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Sommet Saint-Sauveur Sunday Nov 4!

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I had initially planned to go to Saint-Sauveur on Saturday but the anticipated night skiing didn't happen due to the weather. So I headed up on Sunday afternoon, arriving around 3:30 to the beginning of sunset. Some people were still arriving and some were leaving and mentioned it was pretty icy, which wasn't surprising given last week's rain. I got ready and headed to L'Etoile, currently the only running chairlift serving the 70 Ouest. What a difference a week makes - compared to the previous week's coverage of natural snow, the Nordique was almost bare all the way up, with just a few snowy patches remaining. The 70 Ouest itself had corn in some spots but for the most part was thin cover over ice, with some short sections of only ice. Sharp edges were useful here! The snowpark also changed as the pipe was out and only the rail remained, but people were still lined up to ride it. The top section of the bottom pitch was pretty bald and even had tall grass poking through in spots - definitely a good day for rock skis. Still, there was just enough coverage that you could avoid the ice by making tight turns to the base....and then do it all over again. Definitely got a few careful descents in and met a lot of happy people out for the first time this season.uphill4.thumb.jpg.022395657bcc57229a0e88f8d30def64.jpg

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Nordique bottom has melted :(

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Nordique top is looking bare.

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The 70 West shrank a little bit at the top.

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Sunset looking towards La Plagne.

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I don't think this is going to open for a while....

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On 70 Ouest mid hill looking up.

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On 70 Ouest looking downhill on the last run of the day.

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Obligatory chairlift self-portrait.

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The snow is definitely holding on, better than you would expect after seeing lots of rain in the city and over the weekend. Last week and especially Saturday in Ottawa/Gatineau were awful.

Just goes to show it can rain in the city but snow or be more favorable on the mountain and in the Laurentians.

Luckily cooler weather is coming in the near future.

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Ocean you sure are a keener!  Next week could be a good one for some real snow. I'm also thinking Camp Fortune will fire up the guns next week.  Patiently waiting.  I tend to get in a few days of nordic skiing before my alpine season begins.   

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You are 3 up on us already this season! I had actually thought of heading up Sunday morning to catch some early runs but I didn't work out. The forecast for this week is again terrible for the Townships. I don't want to shovel up a pile of leaves in the driveway on the first snowfall, so it had to be done. Great shots at sunset! Thanks for the report.

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Delighted @Paul! And yes @Gordo I love getting out early and late season! I slack a lot in January. When I was in Ottawa I'd ski camp fortune 4/5 nights of the week because it was a 20 minute drive from the office, but some of that is showing up, doing two runs and then taking a few shots of whiskey at the bar when conditions aren't favourable. 

It looks like we are in for up to a foot of snow at St-Sauveur this weekend so I'll be there for sure, although I'm sad to not be at Killington with my Veteran friends on Sunday.

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