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  2. Here is a deal that I have looked into if you are an individual that would like to support the "Indy" ski areas, and not wanting to go with the Ikon or Epic pass this season. It is the Indy Pass that gives you 36 independently operated ski areas by offering a pass that allows you 2 daily lift tickets to each of the 36 areas, giving you the potential for 72 ski days. The pass is at $199 USD at the moment. Some of the areas include Bolton Valley, VT, Suicide Six, VT and Magic Mountain, VT just to name a few of the closer areas to Quebec residents. The pass offers areas in the East, Midwest, and Western regions. Pat's Peak, NH, Catamount Mountain on the NY/Mass border, and Greek Peak, NY that could be of interest for Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario residents , in terms of travel times. If you are someone who wants to commit to 3-4 trips to anyone of these areas, it might be something to look into. With the ever rising costs in daily lift ticket prices, this might make costs a little easier. Example Based on Weekend Ticket Rates: Magic Mountain, VT = $74.00 USD Bolton Valley, VT = $79.00 USD Suicide Six, VT = $75.00 USD Total for the 3 lift tickets = $228.00 USD. This is just an example if you purchase each ticket at the above mentioned areas on a walk up basis to the ticket window. The Indy Pass is $199.00 USD, you save $29.00 USD. Sure with this example it is a small savings, but a savings nonetheless. The more you use the Indy Pass, the larger the savings. You ski more at the included areas, the more the savings would increase. Of course do your research based on your skiing habits, how many times you will go to any one of the areas, lift ticket specials that you might find online, are you a mid-week skier or a weekend skier etc. You may find this may be your savings to some great skiing at great Independent ski areas. Also take into mind the daily exchange rate in making your decision on if this pass is right for you. Of course like any other pass available out there, it depends on your skiing habits. are you a weekend warrior who is out as much as you can , or the causal skier who only skis a few times a season. You may find a pretty good deal here, it all depends on you and your skiing habits. Please read the details on each area you may want to ski as there may be some restrictions on peak periods during the season. Some may have restrictions while others may not. Here is the link to get all the info needed on the INDY Pass: https://www.indyskipass.com
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  4. Expect some special events and maybe some new runs this season at Camp Fortune. They just unveiled a new logo for 100 years!
  5. Interesting. You don't hear much about these Northern Ontario ski hills. There is also Antoine Mountain in Mattawa, which is about a hour from North Bay. I wonder if Mattawa subsidizes the hill? I'm going to try and get up there this winter.
  6. Here is a story I found on the CBC webpage in regards to ski areas in the Northern Ontario region. Kamiskotia Ski Area, located in Timmins, Ontario is seeking help for their remaining debts, the odd thing is the request for city funding is to repay some debts associated to the city of Timmins. Dufour Mountain who also is operated independently, has had requested assistance from the town of Elliot Lake for emergency expenses in the past. The two areas in Sudbury, Adanac, and Lively are supported by the city, and are the only ones in the North who are supported by their community with taxpayer money. The discussion in this article is: Should local ski areas be considered a business or a public service? Very good question! Are they? Here is the link to that story, and is an interesting read. An interesting point: there had been 4 areas in the Sudbury area and now there are 2. Adanac and Lively are the two remaining hills while Capreol Mountain closed 4 years ago, and another nearby area, Onaping closed in 2012. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/ski-hills-northeastern-ontario-financial-future-1.5282145
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  8. Plus que quelques mois avant que la neige se mette à tomber et que la montagne s'ouvre pour une autre saison. Et un nouveau télésiège chauffant à 6 places.... J'ai hâte d'y être.
  9. Plus que quelques mois avant que la neige se mette à tomber et que la montagne s'ouvre pour une autre saison. Et un nouveau télésiège chauffant à 6 places.... J'ai hâte d'y être.
  10. Round No More! Yes the round house of the chalet is gone. Currently there is part of a foundation on the ground that seems to be forming but the chalet itself is now capped off at the end. As such, it is difficult to say if there will be an addition built to the chalet or what is going to take its place. Now that we are at the start of September, it will be interesting to see what will be done for the ski season that will start in about 3 months time. Also note that the small race equipment / CADS shack to the right of the old round house is also gone. The shape of that new addition is hard to interpret. Not sure if it would contain stairs or a replacement ramp to the upper floor. If it does not, the central stairs near the main entrance would be the only ones. Also interesting to note is the removal of the little terrace and stairs outside that were between the chalet and roundhouse. Anyone know what's going on? In any case, it has me quite interested. I'll try to go by again in the coming weeks to see what has developed and report back. And a shot looking up the mountain at the Meister 4000 superquad.
  11. Here are a few snaps of the new Gondola at Bretton Woods that I managed to take today. It is supposed to be operational for the upcoming season. What is interesting is that there is a crossover of the Bethlehem Express Quad lift with the Gondola a little ways up the line. I am hoping to get back there sometime this winter.
  12. I am in Maine this week, and on my way back home I am planning on stopping by Bretton Woods to snap some pics of the gondola. Hoping to have some snaps of it to post.
  13. Doppelmayr posted two photos of the work taking place. And Owl's Head says they are blasting from Aug 21-27th.
  14. I'll see what I can do for pics later this fall. I am interested to see progress as well.
  15. I haven't noticed anything lately. I was at the Bromont Flea Market about a month ago and it looked pretty much the same at the summit. Then about a week and a bit ago I drove by on my way through to Cowansville still no change. I haven't heard any news either which is rather odd.
  16. As the original timeline called for, this summer was Phase 2 of the Altitude project at the summit. The new summit lodge/chalet was to be built... but no word on Bromont's social media on whether it is going ahead or if any work has been done beyond what was started last summer in conjunction with the new hybrid lift. Paul, in your travels down highway 10, have you seen any activity by the summit?
  17. There was news on Owl's Head social media recently of no Mountain Access around the Lake sector of the mountain, due to blasting and construction on the new quad chairlift. While I do love all the changes they are making and improvements, I do wish they would share more photos of the progress and what's going on. Perhaps not everyone is into that kind of stuff but I know at least that we all are.
  18. I have seen photos of the bottom terminal of the quad and it's not in great shape. I understand that the lift has not operated since the early 2010's from when the mountain was suffering financially from back then. It hasn't spun in almost a decade. I could be wrong there but it has been quite a while.
  19. Here is the trail map apparently from 2015. A bit of an understatement to say that the chairlift needs to operate (whether repaired or replaced) as it gives access to the entire mountain. The T-Bar serves barely 2 trails. The mountain has a vertical drop of 305m, 16 runs and the longest being 2.4km.
  20. Interesting news. The photo of the quad chairlift (no date is listed) appears in decent shape, however the terminals may not be. Very intrigued by the decision that the quad is essentially beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
  21. News out of Cape Bretton, or more specifically Ingonish, NS is that Ski Cape Smokey has been sold by the province to a New York investor. The hill had been operated by the province under a volunteer group since 2011 to keep it open in a limited format with the Poma lift being its main lift. There is a quad chair that has not been in service for quite sometime and is beyond refurbishing. The plan calls for a major renewal of the mountain and its facilities, and a realignment of parts of the access road. The main goal is to have Cape Smokey a major destination for visitors who are travelling the Cabot Trail as a 4 season attraction. Below is a link to the article from the Cape Bretton Post for additional details. https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/ski-cape-smokey-purchased-by-private-sector-group-for-370000-341732/?fbclid=IwAR0qe23O5r1FwMzaVpxIrbgqtgKHlpz5RO-JXQDX_tmy53O4t6TxAuo1UoQ
  22. Here are some photos of the early work going on at Mont Gleason posted on their Facebook page. The new quad with loading carpet is to be ready for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The t-bars have long since been removed to make way for the new quad. Doppelmayr has been busy this off season!
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