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Sommet Edelweiss - December 24, 2018

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What an amazing day out on the slopes at Sommet Edelweiss this Christmas Eve. 7 trails were open, which included Easy Street, Chemin des Bois, Rockstar SnoPrk and Zoomer, as well as the Edelbahn Express quad detachable.IMG_1641.thumb.jpg.b96f23e13aa1521ff0138658d1417167.jpg

After reading yesterday's report from Gordo, I knew that despite the rain, the conditions were very good, but it still didn't completely prepare me for the reality. Phenomenal ski conditions were the special of the day. No ice anywhere, and perfectly groomed slopes. There was a light snowfall in the morning so the trails had a fresh dusting of snow on top. Add to this some heavy snowmaking taking place on Zoomer and very few people out on the slopes (thank you to all those last minute shoppers) and you have a winning combination.

Edelweiss offering the highest vertical drop of the main 4 mountains nearest Ottawa/Gatineau, the trails are long and varied in their terrain and profile. Even though Easy Street and Chemin des Bois are considered beginner trails, they are so enjoyable due to their length, the several pitches that you come across on the way down as well as the way they curve and weave their path down the mountain.

A small snowpark was setup in the top 1/3 of the Rockstar trail with some modules and rails, but the rest was left completely open. It was almost a throwback to days gone by before it was transformed into a snowpark and went by the name Yodeler.

Of course, the classic speed trail Zoomer was in fine shape. This trail is quite expansive and on this visit was only open to half of its width, with snowmaking taking place on the closed portion.

Heading inside the chalet, the most noticeable change this season is a change to the customer service desk and ski school. Now both are combined into one service area, opening up more room and keeping any possible lines from flowing into the central hallway.

Overall, a fantastic visit. Edelweiss has delivered on great ski conditions and their classic terrain for the holidays once again. As a wise skier once said "Get off your Couches!"

Happy holidays and happy skiing!

Here are some photos from today

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Coming down the mid-section of Easy Street.

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The main lower pitch of Rockstar Snoprk

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Heavy snowmaking taking place on Zoomer

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Top of Zoomer

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Some rails in the Rockstar Snoprk

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Bottom of Rockstar Snoprk leading onto Zoomer

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The customer service area in the chalet has been reorganized into one place.

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The Round House section of the chalet.

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Happy Holidays and remember... "Get off your Couches!"IMG_1601.jpgIMG_1641.jpg

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Oh damn I almost made it up there today myself but too much to do before dinner! Maybe a quick Boxing Day trip is in order :)

 

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Indeed. It was fairly overcast most of the morning with the light snow and the heavy snowmaking then as I was leaving near lunch they were shutting down some of the snow guns and the sky cleared. Snapped the pic then. I agree. It’s very nice. 

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