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  1. Gordo

    Jay Peak: Officially On The Market

    I can see Vail Resorts eyeing this one.
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    Mont Chilly 2019 Opening Date

    Mont Chilly may open next weekend. Looks like they will also get another 10-15cm before Saturday Jan. 26th. On Jan. 19th they posted this on their Facebook page: Unfortunately, Mont Chilly will not be open this weekend (Jan 19-20). Please give us a call at 819-683-3595 to hear updates about opening next weekend. Stay warm out there all you skiers and snowboarders. Only -31 on the thermometer here at Chilly this morning!
  3. I wouldn't get on it today. Stuck at -37c would not be fun.
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    Camp Fortune - January 20, 2019

    Swan Dive is "officially" open today if your willing to brave the -37c temps. No word on Duffy though. Environment Canada is saying that Ottawa got 21.8cms yesterday.
  5. Boom! I woke to 15cm and it was still coming down hard. Yes it was cold (-20c) but when it snows its a good day. I managed to make it up to Fortune around 10am. Late maybe but I was hungover and got stuck behind a fleet of snow plows. There was still lots of powder to go around. First stop was Heggtveit. After some fun on Skyline including Swan Dive I went over to the valley. The T-bar was running so I gave McDonald and Alexander a try. If you wanted pristine powder in the valley, then those were the runs. By noon we had topped 20cm! The wind was a little fierce and lots of snow was drifting or getting blown into the woods but still what a killer morning. More snow is on the way later in the week and temperatures will rise. So get it while its good! Swan Dive McDonald Alexander So much snow in the trees
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    Camp Fortune - January 20, 2019

    What about french fries? Regarding twigs Camp Fortune should be weed wacking in the fall. They dropped the ball this year.
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    Camp Fortune - January 20, 2019

    Shane that’s the glade run “Au Naturale” that runs down to Sparks or the Meech Crossing. What a fun day.
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    Incoming weather!

    Yeah my plan might be a little ambitious plus the snow estimates for the Ottawa area are increasing. I may try Titus Mountain as it’s only 2hours away. Though it’s a long weekend in the states.
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    Incoming weather!

    Well a big storm is rolling in this Sunday (Jan. 20th). Right now they are saying Vermont and the Eastern Townships will get around 30cms. If it tracks father north the Ottawa area will get hit hard. I may have to go to Sutton if my area doesn't get the goods.
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    Mont Ste Marie - Cheval Blanc Lift Update

    They did in last Fridays (Jan.11th) newsletter: Ski Report We have received over 30cm of snow this week which means our natural snow runs on Vanier will be open such as Serpent*, Crescendo*, and The Glade*. We will also be opening up Carol-Anne and Upper Tornade. Cheval Blanc will not be open this weekend (read below) but will be accessible for Trekking. A Trekking Pass is required and can be purchased for $15/day or $99 for a season pass at Customer Service. The Bar will be the place to warm-up with a Spanish Coffee with Apres Ski featuring live music. See you on the slopes. *natural snow runs means that natural hazards do exists so ski with caution, a cell phone, and a buddy. Have fun!
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    Camp Fortune - January 12, 2019

    Sounds like the T-bar starts up this Saturday.
  12. I rolled into the valley at Camp Fortune around 3pm. The parking lot was pretty full. I guess even though it was around -15c the sun and low wind had brought everyone out. Bluebird days help a lot and everyone was enjoying the wintery Saturday on the hill. The conditions were a mix of packed snow on the valley side to hard packed base on Skyline. The mogul run on Clifford was hard ice though and my edges were not sharp enough for it....or skills. Of note, Heggtveit is now open. I found it a little icy probably because of high traffic during the day and the fact that it had just opened on Wednesday. Hegg is not lit but it stayed open till around 5pm which shows that our sun is coming back. Also in the valley Fortune was blowing snow onto McDonald and Alexander! This is great news as last year the runs never opened. Both blue runs are accessed by a vintage t-bar. So all we need now is a little more natural snowfall and Swan Dive and Duffy can open bringing the trail count to 100% As the sun fell it did cool off a bit but the crowds were gone so you could lap your favorite runs. Another beautiful night skiing at Camp Fortune. Wow I don't think I've ever been this far back. Blowing snow on McDonald and Alexander. Skyline Heggtveit Tree run Canadian. Canadian/Chute was the best combo of the night. Sunset on Marshall.
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    Camp Fortune - January 12, 2019

    They used to open the t-bar runs on weekends and during March break. The last two years though they haven't, they did allow people to tour up the runs. I guess with expanded snowmaking this year they are giving it a go.
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    Mont Ste Marie - Cheval Blanc Lift Update

    I wonder if they will groom the Cheval side for the reopening or leave it natural. They have gotten like 25cms since its been closed. Maybe the new double black tree runs between the mountain will also open?
  15. A storm rolled in Monday night. I was night skiing at Camp Fortune and it hit hard around 8pm. By Tuesday morning, Tremblant was saying it had 17cm of fresh on the mountain. We hit the road taking the 2 hour drive northeast. With over 2000ft vertical Tremblant is a leg burner when your used to smaller resorts in the Ottawa area. Today would be a killer. Loads of fresh lines, warm temperatures (-3c) and no crowds. In fact you could ski onto most lifts. We parked at Soleil then double backed to the gondola. Our first run from the top was C.B.C and the new Taiga tree run. After that we moved over to the Edge side and hit up the expanded glades off Reaction and Extension. The conditions were amazing, so much fresh snow and so much terrain. We checked out the new Lowell Thomas lift and the redone Le Grand Maniton while hopscotching around the mountain. After lunch the main runs were getting a little tracked but the moguls were soft and smeary. What a day!
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    Mont Tremblant - January 8, 2019

    I’ll look for some pictures tomorrow. The new lift is great, fast and smooth. The Grand Manitou improvements didn’t strike me as anything special. The bathrooms are still downstairs way at the back. Generally if i’m going to get a bite or drink it’s down in the village at a pub. The new glades though really impressed me.
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    Mont Tremblant - January 8, 2019

    Yep we were very lucky as Tremblant can be rather chilly at the top. Plus they had 97 of the 102 trails open! oh I had my days wrong. Storm rolled in Monday night, skied tremblant Tuesday. Maybe Shane can fix that. LOL
  18. Anyone know the fate of Madawaska Mountain? its a ski hill just south of Barry's Bay. Has/had about 18-20 runs serviced by a single T-bar. At the end of last season it went up for sale. The whole place was going for $600,000 on Realtor.ca then $500,000 now its not posted. I hope someone is going to try and take it over, if not it might be a good hill to do some telemarking/touring on.
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    Mont Ste Marie - Cheval Blanc Lift Update

    Major bummer as I was going to go up there on Wednesday. Tremblant tomorrow though.
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    Camp Fortune - January 3, 2019

    Yep the burritos are pretty good, nice mole sauce on them. Yes i’ve been to the Chelsea pub many a time, good poutine and local Gainsbourg beer.
  21. Pulled into Fortune Valley around 4 for my first night ski of the season. The hill had gotten about 4cm over night and it was still lightly snowing. The conditions in the valley were great with a soft layer over a hard base. You could carve railroad tracks with ease. Skyline on the other hand was a little crusty. First there had been a NorAm Men's Slalom event during the day and Canadian/Chute were closed off. This left Sparks and Bud Clark open. The conditions on Sparks were good but Bud had been well skied all day and was down to crusty base in spots. Around 5ish the light snow started to turn into light freezing drizzle which stuck to your googles. We went into the lodge in the valley to dry off and eat. The bar has new beers on tap, gone are the marco brews and they now have Beau's and some Boréale special brews. I tried Boréale's Northeast IPA. After the eats we went back out and the snow/drizzle had stopped and the rest of the night was beautiful with temps around -3c. All in all a great first night out on the slopes. The bottom of Clifford in the valley. Marshall Skyline Dinner! this will make me ski better right?
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    Owl's Head - January 5, 2019

    Great report Paul. I’ll have to make sure to get out that way this season. I generally go to Jay but maybe a long weekend of Jay, Owls Head and Sutton is in order.
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    Where are you skiing next

    Snow is coming. 10-15cms+ Monday into Tuesday. Snow day Tuesday, maybe MSM? or La Reserve.
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    Camp Fortune - January 3, 2019

    LOL that picture is at the entrance to Sentier Meech Trail on top of a massive snow gun mound. Downhill from it in the trees left of Sparks is a mountain bike trail called Salamander that is fun to ski on. You come out at the final bend of Sparks.
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    Camp Fortune - December 31, 2018

    I'm not sure Camp Fortune would ever invest in lights for the Meech runs. The trails are kind of underused and rather long. Fortune should light Heggtveit though. The Meech trails could have a lot more potential if they opened up a run under the lift and opened a glade section accessed via Paradis. Right now you can tree ski (An Natural Sous-Bois) from the top Skyway down onto Sentier Meech trail then connect with North American.
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