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  1. Shocking news. I always found the idea of Liftopia to be quite interesting, and sure enough, there were other players offering a similar type of discount. Still a little surprised, but with many mountains now offering discount or advance ticket sales similar in style to Liftopia, buying direct is often less hassle and more likely.
  2. I always love seeing photos of Bromont's summit. The new summit chalet looks amazing. It seems to have won several awards. On a sidenote, Several mountains are announcing that it will be possible to pick up stuff left in ski lockers. Generally one person inside only per family, and with staff accompanying by appointment. I have seen posts on Facebook by Bromont and Gleason if I am not mistaken. I would assume most others will follow suit very quickly. If you still have items in a locker at the ski mountain, it would not be a bad idea to consult their facebook page or their website for the most up to date details on retrieving them.
  3. Hello gang. Sorry to have been absent for a while. It has been a really hectic time for us, as I am sure it has been for everyone. My family and I are doing ok and holding on. Hope you are all well too. Lots of places are starting to progressively open up. Arapahoe Basin has reopened for skiing. Sommet Saint-Sauveur on last check seemed hopeful for a small reopening for skiing, but no further news on that (pending government approval of course). Ski Bromont is getting ready for mountain biking. Tremblant will have some sections of the mountain open for hiking.... Good to see that they aren't just springing to reopen as it was in the news that the COVID-19 did have a helping hand in Europe by the large gathering of people at ski resorts, so prudence is definitely warranted.
  4. As was to be expected, yesterday the ASSQ announced that the ski season in Quebec has officially come to an end for this year. They do mention that barring some exceptional circumstance, all mountains will remain closed until the next season. It is added that summer preparations can start ahead of time to get ready. Hopefully the health situation will improve and not ruin the summer months as well. I just saw in the news that Doug Ford, Ontario premier has ordered all non-essential businesses to close as of 11:59pm Tuesday night. And yesterday, Francois Legault, the Quebec premier, ordered all schools closures extended until May 1st and now all shopping malls to close as of last night. While the end of the ski season is disappointing, and again I never made it out.... it doesn't bother me too much. More concerned about what is going on in the world. Hoping for the best for everyone.
  5. In case people were wondering, at 10pm Sunday night, Mont Ste Marie said that after confirming with the ASSQ, they would in fact not open after all.
  6. Mont Ste Marie aims to be defiant and open anyways tomorrow with both Quads (Vanier and Cheval Blanc). The lodge will be closed but washrooms open. Here is the Facebook post below. I don't agree with this as the whole idea is to keep people home and safe and avoid contact. They state "SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TOMORROW! We are taking extraordinary measures to ensure safety and will open Vanier and Cheval Lifts only and loading 2 per chair. The lodge will be closed except for the lower level only for washrooms and lift tickets. Bring your own food and drink for outside and tailgating." I'm eager to see in the morning if they actually open. I'm sure extraordinary measures means paying a very big fine or some sort of repercussion for defying the government's orders. The comments on the facebook post are pretty negative. Some range from "Never skiing there again after this" , "Bought a pass, never again", and so forth. https://www.facebook.com/MontSteMarie/photos/a.295609143795003/2978959795459911/?type=3&theater
  7. Quebec ski areas have been ordered to close as of 4pm today for an indefinite period. Sad day. The situation seems to be ramping up as far as reported positive cases. I hope everyone is safe, stays healthy and recovers fully and quickly if they become affected. Sad for me as well as I have yet to ski this season. Was hoping to get out during March Break but health and safety is more important than skiing.
  8. Just in... Alterra and Vail are shutting down all of their mountains for atleast a week if not longer effective tomorrow morning. These two groups own the biggest resorts in North America. I wouldn’t be surprised if many others follow their lead and close as well. Skiing for the most part is still open elsewhere but that may rapidly change. I would suggest that all who would like to ski before the end of the season should do so soon as the end may come very quickly due to the current crisis.
  9. How were the crowds out on the slopes today? From photos I have seen in social media, it seems like the flow is much less than usual for a Saturday. With alot of mountains often closing around last week of March or first week of April, I wouldn't be surprised if the skier flow is low that they cut their losses and end early. Hopefully that isn't the case, but as the situation continues to evolve it could happen. Not withstanding, the exception for ski mountains to stay open in Quebec could come to an end as well at some point. For such an industry where the margins are tight especially for smaller mountains, this can put many in a precarious position, with lower revenue and a potentially shortened ski season. March Break is an important part of the business revenue stream after all. Hope for the best... for the love of snow and skiing!
  10. Not good but necessary to help prevent further spread. The spread seems to be increasing in speed. Very concerning.
  11. Tremblant had a major announcement today of investments to improve the mountain experience. $8.8M WILL BE INVESTED IN 2020/21 With a growing demand for easy runs, $1.4 million will go toward a new beginner area at the base of Versant Soleil. Several maintenance projects representing $5.4 million will also be carried out on the ski lifts and buildings, including the renovation of the washrooms next to Café Johannsen. To prepare for the opening of the new Timber Summit for the 2021/22 winter, $2 million will be dedicated to new infrastructure implementation. OPENING OF THE NEW TIMBER SUMMIT IN 2021/22 For the great pleasure of skiers and snowboarders, 8 new trails are planned to lead to the base of Versant Soleil and of the North Side. To reach the new summit, a high-speed quad lift will be installed from the bottom of Versant Soleil. A snowmaking system to service this new area is also in the plans. This project, which aims at diversifying the ski area, is part of the continued development of Versant Soleil and reaffirms Tremblant’s leader position as the #1 ski resort in Eastern North America. To recap, the two biggest changes are: 2020-2021 - New Beginner Area at the base of Versant Soleil (just along side the Soleil end of the Casino Gondola). Magic Carpet lift and full beginner zone at the base. $1.4 million investment. 2021-2022 - New Timber Summit, featuring a new high speed detachable quad, starting from the Versant Soleil base area, and reaching a new Timber Summit. 8 new trails, heading down Soleil and Versant Nord will be created. More details can be found here: https://blogue.tremblant.ca/investments-20-22 Very exciting times. Happy to see Tremblant's new owners investing and further improving, expanding the mountain. Let's hope that in conjunction with the new beginner area on Versant Soleil, the Casino gondola operates more consistently and throughout the season, rather than select hours and days only to provide access.
  12. Great report Paul. I believe the first we ever had on Vallée du Parc. Looks like an interesting mountain. The quad having a mid-station is a unique feature. Do you see that serving an important function? What would you say the best feature of this ski area would be? Or what makes it unique?
  13. Not quite breaking news as it has been thrown around for a little while now, but Val St-Come is getting a new detachable six-pack chairlift this summer. Speculation is it will replace the existing triple chairlift and be a Doppelmayr. What is not clear is whether it will be extended to reach the top of the 1000 Feet section to provide easier access. On the trail map below, the triple chair is "B". The map does not paint a clear picture so see further down a screen capture of Google Earth. As you can see here, the existing triple chair I have marked with a yellow line. The red circles are the top and bottom bullwheels of that lift. The yellow line extends to around where it may go to reach the 1000 Feet summit. (with that side's existing quad chairlift marked with a red circle as well). Naturally some tree clearing would be needed, and potentially some re-grading of the summit to accommodate this. With the spring just around the corner, we should start hearing some news soon.
  14. It's truly amazing that the mountain could operate with one lift being so critical to access across the mountain... and an old double chairlift at that. From what they are saying, with the mountain having 2 quads and 1 double, it would clearly be a reference to the Rangeley Double chairlift to be replaced. Even a new fixed quad as Paul has mentioned earlier would be a good upgrade and enough to get the mountain back open, but a high speed quad would definitely be more appreciated. Hoping for the best to see a reopening next season. Paul have you ever been? How do the trails compare to other places we are familiar with? I am under the impression that the more advanced and expert terrain at Saddleback is quite challenging.
  15. https://www.sunjournal.com/2020/01/31/investment-firm-completes-saddleback-mountain-purchase/ From this article, it seems like a detachable quad is in the plans.
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