Mont Saint-Sauveur : March 24, 2012
- Published: Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:00
A surprisingly perfect day at Mont Saint-Sauveur and Mont Avila, after a dreadfully warm week that did all it could to prematurely end the season at many ski resorts.
I arrived at 10am, and was fortunate to snag one of those elusive parking spots across from the Peak Performance chairlift. A great number of trails were open and most had full width of snow coverage. What was very interesting is the noticeable contrast to snow quality from Mont Saint-Sauveur to the Avila side of the mountain. Mont Avila seems to consistently have better conditions, as the Laurentides trail was by far my favourite today. Full coverage, impeccable grooming, on this smooth intermediate trail, made it the standout of the day.
While many ski resorts have already closed for the season, and several more will come to an end after Sunday, Mont Saint-Sauveur is definitely going strong. Snow coverage on the main trails is still impressive, especially on the 70 West and Nordique trails. I see no difficulty if temperatures stay within the seasonal averages, of the season extending into May, after seeing the snow base on those two trails.
A race competition was taking place on Hill 72, showcasing lots of competitors as well as cheering spectators.
Overall, trail coverage on the open slopes was very good. The principal trails, such as Express West, Laurentides, Jack Rabbit, Pronto, 68, Red Bird, 70 West, Nordique, 71, 72 and La Plagne were perfect. Other open trails had quite a lot of bare spots, like Epervier, and Devaleuse, so I don't see those lasting too much longer.
The trails were well groomed, and they weren't filled with bumps or ice.
Preparations for the Ride Shakedown are underway, with the massive jump being built at the foot of Hill 70. A phenomenal amount of snow is being used to build this super jump, which will be repurposed to 70 West once the event is over.
The ski season is alive and strong at Mont Saint-Sauveur. Despite many regions having lost their local ski resorts to the warm weather, you can expect very good spring conditions and a good number of trails ENCORE at Mont Saint-Sauveur.