- Category: Experiences
- Published: Sunday, 01 January 2012 17:00
- Written by Shane Seguin
Happy New Year to all. My New Year's resolution was to try something new, and that's exactly what I did today by visiting Val Saint-Come, a beautiful mountain in the Lanaudiere region of Quebec. Val Saint-Come opened in 1979, which makes it one of the youngest ski resorts in the province.
The mountain is divided into two separate sides, the main side, and the Auberge side, which is where I started, once I met up with Max. This side, served by a quad chairlift, has a great glades trail "Sous-bois" that has 3 steps or pitches to it, becoming increasingly more difficult the higher up you start. Lots of fresh snow, and not too many trees, make it an accessible trail to most. It is also fairly wide, so you are able to draw up at least 3 different lines to go down it.
Next was La Grande Allée trail, found under the chairlift. Similar to the glades trail, it as well had three steps and pitches to it. Conditions here were firm, though it was full of golf balls, as the trail had just opened the day prior.
Switching over the main side of the mountain, we next tried LeGollé trail. It is a nice long blue intermediate cruiser. Conditions here were very good, again no ice. Going to the other end of this side, we tried La Grande Avenue, another intermediate, that takes a longer path down the mountain.
My favorite trail was Genevieve Simard. Several nice pitches, firm base, lots of quick turns. Off of this trail is also another glade, called "La Vasy Mollo". Slightly more challenging than the "Sous-bois", and narrower, made for a more exciting run down, finally rejoining with Genevieve Simard trail.
Overall, conditions were fantastic, with a good covering of snow. Though another good 30cm is needed to open up the remaining terrain, things are coming along well. The picture above right shows the famous "Pin Rouge" trail, that has a pitch of 45%. The main issue experienced today was low visibility, as fog and mist continued throughout the entire day.
Thank you Max for helping me discover this great mountain.