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Versant Avila - AKAMP jour 1 - 28 juin, 2019

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Il ne semble pas qu'un mois se soit écoulé depuis la fin de la saison de ski du Sommet Saint-Sauveur....parce qu'en fait, cela ne fait que 21 jours ! Et pourtant, le buzz de l'AKAMP est réel ! L'AKAMP, qui en est à sa 12e année, est un mirage de parc à neige dans la chaleur de l'été.  Cette année, pour la première fois, le snowpark est situé à côté du télésiège Babalou sur le Mont Avila, juste devant le chalet principal. Le nouveau terrain offre quelques avantages, le premier étant un profil plus doux, rendant le parc un peu plus accessible aux skieurs et planchistes débutants en ski acrobatique, et le second étant un parc à neige avec service de remontées mécaniques ! L'AKAMP fonctionne de 9h à 21h tous les jours avec des options pour un abonnement de jour (9h-17h) ou un abonnement de soirée de 17h-21h.

Je passe la journée au bureau avant de partir vers 16 h 30, pensant que je serais coincé dans les embouteillages sur la 15, mais il s'est avéré que c'était fluide jusqu'à la 440, puis il y a eu arrêt et passage à Saint-Jérôme - pas mal pour un long week-end vendredi. Quelques gouttes de pluie ont touché mon pare-brise en montant, mais comme AKAMP fonctionne beau temps mauvais temps, j'étais prêt à faire face aux prévisions dans les deux sens - nuageux, avec des menaces de 1-4 mm de pluie après 19h. Je suis arrivé sur place vers 18 h 30 et j'ai bu un verre de cidre en me préparant, en m'inscrivant et en me préparant à prendre ma première chaise de la journée !

La remontée Babalou, pour les non-initiés, est une jolie remontée biplace à déplacement lent et offre une excellente vue sur le parc pendant la montée. Il n'y avait pas beaucoup de monde ce soir, mais il y avait un flux régulier. Le parc a été aménagé avec plusieurs éléments, des rails, des tuyaux, des rampes, et la piste est entretenue de telle sorte que vous pouvez skier sur et hors du télésiège sans avoir à prendre les skis en main. L'ascenseur, cependant, ne va pas jusqu'en haut du parc, donc un peu de randonnée, ou de patinage, ou de saut, selon votre situation, est nécessaire pour atteindre le sommet, où il y a quelques modules supplémentaires installés. Je suis arrivé un peu tard, alors je garde la randonnée pour demain.

J'ai passé les deux heures suivantes à descendre la piste rapide et dure, probablement cuite au soleil de l'après-midi, car juste sous la surface, elle était encore moelleuse. Je ne fais pas de parc, mais il est relativement facile de skier autour des éléments et de respecter l'espace et le timing des freestylers qui utilisent ces éléments. Avec un assortiment de musique jouée au sk8 park ci-dessous, c'est une ambiance super cool (et pas seulement parce qu'il fait au moins dix degrés de moins que la ville sur le glacier de l'AKAMP).

À la fin de la soirée, je suis retourné à Montréal en compagnie de mon partenaire et de nos chats, et un délicieux dîner de brochettes de bbq teriyaki et de sake.

Voici quelques photos d'aujourd'hui !

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La première fois que j'ai monté la chaise Babalou, c'est génial de voir tout le monde dans le parc de ce point de vue !!

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Monter le Babalou !

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Vue d'ensemble du parc pendant la montée - le pano donne l'impression qu'il est beaucoup plus plat qu'il ne l'est.

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La dameuse traverse le parc à la fin de chaque journée et les participants de l'AKAMP reconstruisent le parc dans une configuration différente chaque jour à partir de 7h.

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En bas de la piste menant directement à la chaise.

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