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Sommet Saint-Sauveur - Opening weekend October 27, 2018

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Sommet Saint-Sauveur surprised with an early opening Friday, but it wasn't until Saturday evening that I was able to head up, and it seems as though I picked the perfect time! As I started walking to the car with all my gear, heavy and wet flurries were falling from the sky. So much so that I had to turn back to rescue my balcony herbs from certain death! I got on the road just after 6:30 and was cruising along steadily in the storm when I realized how slick the roads were as there were no salt trucks up and running. It ended up being a rather slow drive, and I pulled into the parking lot just after 7:30 for the first night ski of the season. I picked up my Passe Parfait, and headed to l'Etoile for a ride in the falling snow -- it was really coming down!

The snowmaking of the previous week has made a nice solid base, and the amount of snow coming down kept a fresh layer of powder on the 70 Ouest, the only run currently open. I thought for sure my skis would stick to the heavy, wet, snow but it was just cold enough that conditions were slick. The coverage was pretty consistent with a few icy spots just under the surface, and I was thrilled to arrive at the bottom pitch to see the moguls that had already formed from just a day of skiing! 

On my last run, I took my time and the snow started to taper off. As I arrived at the bottom, I kept going, and going...suddenly realizing I'd almost made it to the parking lot. And that the the snow was just thinly covering the concrete on the path beneath with my skis just grazing it.

It was a short and sweet night, but a good one - the first powder of the year! I headed home for a delicious apres-ski of homemade mac n cheese & jerk chicken, and to get ready to do it all again on Sunday!Sno.thumb.jpg.944b628d3dfec7e7c2b62f78ecc5a29b.jpg  

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Riding up l'Etoile, just look at that powder!

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Second ride up l'Etoile, you can see the thin coverage on  bottom. I don't think they've been making snow on this one, it looks like natural coverage but is coming along nicely tonight.

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Nordique near the top.

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The Snoprk already has two features set up, a box and a pipe. 

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I caught this guy as he went over the box.

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Look at those moguls and that snow coming down!!

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Last run of the evening, and the snow is tapering off.

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Looking back up the 70 Ouest from the bottom!

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I glided towards the parking lot until things got scrapey! 

It was a quick night but the perfect first night skiing of the season!

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1 hour ago, Ocean said:

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Look at those moguls and that snow coming down!!

This photo just makes me flip out! How much snow is there on the trail??? It's just insane.

What an amazing night out on the slopes you must have had. Clearly you couldn't ask for more, and on October 27th to boot. Wow!

Sommet Saint-Sauveur really comes alive with the night skiing and the ambiance. The view and village at night make it a very special place indeed.

Surprising how much snow there already is, and it seems like the natural stuff coming down really covered everything nicely.

A great start the ski season, can't wait to see what comes next! If the weather holds it will be epic.

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You've got a great jump on the new season. 2 October outings. My season won't start until at least mid November. It pretty much rained all weekend out in the lower elevations of the Townships, and you had a nice little dump of snow to ski in. Great report and the photos are sweet. Looks like a mid winter storm and the conditions to go with it.  Can't wait to get out on the slopes myself. I may switch it up this year and start the season elsewhere. It had been St. Sauveur for the past 3. 

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@Shane right?? It's deceiving though. The base is actually not thick yes and you can see it along the edges, and among the moguls there are some spots where the tall grass is visibly sticking out. No rocks though (Killington had a lot of small rocks, but had mostly marked spots with thin coverage). I hadn't really taken a look at the base on my first ride up and was totally stunned and delighted to see these moguls though! Overall conditions were better than Killington's second day, but that is probably having to do more with the temperature and also the fact they actually got 4cm of snow! And, it wasn't even too cold, I just wore my light jacket. I probably skied for less than an hour but it was all I was ready for anyways.

@Paul yeah I'm stoked! I guess the next opening for me will probably be Bromont since I got the option Nord-Est on my Passe Parfait (pay an extra $50 and get access to Bromont daily after 4pm!). 

After marathoning through The Glitch last night, and going to bed late, I woke up a bit too late to make it up in good time today, but I figure conditions will be icier anyways because the snow was so wet last night. They do not expect to be open during the week, unfortunately, as the temperature is apparently rising.

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