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  1. @Gordo yeah I'd say 21cm sounds about right. We got to St-Sau for the last hour of the day (curse you, traffic!!). The storm started around 4:20 in Mtl but didn't seem super abundant, but it must have been dumping at St-Sau because when we got there, it was already 15+cm on the ground and no icy spots underneath to be found whatsoever! It was challenging yesterday but pretty damn great. We both got there at 9, started by 9:10 and got in at least 7 runs on the Sommet Express. Heading back tonight! @Paul sadly not in the models I'm seeing. The 10-15 cm storm anticipated for thursday is now gone altogether, and the weekend is calling for 1-3 and 2-5 cm now. let's hope you're right though
  2. Bromont has posted an update that the breakdown, now fixed, was electronic in nature, thus preventing the usual evacuation measures (I assume the backup motor). More info to follow, they say.
  3. @Paul looks like an amazing day! I was thinking of going last week but the Nuit Blanche didn't make for a good scenario getting up early on Sunday. I'd still like to go sometime this season!! Almost end of Jan and I've yet to take advantage of my Passe Parfait!
  4. So Wednesday my riding buddy was planning to head to Bromont, Thursday I woke up to this news: Several hundred skiers and riders trapped on the Chondola for up to four hours! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/bromont-ski-lift-1.5437287 Lucky for her, she went to Saint-Sauveur instead due to timing and missed out on being stuck on the Chondola for the second time this year (the first time was the half hour wind hold, or maybe it was a mechanical issue, but either way I missed being stuck on it by just a few short minutes myself that day!). What is up with the Chondola?!? After a series of breaks last season post installation, there have been numerous stops (breaks? wind holds? who knows??) in the 2019/20 season so far, including another one last Sunday just before this current break (according to all the people complaining about this on fb). According to Bromont, the Chondola will be out of service indefinitely while Doppelmayr, currently onsite, is fixing the issue. More alarmingly, those on the Chondola were left to their own devices for an astounding 90 minutes before rescue operations were started by ski patrol. I have never heard of a lift evac taking that much time to initiate, some folks were trapped for up to four hours apparently (according to fb comments by those trapped on the lift). Anyone know what the norm is and why they waited so long to get rescue up and running? Good thing it was a mild night out, although the wind at the peak apparently wasn't so forgiving. Maybe gonna stick to the versant du lac for the next while...
  5. @Shane I guess it's now managed by the Chateau Bromont. Looks like the pricing went up a little since 2015 or so. Some of the condos have weekend blackouts for minimum 3 nights stay. https://chateaubromont.com/en/condo-chateau-bromont/
  6. @Shane they are a hotel so yeah, minimum booking is two days and you're good to go! If you're planning to do a family experience though, for you I'd suggest the Manoir Saint-Sauveur. They got a spa which I'm sure (sorta) new(ish) parents would appreciate for some downtime (even if it's one of you at a time while the other is watching ton petit J-L)! The condos BlancSurVert (name now changed to something else) are great - nice kitchen, comfy living room, balcony or back patio, and a giant whirlpool tub. I think we paid about $550 for two days or something. There are peak rates (nuit blanche, other special events or holidays) and non peak rates. 10/10 would recommend even if the ski in ski out part is a bit silly because you have to ride the Super Slow Mont Soleil lift to ski back to your condo!
  7. @Gordo inorite??? We did the ski in/ski out condos one year and while I didn't *actually* get out there for first chair on the Saturday, it was pretty rad to know that I *could* ski from 8am til 2am! Great experience, only downside is the Mont Soleil condos we were at don't have access to a good hot tub.
  8. This Saturday was the fourth in the series of eight Nuit Blanches at Bromont, where you can ski from 8AM til 2AM. We were also graced with a forecast for a reasonable storm that would bring 15 to 20 cm to the townships. The storm was to begin at 5pm, leaving plenty of time during the day to relax and prepare for some serious night skiing in prime conditions. I didn't rush and planned to go after 9pm, giving the snow some time to accumulate on the granular and icy base (which was still recovering from last week's ice storm). After spending the afternoon lounging around the house and getting a few neglected chores completed, I got ready to go, and packed myself a Creemore and deli sandwich snack since there are very few snacking options in Bromont after 2AM and I have reached my quota for tolerance of Tim Horton's already this season. I headed out about 9:30, and snow had already accumulated on the car so I took some time to clear off the snow and remaining ice from the previous storm before heading out. Of course, I immediately got stuck behind a plow before even leaving the city....and then another one. Once I hit the 10, it was a comfortable place all the way to Bromont with no visible accidents thankfully, despite the blowing snow and low visibility. I rolled into P5 around 11:30pm and started getting ready to go. My snowboarding companion Ilana had already arrived a short time before me. I was ready to hit the Lac du Lac chair just before midnight. I started out with a few easy runs on the Versant du Lac side - I'd skied seven out of the previous eight days and took some time to warm up properly before heading down the Versant du Village side where I met up with Ilana at the base. We got in about ten nonstop runs down Brome, Bromont, Knowlton, Cowansville, Coupe du Monde, and Bedford, and while we mainly caught the chair for efficiency, we also took advantage of the gondola for a couple of rides where there was no line. Conditions were excellent all around - there was not a single icy run to be found, although Coupe du Monde still had a few questionable spots in the middle of the steepest pitch, and the wind was blowing snow around at the peak, making the point of departure a bit slick. The snow was accumulating quickly and each run had a new layer on top each time. Surprisingly, Nuit Blanche wasn't as busy on a powder day as we would have expected - it was steady, but not busy, and we rarely had to wait in line. For that reason, there was plenty of untouched terrain to plow through if you stick to the edges and little side trails. In total, I managed to get in about ten nonstop runs in two hours. It was truly wonderful to surf the freshly accumulated powder with cold but reasonable temperature and no overcrowding. For our final run we took an easy run from Toronto to Halifax to Pittsburgh on the Versant du Lac side. We got back to the car, split the Creemore and I put my sandwich artist skills to work for a delicious ham and cheese on ciabatta snack. The drive back to Montreal was a bit more forgiving, and my partner had prepared a late-late-night snack of lamb tacos with tamarindo tequila jarritos. It was a bit cold on the lift and far too wet to take my phone out too often, so here are some quick snaps of the night - one of the best evenings of the season so far! Riding up the chondola about 2/3 of the way to the top! Just look at that beautiful accumulation and it's still coming down hard! Riding the chondola chair with Ilana, the stoke level is high!
  9. Great photos!! That looks like an excellent day on the mountain!!
  10. Wind at Bromont so I went to St-Sauveur, and concluded that the townships got the most out of this storm.
  11. Yup so proud to have caught First Chair of the day....at Bromont Nuit Blanche at midnight. Pow time FTW! Just about to get going today and trying to decide if I'll go to Bromont or Saint-Sauveur. I think it's finally time to take out my board!
  12. Here's the latest on Hermitage/Haystack! An offer of 7.5 million has been submitted for the assets: https://www.reformer.com/stories/75-million-offer-submitted-for-hermitage-club-assets,594671?
  13. @Gordo I'll be visiting there most of February so maybe this year we'll link up at Fortune! Or Edelweiss
  14. Hey @Paul you're welcome and I definitely enjoyed the experience there! I think this spot will be a great option for when the weather in the townships and in the Laurentians is uncooperative. Hopefully I can get some more photos next time. Their Nuit Blanche also is a monthly event on Saturdays and goes until midnight.
  15. Looks like Thursday may bring some good powder, not sure how much yet....
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