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Camp Fortune - November 16, 2019

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Opening day at Camp Fortune was a crisp (-12c) bluebird day.  This is the 100th season! and people are pumped.  Two runs, Pineault and Allen's Ally were open and the conditions were great.  The trails are covered in perfect machine made corduroy with about 20cms of natural snow along the edges. There  are also a few rails and small jumps setup for the park kids.  I arrived a little after 9 missing first chair.  I stayed for a few hours and got a bunch of runs in before the place started to get busy.  People are very eager.  A great first day to a very early start.  Snowmaking has moved to Clifford and hopefully by next weekend both Clifford and Marshall may be open. 

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I bought some swag! 

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Wow that is a hella line for the first day! Friday night at Saint-Sauveur had a similar look with the line tailing up the mountain! Looks like a nice day at Camp Fortune @Gordo

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Conditions look phenomenal for the start of the ski. It’s amazing how the cold weather really came quick and in force to allow this to all happen. 

Definitely the best start in a long while. Looks like January skiing in mid-November , when looking at the snow coverage. 

Thanks for the report @Gordo. Looks like a great time on the slopes. 

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      Well we didn't quite get the snowmageddon that was hyped but the skiing at Camp Fortune was great regardless. 10cms of wet snow had fallen over night and it would snow heavy all morning bringing the total to close to 25cms by midday.  The drive was not great as highway 5 was like a cart track but it was worth the trek.  With temperatures around zero the fresh snow was heavy but you can't complain.  I managed to get fresh lines for a few runs on Heggtveit and Craigsmarc before moving to Meech and getting the first run after the Ski Patrol on the La Cache glade.  After several powder filled runs on the Meech side I moved to the valley.  The valley was quiet with the trick park closed off as well as Allen's Ally for a race. Slalom and Duffy had loads of fresh snow though. Back on Skyline things were clumping up fast but my legs were pretty much done by noon anyway.  On a sad note just after lunch Fortune had to close because of power issues.  Yesterday they were closed for a few hours in the morning because of a power outage.  Hydro may be cheap in Quebec but it sure its isn't reliable. 

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      Here's a cool archival film that Camp Fortune found at Library and Archives Canada.  Skiing around Ottawa in 1926. 
      Seems so civilized that people would take the train to the ski hill.
       
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