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  1. Bratwurst yum. I’m heading to Tremblant next week.
  2. A great night with bonus snow. They had only forecasted for 1-2cms. Duffy was the run to hit on the valley side. Wish I could get out today and try the new glades off Paradise.
  3. Wow bonus powder day. I went up to Fortune right after work and it was snowing a little. By 4pm though it was a white out and would snow heavy for over three hours dropping 10cms. Every run was refreshed. We may be at peak snow pack. This may have been my best night ski in a long while. Conditions we perfect, everything was open and zero crowds. Hero snow, enough said. You better have googles. Hegg was open till 7pm Tree paths/runs between Sparks and Bud Clark Top of Heggtveit This may have been a mistake. Chilly Poutine! Killer night
  4. @Shane the BBQ is a Napoleon portable "TravelQ". Takes small green propane tanks or a full size tank with a hose adapter. Picked it up on Kijiji a while back and it has served me well. Came with a folding table and case. I really love Mont Chilly just wish it was closer to Ottawa. If I lived in Pembroke (30mins from Chilly) I would be there every weekend.
  5. For some crazy reason we decided to pack three adults into a Nissan Micra with all our ski gear and a BBQ then drive through a snow storm to Mont Chilly in the Pontiac. Taking the Ontario side we crossed the Ottawa River at the Chenaux generating station. We arrived at Mont Chilly around 10:30 and they were just firing up the T-bar which is powered by an old tractor engine. Snow would fall on and off all day resulting in a little over 10cms of new snow. Mont Chilly does not make any snow so all the runs have a natural base. Conditions were good with about 5-10cms of fresh snow over a firm but deep base. All the trails were open including #5 which is a steep wide glade west of the double black bump run of #4. The black glade off #3 was setup with a snow cross/slalom course made of old ski poles. As always the skiing was great. At around 1 we BBQ up some sausage in the parking lot even though the wind was picking up. Around 2 the snow stopped for a bit and it warmed up above zero. You can get in a lot of runs at Mont Chilly as the T-bar is fast and the vertical is just over 400ft. The terrain is diverse for its small foot print and there are lots of natural features to pop off. Since many of the trails connect or link every run can be a little different. Lift ticket are $25, cash only. Ski like its 1967 again! I heard that the hill will be open this Tuesday-Wednesday (March 12-13th), next weekend (March 16th-17th) and next Monday (March 18th). Always call ahead though or check their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MontChilly/ Old school homemade T-bar action At the top The top of #5 Looking down through the hardwoods of #5 Bump time #4 The land of lost poles.
  6. Tomorrow would be a good day @Shane fresh snow all day! Tremblant area has a snow warning of 20+ cms. I’m hitting up Mont Chilly but MSM will be really nice Sunday also.
  7. Mont Chilly update on opening hours from their Facebook page: Mont Chilly will be open tomorrow ( March 9th and 10th). Opening hours are from 10-4. Conditions are soft granular on a firm base. We will also be open this upcoming week on Tuesday March 12th and Wednesday March 13th. Opening hours from 10-4. We are not serving any hot food but have a selection of drinks and snacks. Please keep in mind that we are cash only. See you on the slopes!
  8. @Ocean I'll let you know if we go Sunday. If there is rain forecast for Chilly will go farther north and hit Mont Ste-Marie.
  9. New Mont Chilly update from their Facebook site: "Hi all you skiers and snowboarders! We have some updates regarding extra days of operation in the upcoming weeks. Mont Chilly is open tomorrow Thursday March 7th for all those Quebec march breakers! We will also be open two days next week for the Ontario break. Please check back for updates as this will be weather dependent. Mont Chilly will be operating on March 18th as well for some St. Patties day skiing😄 If anyone needs further information please call 1(819) 683-3595. See you all on the slopes!" @Ocean I'm going to Chilly this Sunday (March 10th) with my sister and friend plus BBQ. Should be fun.
  10. Good Overview. The passes make sense if you live out west or always go out west for a few weeks a year. For us in the east its not that great a deal unless you plan to hit Tremblant and Stowe a tonne.
  11. Looks like a great little hill and the snow looks prefect. I couldn't find a trail map online though.
  12. @Ocean I think my plan is to hit Chilly on Sunday the 10th.
  13. @Ocean I think it was a double and the Poma ran where the quad is now.
  14. @Ocean yes i’d be into Edelweiss too as I haven’t made it to that hill yet this year. @Paul your right on the Skyline side they still have some of the old double chair towers. In the Valley they also still have a functional triple they use when it’s really busy.
  15. Cool @Ocean well let’s try and meet up next time your at Fortune. We should get a decent storm or two in March.
  16. Another beautiful day at Camp Fortune. Full sun, zero wind and a temperature around -5c. Conditions are loose granular over a hard base. Fortune has done a great job of dealing with the rain then flash freeze of last Sunday. The groomers are fast and smooth. By the afternoon some on the steeper runs on Skyline were getting scrapped down to the base but the Valley and the Meech trails were still very natural and softish. The non-groomed runs and glades are still closed and the snow is cement like. We either need a warm up or more snow, lets hope for both. The next two weeks will be perfect for March break though as the snow pack is still impressive. Ski on!
  17. What a cold night for that to happen! info here: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/broken-ski-lift-stranded-dozens-of-kids-at-ski-vorlage-as-temperature-dropped
  18. @Ocean I think I'll pass on tonight, Ice plus cold is a bad combo. I took Friday afternoon off so I could get some sun at Fortune though.
  19. @Paul Yep it was pretty much a perfect day. Mont Cascades is a great hill for intermediate skiers as it has several varied blue runs. Talking with a ski instructor I brought up the expansion plans. By 2023 they should have a new quad down the backside of the mountain with three long black diamond runs and one blue. Lets hope this happens.
  20. @Ocean rain in Ottawa right now and Camp Fortune but its snowing at Tremblant. They have a snow fall warning 15-25cms Sunday into Monday. Tremblant or La Reserve would be the places to hit Monday.
  21. Wow it looks like you almost had the whole place to yourself! I looked up their website, decent vertical at 1300ft. I need to get out to New Hampshire sometime. I want to ski Wildcat at some point. Here is the rail map for Tenney.
  22. @Ocean I may go next Saturday or Sunday. If I do I'll bring a small BBQ.
  23. I got in a quick morning ski at Mont Cascades which is about 20mins from downtown Ottawa on the east side of the Gatineau River. The weather was perfect with a high around zero and the sun coming out around 10am. All the main trails were perfectly groomed with soft snow under your skis. Fun Run, Crazy Creek, Detour and the Facade were left natural with loose snow and moguls. Cascades was busy, its a top to bottom park trail with jumps, rails and a twisty ski cross like section. Exhibition had race training on it but there was still space to blast down the middle under the old triple chair. Exhibition, Promenade, Gratton, Fun Run, Facade and the Cascades were my picks of the day. Today was the day to be out skiing with the perfect combo of conditions and weather. The top of Hogan with Camp Fortune in the background. The Gatineau river Facade Exhibition
  24. Well, all the snow from the storm last Tuesday/Wednesday has held up great at Camp Fortune. The conditions are killer with nicely groomed snow, perfect for high angle carving at high speed. We arrived in time to get a bunch of runs on Heggtviet and Duffy before the sun went down just before 6. The bumps and cliff drops on Duffy were super fun. Hegg you could just rail on. Swan Dive was a little more of a technical ski as the bumps were huge and rather unforgiving. Pretty much all the other groomed trails were in excellent shape with the exception Bud Clark which was getting a little scrapped down to the base at the top section. Overall another great night of skiing with a full moon adding to the ambiance. Oh and the Boreale IPA du Nord-Est at the bar is super tasty. Swan Dive. Duffy in the sun.
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