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  1. @Paul over here, we bought a beautiful mangowood bar several years back, we call it The Gatling (or, Le Gatling to conform to language laws here, lol). I'll post a pic later. We always keep it full of our staples, but our gin and rum collection has gotten a bit out of hand. I try to keep shopping trips limited so find myself coming out of the SAQ with boxes of various wine, spirits, and especially sake (there is an entire sake section in our bar fridge - we both order out and make a lot of our own izakaya recipes). For Scott's birthday in April I got a infused gin making kit and we have bottle
  2. @Gordo I'll be at Edelweiss for the last hour of the day tonight, possibly a bit earlier. Need to help my dad move a heavy object upstairs in advance of his back surgery! I am also picking up my x-country skis just in case of anymore unexpected changes.
  3. HOORAY! From today's announcement, it sounds like skiing will be allowed to continue, however team/race activities will no longer be permitted (and lessons are already not permitted in red zones). Aside from the ridiculous new curfew which will, for one thing, make my local grocery store that typically closes by 11PM a lot more rammed full of people due to reduced hours, not much is changing in this lockdown. Curbside delivery is allowed again (which means more people back at retail and warehousing work), manufacturing and schools remain open - both are an important source of infections.
  4. @Shane @Gordo yeah I plan to spend the next four days whooshing my days away. I need to make a quick trip to Ottawa to help my dad move a heavy object upstairs (cause he's having back surgery in a week, corona permitting, and no chance I'd let him move it himself!). Plan is to stop at Mont Rigaud on the way there or back, and also pick up my x-country skis so at least I can do some slow whooshing in park Mont-Royal. I haven't decided yet if the headline is draconian or not. A small edit appeared to note that "essential" businesses would be allowed to operate, currently ski operations are
  5. Cheers to you to @Paul! I also slacked on Dec 31st, we had just arrived back home with the cats and spent most of the day unpacking and relaxing before diving into our multi-hour fondue experience. I also got a few more turns in last night, the line was just slightly busier and conditions were even better! I just took it easy and stuck to Red Bird, but there was no ice to be found and just a few bumps, I'm sure the runs under the Flèche d'argent lift were a bit more rugged. Planning to head up tonight as well, for some runs sometime between 8-10pm. As many are returning to work tomorrow, I'm h
  6. Update: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has opinions. My opinion is that he needs to support the ski industry and work with the Gatineau mayor to acknowledge the NCR as one big city (much like GMA or GTA), and increase covid safety collaboration. Says Jim: "I think it's just good common sense. I recognize they wait a long time to use those new skies and get out on the ski hill, and they buy their ski pass so they have a lot invested, but obviously, if I was still skiing I would wait and hold off." umm yeah. That's not how that should work. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-s-mayor-urges-skier
  7. Finally, 2021 has arrived! After having spent NYE enjoying a three course fondue and celebratory drinks, I spent most of the day relaxing at home with plans to catch the last few runs of the day. We enjoyed a late afternoon brunch (or perhaps it was more of a "linner") of mimosas, eggs benedict, bacon, fresh fruit and yogurt to get the evening started out right, and then I got ready to head to the mountain. I knew I'd only have time for a few short runs, which was fine by me after having spent December intentionally staying home as much as possible. I planned to ease gently into the new y
  8. Update: Ontario will be meeting with ski resort operators this week (today?) to discuss. Unclear what potential outcomes might be. I love how CBC delivers shade in the byline, calling out Ontario for being the only geography to close skiing. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ontario-alpine-ski-meeting-1.5856801
  9. @Gordo <extreme eyeroll>. It is silly to tell Ottawa people to not go to Gatineau when the whole region is basically one big city with two governing bodies. Like as if I'm not going to go for a twenty-five minute drive to Camp Fortune when I'm in Orleans, geez. Although I didn't today, due to the weather seeming a little unpleasant. I am not a proponent of the regional barriers (except when it comes to northern and remote communities) but if they expect people to not cross the provincial boundary to ski then they are kind of out to lunch with their thinking. The only guidance that w
  10. Great assessment @Paul - I'm interested in seeing how the flow shifts through the skison and how each resort's covid capacity looks when full!
  11. Looks like it was a perfect morning to break in the new season! It doesn't look *crazy* busy, would you say it was at covid capacity or still lots of room for more people? What is the approximate longest amount of time you had to wait in a lift line?
  12. oh, that's great that they are switching back to two per quad. It seems ridiculous to allow two unrelated people in an enclosed gondola but not on a quad. #science
  13. @Paul I think any GTA people who want to ski already have plans for their holidays at Tremblant in their condos and that won't change. Most Ottawa people already ski in Gatineau and that won't change either. I'm confident that as long as the mountains are implementing high quality measures, there won't be any issues, since the whole province of Quebec is in red zone status anyways, and the risk areas such as indoor dining, snacking in the lodge and in person instruction are banned for now anyways. The problem, as always, will be families gathering, whether they are multiple households from the
  14. @Gordo oh yay! I love that they are taking the extra step to do screening. It is small enough at Camp Fortune that they would likely not have severe delays. I'm not sure this strategy makes as much sense at a bigger mountain like Bromont, as I doubt they have the staffing capacity to manage it efficiently. I am hoping to ski Camp Fortune sometime between Dec 26-28 but we'll see, it depends on what we're up to with the family. (oh yes, we are going home and taking our cats - with all four of us having isolated and having net zero contacts, I don't have any concerns).
  15. I hope there is a chance for Ontario's ski associations to push back, given this call is being made without evidence. Honestly though, perhaps it is best if all resorts in Canada close over the holidays, like Europe. That way, vacationing families, and we know there will be many of those, would have to stick to their vacation homes and not shed covid all over the community.
  16. @Gordo yes all ski resorts in Ontario to close. Fun times. Meanwhile Legault has said he intends to keep ski resorts open but with the many restrictions we've discussed. My fingers are x'd that this strategy holds firm.
  17. @Gordo while the Mayor of Gatineau would like to see the roadblocks again, Legault has said it is not his preference to bring back the regional barriers, and also that we know more now than we did in the spring. I wouldn't be surprised if non-essential travel is limited to isolated communities in northern regions again, but I think for now we are good. And, this lockdown will not affect skiing - while travel to other zones is not recommended, particularly if it is a different colour zone, it is not forbidden. That said, you can go skiing but you need to pack your own water (or not-water)
  18. @Shane I guess we'll see about the one person/household per lift. I don't think there is any real way for them to police this. And it seems silly to seat a single on a six pack. Next time I'm up there I'll let you know how it all goes -- so far they have been great at seating singles when desired. Also - not sure why you would have a single on a six pack in open air, and two people from unrelated households in the same enclosed gondola with minimal air circulation...seems like a weird rule to me.
  19. Here's an update of where things are at with Jay Peak! https://vtdigger.org/2020/11/30/jay-peak-receivers-bill-for-cleaning-up-eb-5-scandal-now-tops-9-million/
  20. Raccoon, a Quebec-based company making skis out of Quebec maple and poplar, has released their new line! Black Friday will have 15-25% off some of their skis. You can see the whole new collection in person at Cycles Régis in Mile End or online here: http://www.raccoonskis.com/en/skis. I literally want to buy all of them! I found in their line the perfect new ski for me: the Grizzly 99! I have yet to choose a binding and will be waiting until there are a few more inches on the ground to give them a test run but I am stoked!
  21. I feel we may see openings and closures depending on regional caseload. I am hopeful that Quebec will stay open, but that could change if things get worse after the holidays.
  22. Northeast Skiology has been following along the guidance across North America and has done a wonderful commentary on this which I suggest reading, and, you can check out the State guidelines here: https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/Vermont Ski Resort COVID-19 Winter Operations Guidance - 2020-11-03.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1hJ9nnLcFNboZ5DtP1qsjc1I5qR9NNCZzbFoEybOUiNMpHqGRYi8hn7oM As summarised by Skiology Matt, the key points are: Requires all customers to attest to their compliance with travel restrictions. Ski areas must collect and maintain information fo
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