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Mont Chilly - March 11, 2018

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The plan was Mont Chilly. This time we drove on the Ontario side most of the way crossing some dams on the Ottawa river to link back to the 148 in the Pontiac. The trip took just over an hour and half. Mont Chilly is a micro retro resort with a single t-bar. The place is like a mini Mad River Glenn with no snow making, steep fall lines and glades. The day started off grey at about -4 but the sun came out mid day and we got to about 1 or 2c.  Great skiing was had and considering the terrible February I was surprised by how much snow was on the runs.  The surface started off a little firm and crusty in spots but soon warmed up. Some powder could still be found in the #5 glade from the storm on Wednesday-Thursday.  Of note the lift ticket prices went up to $25 this year and remember the place is cash only. They also started a customer appreciation program so after 5 visits the six is free  Rentals are $20.F745219C-1C77-4AC0-8740-84DD594672B7.thumb.jpeg.9da5c6a68c222ef3d0449634e7979111.jpeg  Everyone should check out Chilly at least once a season! 

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#3 looking down to the lodge. 

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#2 I think

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Retro boot rentals, back loading.

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The steep #4

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Lower section of #4

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#5 and some powder.

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Taking a break. 

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Where's Waldo

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#3

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Another run at #4

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Chilly dog.

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Wow great conditions. I love that place. I've only been a few times but it is definitely quite the authentic ski experience. It has a decent size once you get to the top and the trails are fairly challenging.

Thanks for sharing Gordo. Good to see the Chilly dog is still there.

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I always have a great time at Chilly.  Super friendly vibes and great skiing! Here’s a couple more pictures. 

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lol @ rear entry boots, surprised those are in circulation!

how long does the t-bar take to reach the top?

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They did have some modern skis and boots but my buddy has size 14 feet so the rear entry pair was all they had. Worked fine though.  As for the T-bar speed it’s around 5 or 6mins. 

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The t-bar is actually run from what I was told, an old school bus diesel or gas motor. It's located inside the little building next to the t-bar and attaches to the t-bar by a couple drive shafts that pass along the ground. It's quite interesting to see and watch. 

The best part is when they have to stop the lift, they have to manually restart the engine, and when it is cranking, the bullwheel noticeably rocks back and forth. I have a video clip of it starting... if I can find it I will post it here later on.

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