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Camp Fortune - April 21, 2019


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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!20190421_102054.thumb.jpg.d819d80407812dd3b173e909dd8065cf.jpg

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Lots of streams in the woods.

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Sparks on the way up. 

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North facing woods.

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South facing woods.

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Top of Pineault.

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Top of Meech.

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Paradis

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Entrance to the glade off Paradis.

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Under the Meech Lift.

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All done.

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@Gordo haha good question!

I'm wondering if I should try and go today, I was hoping to make it to St-Sauveur but I'm in Ottawa with a few too many things to do today. And sadly the lifts will likely not be spinning tomorrow due to rain. Maybe also Saturday as they just moved Park Daze to Sunday :/

 

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