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What's New and Coming for the 2017-18 Ski Season

While the last ski season is already a close memory, mountains are already hard at work preparing for the next. Over the course of this summer and fall, we will help you keep track of the latest announced developments and changes coming to the ski mountains near you.-ONTARIO-Mount St-Louis Moonstone - $500,000 on snow-making upgrades and automation. $350,000 increasing Night Lighting on Saint, Promenade, and Venture trails. 3 NEW Pisten Bully groomers complete with SnowSat GPS which accurately measures snow depth on trails. Re-grading expansion of Moonstone Novice Slope and relocation of Novice Carpet. -QUEBEC-Bromont - Expansion and reconfiguration of several trails (for example,…

April 29-30, 2017 and Recap of the 2016-2017 Ski Season

It's hard to believe ski season is all but over here in Quebec. It seems like yesterday we wrote the first column for this blog, hoping we would have a snowy winter as forecasted. In the end, this past winter was not what every skier dreams of, but it was certainly one of the better ones in recent history. The season started out promising, with plenty of cold weather for snowmaking and substantial snowfall over the Christmas holidays. We were spared dangerously cold temperatures in January, but we experienced a bit too much freezing rain and not enough snow. February…

April 22-23, 2017

Magnum at Mont Orford, last weekend (now closed) - Photo by Paul Giddings. Another great spring skiing weekend is upon us. With the milder weather and the sun coming back out in full force, the skiing is expected to be unforgettable.Last weekend saw the season end at many mountains. Of notable surprise is Mont SUTTON who announced their closure earlier this week. While many who were present the previous weekend seemed to feel they were still good for another weekend, it was sadly not meant to be. The take away from this is that the weather and snow become so volatile…

April 14-17, 2017

Skyline @ Camp Fortune - Photo by Locknar It's hard to believe it's already Easter. It seems like yesterday we were gearing up for the ski season, and now here we are, with Spring in full swing. If anyone is in doubt, remember how it was 26 degrees on Monday? Easter is late this year, and this has benefits for skiers. Many ski hills try to stay open until Easter, because people are more likely to go skiing over the long weekend. On the flip side, many hills shut down as soon as the holiday is over, even if there…

April 8-9, 2017

With another weekend of classic spring skiing upon us, let's take a look at what one can expect. While many regions, notably Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal, received 50+mm of rain over the past few days, some mountains did receive some fresh snow rather than full on rain. The situation is even better around Quebec City were mountains there received 10-20cm of fresh snow instead. For those that received alot of rain, they were proactive by closing during the week to preserve the ski conditions for the weekend. With expert grooming, the trails should be in great shape for the weekend as…

​Spring Skiing: How to Make the Best out of the Best Time of the Season

Mont Garceau Ah, spring skiing! Many of the fondest memories are made at this magical time of the season. After a long winter of flat light, hand warmers, too many sweaters, and drives home in the dark, the first signs of spring are finally peaking through. The days are longer, the sun is higher and stronger, and it's finally time to shed all those layers.Outside, the atmosphere ramps up as music fills the air, and the irresistible smells of barbecue and drinks fill outdoor patios to capacity. The dreaded winter ice on the trails finally begins to disappear, and is…

April 1-2, 2017

Photo Credits : Mont Sutton ​Wow, it's already April. Seems like yesterday it was November and we were gearing up for the season's beginning. Winter has officially been over for more than a week, but don't be fooled: the past few weeks have been great for skiing, and there are still some good days ahead. As I write this, it's snowing with moderate intensity outside, enough to cover the streets. An early April Fool's joke, maybe? Either way, the season is not quite over.Tomorrow's ski conditions, depending on tonight's temperature and snowfall, might be powdery. As temperatures rise above zero,…

Killington open for final day of skiing on June 1st.

Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont is the only mountain still offering lift serviced skiing in the East. We made it skiers and riders, we'll be skiing in June. Thursday, June 1 will be the final day of lift-served skiing and snowboarding this season and lift tickets will be FREE! The Superstar Express Quad will turn from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. but get here early because we'll be handing out June 1 commemorative t-shirts at 8:30 to the first 250 skiers and riders in line. There will be music provided by DJ Dave and refreshments available at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar. Don't miss…

March 25-26, 2017

​The official welcoming party for Spring happened just a few days ago yet the snow is holding on better than past years. March brought with it almost as many mild days as cold days. Virtually all mountains are still operating, many with all trails open. While the current picture looks promising, we are quickly approaching the time that many mountains call an end to their season, snow or not. The following weekend of April 1-2 will mark the end of the line for many. Beyond that date, those that continue will begin reducing their schedule to just weekends. What does…

March 18-19, 2017

​This week: snow, snow and more snow! That's all there is to report. The above seasonal weather we experienced for much of February left a lot of skiers wringing their hands - is winter already over? Is this what our future winters hold in store for us? If the arctic temperatures of last weekend didn't convince you that winter is still here, then Tuesday and Wednesday's snow storm certainly eliminated lingering doubts! This week's blizzard was one of the biggest we've had in many years, has been compared to the famous snowstorm of 1971, and will be remembered in the…

March 11-12, 2017

After a relatively long period of mild weather and rain, this past week showed us that winter is still here. The temperature was for the most part cold, often hitting -20'c with the windchill factor. This did have the benefit of allowing several ski mountains to restart their snowmaking operations, providing a fresh layer of snow and helping ensure they can extend their season into the spring.The 14 day long range forecast looks fairly promising for spring skiing. No rain is shown in the forecast, and the cold temperatures will end around the coming Friday. Daytime temperatures then will be…

March 4-5, 2017

Well, I think we can all agree that the past few weeks won't go down in history as the best February we've had. The earlier part of the month was promising, with close to 50 cm of snow falling in a single week. The weather turned abruptly, however, with over 10 days of above-freezing weather and a multiple days of rain. While I'm sure most of us appreciated the dry streets and not having to wear boots or a heavy parka outside, this weather wasn't a treat for ski hills. In my neighbourhood, we went from 4-foot-tall snow banks to…

March Break deals in Quebec

March; this month is synonymous with sun, warmth, longer days, and everyone's favourite, March break! March break is a popular time for families or friends to go skiing, whether it be as part of their regular winter routine, or as the only time in the season they hit the slopes. And for good reason! Usually temperatures are warmer than in January and February, there is enough snow to have all terrain open, and the longer days mean the sun is still shining brightly at 4:00 pm and the drive home isn't in the pitch dark. Everyone likes a deal, so…

February 25-26, 2017

Photographed at Stowe Mountain Resort. It was a mild and warm week to say the least. The weather on more than one occasion was appropriate for opened jackets or just sweaters. Despite all this, reported ski conditions are still very good, little to no ice with fast and soft snow. The snowpack in the city is dramatically melting away but the snow on the ski trails is holding out well thus far. As a welcome bonus, the mountains are also less busy meaning more runs during your time out on the slopes.And now the bad... It has been raining all…

February 18-19, 2017

What amazing weather we've had recently! This week's snowfall will definitely be a highlight of the winter. Sunday afternoon into Monday, almost 30 cm fell, and then on Wednesday and Thursday we were gifted another 10+ cm. The Laurentians received slightly less, and places like Quebec City got close to 50 cm. All in all, great snow is to be found wherever you choose to go. In Montreal this year we hadn't yet had a good old-fashioned blizzard; most forecasted snowfalls ended up being followed by rain, or fell as freezing rain. This snowfall certainly made things feel like winter,…
 
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