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Camp Fortune - January 31, 2018

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Thank Ullr we have snow again!DSCF1109.thumb.jpg.b695ae86f61e90f3e96df0aa4d5c7745.jpg After a drought of several weeks we finally got the good stuff. The snow started light and fine in the Ottawa area around 1:30 but by 3 it was coming down heavy.  I made it to Fortune around 4ish and there was already close to 10cm on the ground.  The skiing was great! light champagne over the hard pack making for great turns. The place was pretty quiet and the wind was minimal with a temperature of around - 15c.  Word of warning, don't leave you ski boots in the car all day! Man they were hard to get on. Never again. All the main night skiing trails were open. I was hoping to get a few runs on Heggtveit before dark but it was closed. They had just had extra snow on the trail and still needed to push it around. I suspect it will be open on Friday.  I heard from someone on the lift that Fortune signed a new 20 year lease with the NCC for running the resort. This is good news as now they can do some long term planning.  Rumours have been giving up the McDonald and Alexander runs and replanting for glad accessed alpine touring. I say they move the T-bar to Slalom. Also rumours of possible expansion of the runs on the Meech side. Maybe a run under the lift or some glades?  Anyway back to skiing. Killer conditions, lots of fresh, light snow so you could just plow through the crud, a great night.  MSM tomorrow! 

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The skyline parking lot at 4pm.

 

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Upper Canadian 

 

Killer Night!

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Fresh on Clifford

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Nice and light

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Night skiing at its best!

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Wow, the skiing looked amazing. Looks like you also had the mountain almost to yourself. Nothing better than that when there's fresh snow! After a couple mediocre weeks of weather, it's good that winter is back.

Thanks for sharing your night. MSM today should be excellent as well. As they don't have night skiing, and the snow started shortly before closing time, it should be fantastic! Have fun!

Concerning the renewal of the NCC lease, I know that it was coming near the end... hopefully official word comes out to confirm it is true. It would be great news, and help guarantee the continued success and growth of Camp Fortune. Lots of expansion and development potential but since the land is owned and controlled by the NCC, it's definitely more involved to get things done than other ski areas, like Mont Ste Marie, where the land and the resort are owned and controlled by the owner.

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