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Here we are, at the end of the ski season in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With the snow nearly all melted from the city and the heavy rain received over the past week, you could easily think that the skiing is over. This is definitely not the case. In fact, I can't remember the last time I skied at Easter at Camp Fortune where they had this much snow, and the skiing conditions were this great. Even more surprising, the Valley is still open, with Pineault and Allen's Alley, in addition to the trails on Skyline.
I started skiing shortly after opening at 9am. The first trail I tried was Heggveit, the classic double diamond of Camp Fortune. Wow, what a ride. The snow was already softening out and the slope was impeccable. Just a true joy to experience. Thanks to the spring conditions and the more forgiving snow, the imposing wall of this beast of a trail is more easily tamed. Gliding into each turn after turn, the mountain really opens up and delivers on this fantastic spring day.
Next up was Bud Clark and Lower Canadian. These trails were also in great condition.
Sparks, an intermediate trail that winds its way down the mountain was also lots of fun to enjoy. The upper half, due to the orientation and shade from the sun stayed more firm and winter like during the morning but the bottom half softened out quick enough.
Interesting to note, the snow was soft and enjoyable but wasn't in any way sticky or slushy. Even Humdinger Ravine (the return trail to the Valley side) was easy to cross, and we all know it can often be a bit of a grind as it is quite flat.
On to the Valley side, Pineault and Allen's Alley were both open, providing ski terrain for beginners and intermediates to enjoy. I can't remember the last time these trails, or really any trails outside of Skyline were open this late into the spring, so it was definitely great to see. Even for Advanced or Expert skiers, having these trails available to enjoy relaxing descents down the mountain was appreciated. Once again, the abundant snowfalls and a somewhat cooperative mother nature helped make this possible.
Overall, the conditions were excellent. The trails that were open provided nearly perfect snow coverage, with almost all trails full width, with no ice. Lineups at the two open lifts were non-existant. Today being Easter, there was a family Easter Egg Hunt that took place on Allen's Alley at 11am. Great way for children and parents to get out and walk the mountain, surrounded by perfect blue skies.
Camp Fortune is scheduled to end their ski season on Sunday, however, mother nature has already submitted her friendly reminder that ultimately she is still the boss. Rain is forecasted for late Saturday afternoon into Sunday. So there is a good chance that Saturday may be the last day of the season. With this a strong possibility, you really owe it to yourself to get on out and have a great time.
This ski season has been nothing short of incredible, so why not finish it off in style, with shirts and shorts, on the slopes. Lift tickets are $20 and $5 for ages 6 and under. Skyline will be open 9am-4pm (Friday was the last day for the Valley). Definitely recommended that you check Camp Fortune's website before going to confirm they are open due to the forecasted weather.
This time of year, it is always best to heed the words of MasterGoa... "Get off your couches!"
Wow what a great ski day!. 15c by midday, loads of snow coverage and killer spring skiing. Skyline and the Valley were both open with a dual slalom race on slalom. Even Swan Dive was still skiable with all natural coverage. Snow was corn but not slush, fast and fun.
April is famous for its spring skiing, and for me, there is no better place to go than Sommet Saint-Sauveur. They really know how to put on a great show, from the legendary ambiance on the outdoor terrace, to the entertainment and friendly competitions of all sorts, to offering the longest ski season in the province and being last to close. This year they are aiming to stay open until May 14th, that gives another month and a half of skiing to go.
Arriving at the mountain slightly before 8:30am, the parking was already approximately 1/3 full. There was a competition to take place on 70 Ouest so it was understandable. That said, there was still much fewer people present on the trails than I was expecting. Lift lines were a minute or less all day, including the Atomic Express.
Snow conditions in the early morning were firm and well groomed, but quickly changed after 10am to become soft and fast. As I have always observed from past years, the conditions on the Versant Avila were different from the main mountain of Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Both sections of the mountain have a different orientation with the sun, of about 45 degrees. This leaves Versant Avila with what I found to be firmer conditions longer into the day than the rest of the mountain.
Virtually all trails were open, with the main notable exceptions of some of the gladed trails.
Two highlights for me on this visit were Devaleuse and Cote 68. Both are intermediate trails and often offer great skiing. With nice constant pitches from top to bottom, they were both pure joy to run down.
In the morning I also did Épervier, a more expert trail, offering a great drop in the mid-section, to really make you get technical with your skiing. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture, I wanted to come back to snap one but I just got soo distracted skiing the other trails.
During my 4 hour visit, I'm sure I did over 20 runs, and with no lines, it was great to just keep going lap after lap.
I hadn't skied at Sommet Saint-Sauveur in a couple years so I was interested in keeping an eye out for any changes and improvements that have been made. The top section of 70 Ouest has been widened, which greatly eases the circulation of skiers on the trail. Very welcome as 70 Ouest is always the first to open and last to close on the mountain each year, and the top was historically a bit of a bottleneck during those times. Cote 68 was also reported to have been widened, but I can't confirm exactly where, perhaps the mid-section. There are also some new connections between some adjacent trails, mainly in the Atomic Express sector of the mountain, making it easy to switch from Red Bird to Jay or Épervier, for example. Also new is the Etoile trail, running under the top part of the chairlift of the same name. It is a short moguls trail, that did previously exist when the new lift was installed, but is now officially recognized on the trail map.
The Avenue des Champions, dedicated in honor of the athletes hailing from Sommet Saint-Sauveur over the many years, who have achieved greatness on the world stage. Narrow and windy with lots of zig zags, be sure to keep an eye out for the stars mounted in the trees, signed by each athlete recognized.
Already announced for next season, the main chalet will be expanded to offer more space for the cafeteria eating area, and more space for the rentals. Cote 67 and Pronto trails on Versant Avila will also be widened, and improvements to the snowmaking system to offer more trails more quickly at the start of the season are also planned.
Overall, an amazing visit at one of my favorite ski mountains. With still a month and a half to go, and plenty of upcoming events planned, Sommet Saint-Sauveur is the place to be this spring. Get off your couches, the season is not over yet!
Here's some more pictures of the day.
The dream homes on La Plagne.
Nordique. Still plenty of snow!
Sous-bois (located between Versant Avila and Devaleuse).
Express (Versant Avila).
Laurentian (Versant Avila).
70 Ouest and 70 Est.
Have a great week ahead and happy skiing!
I have to say Mont Chilly is a hidden gem. Yes its rather far from Ottawa and it only has a T-bar for hill access but its a got a great vibe, friendly locals and some great terrain. I got to the hill around 10:30am after a scenic drive down 148. Watch for deer there were lots out in the farmer fields. Anyway the t-bar was just starting after purchasing the $20 lift ticket. Condition wise the snow was sticky from a couple cm's of fresh snow but as the day progressed the conditions got faster becoming typical spring skiing like. Now for the cool news, there is a new run at Chilly, #5. Its on the far side of #4. You have to traverse a trail at the top marked with pink flagging tap till it opens up to a steep glade run with a natural canyon. This will be killer tree run on powder day through mature hard wood. At the bottom it connects with #4 for the run out back to the T-bar. Fun times were had. Everyone should hit Mont Chilly at least once a season.
One of the Chilly Dogs
A section of #5
#3 Glade..I think
Looking down about half way through glade run #5