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There is absolutely nothing better to do on a Friday night after work if you are a skier, than night skiing. This visit was at Camp Fortune, perfect for the variety and number of trails and terrain available to enjoy. The proximity to the city makes it even easier and quicker to get on the slopes as soon as the clock hits quitting time.
Arriving around 5:30pm, the mountain is not busy, but it is very clear that the conditions are perfect. The recent snow of the past week and a half have brought the ski conditions to arguably the best they have been of the season... bar none. Just when it seemed like the end was quickly approaching, new snow arrived and arrived it did. The trails are perfectly groomed, absolutely no ice, and a pure joy to ride.
Hats off to Camp Fortune for making the experience top notch as always, and Mother Nature as well for eventually coming through (better late than never I suppose).
What were the best trails of the day? I can't say, they were all excellent. Canadian and Bud Clark on Skyline were in great shape, so were Slalom and Marshall.
Off-Piste, the glade trail to the side of Marshall (YES! there are glades at Camp Fortune) was excellent. Unbelievable how much snow could be found between the trees there. And again, no ice!
With the weekend now upon us, the best skiing of the year is now! If you ski or snowboard, you do owe it to yourself to enjoy it, you won't be disappointed. Night skiing ends at Camp Fortune for the season Tuesday night, so don't delay. Beyond this Camp Fortune is consistently the last to close in the region so we still should have a month to go to bring us to mid-April, perhaps beyond.
Get off your couches... and Happy Skiing!
The Pineault Triple Chairlift (Where legends and stories are born).
Off-Piste (located to the left side of Marshall).
Summit of Skyline.
Get off your couches!
Another run begins.
I haven't got in a lot of snowshoeing this year, so this morning I checked out the snowshoe trails near Camp Fortune. What was going to be a quick trip of a few short loops turned into a Snowshoe/Ski adventure around the entire Camp Fortune ski area. I was using snowshoe skis. Short fat skis with telemark bindings and a built skin under the foot for climbing.
First the crude trail map:
I started with the loop that that goes up and round the Alexander and McDonald.
The start of the trail just behind the Ski Club building.
After going through the woods I skinned up the ski hill. The snow was crusty out of the woods.
An old skin trail
Nice view of the valley
Now to ski down through the crust!
The crust sucked so I went back in the woods.
Near the bottom a jump is being created, plus an air bag.
I got on the Clifford quad lift.
Skied through the woods left of Marshall
and crusty snow
Took the lift back up and skied across, past Slalom and down a skidoo trail
The trail links up with Sparks on the Skyline side
The start of Sparks
I took a mountain bike trail down
And came out on Bud Clark
Then went back into the woods between Clark and Sparks. It was a little steep for light snowshoe ski gear but I got to the bottom.
I took the Skyline lift up then skied down the Meech Crossing.
After going up the Meech lift I checked out Au-Naturel a couple times.
Then back to the Valley
The quad is still down.
Back to Marshall
The aerial park. The snow was really nice and soft in this area.
This was the best area and the only spot with snowshoe trail signs. No one had made any tracks.
Alone in the woods, go explore.