This is not a race ski and it holds!!!

At the bottom, MMMhhhh!!! Let’s go for seconds, I sure the B1s would agree. For the ride back down to the South side, Vertige was the choice run. Top was very edgeable, ice started showing in the middle. Those 4 runs were great, I returned the Rossignol B1s one hour later, took back my 10.22s and heading back to the North for lunch, it was already 2PM. Those Rossi would be great at Mad River Glen.

After lunch, I had to try Dynamite again, even with the 183 GS skis, still had a great time. Also returned to the old Grand Prix, however it was all tracks up now, I guess I wasn’t the only one that skied it that day. I was able to take the last chair at 4:15PM (three or four ahead of the ski patrol).

Not a bad day of skiing, starting at 11AM, I managed to get 18 runs in, regardless of a 45 minutes lunch and time spent at the Demo tent. To complete my day, at the end of the day, I gave a ride for a poor boarder from NYC who ended up on the wrong side of the mountain.

Originally posted on Tue Mar 23, 2004 1:20 pm on firsttracksonline

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Additional comments on the Nov 30 Tremblant conditions.

Sharon wrote:

“I just heard that Tremblant got 28″ since Friday. Is this true? or is this what the marketing department likes to tell us?”

The Saturday evenings snowphone (website report was down) was mentioning 30-40cm (12″-16″). It started snowing more late in the day Sunday. We had a blanket of fresh snow in Ottawa overnight last night, so it’s very possible Tremblant received an extra 12″ since the late Saturday snow report. Although Tremblant doesn’t need any lessons from other ski resort in enhancing their facts, the amount of snow is probably close.

HOWEVER, BEWARE of the trail count. Tremblant had the nerve (nothing new here) to call what was open 14 trails. Basically, Southside had McCulloch (partial Charron to reach the TGV lift) and Beauvallon (Crete to get there and Alpine!!!). 2 runs and not really 5 trails on the South.

For those who don’t know Tremblant that well, Alpine is a trail that runs parallel to Beauvallon separated on most of its length by a few long tree islands. Although Alpine was called open, the only place it was open was for the first few hundred feet where someone could say that it’s a large Beauvallon and they wouldn’t be wrong.

Northside had the run combo Lowell Thomas-Rigodon as 1, instead of the 2. The other open runs were Andy Moe (short trail), Petit Bonheur, Upper Beauchemin and La Traverse.

SNOW CONDITIONS:
The Upper part of the Southside trails were blasted by the wind and icy. Northside was sheltered and nicer, with the possible exception of LaTraverse trail.

WHICH SKIS TO BRING?:
Sven, I really envy you. Like Marc, I debated about going down Banzai (less so for Tunnel). I had two pairs in the car, skis with shape edges and old ski with no edges. Considering the conditions on the Southside, it was a hard call. I was tempted to make a long trip back to the parking lot (at least 40 minutes return trip), but decided against it.

I didn’t see any tracks arriving from the other side of the Triple which would be the way a skier would end up going down Banzai-Tunnel territory. Mind you the visibility was pretty bad.

Sven, where were the ski patrol you were talking about? At the bottom of the trail (base of the old t-bars/rope tow area)? Left side of the Triple? Or on the side the Lowell Thomas where it stops running parallel to Banzai?

Unfortunately, I can see why they would stop skiers from going down. Someone might end up lost with very little snow to ski on if they made the wrong turn. <

Frank, I preferred Friday's St.Sauveur snow condition in the rain.

Marc, you probably guest it, I only saw your message the following day.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?:
Ah yes, lift tickets: $49!!! Half-day starting at 12:00 (I think) and lifts close at 3:30 (downloading from summit) for $40!!!

Originally posted as a reply on Tremblant conditions on Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:23 pm on firsttracksonline

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