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Paul

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  1. @Ocean @Shane and @Gordo, All is okay for me, started a new job just before this mess really broke out, and now all set up working from home now. It's been a bit stressing getting trained remotely, but the extra sleep in time certainly helps out. It's been a total.......well I'll keep it clean here, mess. Sherbrooke seems to be the hotspot now in the Townships, and no plans on heading out. Heck I don't even have gas for the BBQ! Got caught on that one, should have filled up when it ran out last fall! Stay safe everyone!
  2. Just minutes ago, Mount Norquay - Banff has just announced on their Facebook page they are suspending operations. Now the closures are starting out West. Mont Farlagne in Edmunston, NB has also posted their closure as well today, along with Sugarloaf Provincial Park in Atholville, NB. Marble Mountain, NL is now also closed. So friends this is the end of the season as we know it!
  3. As of today March 16th, Nova Scotia ski areas are now closing. Cape Smokey, Ski Ben Eoin, Ski Martock, and Wentworth have announced their closures for the season.
  4. Quebec is not the only Province to close their ski areas. Even though there is only one area in PEI, the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale has announced that their season has come to and end as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Just a matter of time before all the other Maritime ski areas close as well?
  5. Here is a Global list of closed resorts for reference. This list will most likely to expand soon enough. https://snowbrains.com/list-of-all-ski-resorts-closed-due-to-coronavirus/ Update: You can add Magic Mountain, VT and Mad River Glen, VT to the list.
  6. Here is is an update of area closings South of the Border as per the New England Ski Industry's website as detailed in the below link for reference. This list is just the beginning. https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=828
  7. Burke Mountain, VT has just posted that they will be closing for the season effective March 14, 2020. Details here by following the link. http://skiburke.com/message
  8. From what I have seen on social media in regards to Quebec Ski Areas is that it's business as usual...............for now. The regulation Minister Legault announced recently apparently does not apply to ski areas. The events where there will be large crowds gathering are cancelled however. That may change with a blink of an eye. My planned travels to New Hampshire for the spring are not happening. With Catamount and Berkshire shutting I can see others following suit. At this moment it's business as usual for Sunday River. With the weather, and the situation at hand, the ski season may be unfortunately cut short.
  9. Thanks for the great photos of Tremblant. The last Sunday of March break is hit or miss in terms of lift lines, looks like a hit if the wait was less than 5 minutes. Hopefully the snow holds up for a few more outings this year. My front lawn is looking pretty ratty and bare. The mountains still look nice.
  10. @Gordo no unfortunately I didn't get into the glades this time. That's the plan on the next visit. They looked enticing though. The plan was to cover all the sectors however I didn't get to the Expert section this time either. There was a bit of a time schedule on this trip. Hopefully next time I have the time to get everywhere.
  11. C'est le début de la semaine de relâche au Québec, et pour le coup d'envoi, une visite au Mont Gleason s'imposait. J'avais été en contact avec un bon ami à moi plus tôt dans la semaine pour voir s'il serait en mesure de me rejoindre, et il s'est avéré qu'il était disponible. Nous nous réunissions habituellement à Gleason une fois par saison pour skier, mais cela n'a pas fonctionné l'année dernière. C'était super de skier avec lui aujourd'hui. C'était censé être une journée partiellement ensoleillée aujourd'hui. Quand j'ai quitté Sherbrooke, il s'était éclairci et le soleil brillait. Pendant l'heure de route vers Gleason, il a commencé à se couvrir et au moment où je suis arrivé à la montagne, il neige et la température était de -12 degrés. Aujourd'hui à Gleason, le ski était gratuit pour les résidents de la MRC d'Arthabaska, alors nous nous attendions à ce qu'il soit assez occupé tôt. Les remontées mécaniques ont ouvert à 9 heures avec le nouveau Quad Dopplemayr puis le Quad Laurent-Lemire peu de temps après. Tous les pistes et les sous-bois étaient ouverts. La chaise double se chargeait un peu après 10h00. Les conditions au début étaient vraiment bonnes. Les pistes ont été entretenus la veille et ils avaient une belle couverture de poudre sur le dessus. Les premiers descentes ont été sur le Gaudreau, Pierre-Ling et le Ling en sous la double chaise. La couverture était excellente et ferme sous le pied. Au début, il n'y avait pas de file d'attente sur les deux chaises Quad sans pratiquement attendre. Assez étrange, c'était une journée gratuite pour les résidents de la région d'Arthabaska. Les Gaudreau, Pierre-Ling et Ling: Nous avons fait encore quelques descentes sur les Cascades et les Côtes à Georges où la couverture y était également très bonne. Le soleil a finalement fait son apparition vers 10h45 - 11h00. Il y avait un peu de vent parfois mais quand le soleil est apparu, je l'ai trouvé assez confortable. Nous avons alterné entre le nouveau Quad et le Laurent-Lemire Quad dans la matinée. Les Cascades et les Côtes à Georges: À 11 h 30, il n'était toujours pas aussi occupé que nous l'avions prévu. Le chalet du sommet était l'endroit idéal pour un bon repas a midi. Une bonne soupe à l'oignon française et une boisson était le repas de choix. Après, nous avons à nouveau fait le tour sur les pistes habituels. Il a commencé à être assez occupé à 13h30, et la file d'attente dans l'un ou l'autre des Quad était d'environ 5 minutes. Toujours pas mal, mais on peut dire que ça devenait occupé car les pistes se remplissaient maintenant de monde. L'ajout du nouveau Quad a fait une différence dans le sens du temps d'attente. La chaise double fonctionnait également, mais nous ne l'avons pas prise. À ce moment-là, les conditions étaient encore décentes, mais vous avez commencé à remarquer des endroits qui commençaient à glacee car vous pouvez maintenant entendre les skis commencer à gratter. À 14 h 30, il était temps d’arreter. La décision a été rendue plus facile en étant coupée par quelques personnes et les pistes devenant un peu plus encombrés. Le parking était plein et les gens entraient toujours alors que nous sortions. Gleason propose du ski de nuit, donc ce serait la monde l'après-midi qui arriverait sur la scène. Nous avons passé une excellente journée avec de ski. Une autre visite agréable à Gleason. Je n'ai été déçu par aucune de mes visites, et j'ai toujours hâte de skier ici que ce soit en solo ou entre amis. Le Mont Gleason est une montagne que me recommande. Jusqu'à la prochaine fois Gleason! Merci encore! Voici quelques scènes supplémentaires de la journée:
  12. As reported on their Facebook page, the first closure for the 2019-2020 season is Whaleback, NH. It has been discovered that the bearings in the bull wheel at the top terminal that need to be replaced. With this happening they have announced that this weekend, Sunday March 8th will be their last day for the season. Here is the link to their page with the announcement. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmailchi.mp%2Fwhaleback%2Fmountain-update-and-ski-school-programs-923761&h=AT3zRDupxfCSkFMUt9ROGulWoyV7rxBTWBGQqptXCpiTQeLeG4hbYLAzlX-R45r5zxKOyld8SgCjW3vKHOXhPYm8kjNLuqmSCq9qJOzQ-1C3Tjy601pAU_i5EgcE&s=1
  13. Today while visiting my sister in Tewkesbury just north of Quebec City, I took some time to go to Stoneham to ski some laps for the morning. We had received a little freezing rain during the night, that was covered with a layer of about 5cms of snow. I arrived at the mountain early for the best parking, and to beat the March Break crowd for some early turns. The skies were cloudy, on a day that was supposed to be sunny. The temperature was a fairly mild -5 degrees. 43 trails and 6 lifts were operating. The conditions were really good with groomed packed powder over a firm base. The coverage was excellent. The first runs of the day were up the l’Eclipse Quad. There was no wind, and it was quite comfortable. The combination of the top of the Randonnee trail, Toosey-Chandler, Petit Champlain, la Gonnet, to the bottom of la Rock and Roll was the first run of the day. A great little combination to get the day started to warm up. A good mix of easy beginner and intermediate trails. Next it was the Gonnet over to the Rock and Roll, and then the fill length of the Rock and Roll. The Randonnee, and the bottom section of the Rock and Roll: Then it was onto the l’Alize quad for a few laps down the Pionniers, the bottom of the Walter Moisan, and the Bon Vivant. One run down the Chouette. Line ups at the l’Etoile and l’Alize quads were no more than 2-3 minutes tops. One more ride up the l’Eclipse Quad to ski the Randonnee to the Petit Champlain and the bottom section of the Gonnet over to the Tempete Express Quad. When I got in view of the lift line, there was quite the lineup that looked like it was going to be a wait of 10 minutes plus. The singles line was your best friend as it was basically 2 minutes, and you were on the chair. The Pionniers, and the Bon Vivant: The Lineup At the Tempete Express Quad: There are two lines for foursomes, one line for doubles, and one singles line. It was up the Tempete Express for a couple of rides on the Cantons, another section of the Randonnee, and then the bottom of the Laurentienne. It was foggy at the top of this section, but not to the point where visibility was difficult. The last run was down this section was the full length of the Petit Champlain onto the Gonnet, and the bottom of the Rock and Roll. The top of the Cantons, Randonnee, and the Petit Champlain: By 11:00 the temperature was above zero and the snow was getting a bit spring like. Not granular nor slushy but definitely heavier. Good snowball making snow. I ended the day at noon to make my way back to my sister’s for lunch. This was my second visit to Stoneham, and I had an excellent day of skiing. I will definitely be back again. Thank you, Stoneham for the great skiing! Here are a few more scenes from the morning:
  14. It is the start of the March Break week in Quebec, and to kick it off a visit to Mont Gleason was in order. I had been in touch a good friend of mine earlier in the week to see if he would be able to join me, and it worked out that he was available. We usually would meet at Gleason once a season to ski however it didn't work out last year. It was great to ski with him today. It was supposed to be a partly sunny day today. When I left Sherbrooke it had cleared out, and the sun was shining. During the hour drive to Gleason it started to cloud over and by the time I got to the mountain it was snowing and the temperature was -12 degrees. Today at Gleason it was free skiing for residents of the MRC of Arthabaska so we were expecting it to be quite busy early. Lifts opened at 9 with the new Dopplemayr Quad first and then the Laurent-Lemire Quad shortly after. All trails, and glades were open. The double chair was loading by a bit after 10:00. The conditions early were really good. The trails were groomed the night before, and they had a nice blanket of loose powder on top. The first runs were on the Gaudreau, Pierre-Ling, and the Ling that runs under the double chair. Coverage was excellent, and firm underfoot. At first there weren't any line ups at either Quad chair with virtually no waiting. Quite odd being that it was a freebie day for residents of the Arthabaska area. The Gaudreau, Pierre-Ling, and Ling: We did a few more runs on the Cascades, and the Cotes a Georges where the coverage there was really good as well. The sun finally made an appearance at around 10:45 - 11:00. There was a bit of a breeze at times but when the sun appeared, I found it pretty comfortable. We alternated between the new Quad, and the Laurent-Lemire Quad in the morning. The Cascades, and The Cotes a Georges: By 11:30 it still wasn't as busy as we had expected it to be. The summit chalet was the place to have lunch. A nice French onion soup, and a drink was the meal of choice. After lunch we made the rounds again on the usual trails. It started getting pretty busy by 1:30, and the line up at either Quad was up to 5 minutes or so. Still not bad, but you can tell it was getting busy as the trails were now getting full of people. The addition of the new Quad did make a difference in the sense of wait time. The double chair was running as well, however we didn't take it. By now the conditions were still decent, but you did start to notice some spots that were getting skied off as you can now hear the skis starting to scrape. By 2:30 it was time to pack it in. The decision was made easier by being cut off by a couple of people, and the trails becoming a bit more crowded. The parking lot was full, and people were still coming in as we were on our way out. Gleason does offer night skiing so this would be the afternoon shift arriving on the scene. We had a great day with quite a bit of skiing done. Another pleasant visit to Gleason. I have not been disappointed with any of my visits, and I always look forward to skiing here be it on a solo trip, or with friends. Mont Gleason is a mountain that I do recommend. Until next time Gleason! Merci encore! Here are a few more scenes from the day:
  15. Nice report Paul. Sometimes the rewards are worth the effort in times like these. It may have been quite a challenging drive, as long as you don't drive like a maniac you'll be fine. Having the place pretty much on your own is great. Looks like a lot of first lines were had! Great shots of the glades! Hope you had a refreshing beverage at the end to top off a day like that. Well done!
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