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  1. @Ocean - What I usually do before a storm like that is to plant full cans in the driveway on one side only, and when I get home I park the car on the opposite side and shovel that section first before the missus gets home. It's like a treasure hunt. Finding treats as you shovel the snow. ?
  2. Oh man that looks great!. Looks like you pretty much had all that white gold to yourself. Hope you rewarded that outing with a beverage afterwards, would have been well deserved. Nice photos. Gives you an excellent idea on what the conditions were........pure awesomeness!
  3. While sitting at my desk in the office today looking out the window, and watching all this white powder fall from the sky I knew a tough decision had to be made. Shovel the driveway when I got home or go skiing. Well you know what that decision was........and here is the report. I arrived at Bellevue at opening, 6pm, and the parking lot was already filling up quickly. Looked like a lot of other people had the same thought on their mind. To ski the 30 some centimetres of snow that fell last night and during the day today. The temperature was a comfortable -2 degrees upon arrival. Getting my lift ticket was quick and easy, as it is ladies night tonight, and It usually gets pretty busy. A long line up is the norm, but arriving early certainly helped out. Only the Quad chair and the beginner's Magic Carpet were in operation tonight. The conditions were machine groomed, packed powder with no base in sight! There was plenty of snow between you and the base underneath. Also they had left some powder stashes all over the hill to be had! Some trails and pitches were not touched by the groomer, and the main trail under the upper section was half width groomed, and the other half untouched! I am usually a groomer kind of skier, and stick to that type of trail, but tonight I wasn't going to let the powder pass me by. I found myself skiing the powder quite a bit. The line up was starting to get busy by 7, and the singles line was a great friend where I waited not more than a minute or two to hop on a chair. The line up for the Quad enters by either side. The other side where you can't see was just as long. I skied for a couple of hours only, until 8, as I knew what was waiting for me when I arrived home. No it wasn't a cold one, but a driveway full of snow, and a nice bank at the entrance to shovel courtesy of the city sidewalk plough and the street plough. The conditions tonight were just absolutely fantastic, and I consider myself very fortunate to have a hill nearby like Bellevue to scratch the skiing itch when you need to make a few laps, and when you have very little time to do so. My total appreciation Ville de Sherbrooke for providing, and supporting a local ski area such as this! Here are some more scenes from the evening:
  4. Shovel the driveway after work today, or scratch the skiing itch at Bellevue? Mmmm tough decisions have to be made! It's still snowing in Sherbrooke as I am writing this. Already 20-30 cms and it's still nuking!
  5. A trip to Tenney Mountain, NH is in the plan to check out and update their status etc. So far in their first full season being open has been pretty decent from what I hear, so I will have to go check that for myself. During the kid's March Break, I am planning on doing some skiing then. Mont Sutton is on the radar and maybe another trip out of town.
  6. Oh my! I would have not challenged that at all! The last time I did something like that was a couple of seasons ago where it was warm one day and froze overnight and it turned into something like this, but they had left it ungroomed though. Since then, if we have weather like we are having now, I'll wait a few days for the groomers to chew it up first before going out. Not worth risking injury and spending the rest of the season on the sidelines.
  7. Oh man that looks pretty sweet! Some nice fresh pow, and a brew as a reward for the all the hard work. Nice pics. Gives us a great idea of what kind of day you had. Lucky!
  8. A report on Ski Area Management's (SAM) webpage, has an article on Jay Peak officially being on the market for sale. There is no reported asking price but there has been speculation on what that price is. Here is the link to SAM's site for more information on the story. https://www.saminfo.com/headline-news/9255-jay-peak-officially-on-the-market
  9. @Ocean The 3 1/2 hours was driveway. Nice light fluffy snow. The kind that Paul was skiing in today at Fortune.
  10. Oh man that looks sweet! Getting stuck behind a fleet of ploughs sometimes isn't a bad thing. At least it made for a safe drive, however a slow one, Love the pics! Looked like quite a few people made it out but no lift lines. Lots of powder for everyone. We got a little over a foot of powder in Sherbrooke last night so it was 3 and half hours of shoveling out. I have to make another round of shovelling soon to keep up. It's still snowing lightly and there is at least another inch or two on the car again! Glad that you got to enjoy the powdah!
  11. Paul

    Incoming weather!

    The 10 is usually garbage from Montreal to about exit 55 if it's snowing with a wind. I've done it on occasion and it's not a treat. Even the run from the 10 down to Sutton on the 139 can get hairy. The latest for the ET is for 40cm of snow and extreme wind chill. Owl's Head has even estimated maybe 60 cm. Depends on the storm's track. Sutton can get more! If you go take it easy. I used to live in the area in Brome Lake and the weather can throw you a curve in an instant. Right now in Sherbrooke it's the calm before the storm. We even have sunny breaks as I write this.
  12. In the chalet they had done some renovations and added 50 places. They also now have an access between the main chalet and the Desjardins room which I believe is their area to host events at the mountain. They don't have any "super highway" trails. The widest trail is the Ling where at the top where they split the trail roughly in half with bumps and smooth grooming to ski on. I'll most likely go back again one more time and hopefully the t-bars are running to get a few laps on them before they are taken out later this summer.
  13. With a planned day off today, Mont Gleason was the mountain of choice for a mid-week getaway. I had received a message from a good friend of mine a few weeks ago that he was coming up from New York with his spouse for a week holiday to do some skiing in Quebec, and wanted to check out Mont Gleason. So we met up at the mountain at 9:00. Cloudy skies and a temperature of around -7 degrees. There was already a decent amount of cars in the parking lot, with a few school busses that had arrived with kids for their day out on the mountain. We got ready and hit the Quad chair at 9:30 to start the day. Only the Quad chair was spinning with the double chair and both t-bars remaining idle. The conditions were fantastic with groomed packed powder over a firm base. All but maybe 3 or 4 trails were open out of 20, and a couple of glades were accessible, however there were patrol signs advising of thin cover in those glades that were open. Wait time at the Quad was no more than 3-5 minutes at most. The first run was down the Pierre Ling a nice and easy trail to warm up. The second run was a combo of the Cote de Georges and to the Cascades. After we moved over to the side of the mountain served by the double chair. The Ling, MRC Arthabaska, and the Gaudreau were well covered with no scraping at all. All the smaller connector trails were really good as well. The Pierre Ling: The Cote de Georges: The Ling: The MRC d'Arthabaska: After a great morning of skiing we took a break for lunch in the base chalet. There were quite a few people in the chalet but no line up to get anything and we were sitting and eating within minutes. Most of the crowd in the chalet were kids from school on their outing for the day. After lunch we went back out and skied the full length of the Cascades under the Quad, and made another tour across the mountain from one side to the other and closed out the day at 2:45 with 15 runs done. This season marks Gleason's 50th anniversary, and renovations to the chalet had been done during the past off season, and there are more improvements on the way for the 2019-20 season with the installation of a new Quad chair, and upgrades to the snowmaking system. The double line of t-bars will be seeing their last season this year as they will be removed and replaced with the new Quad. Today was another great day of skiing at Gleason! Here are a few more scenes from the day:
  14. Nice pics! A bluebird day always helps out with the photos and makes the pop. It's great to see a full parking lot, as it is a good sign that people are coming out, and the mountain keeps busy. Looks like another great day/evening on the slopes. Thanks for the report.
  15. I managed to score the day off work Tuesday so a day at Gleason with some friends coming up from New York is on the schedule.
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