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    • By Gordo
      Just got this email from Mont Ste-Marie
      This is the first in the Ottawa/Gatineau area to address the next ski season. This seems like a logistical nightmare.
      Msg below:
      An Important Update for all Mont Ste-Marie Customers.
      Hello to all Friends of Mont Ste-Marie
      I hope everyone is having a fun and safe summer. It has been a busy summer at Mont Ste-Marie with everyone taking advantage of this fantastic weather to enjoy the trails, tennis, golf, and beach. Tomorrow will mark 4 months since we were shut down on March 15th. Since that time, our world has changed. What could not have been imagined 4 months ago is now common place. So, the question everyone wants answered is “what is going to happen this winter at Mont Ste-Marie?”.
      The answer is that Mont Ste-Marie, like other ski resorts in Canada, will more than likely (based on what we know today) be opening at 50% capacity in our lodge and on our lifts. This means that on our chairlift that seats 4 we will only be able to sit 2 unless you are a family living in the same home and so on… Our goal is to provide a superior ski experience and in order to achieve this for the good of all skiers, we will have a daily maximum of lift tickets available. This way, we will have the space in the lodge and minimal lift lines at both Cheval and Vanier. In order to control the amount of lift tickets sold on a specific day all tickets will need to be purchased in advance online.
      Two types of tickets will be sold online in each age category:
      1) GUARANTEED Lift Ticket (GLT) is a ticket for a specific date that you want to come ski, OR
      2) the FLEX Ticket, which gives you the chance to pick and choose your day of skiing (but hurry and reserve your date as tickets could be sold out for your wanted day).
      Plan ahead to guarantee your ski days for this winter. We will be starting lift tickets sales with our new online sales platform on September 1st . Both the GLT and FLEX tickets are transferable. In the event we do not open due to weather reasons, the GLT will become a FLEX Ticket.
      Our pricing has not been set but it will reflect a balance between the need to operate at 50% capacity and provide a fantastic overall superior ski experience given the current situation.
       
      The ULTIMATE and BEST way to ski remains the purchase of a season pass, which allows you the freedom to ski any day without pre-booking. Season Passes will go back on sale by September 1st.
      There is a positive aspect to all of this in that the mountain will not be as busy especially during weekends and holidays. Fewer skiers during the day will mean that the grooming will be preserved longer each day. Enjoy the rest of summer and start planning now for the days you would like to come skiing this winter so that when lift tickets go on sale on, you will be ready. Guarantee your ski days by buying early.
       
      Thanks to all,
      Bob Sudermann
      Owner and President
    • By Gordo
      Well we didn't quite get the snowmageddon that was hyped but the skiing at Camp Fortune was great regardless. 10cms of wet snow had fallen over night and it would snow heavy all morning bringing the total to close to 25cms by midday.  The drive was not great as highway 5 was like a cart track but it was worth the trek.  With temperatures around zero the fresh snow was heavy but you can't complain.  I managed to get fresh lines for a few runs on Heggtveit and Craigsmarc before moving to Meech and getting the first run after the Ski Patrol on the La Cache glade.  After several powder filled runs on the Meech side I moved to the valley.  The valley was quiet with the trick park closed off as well as Allen's Ally for a race. Slalom and Duffy had loads of fresh snow though. Back on Skyline things were clumping up fast but my legs were pretty much done by noon anyway.  On a sad note just after lunch Fortune had to close because of power issues.  Yesterday they were closed for a few hours in the morning because of a power outage.  Hydro may be cheap in Quebec but it sure its isn't reliable. 

      Craigsmarc was a winter wonderland of fresh lines. 







      First tracks on La Cache



      Slalom was so smeary

      Top of Duffy

      Skyline at noon. Lots of space for all. 
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