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  1. 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
  2. Welcome to the white room. 35cms of fresh light powder had fallen over night and it was still snowing when we arrived at Mont Ste Marie. Only a single run was groomed everything else was left as virgin powder. Total nirvana. The temperatures were mild at around -5c and hardly anyone had made the hour drive up from Ottawa. In fact the lifts started a little late because there was so much snow to shovel out from the entrances and exits of the quads. The new glades are killer and add so much to the terrain. Deep Purple and Vertigo fall through a steep pine forest before exiting at the bottom of Crescendo. You enter the three runs (also the old Klotz trail) from the left of Formidable. I'll let the photos tell the rest of the tale. My legs were jello by last chair. The best day of the year so far! Vertigo or maybe Deep Purple Carroussel Glades The entrance to Deep Purple involves a bit of trekking.
  3. Happy New Year! and 2019 comes in with a roar. While Ottawa got a mix of snow (maybe 4cms), freezing rain and rain Camp Fortune got about 10-15cms! Anyway the best way to kill a hangover is to ski. I arrived around 9:30 with my sister in tow and almost got stuck in the Skyline parking lot which had not been plowed. The place was a bit of a ghost town. The temperature was a little below zero with some wind. The conditions were perfect with the new wet snow gluing to the hard pack which made for a great base for carving fast. The ice was gone and we even ducked into some gladed areas which had just enough coverage to hide the rocks and logs. All the main trails on Skyline were open with the exception of Heggtveit. Hegg should open in a day or so though as it's covered in machine made snow mounds. We caught the ribbon drop for the Meech runs just after 10 then did some runs in the valley. The sun came out around noon. Pretty much a perfect start to 2019. The Skyline parking lot was a wet mess. Where is everyone...hungover in bed? You can almost ski under the lift now...just need another nice storm. Skyline in all its glory Bud Clark This photo is from the Meech quad looking west. Has Fortune been glading in this area? Will this be a future run off Paradis? The woods west of Marshall are very skiable. My sister in the fresh stuff The sun. Slalom. Note the parking lot it's pretty much empty. No lineups on Skyline. Cheers!
  4. Boom! I woke to 15cm and it was still coming down hard. Yes it was cold (-20c) but when it snows its a good day. I managed to make it up to Fortune around 10am. Late maybe but I was hungover and got stuck behind a fleet of snow plows. There was still lots of powder to go around. First stop was Heggtveit. After some fun on Skyline including Swan Dive I went over to the valley. The T-bar was running so I gave McDonald and Alexander a try. If you wanted pristine powder in the valley, then those were the runs. By noon we had topped 20cm! The wind was a little fierce and lots of snow was drifting or getting blown into the woods but still what a killer morning. More snow is on the way later in the week and temperatures will rise. So get it while its good! Swan Dive McDonald Alexander So much snow in the trees
  5. We rolled into Mont Ste Marie just before 10 after a long drive that included being stuck behind plows, big trucks and driving in a white out. Well the drive was worth it. MSM with 1200ft vertical across two mountains was 100% open. The resort had about 10cms of fresh light powder and snow would continue to fall on and off all day. In the morning the snow fell heavy and it was rather windy. So windy that the Cheval Blanc quad was restricted to two a chair. This caused a pretty long line up but by noon the wind died down and we were back to normal. The conditions were pretty much perfect with consistent light powder covering all the runs. New features this year included a new racing building at the top of Dustin Cook. We also checked out the new glades off Carroussel. This steep section includes some nice cliff drops through mature hardwood. The entrance is a little tricky though as there is no signage and you need some serious speed off Carroussel to enter. On the way back to Vanier for lunch we took the old Klotz trail which has now been reopened. The entrance is a mess though as it’s a thin tunnel through overgrown bush. This area needs to be cut back and cleaned out. The rest of trail is fine with the right side giving access to some glades/forest skiing through mature pines. After a late lunch we skied the Vanier side. The snow was plentiful and soft enough to ski the power line cut next to Chanson then down onto the natural snow run of Crescendo. We stayed till the last chair at 4pm. The skiing was that good. Almost a white out The new starting hut at the top of Dustin Cook. Glades off Carroussel Power line cut
  6. A storm rolled in Monday night. I was night skiing at Camp Fortune and it hit hard around 8pm. By Tuesday morning, Tremblant was saying it had 17cm of fresh on the mountain. We hit the road taking the 2 hour drive northeast. With over 2000ft vertical Tremblant is a leg burner when your used to smaller resorts in the Ottawa area. Today would be a killer. Loads of fresh lines, warm temperatures (-3c) and no crowds. In fact you could ski onto most lifts. We parked at Soleil then double backed to the gondola. Our first run from the top was C.B.C and the new Taiga tree run. After that we moved over to the Edge side and hit up the expanded glades off Reaction and Extension. The conditions were amazing, so much fresh snow and so much terrain. We checked out the new Lowell Thomas lift and the redone Le Grand Maniton while hopscotching around the mountain. After lunch the main runs were getting a little tracked but the moguls were soft and smeary. What a day!
  7. Looks like we may get a powder filled weekend. Mont Ste Marie, Camp Fortune and Tremblant will be open this weekend and maybe Mont Chilly. Weather forecast for Mont Ste Marie
  8. With a good 10cms of fresh snow on the ground and steady snow falling, we decided a trip to Calabogie Peaks was in order. I usually get up there at least once a season but every time I’ve gone it’s been firm hardpack conditions and a little icy. Today was the opposite. Soft groomers, stashes of powder, glade action and lots a nice off trail features. For the first time we could play in the Lake Glades which had lots of nice natural features to jump off. Exhibition was also totally skiable and filled with untracked powder. In fact, if you were willing to go a little off the main trails lots of stashes could be had. The temperature was around -1c, it was a little windy near the top and the snow would fall heavy all day. Free refills and no lift lines. One bonus of the slow quads is no one is ever on the hill with you. My one beef with the hill though is the painful flats you have to pole across at the top of the Lakeview Quad. Also, the main upper entrance to the glades involves some skating. The best runs of the day were Exhibition, Face of the Tiger, Finnegan and Whistling Paddy. With so much snow most of the other runs were rather slow as they just didn’t have the pitch. Today was great and I plan to return whenever there is loads of snow. Ski on! At the top, lake below. Nice stump jump! Lake Glades Face of Tiger with lots of fresh. When in Calabogie. Great snow day.
  9. Well after yelling “Give me back my winter” for three weeks we are rewarded. 10cm of fresh snow with more to come over night and into Friday. Winter is back and Camp Fotune is skiing fine! I arrived at Skyline just past 5pm. The trees were covered in new fallen snow, everything felt fresh, light snow was falling, it was a winter wonderland. Conditions were great with a nice soft groomed base and fresh snow on top. I took a couple runs on Hegg before it got dark then took in the rest of Skyline before crossing over to the valley to grab a bite to eat. The custom made burritos are pretty good. Lots of fresh powder in the Valley, plus a nice mogul run on Clifford. Great skiing was had, the place was empty, no lift lines, and the trails were all mine. Kick ass! Don’t miss out, get up here. Friday should be stellar. The view from the upstairs “Teachers Lounge” in the Valley chalet. Looking out to Slalom. I brought out the big powder planks...why not.
  10. More snow, so I had to ski. Went for a quick 4 hour mission with my sister to Fortune. With the new RFID system you can load 4 hours or a full day from home and skip any ticket line. The new gates also show you how long you have until your hours run out. We arrived at Skyline around 8:30 just as the lifts started. 10cm had dropped already and the snow would continue for the rest of the day. We blasted down Heggtveit for the first few runs then moved across the hill. The new snow made the conditions great for the first couple hours before the soft snow got pushed around a bunch. Hiding under the fresh was some spots of icy hard pack that showed up on Upper Canadian and Heggtviet. Skyline started to get a little busy by around 10 but the lines moved quick. All in all, another great day of skiing with temperatures around 0c and light snow falling. February is bringing the goods! When is Craigsmarc and Swan Dive going to open? My sister rocking some old school goggles. Some bigger lines by 10am Even the old triple was running in the valley. North America? you must be ready. Sparks
  11. Wow. Lets see 20cm of fresh light snow, warm temperatures and Cheval Blanc was left ungroomed. I think this may have been one of the best days at MSM ever. I arrived right at the opening, took in the Vanier side for a few runs, then trained over to Cheval when it opened at 9:30. Then I skied beautiful powder for a good 3hours, had lunch and skied another hour or so. By about 11 most of the powder was chop but since it was so light you could just steam roll over it. People should remember on big snow days not to turn to much! save the snow. Dustin Cook was the favorite. The steeps of Formidable and Besty were also great, a nice change from the icy hard pack. I was surprised by how much snow they got considering Ottawa only got like 5cm and Camp Fortune around 10cm. The footnote to this great day is when there is a big snow storm go to Mont Ste-Marie and ski unrolled snow. Lets hope for a few more days like that....or how about a dozen. Cheers. Exhibition on the Vanier side. Snow Cross course on the right. Betsy Dustin Cook More Dustin Lunch! Serenade Deer on the way home So fresh!
  12. Thank Ullr we have snow again! After a drought of several weeks we finally got the good stuff. The snow started light and fine in the Ottawa area around 1:30 but by 3 it was coming down heavy. I made it to Fortune around 4ish and there was already close to 10cm on the ground. The skiing was great! light champagne over the hard pack making for great turns. The place was pretty quiet and the wind was minimal with a temperature of around - 15c. Word of warning, don't leave you ski boots in the car all day! Man they were hard to get on. Never again. All the main night skiing trails were open. I was hoping to get a few runs on Heggtveit before dark but it was closed. They had just had extra snow on the trail and still needed to push it around. I suspect it will be open on Friday. I heard from someone on the lift that Fortune signed a new 20 year lease with the NCC for running the resort. This is good news as now they can do some long term planning. Rumours have been giving up the McDonald and Alexander runs and replanting for glad accessed alpine touring. I say they move the T-bar to Slalom. Also rumours of possible expansion of the runs on the Meech side. Maybe a run under the lift or some glades? Anyway back to skiing. Killer conditions, lots of fresh, light snow so you could just plow through the crud, a great night. MSM tomorrow! The skyline parking lot at 4pm. Upper Canadian Killer Night! Fresh on Clifford Nice and light Night skiing at its best!
  13. Powder Day = Sick Day. My first plan was to drive up to Mont Ste-Marie for an epic day. Take note Mont Ste-Marie advertised on their website that they didn't groom all the runs, leaving the snow free. More hills should do this! whats with all the grooming on a epic powder day. Anyway by the time I dug out of my driveway and got out of Ottawa it was already 8:30 and I needed to be back in town by 2. So Camp Fortune it was. Made it to Skyline by 8:45, got first chair. Though most runs had been groomed there was lots of fresh powder was on top, in fact the snow was picking up and it would snow heavy throughout the day. Free refills. First tracks were on Heggtveit which opened the day before. Swan Dive is not yet open but with more snow in the forecast for Saturday it should be soon. Sparks had some ungroomed fresh on the right side and Slalom seemed to have lots of fresh snow, maybe in was groomed first or last night? The lift lines were pretty much zero but picked up a little by 11. There were kids on the hill, on a school day? Ahhh not so in Quebec, it was a PD day. Regardless it was a great snow filled day at Fortune. Waiting for the lift to open. Skyline, looking good Fresh Chute Dude dropping the knee on Heggtveit Chute Slalom on the valley side Lots of fresh on Slalom just wish the lift was closer. Bring back the T-bar. POW on Clifford Heggtveit by 11 Killer day
  14. Nothing like night skiing in a blizzard! Wow was it windy at the top of Skyline but the skiing was great. I arrived around 7pm and we had about 6cm of fresh snow on top of hard pack. Just enough snow to the crust. I stuck to Skyline and I have to say I have never seen Bud, Canadian and the Chute so well groomed. Not a single bump or mogul anywhere so smooth and flat. This must be because of the Ontario Provincial U14 races this Wednesday and Thursday. Anyway the skiing was wicked and I'm glad we got that storm, this morning Camp Fortune is saying close to 20cm fell and its still snowing. I didn't take many pictures as my hands froze pretty quick out of the gloves. BTW the snow is light and fast not your typical wet March snow at all. Enjoy the fresh!
  15. With spring like conditions and lots of snow you would have thought I'd be out on the ski hills this weekend. Well I wanted to go to Mont Chilly but got stuck in town. This was kinda a good thing after looking at the webcams at Camp fortune and Mont Ste-Marie, it was crazy busy up there. Instead I checked out Carlington Hill and discovered Alpine skiing, back country skiing and powder filled glades in downtown Ottawa! The Carlington Hill is a water reservoir but it was also a mini ski hill with a t-bar from 1965-1990. Some t-bar pillars and pulleys can be seen in the photos. The hill used to be called Anne Heggtviet Hill for a while. Anyway I put on my snow shoe skis (short wide skis with telemark bindings) and climbed through the woods on the right side of the hill now used mostly for tobogganers. The skis have a built in skin which gives you traction going up hill. The spring like snow was great for climbing and I could climb straight up the hill after each decent. After a bunch of runs I went back into the woods and caught some powder in the trees. Backcountry skiing in downtown Ottawa!
  16. Just got home from a fantastic morning at Camp Fortune. About 30cms dropped over Sunday afternoon into the night resulting in some beauty powder for Monday morning. I grabbed my fatties and made it to the hill for almost first chair. Heggtveit, The Chute and Duffy were left un-groomed for the powder hounds. Craigsmarc and Swan Dive were busy with "free riders" including Craig himself. Got in a bunch of runs on Heggtveit and the Chute before they became chopfest. The snow was light though so even the fresh made moguls were easy enough. Went over to the Valley later, it was a ghost town, but lots of powder was to be found on Duffy and in the trees between the runs. Killer morning, give me more 2017!
  17. What a day. What a season. There really hasn't been a low point all winter. Today the ski conditions were once again amazing. Being a Sunday, I would have expected a lot more people to be present, but since it's the SuperBowl tonight... well that's still no excuse. In any case, I won't complain. Short line ups at the lifts and first tracks on several trails well past lunch. The weather was also perfect, not too cold, and a steady snowfall lasting into the afternoon, kept the slopes in top shape. All the trails are open, except for Shotgun. From the steeps of Strief (or as I call it, Strief Mountain), to the glades of Chemin des Bois, to the classics Zoomer and Easy Street, Sommet Edelweiss does not disappoint. I started my visit on Strief, noticing plenty of untouched snow for first tracks. The main pitch of this slope is steepest coming down on the left and really drops you into the run off zone with plenty of speed. Next over is Descente Telesiege. Similar in pitch to Strief, this trail is narrower and features a chairlift right down the middle. It's the perfect place to work your technique and carving. The snowy staches all over made it that much more enjoyable. The classic Zoomer trail was also in top shape. The upper pitch is definitely more enjoyable if you keep to the left as this route lets you maintain more of your speed on the flat right after. The bottom section seemed to have a lot more snow than any other of the trails I visited. There was just sooo much snow, it was ridiculously fun and exciting. Over time, some nice bumps were starting to form all over. Easy Street, a nice cruiser that winds its way down the mountain never disappoints, with its several junctions and alternative routes available. Chemin des Bois a narrower and windier version of Easy Street also in great shape. A little secret, after the first flat shortly after the top, keep to the left and you will see a small gladed trail hidden in the trees. It isn't large, or super challenging, but it is a nice little treat to enjoy. The beginner magic carpet zone has been completely updated. New this year is a profiled learning slope, featuring banked turns, a small mini half pipe and various features designed to compliment and enhance the learning experience. The banked turns for example, automatically put the skier or rider into the turn, guiding you through it so you learn the motions and skills. The mini half-pipe allows for short maneuvers, giving you a slight boost of speed and slowing you right after. This is a great initiative and something that is also available at all of the Sommet mountains in the Laurentians. A definite thumbs up to Edelweiss for implementing this new learning environment. Overall, conditions are fantastic. You definitely can't go wrong no matter your skill level or the trail you choose at Edelweiss. With the Edelbahn Express high speed quad, you reach the summit in 5 minutes, and all the trails are long and enjoyable. While it wasn't busy today, two other quad chairlifts are available to provide fast alternatives when this main lift is crowded with long lines. Don't forget about the huge snow tubing park located off to the right side of the mountain. Best enjoyed with family and friends, it's the perfect way to finish off the day on the slopes. Have a great week ahead and Happy Skiing!
  18. Well its the new year and I headed back to Camp Fortune with my sister and nephew. I was up night skiing on Dec. 29th after 10cms of snow and now I'm back after 15cms yesterday!. The conditions of course were great, fresh corduroy made with packed powder in the valley and no lines. We were lucky enough to get first tracks on Paradis and North America which opened for the first time this year. I didn't get a chance this time to hit Skyline which still only has Bud Clark, Sparks and Lower Canadian open. Not sure what the delay is with opening up everything considering all the snow but Fortune must have some master plan. Both N. America and Marshall had some nice un-groomed sections of powder. Also a couple tree runs "Glades" were open and filled with fresh snow. Ski on and Happy New Year.
  19. Well on a snowy Christmas Eve I drove up to Camp Fortune to get first tracks. The snow was coming down pretty hard and almost 10cm of fresh were on the ground. I brought my fat skis figuring they would work great in heavy wet snow. Skyline was open for the first time this year with Sparks, Bud Clark, and Lower Canadian open. I started in the valley as I needed to pick up my night pass, then got the first chair on the Pineault lift and headed down to Skyline. The conditions were perfect. This would be one of the best days skiing at Fortune since that 50cm snow storm last year. No lineups no crowds you could ski onto the lifts. After several snow filled runs down Bud and Sparks I headed back to the Valley. The cross over was sloooowww.... but I made it. Had fun on Clifford and in the trees near Marshall then took in Paradis which was almost track free. What a great day! How did I wait so long to get up to Fortune.
  20. Well our 3 day ski trip to Jay Peak was an adventure. Saturday was epic with a foot of new snow and the Flyer Quad running for the first time this year. All the runs on the Tramside were ungroomed and powder filled. The only bummer was the Tram was still down... and still is! Earlier in the season the tram cables got covered in ice then all the ice fell off at once causing the wires to bounce and tangle. Because of this the full length of the cables need to be x-rayed for breaks and safetied. This is a major bummer as along with the Tram being down so is the Bonaventure Quad as it goes under the Tram at the top, also any trails that go under the tram are also closed. Anyway the runs that were open on Saturday rocked and the snow in the glades was almost waist deep. Sunday sucked though. Over night it began to rain and continued fairly heavy till around 11am. Back on the hill the soft wet snow began to freeze as the temperature dropped quickly. By 2pm everything was icy and hard, no more glades. Monday was a bluebird day and cold -20 c. Jay managed to get some groomers in order and it was fast. Like 70km + fast rocking down Jet. Not the best trip but Saturday was epic ... Tremblant might have been a better choice, they got snow rather then rain on the Sunday. Also of note all the staff at the Stateside Hotel seemed an little "off". Service was slowwww, staff didn't know where their own restaurants and shops were and there was a lot of rather odd rules. Example everything had to be paid up front when you checked in. The outdoor hot tubs were closed if it was below 10F! which seemed crazy as that could be half your winter. Anyway next time I'll stay on the Canadian side and cross over for the skiing.
  21. After a week of snow storms, the mountain is in phenomenal condition. It was hard not to be excited on the way up to the mountain this morning. All along the drive and upon arriving, it was snowing. Camp Fortune currently has 3 trails and 2 lifts open. On the Valley side, they have Allen's Alley and Pineault. The Meech side is also now open with Paradis, the longest trail at Camp Fortune with over a mile in length. Conditions everywhere were excellent, the base was firm and the surface had an inch of fresh snow as a cover. Lift lines were fairly short, with waits of less than 3 minutes on the Valley and mostly direct to the lift on Meech. Pineault. Allen's Alley. We are definitely experiencing the best pre-Christmas conditions in a long while, especially in contrast to last season where we did not have a White Christmas. There is snow and lots of it on the mountains. The weather was quite agreeable. Temperatures weren't very cold, although there was a wind that made it's appearance every now and then on the Valley side of the mountain. The snow of the morning finally came to an end shortly after 11:30am. By then I had already taken my video, and lets be honest, the falling snow makes it more exciting to watch! The views over the Gatineau Park mountain range quickly came into view, and remind us of how fortunate we are to have such a gem this close to the city. Base area of Meech. Paradis. Camp Fortune is working to open more trails over the coming week, with Clifford and Marshall next and Skyline in the near future. Lessons have already started and it was great to see plenty of people working to perfect their technique or be introduced to the world of skiing. Camp Fortune will begin their weekday operating schedule as of this coming Wednesday from 9-4pm. Night skiing will commence on the 27th of December. For their full schedule, click here http://campfortune.com/en/hours/ and for open trails, click here http://campfortune.com/en/conditions/. The traditional tribute to MasterGoa's famous quote... GET OFF YOUR COUCHES! I would like to take a moment to invite you to register on our forums, allowing you to share your experiences and adventures on the slopes with us. Doing so is quick and simple. Simply click SIGNUP at the top right of the page to get started. My next ski report will be posted Wednesday night so stay tuned. Have a great week, Happy Holidays and Happy Skiing!
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