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Sommet Edelweiss - February 5, 2017

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What a day. What a season. There really hasn't been a low point all winter.

Today the ski conditions were once again amazing. Being a Sunday, I would have expected a lot more people to be present, but since it's the SuperBowl tonight... well that's still no excuse. In any case, I won't complain. Short line ups at the lifts and first tracks on several trails well past lunch. The weather was also perfect, not too cold, and a steady snowfall lasting into the afternoon, kept the slopes in top shape.

All the trails are open, except for Shotgun. From the steeps of Strief (or as I call it, Strief Mountain), to the glades of Chemin des Bois, to the classics Zoomer and Easy Street, Sommet Edelweiss does not disappoint.

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I started my visit on Strief, noticing plenty of untouched snow for first tracks. The main pitch of this slope is steepest coming down on the left and really drops you into the run off zone with plenty of speed.

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Next over is Descente Telesiege. Similar in pitch to Strief, this trail is narrower and features a chairlift right down the middle. It's the perfect place to work your technique and carving. The snowy staches all over made it that much more enjoyable.

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The classic Zoomer trail was also in top shape. The upper pitch is definitely more enjoyable if you keep to the left as this route lets you maintain more of your speed on the flat right after.

The bottom section seemed to have a lot more snow than any other of the trails I visited. There was just sooo much snow, it was ridiculously fun and exciting. Over time, some nice bumps were starting to form all over.

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Easy Street, a nice cruiser that winds its way down the mountain never disappoints, with its several junctions and alternative routes available.

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Chemin des Bois a narrower and windier version of Easy Street also in great shape. A little secret, after the first flat shortly after the top, keep to the left and you will see a small gladed trail hidden in the trees. It isn't large, or super challenging, but it is a nice little treat to enjoy.

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The beginner magic carpet zone has been completely updated. New this year is a profiled learning slope, featuring banked turns, a small mini half pipe and various features designed to compliment and enhance the learning experience. The banked turns for example, automatically put the skier or rider into the turn, guiding you through it so you learn the motions and skills. The mini half-pipe allows for short maneuvers, giving you a slight boost of speed and slowing you right after. This is a great initiative and something that is also available at all of the Sommet mountains in the Laurentians. A definite thumbs up to Edelweiss for implementing this new learning environment.

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Overall, conditions are fantastic. You definitely can't go wrong no matter your skill level or the trail you choose at Edelweiss. With the Edelbahn Express high speed quad, you reach the summit in 5 minutes, and all the trails are long and enjoyable. While it wasn't busy today, two other quad chairlifts are available to provide fast alternatives when this main lift is crowded with long lines.

Don't forget about the huge snow tubing park located off to the right side of the mountain. Best enjoyed with family and friends, it's the perfect way to finish off the day on the slopes.

Have a great week ahead and Happy Skiing!

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Very good report showcasing what the mountain has to offer. Edelweiss is one of the older ski sites in the Gatineau region and is a favorite with skiers. The many photos in the report show the great conditions of today. This will always be a site that families come once and return because of what it offers. Thank you for including the many photos, good job!!

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That 4-5cms of fresh snow made a big difference. I was out doing some back country cross country skiing and the conditions were great on Sunday.  Lets hope we get more snow then freezing rain on Tuesday.

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