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Camp Fortune - December 15, 2019

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Quick update on conditions at Camp Fortune. Saturday was grim, cold rain all day but as the sun went down we had a switch over. The snow started around 6pm in Chelsea and 8pm in Ottawa. The result 12cms at Camp Fortune! Instant winter wonderland with the sticky stuff clinging to trees and chair lifts.  Note to self I need better ski pants. Anyway Fortune had 5 runs open in the Valley on Sunday. The conditions were good on Marshall and Clifford, hard packed groomers with some fresh on top.  Pineault had lots of park rails and jumps setup but the wind was blowing unpleasantly uphill.  Now that the cold weather is back Slalom and Skyline should be open by the weekend.  Slalom has loads of snow whales all over it.  Skyline is pretty much ready with Canadian, Sparks and Bud Clark already groomed. A couple more snowfalls and the place should be hopping for Christmas break.  Enjoy.20191215_104346.thumb.jpg.094063416412b9c7a035b2f79d293f4b.jpg

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We didn't get the changeover from rain to snow until later on Sunday. We need the snow to cover up the mess Mother Nature left for us in the Townships. Lucky to get to ski some powder at least! Thanks for the report Paul!

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The Valley is definitely looking quite good at this time of year. Fantastic coverage. Eager to see Skyline open up, although I am surprised that Meech has yet to open, as it usually is already open before Clifford and Marshall (at least in some past years).

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I got a follow up message from Erin at Camp Fortune.

Skyline will open on Dec 24th and should open will all runs except Heg. I am told the main issue is the fluctuating temperatures and rain. The natural snow they received on Sunday is all that is on Humdinger right now, hence why Skyline is not yet open.

For those not familiar with Camp Fortune, Humdinger is the return trail to transit back to the Valley from Skyline and is relatively long and flat.

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@Shane  I wonder why they can't make snow on Humdinger? I know its a bit of a pain to push snow through that long tight trail but it should be doable.

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Ok Camp Fortune just updated conditions.  Slalom opens Saturday.  Snowmaking is taking place on Humdinger and Meech. 

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    • By Gordo
      17cms of blower came in sideways Saturday night. The result was fantastic skiing Sunday at Camp Fortune. We managed to dig out and make it to the Skyline before 9am.  Camp Fortune had groomed on Saturday night so there was nice layer of light powder on top a firm base.  Conditions of course were excellent.  Smooth and smeary.  After a bunch of runs on Skyline we skated over to the valley and then hit the runs on Meech at 10ish.  The new glade was open off Paradis called La Cache Sous-Bois.  The glade runs from the right side of Paradis down and under the lift exiting on North America.  The run has a great pitch after the initial flat entrance with two main lines, one steeper and exiting father up the hill.   We spent most the morning on La Cache before heading back to Skyline.  The runs in the valley were also perfect but the place started to get busy with ski schools around 11am.  In fact the entire parking lot in the valley looked full by noon.  Skyline still had lots of spots though.  Heggtveit is still not open but the amount of snow that Fortune is blowing on it is pretty impressive. I suspect it will be open very soon. This is peak winter so get out and enjoy it!






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    • By Gordo
      The new year at Camp Fortune rolled in with 25cms of snow over 24hrs.  Fortune must have groomed after the snowfall as everything was perfect corduroy.  Skyline is open with Bud Clark, Canadian, Chute , and Sparks.  Heggtveit was getting setup for snowmaking once the temperatures drop.  The ropes have not dropped yet on Swan Dive or the glades, maybe after another good snow fall.   Conditions were great and the lines were small.  I managed to get second chair after waiting with a small line of early risers.  Every trail in the Valley is open with the exception of the T-bar runs. The Meech lift runs were also open.  The temperatures were hovering around zero and light snow began to fall around 10am.  Lots of snow on the crossover trail of Humdinger as Fortune made/pushed snow across the trail this year.  Overall a great start to the new year. 







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