At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion.

Mont SUTTON: aiming for an official opening on December 10


Already, 25 cm have fallen in the last 48 hours at the base of Mont SUTTON and 35 cm have been measured at the summit. Mont SUTTON is aiming for an official opening on December 10 thanks to the current conditions and the forecast for the upcoming days. The arrival of a sustained cold snap foreseen this Sunday should be ideal for starting the snow guns. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but this weather looks promising for the near future, presaging an opening for mid-December for the greatest pleasure of skiers and snowboarders. If Mother Nature is still on our side, Mont SUTTON fans could be even happier with an early opening. One thing is certain, the precipitations of the last days are looking good for the start of the season! Source : ​Nadya Baron, Marketing Director - Mont SUTTON
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Sunday River Welcomes Winter Back with 2016-17 Opening Day


Thanks to a mix of natural and manmade snow, Sunday River Resort will open for skiing and snowboarding tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, 2016. New this year, the resort will offer top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on its Aurora Peak with trails including Northern Lights, Paradigm, Borealis, Aludra, and Lights Out. All opening day terrain is for advanced skiers and snowboards only; snowguns are scheduled to run with active snowmaking as long as temperatures allow. Visibility will be limited, and manmade and natural obstacles do exist. To access Sunday River's opening day terrain, guests will board the Chondola chairlift out of the South Ridge base area starting at 9 a.m. Once at the top of the chairlift, skiers and snowboarders can either schuss into the Aurora Basin for top-to-bottom laps; take advantage of the early season terrain park located near the top of the Chondola; or grab a quick bite and beverage at the adjacent mid-mountain Peak Lodge. To return to South Ridge before th...
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November 19-20, 2016

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November 20th, finally a snow storm, much anticipated, and much appreciated, courtesy of Mother Nature. Many areas affected by it have seen anywhere from 5-15cm of snow accumulate. While this isn't anywhere enough to open ski mountains, it does signal the proper weather conditions to allow solid snowmaking to take place. Looking at the week ahead, more snow is forecasted, and the weather should stay within the sweet spot for snowmaking to continue in the days to come. Here are some of the more imminent openings coming up... Sommet Saint-Sauveur is opening tomorrow, November 22nd at 1pm, and should once again claim the title of being the first in Quebec to open. Mont Tremblant's official opening day is November 24th (only 3 days away). Mont-Sainte-Anne will be opening on November 26th (Saturday). In the Eastern US, Killington has been operating nice and strong for several weeks now. Joining them shortly will be Sugarbush, Loon, Okemo, Mount Snow and Sunday River on November 23rd (W...
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Making Winter Happen


​A snow filled winter, a winter vastly different than the last... Promising words, but the only winter swings we have experienced to date have been of the temperature changing from being cold to mild. Eager to get an early taste of winter, I headed to Camp Fortune to their annual member's party, which among other things, features a mini rail jam on snow (see full photo gallery here). This visit definitely raised my level of excitement for the season to come, however it still begs the question as to when. Arapahoe Basin in Colorado opened October 21st, with Killington Vermont following on the 25th. Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta became the first to open in Canada on November 3rd, yet the picture for the Eastern Canada is still unclear. A return of colder weather has finally settled in in the nights, allowing Sommet Saint-Sauveur to begin cranking out some snow on the legendary 70 Ouest trail. With limited hours of appropriate weather each night, the progress is s...
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Sunshine Village first Canadian ski resort to open in 2016-17

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​Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort will be the first resort in Canada to open its doors to ski and snowboard enthusiasts on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This is Sunshine's earliest opening in over 30 years. The resort will open with four Chairlifts including Wawa, Strawberry, Jackrabbit and Wolverine, one magic carpet and one 8-passenger gondola. With a current base of over 69 cm (27 in) of all-natural snow, Sunshine Village is poised for a solid start to the 2016-2017 season. "A large amount of precipitation starting in early October means the champagne powder snow has piled up fast," says Dave Riley, Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine Village, "the Sunshine Village team has been working incredibly hard and we are thrilled to be the first resort in Canada to open its doors to our guests." The resort will offer full ski school programs as well as Tiny Tiger and Kids Kampus programs starting Thursday, in addition to opening select on-mountain dining and retail venues. Banff's on...
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Where to ski and snowboard in the Ottawa-Gatineau region

With 6 ski mountains in the Gatineau region (Camp Fortune, Edelweiss, Mont Cascades, Mont Sainte Marie, Ski Vorlage and Mont Chilly) and 2 in the Ottawa Valley (Calabogie Peaks and Mount Pakenham), there is plenty of choices to choose from when planning a ski outing, learning a new sport, or choosing where to get your season pass. Each mountain is unique, and they all offer something different, that set them apart. Any of them will surely become a great second home to you, in your pursuit of snow and skiing, so you are guaranteed a great experience no matter where you choose to ski. This blog post will mostly focus on what each offers, the differences that may be an advantage for you, as well as a few things to keep in mind. You can see the full profile for each ski resort by clicking it's name below. All have a video available. Camp Fortune Camp Fortune is by far the closest to the city centre, located only 15 minutes away from the Parliament. Offering 3 very unique sides, there is pl...
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Ski Tracks, one of the essential ski apps for your smartphone


Available for Apple iOS and Android, Ski Tracks is a great app to have, to get the lowdown on all the stats of your latest ski outing, or adventure. Utilizing GPS tracking built in to your smart device, it will record your position, altitude, speed and much much more. Using it is simple, after you install the app, just open it up, and click START. The app will then record your GPS information as you go through your ski day. In the end, you will have access to a multitude of stats, not limited to: -How many runs you did. -How many vertical metres or feet you descended as well as ascended. -Your altitude, as well as maximum and minimum altitudes achieved. -The total distance travelled. -Maximum speed and average speed. -Average angle of the trails you skied. -Total time elapsed. What really sets it apart is reviewing all this information afterwards. Using a satellite image map, the app projects your path down the mountain onto the map, visually showing you where you went, as well as your...
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Orbit Pole : The Must-Have Accessory for Action POV

A unique POV camera pole, that gives you total control of the camera angle, with the movement of your thumb, anywhere and anytime. Watch this video interview with co-founder Tim Jodoin and discover the next must have accessory for POV film makers and GoPro enthusiasts everywhere. Most action camera POV videos have only one angle, either from the helmet or on a pole. The angle and shot is set before the action starts and stays that way until it ends. With the Orbit Pole, a simple move of the thumb enables you to rotate the camera, allowing for a new angle and shot at any time, without having to stop and reset the camera. With the Orbit Pole, you have total control, anywhere and anytime. It is poised to become the next must-have accessory for GoPro and Action Camera enthusiasts everywhere!
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How to Tune your Skis at Home

Properly maintained skis are essential for maximum performance, and skier satisfaction. Expert Peter Kunstadt gives you a great tutorial on how to do this essential task on your own equipment, thus making sure you are always at your best on the slopes with properly tuned skis.
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How To Select the Right Ski Boots for you

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many choices of ski boots available, as well as the process of selecting the proper ski boot for you. How To Properly Fit and Size Ski Boots In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process they use to fit a skier to a ski boot, thus ensuring comfort and maximum performance. How To Select the Right Ski Boots for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many choices of ski boots available, as well as the process of selecting the proper ski boot for you. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-select-the-right-ski-boots-for-you How To Choose the Right Skis and Bindings for you Downhill skiing is an exciting sport and a fun activity, but as with any sport it is important to choose the right equipment. Downhill skiing requires a different type of equipment than cross-country, s...
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How To Properly Fit and Size Ski Boots

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process they use to fit a skier to a ski boot, thus ensuring comfort and maximum performance. How To Select the Right Ski Boots for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many choices of ski boots available, as well as the process of selecting the proper ski boot for you. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-select-the-right-ski-boots-for-you How To Choose the Right Skis and Bindings for you Downhill skiing is an exciting sport and a fun activity, but as with any sport it is important to choose the right equipment. Downhill skiing requires a different type of equipment than cross-country, snowboarding and other wintertime activities. Newcomers to the sport are often daunted by the sheer number of choices available, but there are some guidelines available to make selecting the perfect skis a bit easier.What's Your Skiing Styl...
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How To Choose the Right Skis and Bindings for you

Downhill skiing is an exciting sport and a fun activity, but as with any sport it is important to choose the right equipment. Downhill skiing requires a different type of equipment than cross-country, snowboarding and other wintertime activities. Newcomers to the sport are often daunted by the sheer number of choices available, but there are some guidelines available to make selecting the perfect skis a bit easier.What's Your Skiing StyleBefore you can choose the perfect downhill skis, you first need to evaluate your skiing style. What type of terrain are you most familiar with? Do you prefer the groomed runs and convenient lifts of Alpine skiing, or do you prefer the excitement of back country skiing? Do you love showing off your skills in so-called park-and-pipe ski areas – specially designed terrain parks complete with jumps and other challenging obstacles, or do you prefer the fun of freestyle skiing? How you answer these questions will have a big impact on the type of ski that is ...
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Behind the Scenes : How Snowmaking Works at Ski Resorts

We often take for granted the snow on the ground, but ski resorts are not in a position to do the same. Snow is essential to their operation and success. With the ever unpredictable weather received in winter, which includes thaws, rain and worse, ski resorts need to "weather-proof" their operation as much as possible. One way to accomplish this is through snowmaking.Snowmaking allows a mountain to offer great ski conditions from the beginning to the end of a season, stepping in when nature presents issues, or helping touch up the ski slopes.In this video, made in collaboration with Calabogie Peaks, we take you "Behind the Scenes" and discover how snowmaking is accomplished and how the impressive technology works, in this guided tour with the resort's President, Paul Murphy and Brian Bunch, Mountain Operations Manager.
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Behind the Scenes : How Detachable Ski Lifts Work

In this video, Martin Rochon, Mountain Director at Station Mont Tremblant, takes us on a tour of the Duncan Express (Doppelmayr Quad Detachable Chairlift), explaining the major principals of how detachable ski lifts work, as well as the major systems. You will also see inside Tremblant's Express Gondola (Doppelmayr 8 Passenger Detachable Gondola).Lifts are very complex machines, stretching over vast distances and climbing mountains with ease. Detachable lifts posses the technology to allow a faster speed up the mountain, thanks to their capability of detaching from the cable at the base and summit of the lift. When detached inside the terminals, the chairs or gondola cabins are able to move through at a greatly reduced speed, making loading and unloading easy, safe and more comfortable. Returning to the cable, the lift assumes a speed that can be double that of a conventional lift. With the higher speeds, skiers and snowboarders are brought back to the summit in less time.
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Tremblant fires up the snowguns


​It's time to kick-off a new ski season! Although only the early steps in a complex operations plan designed to achieve optimal coverage, snowmaking efforts began last night owing to a first band of cold weather. Tremblant's 1,133-strong snowgun squad has the capability of burying the equivalent of 76 football fields under one foot of snow in only 24 hours. Better get ready ‒ skiing starts in just 30 days! Time to Book & Save on Vacations By booking a Winter Vacation before November 29 2016, visitors save up to 25% on reservations between November 1 2016 and April 30 2017. Plus, guests who stay with participating lodging partners are also entitled to free privileges like First Tracks, free skates and evening tubing! And the ​Latitude Card gets you out on the ski trails for as little as $57 a day. ​Source : Annick Marseille, Public Relations Advisor, Tremblant
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Killington Resort to Begin Winter Season Tuesday October 25, 2016

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Killington Resort, the largest four-season resort in Eastern North America, is scheduled to kick off its 2016-17 winter season at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding. The first turns of the season will be dedicated exclusively to Season Pass and Express Card holders, and the resort will open to the general public on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Killington's operating schedule for the remainder of the week will be updated in real time at www.killington.com/conditions. Snowmaking began in earnest on October 10, with production both on North Ridge ski trails Rime and Reason for public use, and upper Superstar trail where the Audi FIS World Cup will take place November 26-27. Over five inches of natural snow blanketed Killington on Sunday morning, providing snowmakers with an excellent base which they began adding to in the early hours of Sunday as snowfall tapered off and temperatures continued to drop. "With ...
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Mont Saint-Sauveur International becomes Les Sommets

(Photo : Alain Denis) - The executive of Les Sommets, accompanied by Louis Dufour, Chairman of the Board and Vice President Customer Experience and Development, and Louis Philippe Hébert President and CEO.

New identity for a pillar of the ski industry With an international reputation and all its four seasons activities, the group MSSI decided to re-position its brand, consulting with marketing communications agency Cossette and digital media agency, Sigmund, culminating in the birth of a new identity. From the installation of the first North American ski lifts to the development of one of the largest ski areas in North America, the history of Mont Saint-Sauveur is filled with family, ambition, innovation and passion. Since its infancy in the 70s, Mont Saint-Sauveur has continued to grow and innovate, becoming one of the most important economic engines in the region. Combining several ski resorts, camping, a tree top adventure, a water park, an amusement park and now mini golf, Mont Saint-Sauveur has become over the years a 'leader' in the recreational tourism industry. MSSI becomes Les Sommets Proud of its history and supporting the vision of its founder, the late Jacques G. Hébert, the ...
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How To Fix a Flat Tire on a Bike

In this video, Peter Kunstadt of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of replacing a flat tire on a bike, while out on the trails. How To Choose the Right Mountain Bike for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a mountain bike, ensuring maximum action and performance. How To Choose the Right Hybrid Bike for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a hybrid bike, ensuring maximum performance and comfort. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-choose-the-right-hybrid-bike-for-you How To Choose the Right Road Bike for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a road bike, ensuring maximum performance. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-choose-the-right-road-bike-for-you How To Fix a Flat Tire on a Bike In this video, Peter Kunsta...
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Bromont set for a new season after investments of $1.5 million to improve the ski experience


Bromont, montagne d'expériences today announced investments of $1.5 million, which will be used to help improve the service infrastructures, mechanical lifts and snowmaking capacity. Efforts will be made to find new ways to improve and sustain crowd management across the site. "Last year, we surveyed our clients at the end of the season to find out which areas needed improvement, so we could target our investments accordingly," explains Charles Désourdy, President and CEO of Bromont, montagne d'expériences. "Traffic misperception is also an important issue our team is working on in an effort to continue to enhance our client experience," he adds. This year's investment of $1.5 million is in addition to the $50 million invested over the past 10 years. Improved infrastructures The capacity of the Chalet du Lac was increased by approximately 20 percent this year. It will also feature more storage space for visitors to this slope side. In addition, the cable of the detachable chairlift at ...
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How To Choose the Right Mountain Bike for you

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a mountain bike, ensuring maximum action and performance. How To Choose the Right Hybrid Bike for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a hybrid bike, ensuring maximum performance and comfort. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-choose-the-right-hybrid-bike-for-you How To Choose the Right Road Bike for you In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a road bike, ensuring maximum performance. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-choose-the-right-road-bike-for-you How To Fix a Flat Tire on a Bike In this video, Peter Kunstadt of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of replacing a flat tire on a bike, while out on the trails. https://www.slopeedge.ca/content/how-to-fix-a-flat-tire-on-a-bike
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Increased snowmaking and an exciting future at Mont Sutton


Mont SUTTON, one of Quebec's major ski resorts located in the Eastern Townships, is already gearing up for the 2016-2017 ski season. This season is the resort's first under the ownership of Jean-Michel Ryan, Pierre Chesnay and Sylvain Gervais and visitors can expect many exciting changes in a near future. This year will be one of transition, allowing for an in-depth analysis of potential diversification opportunities, of a real-estate development plan and of the resort's future endeavours. For this winter, the new owners are investing half a million dollars in the improvement of the existing snowmaking infrastructure.A year of transition that bodes well for the future This new season about to begin will mainly be one for reflection. A quarter of a million dollars will be invested in the creation of a master plan intended to turn the resort into a major four-season tourist destination, while staying true to the resort's authentic DNA. « We want to mobilize the active forces in Sutton in...
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Energy Efficiency Initiative at Cannon Mountain Expected to Cut Consumption 30 Percent


Projects are expected to be implemented for this coming winter A series of energy efficiency initiatives now underway at Cannon Mountain is expected to reduce energy consumption at the ski area by about 30 percent, while significantly increasing snowmaking capabilities. The State of New Hampshire signed a $5.1 million contract with the energy service firm Ameresco for the project. "This is part of the state's effort to reduce its energy consumption 50 percent by 2030," said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, which oversees operation of Cannon Mountain. "Even as this important project is anticipated to cut energy consumption, it will provide critical upgrades to important infrastructure at the ski area." The conservation measures include replacement of Cannon's main-trunk powerline and upgrading the transformer; construction of a mid-mountain snowmaking booster pump house; installation of 388 high efficiency tower snowmaking guns, and ligh...
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Waterville Valley Resort Kicks Off Construction of the Green Peak Expansion


Waterville Valley Resort announces today the start of the Green Peak Expansion project, scheduled to open for the 2016/17 Winter Season. This first phase of the project will include the cutting of 10 new trails to provide 45 new acres of skiing and riding and will be serviced by a fixed grip chairlift. This will be Waterville Valley Resort's biggest expansion project in more than 30 years. Jack Sanders, a longtime skier at Waterville Valley and attorney for the Resort said "I congratulate Chris Sununu, his leadership team and the management of Waterville Valley Holdings on launching the first expansion of the ski area. Chris Sununu is President of the ownership group which is the fourth company to own Waterville Valley, but the first to expand the ski area." Sanders continued, "I have been skiing in Waterville Valley since Tom Corcoran developed it as a first class ski area and now with new leadership, the updated master plan is on the road to being fulfilled. What is amazing is to see...
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What's new for winter 2016-17 at Smugglers' Notch

Photo : Priscilla Emerling

Coming this winter - FunZone 2.0, a one-of-a-kind $4.1 million indoor play space for families. The FunZone will offer two levels of high-energy fun with entertaining and challenging activities such as a ninja warrior obstacle course, dual climbing wall, inflatables and bouncy houses, laser tag, slot car racing, an arcade and redemption center, and more. This premiere facility will encompass 26,000 square feet with a broad range of activities for all ages to enjoy. Smugglers' original FunZone set the bar for resort family fun. When it opened in 1999 it was an innovative facility that was unparalleled at mountain resorts, and it quickly became one of the most popular features at Smugglers'. The new FunZone with its expanded space, more varied mix of features, and improved services is an example of Smugglers' continuing commitment to serving the interests of its family visitors through innovative programming and activities. The expected opening for the new FunZone is mid winter 2016/2017....
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Sunday River Resort to Install New Three-Person Chairlift on Spruce Peak


Sunday River Resort will install a new three-person chairlift on Spruce Peak and a new top terminal on Locke Mountain. Both the new chairlift and top terminal are manufactured by Doppelmayr USA, Inc; construction for the new top terminal is currently underway. Like the original Spruce Peak Triple, the new $2.1 million dollar Doppelmayr fixed-grip three-passenger chairlift will be built in the same location and use a conveyor system to help load passengers onto the chairlift. Passenger ride time is expected to improve from 12 minutes to 10 minutes. The decision to replace the resort's 1986-built Spruce Peak Triple comes after the original chairlift's top terminal detached from its foundation in an unwitnessed event on July 10, 2016. The Spruce Peak Triple does not operate in the summer and there were no injuries. Engineers recently identified concrete grout failure as the cause of the detachment and determined that damage from the event warranted replacing the entire lift. From these fi...
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