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Gatineau Park, Camp Fortune, Ottawa Ski Club 1926


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Here's a cool archival film that Camp Fortune found at Library and Archives Canada.  Skiing around Ottawa in 1926.  Seems so civilized that people would take the train to the ski hill.

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    • 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. 
    • By Gordo
      17cms of blower came in sideways Saturday night. The result was fantastic skiing Sunday at Camp Fortune. We managed to dig out and make it to the Skyline before 9am.  Camp Fortune had groomed on Saturday night so there was nice layer of light powder on top a firm base.  Conditions of course were excellent.  Smooth and smeary.  After a bunch of runs on Skyline we skated over to the valley and then hit the runs on Meech at 10ish.  The new glade was open off Paradis called La Cache Sous-Bois.  The glade runs from the right side of Paradis down and under the lift exiting on North America.  The run has a great pitch after the initial flat entrance with two main lines, one steeper and exiting father up the hill.   We spent most the morning on La Cache before heading back to Skyline.  The runs in the valley were also perfect but the place started to get busy with ski schools around 11am.  In fact the entire parking lot in the valley looked full by noon.  Skyline still had lots of spots though.  Heggtveit is still not open but the amount of snow that Fortune is blowing on it is pretty impressive. I suspect it will be open very soon. This is peak winter so get out and enjoy it!






      Nice bump run on Clifford.

      Top of La Cache


      Marshall

      The cross over spot on La Cache.

      La Cache from the Meech lift.




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