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It had been 3 weeks since the last outing which resulted with a leg injury and being off the boards during that time. Feeling much better now, Mont Bellevue was the destination this evening to see how well the leg felt. I had pulled my calf muscle on my left leg skiing at Wildcat at the beginning of the month. Putting the boot on was fine so that was a good sign. I had arrived at the hill at 6:30 to a half filled parking lot. It had been announced that this was to be Bellevue's last weekend of the season. Tonight was the last for night skiing, plus it was freebie night for the Men. Only the quad was spinning this evening and all trails were open. The conditions were still pretty decent. Machine groomed granular snow over a firm base with one or two little spots that were bearing ice. It is very rare that you will see ice here during the season. Bellevue does and excellent job of grooming and keeping the trails in tip top shape.
There were signs on the first pitch under the Quad indicating that spring is coming, as there were a few spots popping through where it was getting a bit thin but nothing too drastic. Most of the skiers and boarders tonight were local kids and teens getting their last turns and shreds of the season. The wait in line for the lift was non-existant. There were only two occasions where I rode the lift with someone else.
A couple of spots under the Quad showing signs of spring:
Bottom of trail 2:
One of the jumps in the snowpark:
The snowpark at Bellevue is located on trails 5 & 6 with jumps and rails. Just off to the right of this jump was where the Pomalift 1 lift line was located, which is now trail 4a.
The old Poma lift line:
After 16 runs I had had enough and ended the evening by 9:00 pm. It started snowing lightly around this time but didn't last very long. I will have to say that each time that I had skied Bellevue this year, 3 times, the conditions were fantastic and the trails were well maintained and well groomed. We are very fortunate to have a hill like Bellevue in the city of Sherbrooke. See you again next season Mont Bellevue!
Here are a few of more scenes of the evening:
It had been about 3 weeks since my last visit to Mont Bellevue, and at the time it was -15 degrees plus a breeze and 4 trails open. This night everything was available. I arrived at the mountain at 6:45 to a full parking lot. Not a space to be had, so street parking was in order. Actually it wasn't too bad. Parked down near where the Quad is and it was just a short little hike to get to the chalet.
When I got to the chalet to pick up a lift ticket, there was a line up from the ticket windows to about 2 thirds of the way to the Pomalift. The wait was about 15 minutes. I had never seen this in the times that I have been to Bellevue, but being that it was Ladies Night everyone decided to come out and enjoy their mountain. Good business was had tonight. It got to a point where they had someone distributing tickets in line to the ladies 18+ to get them started on their evening and to help thin out the line. That worked really well. Super idea.
This time everything was available. Both the Quad and Poma were in operation, The temperature was -7 degrees and no breeze at all. 10 trails were open on machine groomed packed powder over a firm base. Bellevue really did a great job getting back on track after the thaw and rain we had a week or so ago. When I got my ticket I was ready to go. Knowing that the Quad would be busy, Poma it was. The line up there was only 5 minutes. I spent a good hour and a bit doing laps using the Poma. It is fast, runs a bit faster than the Quad does, so more laps you can make.
After at about 8:45 or so, it started to thin out so I headed over to the Quad and there was still a bit of a line up there but the singles line was efficient and the wait was just a few minutes. A few runs on the Quad and it was back to the Poma for a few more turns. It was noticeable by 9:15 that the crowd was really thinning out. The parking lot was emptying out and the line at both the Poma and Quad were now pretty much non existant.
By 9:45 I was done. 17 runs on a ticket price of $13.50. I surely got my money's worth tonight where upon arrival , I thought it was going to be more waiting than skiing. Another fabulous evening at Bellevue and I am sure everyone else did as well.
Here are a few more scenes from the evening: