Jump to content

Shane

SlopeEdge
  • Posts

    1,001
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Shane

  1. Thanks Gordo. Not set in stone, alternatively I may stay local, either Edelweiss or Vorlage. Probably should ease into it since it's been a while since I've been on snow
  2. Hi Everyone, Possibly planning to go to Tremblant this coming week, either Wednesday or Thursday. Has anyone been lately during the mid-week and can comment on lift lines or chair capacity? I know they are loading full capacity, but during the mid-week are you going to find yourself sitting with 4 people or mostly solo or just one other? For lift tickets, the Tremblant site is listing them anywhere from $90-110 depending on the day of the week. Is there any way to get them cheaper or this is really it? Tremblant lists 25% savings ads all over Facebook but it only really applies if you do multi-day lift ticket purchases (which need to be used on consecutive days).
  3. Their Facebook page is usually where they announce it. In the past it has usually been around February that they open. They don't really answer phones and the website isn't really updated, so just follow or keep checking their Facebook for any news. Typically they only operate on weekends.
  4. Agreed. Simply an unbelievable event to watch, an yes the many people standing around just watching and seemingly doing nothing. Really shameful of the mountain to have let this happen. Shut the water off. No matter whether the snowmaking is running elsewhere too, there is someone getting sprayed and soaked with freezing water, what is more important, your snowmaking efforts or someone's life. Could have caused a heartattack from the shock of the water or killed someone from freezing or falling. Really not impressed.
  5. Likely you have already seen this but the story is that a skier crashed into a water hydrant which then broke. It then started shooting water up to the chairlift, which kept operating. Several people had the chair stop for several minutes right in the water gushing. Clearly unacceptable that they didn't shut down the snowmaking much sooner, and stop the chairlift. WOW!
  6. Great news. The new Alfred Desrochers quad chairlift at Orford is opening on Friday. Orford is having a grand opening event, with details on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/615961959652421/?ref=newsfeed It will open Friday at 9:30am, and will take 9 minutes to reach the top of this area of the mountain.
  7. Quick update, just checked this Friday morning and both lifts are back in full operation.
  8. It is seemingly rare to see lift issues at Sommet Saint-Sauveur yet we have two lifts unavailable today due to mechanical issues. The Fleche d'Argent is out of service this week due to necessary maintenance and repair, making for a more difficult transit from Avila back to Saint-Sauveur. In addition, today the Cote 71 lift is also out of service (seemingly only for a few hours) due to mechanical issues. ----- Official Notice ----- Accessibility between Avila and Saint-Sauveur Unexpected repairs will have to get done during the week of December 20, 2021, on the Flèche d'Argent lift. During this period, the passage through the ski trails from the versant Avila to the Sommet Saint-Sauveur will be possible but will require a sustained physical effort. A portion of this temporary passage will also have to be done by walking. We ask our clientele to avoid travelling from one side to the other for these reasons. Furthermore, we do not recommend that families with young children or people with physical limitations use this temporary transit. On the other hand, the access from Sommet Saint-Sauveur to Avila's side remains unchanged. As a result of this work, we will have to close the Devaleuse trail during this period. We wish to assure our customers that this unforeseen work will be done as soon as possible and allow a return to normal, just in time for the holiday season. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by this work and appreciate your cooperation. Please note: Specialized equipment and snow vehicles will be present in the Flèche d'Argent area during the repairs. Thank you for respecting the safety instructions and the signs on the mountain for the alternative access path.
  9. With the latest COVID developments and the surging case counts, the ASSQ has released this new info graphic with the current restrictions and health procedures that must be followed to be able to ski and use the mountain facilities. Be safe, mask up, vaccinate and keep physically distancing. These measures help protect everyone and also keep the ski season alive for as long as possible.
  10. Once you have Lilly’s Leap open at Owl’s Head you are golden. Clearly the flagship and nicest run in Quebec, and one I could never get enough of. Has anyone hit the slopes yet this season? Edelweiss and Vorlage are opening in a week with the other hills in the region likely to open about the same time.
  11. Investments at les Sommets November 10th, 2021 Saint-Sauveur, versant Avila, Gabriel, Olympia, Morin Heights, Edelweiss Ski, Snow School 2021-2022 INVESTMENTS AT LES SOMMETS New building at Sommet Saint-Sauveur A brand new building of nearly 5,000 sq. Ft. Located at the foot of the Sommet Express ski lift is currently under construction. The inauguration of the latter is scheduled for December 2021. This building will include several services: New lockers for members: private section with restricted access. The lockers will be spacious, heated, and with a customizable configuration. The repair shop, including the 4-module Mercury maintenance robot A Demo center which will be a unique concept in Quebec A vast 1000 square feet terrace with fireplace presented by Jaguar Land Rover Laval Jaguar Land Rover Laval Heated Terrace The 27 X 45-foot terrace, located in the new building near the Sommet Express chairlift, will be heated, equipped with an outdoor natural gas fireplace, and offer take-out access to the brand new café. On October 22nd, the Jaguar Land Rover Laval team joined us for the official groundbreaking ceremony. In the picture, our president and CEO les Sommets, Louis Philippe Hébert, and Alain Rondeau, sales manager of Jaguar Land Rover Laval, are breaking ground. Also on the picture, Adrienne Mc Grath, Jaguar Land Rover Laval marketing director, accompanied by several les Sommets directors. 3 new trails at Sommet Saint-Sauveur Forêt Blanche | Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Glades between the Grand Élan and the Tom Barbeau. Blue trail. Chaud Off | Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Groomed under the Sommet Express lift. Black trail Cours Arrière | versant Avila of Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Glades attached to the Jack Rabbit. Green trail Electronic access control to Sommet Edelweiss Sommet Edelweiss will implement the RFID system and AXCESS access gates to the lifts. This was the last Les Sommets station switch to this new contactless technology, thus completing this technological transition project. As a result, Sommet Edelweiss season ticket holders and customers will now go directly to the lifts without stopping at the ticket office. Improvement of our snowmaking systems Almost half a million dollars has been invested this season to improve the snow conditions at our 5 Summits. However, whether it is through the purchase of new snow cannons, the automation of systems, and the change of specific water supply hoses, the objective remains the same: to offer our customers optimal sliding conditions from the very beginning of the season. Improved learning ground for beginners Sommet Saint-Sauveur versant Avila has long been recognized as the ideal destination for learning to ski. Therefore, it is not for nothing that les Sommets won the best Snow School in North America in 2019! Development work is consequently underway to enlarge the learning ground of the school track. New elevations, turns, and obstacles will be added for the coming season, offering fun and challenges to our new skiers and snowboarders. Finally, the improvement of the snowmaking system in the area of the adjacent Pronto piste will allow the entire learning area for beginners to be snowed earlier in the season. This is excellent news for our little ones, impatiently awaiting the start of the season. New online store The Sommets will have a brand new online store this winter. Many products will be on sale there, such as equipment, accessories, and clothing. Several other investments and additions A new roundabout will now improve your arrival at Sommet Saint-Sauveur on Chemin des Pentes. This modification of the road configuration will optimize traffic flow at the main entrance to the site. Other news for Sommet Saint-Sauveur, the purchase of a high-performance snow groomer from the company Prinoth. New GoPasse self-service kiosks will be added at all of our stations. As for our rental center, we have acquired a new fleet of HEAD skis. These new skis will therefore be available for rental from the start of the season.
  12. Orford shared this nice photo of the new Alfred Desroches quad chairlift. In RED no less, honoring the original double chair.
  13. Sommet Saint-Sauveur is opening today!!!! Exclusively to les Sommets members Here are the details of the opening: Sommet Saint-Sauveur, l'Étoile lift, trail 70 (expert) See the complete schedule here Friday, November 19, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (official photo at 1 p.m.) Les Sommets members only until Sunday, November 21 + Nov. 27-28 No tickets on sale Controlled capacities Vaccine passport validation required to activate season passes Attention: No day tickets will be on sale for this period. Access to the mountain will be reserved to 2021-2022 season pass holders and according to the respective terms of their pass. Furthermore, ASSQ products, such as provincial passes and Passe-Partout will unfortunately not be accepted during these first two weekends of exclusive operations for members. Operation of the first days Only members wishing to ski will have access to the lift and the terrace in front of the main lodge. Control will be made to manage the entry/exit to the site. The capacity of the site will be controlled. It is, therefore, possible that there will be a wait before accessing the site, depending on the number of visitors. For the first few days of operation, the main lodge will not be open. Members must arrive ready to ski. It will not be possible to change clothes or eat inside the lodge. T-Bar 70 will be open as well as the cafeteria in bring-your-own mode. The customer experience, the boutique and the washrooms will be open to all.
  14. Camp Fortune : A considerable investment was made into upgrading the snowmaking on the Skyline side this summer to improve snowmaking efficiency and output, this is part of our ongoing commitment to you, our valued customer, to try and deliver the best snow and conditions in the region. As a temporary measure to improve services on the Skyline side you will notice the installation of a mobile kitchen / food trailer. We will be able to now provide a selection of hot food at Skyline. We purchased a new Pisten Bully 400 ParkPro which has the cleanest ever Tier4f engine technology and a tiller that has been setting the benchmark for perfect slope quality for many years. As you ski around you will also see the towers for our extreme zipline course opening in July 2022. Not our doing, but you will be pleased to drive on a freshly paved Meech Lake road! Please do be mindful of your speed and speed limits in the area. On this subject, we also encourage you to make sure your vehicle registration is up to date and your doors are locked. These are all things the police monitor in our area.
  15. The end of last week saw the opening of Killington Vermont, once again positioning itself as the first in the East. Sommet Saint-Sauveur mounted a good defense with heavy snowmaking along Cote 70 Ouest, but the return of milder weather put a quick end to those efforts. Current forecast calls for a mild week so we may not see much action for the next few days or week until things once again cool off. One thing is for sure, it won't be long now...
  16. Hi Matt, welcome to the site. I was reflecting on this recently and looking back at these plans. The pandemic had surely delayed things and the recent fire has certainly not helped the situation. They had previously announced that a new chairlift was to be installed on the other side of the mountain with some new trails, creating the longest and highest vertical at Cascades. That was seemingly supposed to happen in 2021-2022..... Still they have been announcing the mini-resort for quite some time now. Other than the new East Quad that replaced the double, not much else has happened.
  17. Update ski season 2021-22 as of Oct 15th, 2021 Dear Skiers and Snowboarders, The delivery and installation of temporary shelters has begun. We are on schedule and the work is going well. We will be posting some photos on our FB page. You still have 2 more weeks to take advantage of our season pass pre-winter pricing. We look forward to seeing you all on the slopes this winter! The Management Team
  18. Hello everyone, My family and I were out at Ski Vorlage this Thanksgiving weekend to hike the mountain and since the last visit a few weeks back, they have clearly been installing SkiData RFID gates at all the lifts. While there hasn't been any official notice on this new addition and improvement, it is only a matter of time. This is great news, especially as the pandemic drags on, to allow them to better control capacity on the slopes and the lifts, as well as making it easier than before to reload lift tickets and season passes from home or your phone without having to go inside or outside to the ticket window. With this change, we will see RFID gates this year at Ski Vorlage, Sommet Edelweiss, as well as those mountains that already had them in place, such as Camp Fortune and Calabogie Peaks. I also noticed that there is no gates installed at the moment at the t-bar, nor were there any t-bars installed on the lift line. It was mentioned a few years back that the t-bar was planned to be retired and was to be replaced with a double chairlift, opening up the slope underneath for skiing. I have reached out to Vorlage to get some clarification on the current plans and the status of the t-bar. Here is a pic of the new SkiData gates being installed.
  19. Went by again a few days ago, not really any different than the last post earlier in September. The "first floor" of the chalet is still there and there doesn't appear to have been any further demolition, so not optimistic that they will start construction of a new chalet in the place of the old one before the ski season starts. It's now been nearly 2.5 months since the fire that consumed the chalet, with no further news on the plan for the coming winter (other then the fact that they will be open for skiing). They may still be trying to sort out their plan, but I am a bit surprised by the lack of work done visually at the mountain. Potentially they just removed the portion of the structure that was at risk of collapsing and will handle the rest later on when the new one gets built. With the season starting in about 2 months, I'm sure more details will be coming soon.
  20. Thanks for sharing Paul. Certainly the fall looks to be more of the same, which I feel is a good idea as people more and more spend increasing time indoors with the cooling weather and temperature, not to mention the rising case counts. Everyone should get vaccinated who is eligible to do so. Those that don't shouldn't be left in a position to be able to infect others or deprive those that did get vaccinated from enjoying skiing and the mountains. Camp Fortune has also mentioned on their site that proof of vaccination is required when visiting the site since early September.
  21. Pictures from Saturday, September 11th. The upper portion of the chalet is gone but the lower level (customer service and boutique, etc) is still there. Still would need to be removed and cleared to make way for a new chalet. Interested to see when we will learn more details and if they have any concept drawings yet or renders of what the new chalet will look like. Hoping that it is larger than the original, or with a better layout to make more use of the space, with a ground level entrance. Never really liked how you had to go up a floor of stairs to get to the entrance. Even the customer service and boutique made you go up a few stairs to reach the door. Definitely plenty of space if they expand outward towards the parking lot to make something more substantial and spacious.
  22. This is great news! The new locker, repair and demo building next to the Atomic will definitely be nice and revamp the look of this popular zone of the mountain. Of course, having the RFID AXCESS gates at Sommet Edelweiss was long long past due. Should have happened when the 3 other mountains got it several years ago. I remember going with my Saint-Sauveur GO Passe and having to get a day ticket to access the lifts.
  23. New building at Sommet Saint-Sauveur A brand new building of nearly 5,000 sq. Ft. Located at the foot of the Sommet Express ski lift is currently under construction. The inauguration of the latter is scheduled for December 2021. This building will include several services: New lockers for members: private section with restricted access. The lockers will be spacious, heated, and with a customizable configuration. The repair shop, including the 4-module Mercury maintenance robot A Demo center which will be a unique concept in Quebec A vast 1000 square feet terrace with fireplace presented by Jaguar Land Rover Laval Electronic access control to Sommet Edelweiss Sommet Edelweiss will implement the RFID system and AXCESS access gates to the lifts. This was the last Les Sommets station switch to this new contactless technology, thus completing this technological transition project. As a result, Sommet Edelweiss season ticket holders and customers will now go directly to the lifts without stopping at the ticket office. Improvement of our snowmaking systems Almost half a million dollars has been invested this season to improve the snow conditions at our 5 Summits. However, whether it is through the purchase of new snow cannons, the automation of systems, and the change of specific water supply hoses, the objective remains the same: to offer our customers optimal sliding conditions from the very beginning of the season. Improved learning ground for beginners Sommet Saint-Sauveur versant Avila has long been recognized as the ideal destination for learning to ski. Therefore, it is not for nothing that les Sommets won the best Snow School in North America in 2019! Development work is consequently underway to enlarge the learning ground of the school track. New elevations, turns, and obstacles will be added for the coming season, offering fun and challenges to our new skiers and snowboarders. Finally, the improvement of the snowmaking system in the area of the adjacent Pronto piste will allow the entire learning area for beginners to be snowed earlier in the season. This is excellent news for our little ones, impatiently awaiting the start of the season. New online store The Sommets will have a brand new online store this winter. Many products will be on sale there, such as equipment, accessories, and clothing. Several other investments and additions A new roundabout will now improve your arrival at Sommet Saint-Sauveur on Chemin des Pentes. This modification of the road configuration will optimize traffic flow at the main entrance to the site. Other news for Sommet Saint-Sauveur, the purchase of a high-performance snow groomer from the company Prinoth. New GoPasse self-service kiosks will be added at all of our stations. As for our rental center, we have acquired a new fleet of HEAD skis. These new skis will therefore be available for rental from the start of the season.
  24. Hey Gordo. What were the previous hours? 10pm? I took a look at the season pass rates and they do seem higher but I can't really remember what they were the past 2 years. For those that purchase before the rate goes up at the end of September, it is still fairly reasonable.
  25. New Update just posted today by Mont Cascades. The summer waterpark season has unfortunately come to an end, as a result of the heavy machinery to clear the debris and the short deadlines from suppliers to get things rebuilt. They are now going to focus on preparing for the winter season and do state, there will be skiing this winter! ---- UPDATE ON OUR REOPENING PLAN After a complete analysis of the situation and according to the delays required by several suppliers, it is obvious that a reopening is impossible in the short term. With the heavy machinery working on the dismantling and cleaning of debris, we feel that the site would not be safe for our guests. We must therefore unfortunately announce that the 2021 summer season is over. From now on, our team will concentrate its efforts on reopening for the winter season. One thing is certain: there will be skiing this winter at Mont Cascades. All ticket holders and subscribers will be contacted directly as soon as our computer and telephone systems are restored. It may take a few days for the process to be completed so we thank you for your patience. Please be assured that all cases will be addressed as soon as possible. On behalf of the entire team, thank you again for the countless messages of support received during these recent events. Updates will follow soon. Thank you. -The Management.
×
×
  • Create New...