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Camp Fortune - February 6, 2019

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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 file1-7.thumb.jpeg.386b7f833f341ffb52daa9bfad72eadd.jpegon 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.

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Ths is what happened when I asked Siri to find Ski Vorlage. I am left feeling very confused.

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Finally on the way up the Skyline lift!

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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)

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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!

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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...

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Seeing the hills through the trees, always a nice ride up the Skyline chair!

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Lots of creamy snow. Conditions continue to impress. Hopefully the wild weather swings settle down for the second half of the ski season so we can fully enjoy it.

Thanks for your report Ocean.

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@Gordo let's hope that snow starts coming down just in time for 2 for 1 night skiing on Tuesday, I'm planning to go with a friend that night, but probably also Wednesday night! Thursday will be Sauveur or one of its other options on the way back to Mtl.

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On 2/12/2019 at 4:39 PM, Ocean said:

Find me on Skyline @Gordo!! I won’t recognize your kit but I am very easy to spot obviously :D

Sorry Ocean I saved my legs for today. I was at MSM it was killer. 35cms of powder. Report to come. 

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@Gordo ahaha I was wondering, I figured you weren't there as you surely could not have missed me. I'm also behind on a few trip reports. I'm sure MSM was dope af! I hit Edelweiss tonight, busiest I've ever seen it!

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      Yes Camp Fortune is closed for the season but there is still loads of snow on the hills even after the rainfest of the last couple days.  Since I missed the last official weekend I figured I better get my fix. Taking my snowshoe skis which have a built in skin under foot I climbed Sparks on the Skyline line side.  The main runs still have plenty of snow and even the north facing glades are skiable. I skinned to the top of Pineault then went down Paradis on the Meech side.  A quarter of the way down I ducked into the new but unnamed glade that feeds down under the lift and onto North American.  The trees were skiable and the snow was soft though there was loads of debris.  I then climbed up North American back up to Sparks via the Meech Crossing.  The final run was a quick blast down Sparks.  Thanks for a great season and remember to buy your Fortune season pass before the end of the month.  See you next year!


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