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Sommet Saint-Sauveur - January 1, 2019

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After the previous evening's festivities, it took me a bit of effort to rally, but I finally talked myself into braving the dropping temps to head up to Saint-Sauveur, which would make up for my annual skipping of the Coney Island polar bear dip. Our day started with a 5pm brunch of mimosas, bacon, and eggs benedict (back story: Scott made a delicious ham and it is incredible on eggs benny!). After brunch I managed to locate all the items I'd shed the night before and a pair of dry mittens and headed up to the mountain. I arrived just after 8:30pm and while it was still busy enough that there was a wait to get on the Atomic chair, the crowd was thinning as the temperature dropped. Not wanting to spend a lot of time waiting in line, I headed over to Cote 68 and was rewarded with a nearly empty hill. There was some improvement from the iciness of the previous day, and the snow was fast and squeaky like fresh cheese curds. After a few runs I headed back over to the Atomic lift via Pingouin/Red Bird and then did a few easy runs down Jay and Red Bird. Jay was much icier than some of the other runs, for some reason. I saved the Cote 70 Est/Ouest bottom for the last run, figuring it would also be a bit icy, but the top half was pretty decent, and the bottom pitch of 70 Ouest was its usual mogul-ey goodness with just a few bare spots. So it turned out the glorious snowfall of the previous night helped improve conditions somewhat, but we could definitely use a few more dumps of snow after the conditions of the past week. It was a quick trip but a perfect way to start off the new year!file4.thumb.jpeg.34d980c97fd48fd031f55855abb7bfd2.jpeg

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Looking down Cote 68, decent coverage here.

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Looking up Cote 68 - there were just two skiers off to my right, but otherwise I had the hill to myself!

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Thanks to my (future) mother in law for the comfy and warm polka dot mitts! 

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Taking the Atomic lift over Cote 70.

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The view from the middle of Jay!

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Looking au natural and a little rosy-cheeked in the car afterwards!

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Conditions continue to look amazing. The views from Jay and 70 East are just too awesome at night. The mountain really comes alive in the evening thanks to all the lights in the village below.

I too have noticed many times that Jay, especially the bottom final pitch can be quite icy. Doesn't ruin what is otherwise an amazing trail and view.

Happy New Year!

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Love the night time photos! I have only been to Sauveur during the day, where the view is lovely to begin with. The conditions look pretty decent there. I haven't been out skiing in the townships for a couple of weeks since the freezing rain and rain we received, so I am not 100% sure how it is out here. I'll have to get out soon and check it out. Thanks Ocean for the report. 

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Delighted! @Paul I have yet to get in any daytime skiing this season....soon?! I was contemplating Bromont tonight just because I need to go get my Northeast pass, and it's cold so maybe I'll just do a few runs. Or not. Maybe wait until tomorrow....tbd!

@Shane yeah there is just the one pitch near the old t-bar (?) lift that seems to get icy, the edges along that are ok though. 

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