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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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