Skison 2019, day 2! After our late night at Brasserie Harricana, we got a late start to the day, made some breakfast sandwiches (thanks mom for the homemade bread!), and took our time heading up to the mountain, running some errands along the way. We got there around 6, I picked up the skis and board I'd dropped at the atelier mise au point the previous day, and dropped off my older James XX90s for Ptex and a tune. The first stop was the T-Bar for a motivational warm boozy drink. Apparently, Friday night at the T-Bar had been quite busy but Saturday was calm and it was easy to get a seat at the bar. Scott sipped on Griffintown all evening and I started my warmup with an Irish coffee.
I headed over to the lift and was hoping that with the fresh wax and sharpen the conditions would be a little more forgiving since most of the coverage is from snowmaking. Although technically Nordique is not open yet (there is still a rope dropped at the top of the run), the park features had been set up and a steady stream of skiers and riders were hitting them. The 70 Ouest was much less icy than Friday, although even with a fresh tune, the snow was still a little sticky in that freshly produced snow kind of way. I skied a number of runs until my edges started catching and then headed back to the bar while contemplating whether to do another run. Meanwhile, my snowboarding companion had just arrived from a lake swim and was getting ready to ride. Yes, you can still swim in some lakes, even in the north, they are not all frozen yet. We caught up briefly but didn't end up riding together as we had to get back to the city relatively early.
The après-ski at Harricana from the night before still fresh in our minds, we ended up going back for an encore of the previous night - this time we discovered that CID Original cider is much like a chardonnay cider blend - appley with a smooth vanilla oak finish, alongside carrot cake, a great end to the evening.
Here are a few snaps from the day!
T-Bar Irish Coffee to warm up for the night!
The Nordique park is up and unofficially running!
The transition from the Nordique to 70 Ouest from the 70 Ouest side.
First pano of the season, pretty thin cover with ice underneath.
Brasserie Harricana carrot cake, moist and so much flavour!