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After hearing the comments (at work and elsewhere) about me skiing last night, I decided to write a ski report of a small area outside Ottawa (167meters vertical) (approx. 1m=3ft)

Wednesday night, as always, a Masters race was scheduled. This week, it was at Mont Cascades. Last week, the race was at Camp Fortune (same size about 20km from downtown Ottawa). Cascades is located 30km away from downtown.

Some believe the conditions must have been terrible and icy, the only terrible conditions were the driving and weather. Snow conditions are very often great when it’s raining. The weather last night was -6c with Freezing Rain, Drizzle and Fog. An interesting mix indeed.

The base was soft and easy to carve. It’s was a lot fun to ski. Unfortunately the race had been canceled ’cause the part of the hill that had the equipment was shut down for the evening. The word went out late so a few of us never heard it and made our way to the hill. Once there, why not ski a bit. The hill were operating the triple and the small beginner. The other two doubles elsewhere on the mountain were closed. There were 3 runs if I exclude the small beginner one. Amazing conditions, my race wax combination was dead on for once. 😡

Anyway, I had fun, however I had to remove the ice from my goggle each time when I got on the lift AND off the lift. My whole body was like a statue covered in a sheet of ice during the ice storm. I called it quits at 9pm (after 2 hours of skiing), hope everything dry off by next week. 😆

SKIING IN THE RAIN CAN BE FUN:

Need to dress in layers. Have a change of dry clothes in a gear bag including underwear (unless you are using t-bars). If you are wearing a hat, very helpful to have a hood on your jacket. The hood keeps you head dry and warm.

So next time it’s raining and you have scheduled to go… go anyways, you’ll have fun if you are dress properly. 8)

Here are some Great Ski Days I had in the Rain.

Grand Montet (Chamonix) March 28, 2003
Tremblant, April 21, 2003 (closing day)
Alpe d’Huez (near Grenoble, France), Jan 2, 2001.

http://www.montcascades.ca and http://www.ottawamasters.ca

Originally posted on Thu Jan 13, 2005 5:24 pm on firsttracksonline

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Patrick dit :

Zukatah dit :

Mieux vaut fermer que de rester ouvert et d’offrir des conditions exécrables!

Au contraire mon ami. Conditions exécrables ❓ ❓ ❓

Les conditions (comme d’habitude lorsqu’il pleut) étaient fantastiques, seules les conditions routières et météorologiques étaient difficiles.

Pourvue que tout sèche avant la semaine prochaine 😆 .

Bon comme je l’ai mentionné ailleurs, malgré les conditions météorologiques, le ski hier soir était fantastique. -6c et verglas/grésil.

Comme tout les mercredis soir, je m’alignais skié (beau temps, mauvais temps) avec les OMSA (Ottawa Masters Ski Association) (www.ottawamasters.ca). La semaine dernière la course était au Camp Fortune, c’était un peu plus loin cette semaine (30 km au lieu de 20km).

Les conditions routières étaient difficiles, quitter Ottawa à 6 heures n’est pas évident en plus de la météo. Surtout qu’il y a quelques grosses côtes avec des virages en bas pour se rendre au Mont Cascades. La station est située à 30km du centre-ville et à 167 mètres de dénivellée.

En arrivant à la montagne, le stationnement avait environ 40 autos, mmmh, “les Masters vont être les seuls sur la montagne ce soir”. 🙄

Hé non, à mon grand désarroi, la course a été annulée pcq le côté de la montagne avec la piste de compétition, les piquets et chrono était fermé. Seul le triple et la chaise double pour débutant étaient ouvertes: 4 pistes ouvertes. Plusieurs autos appartenaient à un groupe de ski qui avait des cours. (et oui, j’ai téléphoné la montagne avant, mais la décision a été fait après 4h30 😡 ).

Au lieu de rentrer chez nous, j’ai décidé de m’habiller et skier. Comme d’habitude, les conditions sont superbes lorsqu’il pleut. La base est ramolie, aucune plaque, c’était très agréable de tourner 😛 . Et la météo…

Verglas et grésil pendant les deux heures que j’étais sur les pistes, je n’avais pas de lave-glace pour mes lunettes, je devais donc gratter vigoureusement lorsque j’embarquais sur la chaise ET en débarquant de la chaise 🙄 .

Important chose à savoir lorsqu’on va skier sous la pluie/verglas. Amener beaucoup de vêtements de rechange (bobette inclus à moins qu’il y a seulement des t-bars). Mes vêtements étaient recouverts d’une couche de glace, c’était beau à voir, on dirait que j’étais une statue durant la tempête de verglas. Autre note importante, avoir un capuchon si on skient avec une tuque, car ça protège vraiment beaucoup de l’humidité et du froid.

Dans l’ensemble, superbe soirée, la meilleure des trois que j’ai eu à date. Pour vue que mon linge sèche d’ici samedi. 😆

Voici d’autres journées de ski mémorables sous la pluie:

#1 Grand Montets (Chamonix): 28 mars 2003
#2 Tremblant: 21 avril 2003 (dernier journée)
#3 Alpe d’Huez (près de Grenoble): 2 janvier 2001

DONC, N’AIEZ CRAINTE, SKIER SOUS LA PLUIE PEUT ETRE AGREABLE.

Le problème est après la pluie 😕 .

Initialement affiché le jeudi 13 janvier 2005 – 12:51 sur zoneski

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How can 2 days one week apart be so different?

Last Sunday Whiteface was in a grips of a full Winter Storm, Yesterday it was sunny and 70F. 8) No Winter Powder, just mashed potatoes for lunch. 8)

I was back out with Morgane and she got to actually see the mountain this time. She also wanted to ski runs we didn’t ski last week. Last week we mostly did laps on the Summit Quad. The open lifts configuration was different this week. Last week the Cloundsplitter Gondola and the Mountain Run double were opened + Face Lift and Summit Quads. This week, WF shutdown the first two lifts and added the Little Whiteface double.

This change made it easy to ski the good stuff without having to ski all the way to the bottom. Last week you had to ski to the bottom if you wanted to access the top of Little Whiteface. Now you could stop at mid-mountain and take the LW double with runs parallel to the Mountain Run double. Midstation on the LW double stops where the MR double ends.

The marginal part

Not skiing to the bottom was a major bonus on Sunday, conditions on the flatter L Valley was extremely wet and slushy. In fact all the flat parts of the mountain were either lakes or rivers. The worst areas being U and L Valley and Broadway. In fact at the end of the day, there was a river flowing down Lower Empire (huge lake under the Face Lift Express) to Broadway. Easy Street wasn’t too bad. You needed to skip over dirt/water (on the right side of the lift) to get at the bottom of the LW double, same thing at the bottom on the Face Lift Quad.

The good part

Coverage and base was excellent once you were higher than the midstation. Yes, there were a few rocky spots at some exposed places at the top of Skyward, top of Mountain Run, Paron’s Run, but nothing you couldn’t go around. As mentioned above, Morgane wanted to ski something different. So no Skyward or Blazer’s Bluff today. The slides were definitely closed. We did our first two runs off the Summit Quad and all the rest on the LW double. Skyward seemed to be the most popular run of the day and was really bumped up at the end of the day. Instead we did Cloudspin (ex-Men’s Downhill) (from the top which was closed with Paron’s last week). The new snow was still undisturbed on the side. It was deep, wet and heavy, real cream cheese. Morgane wasn’t skiing at the same speed this week, this was harder work. Traffic was minimal.

We had Paron’s to ourselves afterward. There were a few tricky spots with exposed rocks.

Next runs were from the top of Little Whiteface. Northway looked real nice (did it last week – so not today). WOW, Empire was even opened with a sign of Thin Cover. We didn’t get a chance to ski it, instead we headed for Mackenzie, a run that is often overlooked. More of that Cream Cheese, mashed potatoes feel – time for lunch at the bottom 🙄 (see comments above). Trust me Tony, this type of snow isn’t the normal Spring Snow in the East, it was natural, not artificial. Yes, its sticky, this made feel like Fat skis would be perfect for this especially that it hadn’t been skied since it feel one week ago at it was 70F. The lower Mackenzie has more traffic, so it wasn’t really unskied and was bumped up. Wilderness, Mountain Run and Thruway were great. Took the last LW double just before 3:30pm and headed down Parkway all the way to the half-pipe. Did the last last run at WF for the year with Facelift. The terrain isn’t interesting, but Morgane wanted to ski some more. Tried not to ski in lakes (Morgane) and avoid water, the finished in the half-pipe again.

This was another fun day although very different from the previous two weekends, looked more like my April 1st. However this time we didn’t have any Winter stuff.

The drive home to Ottawa was an EASY 3 hours (not including supper in Saranac Lake) compared to last Sunday.

Originally posted on Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:29 pm on firsttracksonline

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Here is a 3 words description of Skiing today at St.Sauveur: WET, RAIN and 3 trails (Red Bird, 70 and Nordique).

Lower pitches of 70 West and Nordique were closed. The mountain crew seemed to be working on these trails. On Lower Hill 70 West they were building jumps/rails. The HSQ was the only lift open.

The St.Sauveur area had received some heavy wet snow overnight. And for those with wishful thinking (like me)….. it rained all day (no snow). It started to Rain heavily at 1:00pm. Yes, there was the odd wet snow flakes toward 2:00, however it didn’t last long. It was still raining when I left St.Sauveur at 5PM.

All things considered, the skiing was good. The place was virtually deserted (especially in the afternoon). The coverage on the bottom of 70 East (only place to reach the lift from 70 West and Nordique) was getting more and more washed off. At 3:00, the snow was so wet that if you didn’t carry good speed it would stop you.

Originally posted on Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:11 pm on firsttracksonline

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