Well all the snow from the storm last Tuesday/Wednesday has held up great at Camp Fortune. The conditions are killer with nicely groomed snow, perfect for high angle carving at high speed. We arrived in time to get a bunch of runs on Heggtviet and Duffy before the sun went down just before 6. The bumps and cliff drops on Duffy were super fun. Hegg you could just rail on. Swan Dive was a little more of a technical ski as the bumps were huge and rather unforgiving. Pretty much all the other groomed trails were in excellent shape with the exception Bud Clark which was getting a little scrapped down to the base at the top section. Over all another great night of skiing with a full moon adding to the ambience. Oh and the Boreale IPA du Nord-Est at the bar is super tasty.
Duffy in the sun.
After the Edelweiss ice skating experience the previous evening and following the day's snow and rain, I was looking forward to hitting the hill with a bit more success on this evening. I packed up the car and headed out to Edelweiss. Once I got to the end of the 50 it took me a few moments to realize how dark it seemed. I mean, it's pretty desolate out there but this was dark, and the traffic lights were blinking. Sure enough I got to Edelweiss to discover the Hydro Quebec outage affecting Cantley, including Edelweiss, Vorlage and probably Cascades (I couldn't get through to them on the phone). One of the school trip chaperones told me the power went out about 7:30 and people were stuck on the lift, but the generator kicked in, getting them to the top of the mountain, and they were all escorted down by ski patrol without issue. Which is pretty great because it was black as pitch out there!
I had a feeling it was a region-wide issue so I called the other local mountains to see who was open and Camp Fortune did not disappoint! It was already pretty late by the time I arrived at Edelweiss, due to the weather and resulting slow drive, so I figured I'd have just about an hour to ski, $40 ticket be damned.
I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at Skyline and learn that Camp Fortune offers a unicorn of a Last Hour Ticket for $17.99! I got there about about 8:50 so the timing was right. I got the ticket, got ready and got on the lift just past 9. I had exactly enough time to do all four runs on Skyline! Conditions were much better than the previous night at Edelweiss, it was sleeting/raining by the time I arrived, with some fresh fallen snow over the ice, but more than enough to manoeuver in. I still went a bit slowly as the backup skis I'm using have a slightly different balance point that my regular skis. The only downside is the Skyline lift seems to close at 9:45 or 9:50, which prevented me from getting in that one last run. All the same, it was good to get out for a few quick runs after all the effort it took to get there! Here's some quick snaps.
Ths is what happened when I asked Siri to find Ski Vorlage. I am left feeling very confused.
Finally on the way up the Skyline lift!
Only Sparks, Canadian, Bud Clarke and The Chute open on Skyline tonight...
(also, I don't really think of Heggtveit as double black diamond, but whatever)
By the time I arrived, there weren't a whole lot of people there, and the youth training teams had just packed up and left!
Heggtveit isn't really that dark, I don't know why they won't keep it open at night! Every storm, people just duck under the line anyways...
Seeing the hills through the trees, always a nice ride up the Skyline chair!