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Camp Fortune - December 27, 2022


Matteo C
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After months of anticipation since buying my Camp Fortune night ski pass in July, I was finally able to use it! Tuesday, December 27th was set to be the first night of night skiing, and a group of friends and I decided to hit the slopes. In addition to having three green runs off the Pineault and Clifford chairs, a blue trail (Sparks to Skyway) had just opened on the Skyline sector! We arrived to a fairly full parking lot, and long lift lines on the Pineault Quad. However, the Clifford quad had minimal lines, so we spent the start of the evening skiing there. Conditions were packed powder, making for some great turns. The Marshall glades were decently covered, and I (cautiously) gave them a try, though it was still thinner than I would have liked! EF6D7622-5D94-40CF-B5F4-CF0D88047791.thumb.jpeg.8e9f198194e9e7d69d32cceb7b86528e.jpeg

We then headed to Skyline to meet up with a few more friends, and we’re surprised with the excellent conditions of the one trail. 93AB0EBD-7E67-4738-8A0E-5A918D6C7B0C.thumb.jpeg.e5daec19ffcdfb63400b8f69e4ae0a86.jpeg

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There was tons of fresh snow, little ice, and many side jumps off the trail. It was nice to ski a run that took longer than 30 seconds, as was the case for the other terrain open. Lines on skyline started long (5 minutes), but as the night went on, they decreased. It looked like a black diamond trail was groomed and would open the following day, in addition to ongoing snowmaking on the other runs. 

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As always, the view of the Ottawa-Gatineau skyline from the chairlift is quite memorable.EC8EA943-7709-4111-A60A-D8FE3BF0D6E0.thumb.jpeg.df97f48cef9bdf534ce1b6d42fd49514.jpeg

We wrapped up our fun evening of night skiing with some food and drinks in the picturesque town of Chelsea. AA4F5CEF-A288-46A6-8080-8B37C8162B1B.thumb.jpeg.15a0b64335a395dcb539ec91b40628a2.jpeg
 

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Great report Matteo, the snow looked amazing. Hoping that the rain and mild weather doesn't degrade or damage the snow base too significantly. While we have received lots of natural snow, the frequent shifts to mild weather and precipitation does put a damper on things.

Camp Fortune is closed on New Years Eve and Day but plan to reopen January 2nd.

Eager to see Meech open for the season. I do love those long trails!

Happy New Year everyone.

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This warm weather and rain is going to do some serious damage to the snow pack.  I was skiing Fortune on Thursday night and it was great. They also had Slalom open, ungroomed so it was a mogul fest. Super fun soft moguls, it gave me flashbacks to the 90's when moguls were king. Duffy was also open during daylight hours. I checked the chalet out. The new space is still unfinished with unpainted drywall.  No change to the bar area in fact they didn't even have food service only drinks. So if you wanted food you needed to go to the cafeteria and get it, kinda lame.  It's been a tough start to the season. Yes we got lots of natural snow but we need consistent cold temps for major snow making. I hope it gets cold quick. 

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