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  2. For those heading to New Hampshire to ski, the 2018-19 lift ticket rates have been released on the New England Ski Industry's website. The average weekend lift ticket has increased by 10% for weekends and holidays. This year NH lost its second least expensive ski area, Granite Gorge who have suspended ski operations this year. One lost area, Tenney Mountain should be in full operation for this season after a soft opening last season. The most expensive area is Bretton Woods at $99 USD up $6, and the least expensive is Campton Mountain at $20 USD. There are 5 areas in the $90 USD range this season. Below is a link to the rate chart for the season for reference. https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=735&fbclid=IwAR1YRCCdyrZvFtRf-kFXhG0Igi4WErjWjaRrDB5Q0f0Zh4O1GCs2rw6xzj4
  3. Yesterday
  4. Yeah the map makes it look confusing but it's rather simple the link from Vanier to Cheval Blanc. From the main chalet at the base of Vanier, you can take a "flat" trail that passes next to the parking, and brings you to the Chalet du Trappeur. From there it is a beginner short downhill slope and with enough speed you should make it to the Cheval chairlift. Alternatively on weekends and holidays, there is a small train or tram that runs between the main chalet and the Chalet du Trappeur. It's a little tractor that pulls two little tram cars through the parking. The return from Cheval to Vanier is all downhill and an actual ski run. It goes quite well. Hopefully one day a better link is made from Vanier to Cheval. That's really the only downpoint of Mont Ste Marie. When the tram isn't running, it's cross country skiing to make the link for the first half of the distance.
  5. Looking at the map, for ones who have not skied there, like me, how would one get from Vanier over to Chaval Blanc? Can you ski past the Chalet du Trappeur or have to hoof it? Looks like you could ski it over. I noticed the transfer trails from Cheval back to Vanier.
  6. The new map is now up on their website.
  7. Interesting, its odd they have not updated the map on their website though. Also Crescendo seems rather narrow to have uphill trekking and downhill skiing on. I did ski through that Cheval West side area last spring and it has some cool terrain but you'll need lots of natural snow to enjoy it.
  8. Mont Ste Marie has shared on Instagram a shot of the new Trail Map. The Yellow Lines are all Trekking trails. The Cheval West Side in the middle of the map is the new off-piste area and there is also a glade trail off the middle of Carousel.
  9. Last week
  10. Ocean

    Skiing as Santa @ le Massif!

    I was sad to miss skiing Santa day at Sunday River in Maine, and stoked to hear le Massif is hosting a Journée des Pères Noël this Sunday the 16th! The Santas will meet at 1pm at the exterior of the peak chalet for a group photo and descent en masse. Lift tickets are $15 for everyone in a Santa costume, which has to include at least two costume items, tuque, beard, coat or pants. Yet to see if I'll be functional enough in the morning to make it to this event, but thought I'd pass it along Here's the info on fb: https://www.facebook.com/events/737450273291145/ and here's some inspiration from Maine! https://www.johnnyjet.com/video-santa-sunday-river-maine/
  11. Here's two more pictures from just moments ago.
  12. I guess we'll find out soon! I plan to visit later this week
  13. Well it has been some time since my last trip report! This is owing to having dropped my phone and cracked the screen, so it's not as easy to take photos when the snow is falling, risking the phone getting wet! I've actually been to Sommet Saint-Sauveur a few times a week since last month, and had the pleasure of seeing the openings of Nordique, 70 Est, Cote 68, Devaleuse and finally Jay over the last several weeks.The mountain now has 13 runs open during the day and 12 at night, with three chair running during peak hours, along with the magic carpet on the beginner slope. There have been several days with a light dusting of snow to a few inches, and a couple of really cold nights. Tonight, on my last day off work, I made it up for the last few hours of the evening. As luck would have it, I arrived tonight just as the snow started coming down around 8:30pm, and quickly got ready to hit all the runs before the 10pm closing. The parking lot looked pretty full but there was never a line for the lift and lots of empty chairs. The air was crisp but not too cold, and the flurries came down fast and furious but didn't last too long. Since the Flèche d'Argent lift closes earliest, I rode up the Atomic and took the transit over to Cote 68 and Devaleuse. I was hoping the day's flurries would have provided a bit of new coverage but discovered that both runs were thin cover with some icy patches on some sections, similar to my visit last Tuesday. After three quick runs I headed back over to the Atomic lift to hit Jay for the first time this year! Jay and Red Bird both had better coverage, I think both these runs have a bit better protection from the prevailing winds. Capping off the night I did some lightning quick runs down Cote 70 Est and the bottom section of Cote 70 Ouest as the transit to the top of 70 Ouest and Nordique was closed. I finished off the night with an easy run down Red Bird. As it was a quick evening trip, I didn't snap too many photos but here's a couple! A quiet night, a quiet ride up Flèche d'Argent. Looking down at 70 Est under the Atomic lift. It wasn't freezing but definitely chilly enough to need a scarf. Second last run down the 70 Ouest, just look at those perfectly formed moguls! No, I didn't hit them. They are much bigger than they look in this photo!
  14. Here are some screenshots from the Summit webcam. You can clearly see how the top has been greatly flattened from before. The new Hybrid lift and the Versant du Lac quad are now at the same level. Wonder if they will bring the top of the fixed grip Versant du Village quad closer to this area, as it still is a touch downhill from the actual summit and the other two lifts.
  15. Ocean

    Mont Orford - November 30, 2018

    Looks like a great trip! I dig the orange board of the person on the Pente Douce lift
  16. Earlier
  17. Shane

    Owl's Head - New Ownership and Future Plans

    It's now 1:13pm and the wait continues. We are now in Negative Countdown. lol
  18. Shane

    Mont Orford - November 30, 2018

    Great report Paul. Conditions looked quite good. I like how you highlighted a couple of trails with your photos that I had never tried in my past visits. Once again, an amazing start for the new season. Hoping it keeps up for the next few months!
  19. Mont Orford was the destination choice today to start off the 2018-19 season. There were other options that were thought of that involved a bit of travel, however I decided to stick to something nearby. This would be Orford's second weekend of operation. With the dump of snow this past week Orford was a good choice. All of Giroux North was open counting for about a dozen trails with the Giroux North Quad giving access. I arrived at the mountain at 8:45 under cloudy skies and the temperature hovering around 0 to -1 Celsius. I met up with an old friend of mine from my Owl's Head days so this venture was not a solo one. There was a decent crowd, but the wait in line was no more than a minute or so if that. I wouldn't even consider this a wait. Everything was flowing smoothly in line. Today you were skiing on a mix of groomed man made and packed natural snow that was a bit damp from the mild temperatures that followed the storm. Nothing slushy or springlike, just good snowball making snow. Base was nice and forgiving. Majority of the trails open on Giroux North were on natural snow, with the exception of maybe one or two trails. Sure there were some spots that you had to be careful with and had to pay attention to, but the overall coverage was pretty decent for natural snow alone. It's what you would expect at the beginning of the season. The first run was down the Familale with the next down the Alternative into the l'Initiation, some other nice easy trails that led back to the quad. The Magog and the Jean-Davignon, the intermediate trails I skied today were a good test for early season legs and mine seemed to be happy with these choices of trails. The Familale: The Jean-Davignon: After a few more runs, the last being down the Magog into the Pente Douce, I was done by noon. The legs weren't screaming, but I did start to feel it and decided not to push them any longer. 7 runs were enough for the first day of the new season. The Magnum was open as well but I took a pass on this one. We will get to it later in the season. It was a good first day out of hopefully many more of the season. Here are a few more scenes of the day: The Magnum: The Magnum and the Jean-Davignon: The Pente Douce:
  20. From the Calabogie Newsletter: Up and at ‘em snow lovers – the mountain is open Saturday and Sunday. $25 tickets Lifts are on 9AM to 4PM. Our mountain ops team has O’Brien’s and Shantyman open from top to bottom along with the beginner bowl. Shake off the summer sand and get the winter vibe at The Peaks, the big mountain close to home. From the MSM newsletter: We are Open this Saturday and Sunday from 9-4pm We will be opening this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 9-4pm with the Vanier Chairlift. Mont Ste-Marie has had substantial natural snow combined with snowmaking will provide fantastic groomed conditions on Serenade and Calve. Trekking opportunities will be available on Crescendo. Apres Ski in the Ryan II Bar will begin at 2pm each day. See you on the slopes! Junior Ticket (17 and under) $19 and Adult $34
  21. Shane

    Owl's Head - New Ownership and Future Plans

    Heads-up... Owl's Head website relaunch tomorrow (Dec 1) at 12pm.... according to the countdown clock on the site.
  22. Sutton will be opening this Saturday (Dec 1st) and just announced that all trails will be open. The best opening in the last 20 years. Chairlift that will operate remain to be confirmed, but the entire mountain will be open. Super exciting!!! More details here : https://www.slopeedge.net/content/all-ski-trails-open-at-mont-sutton-this-saturday-december-1st
  23. Ocean

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    @Gordo those are intriguing! I’ve never seen them before, sounds fun! @Shane I say I’m going to do that every year and I’m incapable of starting my day early enough to actually make a tour of all Les Sommets happen. Maybe this year? @Paul I have a friend from NY who does cross-state mountain hopping almost every year. It can happen! I eagerly await your trip report
  24. Ocean

    New Painted Trailmaps of Les Sommets

    Love this artistry!
  25. Gordo

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    Ocean, Snowshoe skis or gliding snowshoes are basically short fat powder skis with a built in skin under the foot for uphill traction. Binding wise you can have a snowshoe style binding for normal winter boots or a 3 pin telemark style one. The two companies I know of that make them are OAC Skinbased out of Finland and Altai Skis out of the US/Canada. Very fun in woody hilly/rolling terrain. Mine are OAC ones , 147cms, 110mm wide, with metal edges.
  26. Paul

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    Great to see you got out Shane and Gordo Great pics!. Whoohooo I am the last one! I haven't been out yet this season but that should be coming soon. Looks like you had a great day of skiing. I don't recall such great conditions and the amount of snow we've had so early in the season. Speaking of keeners Ocean, I had the plan of skiing 3 different areas in 3 different states in one day! One in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The catch....do 2 hrs at each area. It would be doable but it would have to be the perfect day. The areas? 1) Burke, VT - 2) either Bretton Woods, Attitash, Black Mountain, or Cranmore, NH - 3) Shawnee Peak, ME. Shawnee Peak offers night skiing so that would make it all doable but the weather and road conditions are the key in this crazy adventure!
  27. Shane

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    Wow, great pics Gordo. I wanted to get some of that side and you ended up skiing it. Impressive the amount of snow on the mountain right now. What an amazing day on the snow! Haha. Have fun on the slopes Ocean. I remember one year I went up to Saint-Sauveur, skied for an hour or so, then headed to Olympia for another hour or two, then Gabriel, then Morin Heights, all in the same day. What a rush. The video is now posted in the first post.
  28. Ocean

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    Looks like a nice day you guys! Looks like an early day for you Shane? I got up at 4pm today and am slowly getting ready to go to Saint-Sauveur. I like to point out just now that the real keeners can now ski *two* mountains in the same day, if you are keen enough to drive from one to the other Sutton or Camp Fortune daytime, Saint-Sauveur apres-ski! 10/10 would do it. Gordo what are snowshoe skis?!
  29. Gordo

    Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018

    Nice report Shane. I was on the hill also. To bad we didn't meet up. I did about 8 runs then switched to snowshoe skis and toured up behind Marshall and then back down. Great day! The whales on Clifford. Snow making on Marshall is next Woody!
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