At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the...
At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion.

$20 Million construction season at Jay Peak Resort

Jay Peak Resort today announced it will resume the final phase of its revitalization initiative. The list of projects includes the completion of a number of cottages around the resort's Stateside area, and a 15,000-square foot recreation and entertainment center. New to the initiative's lineup are two outdoor recreation fields to be constructed on land adjacent to the Inglenook Lodge, a property located on route 242 along the road to the town of Jay. The announcement comes just a month after the news that Raymond James Financial Inc., the financial services firm, reached a $150 million settlement with the federal receiver appointed to oversee Jay Peak's operations. Of the $150 million, Jay Peak will receive approximately $19.7 million toward its projects. "This settlement is good news for Jay Peak, all of the contractors involved in the project, and the investors who were waiting to learn the fate of their immigration status," said Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed receiver. One of...

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$3.3 Million in Improvements for 2017-18 Winter Season at Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley, New York State's most visited ski resort, has added to its automated snowmaking system, purchased two groomers, expanded the beginner's area and accomplished a host of other projects for the 2017-2018 winter season. Guests of Holiday Valley will reap the benefits of more efficient and increased snowmaking, allowing for added time and enjoyment on the slopes this season. This year's $3.3 million brings the total investment for this independent resort to more than $126 million in the past 24 years. Other projects include the replacement of the Cindy's Warming Hut and the Mistletoe Lean To, construction of two new beginner trails off of Northwind, and new uniforms for the Mountain Operations department. Snowmaking is the life blood of ski resorts throughout the country, and Holiday Valley has invested three quarters of a million dollars for this season to continue to grow their state-of-the-art automated system. This year's purchase of 70 HKD Auto units and 10 HKD Viper gr...

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More than a Million invested for the 2017-2018 season at Mont Sutton

Mont SUTTON, a major ski resort located in the Eastern Townships, is actively getting ready for the beginning of the 2017-2018 season. Improvement to the snowmaking system are being made, the new charging stations for electric cars have been set up, two new sculptures will be added on the mountain, the Boutique Expérience SUTTON will have a brand new K2 "shop in shop", virtual reality will be added, and the reflection regarding the products diversification on four seasons with the master plan continues. MAJOR IMPROVEMENT FOR THE SNOWMAKING SYSTEM Mont SUTTON will invest this year close to a million dollars in its snowmaking system, bringing the total investment to 1.5 million in the last two years. There will be 39 new fixed snow guns in the Alouette and Cascade trails allowing to maximize the strike force right at the beginning of the season. What's more, the addition of a second T40 fan gun will improve the quality of snow in the Family Zone to facilitate the learning of snow sports ...

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Mount Snow To Complete Long John Trail Widening Project One Year Early

In a summer already jam-packed with construction projects aimed at improving its skiing and riding experience, Mount Snow is pleased to announce that it has begun widening its Long John ski trail for the upcoming season. Originally scheduled as a summer project for 2018, Mount Snow managers decided to undertake the widening project after their $30 million snowmaking upgrade, known as the West Lake Water Project, began running comfortably ahead of schedule. "Anyone who's skied Long John in the past knows that it could benefit from widening, especially on a busy weekend," said Kelly Pawlak, general manager at Mount Snow. "In widening this green circle trail by 35 feet, we will be making it a more inviting place for beginner skiers looking to explore the mountain from the summit, as well as those looking to access our Carinthia Base Area." The blasting, done by Gardiner, Maine-based Maine Drilling and Blasting, began Friday, September 8, 2017, and will continue through October 13, 2017. D...

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Forest Service approval launches construction of new High Country T-Bar lift for Waterville Valley Resort

​Waterville Valley Resort received approval from the USDA Forest Service last week to begin construction of the new High Country T-Bar Lift, proposed in May. While the ski season is just around the corner, the achievement of this significant milestone has spurred construction to begin immediately. "So much happens behind the scenes before a project finally breaks ground so it is incredible what has been accomplished in just a few months through the collaborative efforts of the USDA Forest Service, SE Group, Horizons Engineering, Inc., LST Lifts, and our team," says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. "Developed from the feedback of industry experts and our own athletes, passholders, and guests, it has been clear from the start that this is the best plan to improve and innovate the High Country experience and now we have the go ahead to bring it to life." The new lift is part of a larger, $7.5 million multiyear investment plan, dubbed Phase II. This sum...

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Kayaking - Lac La Peche

This visit was to Lac La Peche, known as the largest lake in all of Gatineau Park. If you find Lac Philippe or Meech large, this lake is almost double the size. Upon arriving, the sandy beach is expansive and stretches across a large portion of the water. There is a fee that must be paid along the access road, however at this time of the year, and due to the beach being officially closed, access is free. For those arriving without their own kayak or canoe, rentals are available, in the same way as they are at Lac Philippe. The late summer's sun creates a vast landscape, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. The entry point into the water is located approximately in the middle of the lake, so you are perfectly positioned to start exploring in either direction. I am not sure why but the sand along on the beach was brighter and softer than most of the other beaches in the region we have visited. Perhaps it is due to the slightly more remote location that it has remained relatively un...

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Hiking - Carbide Willson Ruins - Gatineau Park

A beautiful clear Saturday afternoon called for a visit to Gatineau Park to do some hiking. The park is famous for its endless trails and the multitude of choices of where to go and how to get there. This trip was to visit the Carbide Willson Ruins. Located to the North of Meech lake, the ruins can be found after the 3km hike. The trail is not very challenging to get to the ruins, however, there is a long hill halfway there. Surprisingly, the trail is quite popular and well-travelled. Definitely, one of the more popular locations to visit. Starting from the P11 parking lot by Meech lake, the trail heads up the hill to the North. The forest canopy providing plenty of cover and shade as you make the trip. Eventually, you reach a long downhill section, which culminates with a bridge over the lake. Looking South from here you can see Meech lake and the cottages that flank the shoreline. Continuing along the path, you will eventually reach a directional signpost. Oddly enough, to get to the...

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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, Ottawa will be expanded and go from Black Diamond to Blue Square). New snowprk, with a rethinking of the configuration and layout, with the main park now on the Candiac trail to optimize its accessibility. First mountain in Quebec to use LED lighting technology, on two trails (Victoria...

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Kayaking - Lac Meech

Another beautiful day that warranted some kayaking. This time, the destination was Meech Lake in Gatineau Park. Camp Fortune was along the route leading to the lake, making me reflect on this summer and start looking forward to the winter coming up in a few months time. Located about 5 minutes drive past Camp Fortune's Skyline sector, Meech Lake offers a quiet beach setting, as well as several hiking pathways to enjoy and discover, including the Carbide Willson Ruins (perhaps next weekend's hiking adventure...) The beach is accessible from the paid parking lot ($11) by a short gravel path. This lake does not offer any rentals so you need to bring your own when visiting. The path to access the water is made up of a few small hills but is easily traversed if you have a set of wheels to roll your kayak. Once you reach the water, you are treated to one of the most picturesque settings of the region. Flanked all along one side of the lake are houses and cottages bordering the water. Despite...

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Kayaking - Lac Philippe

Kayaking is such an enjoyable sport. Thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, there is no shortage of places to visit and discover. Kayaking is also an easy sport to get into and is less difficult than it may appear to be. What does help is lakes that are free of powered boats. One such place is Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, Lac Philippe is a large lake, featuring two beaches, pedal boat, kayak and canoe rentals, and campgrounds. If you are coming with your own kayaks or wish to rent, the best place to park is by following the signs for the boat launch, shortly after passing the first beach. From here, you are able to park quite close to the water and the launching point is not busy or crowded. Immediately you can see the vastness of the lake, which seems to extend indefinitely. On this visit, we decided to head to the left, in the direction of Breton Beach. Passing a well-built beaver lodge....

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Hiking - Pioneer Trail - Gatineau Park

A great day in nature on Gatineau Park's Pioneer Trail. This hiking path is easily accessible from the Gatineau Park parkway entrance off of Boulevard des Allumetières near Hull. A large parking lot and information centre and map await your arrival. The Pioneer trail is not the longest trail and doesn't present much challenge as it has a relatively flat profile, but it is a great place to enjoy nature without having to go very far from the city. With a length of approximately 1.5km, the trail in the form of a loop takes about 30-40 minutes to walk. All along the path are interpretation panels, allowing you to learn about settlers in the Outaouais region and the Park's forest diversity. The love tree, carved with care by plenty of couples who have walked this path together. The whistling wind and the brushing of the leaves, you really feel at peace and with nature in Gatineau Park. The ever expansive forests that seemingly never end bring out anyone's sense of curiosity and exploration.

La Fête de la Musique de Tremblant – back for a 19th edition

One of the first events in the country to combine classical, jazz, and world music, La Fête de la Musique de Tremblant is now in its 19th edition. Founder and artistic director Angèle Dubeau invites music lovers to come enjoy a grand musical panorama in the majestic setting of Tremblant. Every year, the festival attracts over 35,000 spectators. The 2017 program includes more than 40 free outdoor concerts performed over the Labour Day weekend. From September 1 to 4, festivalgoers can hear concerts in the pedestrian village at the base of the mountain and in Mont-Tremblant's Village and Centre-ville sectors.  Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, one of the greats of his generation, will open the festival in splendid fashion at the church in Saint-Jovite. The festival continues Saturday at noon with concerts by superb artists, such as "iLove Baroque" from Ensemble Caprice, "Danzas – Spanish Guitar" from Montréal Guitare Trio, a unique performance of Inuit throat singing from the group Ok...

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Paul Gordon - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

I got into skiing early, night skiing at Camp Fortune during elementary school. During high school, I had a season pass which caused a few skipped afternoons. I kept up skiing in high school with some straight all camber 210cm rockets when many buddies switched to snowboards during the early days of the sport. After high school though I basically stopped downhill skiing. I was based in Toronto for a while then Yellowknife up in the North West Territories where snow machining was the thing to do. Finally, when I moved back to Ottawa I decided to get back into alpine. I love downhill skiing... why had I stopped! Well, I bought some used Fischer Wateas 78's 181cms and got back on the hill. You don't forget how to ski. Anyway, I'm now hooked. Look I'm not some expert free rider or ex-racer but I like to go fast and I'll ski in any condition. I've switched up my skis a couple times now slowly moving to wider skis with more rocker. I've also tried Telemark skiing. I love skiing, I love being...

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Waterville Valley Resort Partners with ResortBoard and Debuts New Summer Activities

Waterville Valley Resort continues to offer opportunities for summer fun in the White Mountains with the addition of three new summer activities, including a partnership with GolfBoard to bring ResortBoard Adventure Tours to Waterville Valley, the first experience of its kind in New England. "It is exciting to not only be adding new activities that we have never had in Waterville Valley, but to also be creating a new type of experience in the Northeast," says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. "You can't really experience the White Mountains without getting outside, getting off the beaten path, and seeking out a bit of adventure. Partnering with ResortBoards is allowing us to take some of what we love about snowsports and apply it to the summer months." ResortBoards are highly versatile personal transportation vehicles and can be used on pavement, gravel, loose dirt, mud, and even packed powder. The rugged design includes heavy-duty front and back spr...

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Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley

Sky High Adventure Park, the latest addition to Holiday Valley's array of outdoor activities, includes the Aerial Adventure Park, Climbing Forest and Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. Located next to the Tannenbaum Lodge at the western end of Holiday Valley, Sky High is now open daily through September 4 and on weekends through October 29.  The Aerial Adventure Park at Sky High is constructed of a series of platforms, bridges, ropes, zip lines and other lofted obstacles throughout 13 different courses with varying levels of difficulty. In order of ascending difficulty, there are 3 yellow courses, 5 greens, 2 blues, 2 single black diamonds and one double black diamond. All courses except the double black diamond feature at least one zip line and some have several. The aerial park is the largest of its kind in New York State and the 3rd largest in the United States, occupying 4 of the 15 acre footprint which is allotted for Sky High Adventure Park. The tallest platform featured is 68 feet...

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Tonga Lumina Officially Opens at Tremblant: A Night Walk in Search of the Giant

Tonight at Tremblant was the Tonga Lumina pre-launch, a unique Moment Factory creation. Both global leaders, the pair of Québec giants joined their savoir faire to develop an immersive, interactive and illuminated night walk that begins with a ride on the Flying Mile lift and from the mid-way station, plunges spectators into a universe that showcases the mountain's natural elements. "It is with great pleasure that we see this major project come to life, one that merges the mountain's specificities and our resort vacationing knowledge with the creativity, talent and expertise of the Moment Factory team," said Patrice Malo, Station Mont Tremblant's President and CEO. "In addition to being a perfect complement to the resort's varied offer, this new first-rate evening adventure is tailored to suit visitors of all ages." "It was a genuine pleasure working with Station Mont Tremblant's team, creating a new immersive multimedia experience for the region's visitors and residents. Inspired by M...

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Paul Giddings - (Eastern Townships)

I started skiing around 1980 with my elementary school program that would bring us up to the now defunct Glen Mountain near Knowlton in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I wasn't warm to the idea of skiing at first but thanks to my grade 4 teacher, I am glad that she convinced me to go. The Glen ended up being my second home on weekends and days off from school for the winters to follow. I worked at Owl's Head for 12 years as a liftie in the winter months, and in the hotel during the summers and kept my connection to skiing. When I left Owl's Head in 2001 for a career change, I left skiing behind as well until 2012 when I rediscovered a new found passion for the sport. I enjoy discovering new ski areas, and I am a bit of a ski lift "nerd" at the same time. There is nothing more stress relieving to me than riding a chairlift and putting my two feet on skis at a ski hill for the day. My other interests are photography, music, hiking, and ski history. 

Ana Fonseca - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

I owe my first skiing experience to my husband who introduced me to this great sport at Mont Saint-Sauveur a few years ago. Previous to this ski weekend, I noticed my husband's contagious passion for downhill skiing through his long-time practice of it, as well as his mesmerizing descriptions, videos and pictures of several breathtaking Canadian mountain landscapes that he has had the fortune to experience mainly through his skiing; I had to give it a try. Exposure to these mountainous environments in Canada has also brought back fond memories of my upbringing in Latin America where I grew up surrounded by the majestic Andean mountains. As a result, I fell in love with the sport and the beautiful scenery of the awe-inspiring Canadian mountains.I am looking forward to enjoying many more ski weekends over the course of the years to come. 

Shane Séguin - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion. 

DesLauriers Family, Local Investors, Buy Bolton Valley Ski Resort

A group of local investors led by Ralph DesLauriers and his son, Evan DesLauriers, closed Friday on the purchase of Bolton Valley Resort. Bolton Valley, located in the town of Bolton in Chittenden County was founded by DesLauriers and his father Roland in 1966. DesLauriers owned and operated the resort from its founding until 1997. Since then, the resort has changed hands several times and until Friday, was owned by two real estate developers from Burlington, Larry Williams and Doug Nedde. The purchase of the resort by DesLauriers and his partners brings the resort full circle after 20 years. Moving forward, the day to day operations of the Resort will continue with the existing management team, under the leadership of the Resort's President, George B. Potter. The new ownership company will be led by members of the DesLauriers family including Ralph DesLauriers, his son Evan, and daughter, Lindsay. In addition to the DesLauriers' management company, a group of local investors came toge...

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Camp Fortune

Camp Fortune is the closest ski mountain to the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, at only a 15 minute drive away. The mountain features a wide variety of trails, spread over 3 distinct mountain sides. Each side offers something different, from family atmosphere, to more challenging steep and higher speed trails, to long intermediate cruisers, Camp Fortune has it all, with 27 trails, 13 of which are open for night skiing, served by 8 lifts, consisting of 4 quad chairlifts and 1 triple. The mountain also features 2 base chalets, offering options for where you want to start and end your day. Located in Gatineau Park, Camp Fortune offers great ski conditions all season long thanks to snowmaking coverage on almost all trails. The Mountain and the Ski Trails The Valley is the main side of Camp Fortune, and is home to the large main chalet and all the services of the mountain. As its name implies, this area is formed inside a Valley with skiing on three of its sides. Starting with the Pinea...

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Sugarbush Resort a Mountain Bike Destination this Summer

Sugarbush Resort, home to 37 lift-served mountain bike trails, is hosting a number of bike-related events this summer. Along with more than 40 miles of cross-country terrain throughout the Mad River Valley, Sugarbush is a must-visit destination for mountain bikers. The Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown series on Sunday, July 16th features both enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash and prize purse of $3,200. The five racers in every class reach the podium with the top 3 receiving custom medals. Before the race, on Saturday, July 15th there will be a pre-race party with live music, food, drink and games. Later that month the resort teams up for the second year in a row with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Mad River Riders, Waterbury Trail Alliance, and Green Mountain Trails to host the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd. Open to the public and to riders of all abilities, the festival will have guided rides throughout the...

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Killington Resort announces new cutting-edge summer activities, enhancements and investments

​Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and a four-season outdoor playground on 3,000 acres in Central Vermont's Green Mountains, is unleashing new summer attractions and facility enhancements to raise the level of thrills during its growing summer events calendar. Since 2015, Killington has invested more than $5 million to enhance warm weather offerings including mountain bike park, adventure center and other attractions. The Killington Bike Park expansion continues into the fourth phase of a 5-year build out designed by Gravity Logic, a world leader in the design of sustainable progressive mountain bike trails for summer resort operations. Summer additions include three new downhill mountain bike trails being built on Ramshead, with a late August expected opening that will grow the park to 29 different trails and just over 30 miles of biking terrain. The park also features new bike trays on the Ramshead and Snowshed chairlifts to increas...

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Governor Cuomo Announces $8 Million for Upgrades at Belleayre Ski Resort

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on February 16th, 2017, that the state will invest an additional $8 million for upgrades at Belleayre Ski Center in Highmount to attract more visitors and build on the Catskill Region's burgeoning tourism industry. The investment will enhance the current facilities at Belleayre Mountain with the installation of a new, high-speed gondola, multiple lodge expansions and the addition of modern amenities for both lodges at the resort. The project will increase visitation, enhance customer experience and provide a major boost to tourism in the Catskills and the region's economy.  "Belleayre Mountain is one of the crown jewels of the Catskills and a major driver of the region's tourism economy," Governor Cuomo said. "With this investment, we are supporting vital upgrades at this mountain to ensure it remains an unparalleled year-round recreation destination and continues to leverage economic growth for the entire region for generations to come.""This pl...

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