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  1. That's great news to hear. The mountain owners were getting quite anxious about the topic of whether or not they were going to be allowed to reopen at all for the reminder of the season. Doesn't make up for the loss in revenues, but at least they can get going again. Happy to see them getting the green light.
  2. Well my Day 2 of this extraordinary ski season is in the books. An outing to Mont Orford today was absolutely needed as it had been over a month since the last time I had gone out. I had arrived at the mountain at 8:15, and the parking lot was already starting to fill up. The temperature was a nice mild -5 degrees under a mostly cloudy sky however. Booting up at the car is nothing new for me as I often do this at most hills I go to. The chalet on four wheels! Once booted up, masked up, and dressed it was time to head off to start the morning of skiing. 25 of 44 trails announced as open with 3
  3. For me, I am just thankful that the season wasn't put on hold like it had been in Ontario. I'm going to take it a step at a time, and keep it between Orford and Mont Bellevue, if I can score a ticket online at Bellevue. I have a pass at Orford so at least I can ski somewhere. Let's see how this latest lockdown plays out, if and when it's over, I have a couple of places I'd like to check out if it's in the cards for late February, early March. I must say though that my hands have consumed more alcohol that I have recently. Stay safe my friends!
  4. @Ocean great to see that you got out for some turns! By the looks of the photos you pretty much had the place to yourself, after seeing some pics of the line ups earlier in the day. Conditions still looked decent too. I was going to head out on the 31st to Orford however that didn't work out. Too lazy when I got up. For the SQ to be there, one would assume that they are there to support the employees in enforcing the safety protocols, and making sure everyone is following them and being safe. Nice après ski snack! Cheers for 2021!
  5. @Ocean Good question. I was expecting more people when I got there. At the beginning there was a longer line at The Hybride to start the day than there was at the Giroux North Quad. Then by later that morning it balanced out. The longest I waited was maybe 5 minutes. The line crew did a great job of directing traffic and keeping the line moving. There was no wait at the Rapido triple. There were people riding the Rapido, and if it wasn't spinning and you added those people to the other two lifts, it probably would have been a bit more crowded in line. With the amount of terrain available
  6. Well my 2020-21 ski season has begun....finally! The weather recently in the Townships has not been the best, and upcoming weather reports aren't any better. So off to Mont Orford this morning for a few early season laps. I arrived at the mountain at 8:15, and it was already getting mild with a temperature of +2 degrees, and skies were partly cloudy to start. With the new Covid protocols in place, we are required to dress, and boot up at the car. Access to the chalet is limited for 15 minute breaks. Masks to be worn in the lift line, chalet, and on the lifts. Outside on the terrace there were
  7. Glad to see you got out! The line up looks a bit long but that is because of the distancing. How long was the wait? I haven't been out yet and hope to before the rain hits Thursday late day. We haven't had much luck at all in the Townships with weather or snow. Just hope the snow gets here soon.
  8. From my understanding they did consult with the Ontario government about the process, and obviously it didn't work. They got shut down anyway. My concern is that since ski areas in Ontario are to be closed, I wonder if there will be anyone crossing the border from Eastern Ontario into Quebec to get their skiing fix, especially in the Gatineau and the Laurentians since it is not a horribly long drive to get there. This could potentially mess it up for us if they do?
  9. I stand corrected! I just saw an announcement from Sir Sam's and the lockdown is for 28 days! Apologies for the confusion! This is going to hurt all around.
  10. I see that Ontario is going into hardcore lockdown as of Boxing Day (?) for a couple of weeks which includes the closure of ski areas. I spotted announcements from Mount Antoine, and Laurentian Ski Club that they will be closing for this lockdown period. Very sad to see an interruption of the ski season especially at this time of year. So far Quebec is okay as outdoor activities are allowed. I haven't been out yet but hoping to before the weekend if the weather is somewhat decent.
  11. @Ocean I totally agree with your approach, reach out to the resort directly, be diplomatic about it, and don't call them out on it. My goal is to have a great time skiing, taking tons of photos, and while having a beverage, write about the great day I just had to share with everyone. 🙂
  12. Awesome report @Ocean ! Glad to see you had a decent time. Love the pics. My season will start a bit later. I was expecting the lines to be longer for obvious reasons, but whoever blogged that negativity is truly closed minded to the whole situation, and if they didn't like it, well then..........I'll just leave it at that. If you have a negative experience during your visit or part of your experience, there's a diplomatic way to express it........or don't write about it. Don't be an....................... My wish for the team, our readers, and everyone is to have a great a safe season. I
  13. @Ocean since I can't head up there yet, I was hoping that you'd be going to get this season started for us. Of course we expect photos! Lol. I just bought my pass at Orford, so I'll probably have a later start than usual. I would have gone but work ran a little interference. Plus no pass. 😞
  14. We finally have some news on the directives from the ASSQ, the Quebec Association of Ski Areas in Quebec for the upcoming 2020-21 season. We had all been anticipating this for sometime, and now it is available via the link below for details. It is mostly what we were expecting as most, if not all Quebec ski areas were publishing their safety guidelines prior to the formal announcement. We have been given the Green light to go ahead with the season! Please read the guidelines thoroughly to better understand the protocols are to prevent any unpleasant surprises. https://maneige.ski/en/saiso
  15. Just released in the past couple of days was information on the operating schedule for the Sommets Group of mountains, for St-Sauveur/Avila, Gabriel, Olympia, Morin Heights, and Edelweiss. All mountains with the exception of of St-Sauveur/Avila will be operating at a reduced schedule for the 2020-21 season Here is the schedule as follows: Sommet St-Sauveur/Avila - Open 7 days a week, and 7 nights. Sommet Olympia - Open from December (every weekend and 7/7 during the holiday season). From January 11, 2021, open 5 days from Wednesday to Sunday, as well as Friday and Saturday nights.
  16. @Après Skier, one of my go to places is Sommet St-Sauveur. With St-Sauveur, you also get Versant Avila. Mont Avila used to be a separate area altogether, and now has been incorporated into Sauveur. Olympia is another in the Sommets family of ski areas. You have a group of hills in the Sauveur area like Mont Habitant, Sommet Olympia, Sommet Gabriel, Chanteclerc, Sommet Morin Heights. All worth checking out, depending on your travel schedule. Further up the Autoroute en route to Tremblant you have Belle Neige, Vallée Bleue, and Mont Blanc. Each mountain has its own charm. Sutton is very uni
  17. Welcome aboard Après Skier, thank you for your interest in SlopeEdge! All four of the areas in the Eastern Townships are great choices to ski. If you are into ski glades, Mont Sutton would be the place to go. If you are looking for steeps, Orford has a great variety. Looking for some nice cruiser trails, Owl's Head is the one. If you are looking for a full on resort, hotel, ski package deal, Bromont has that. I would consider Bromont as the mini "Tremblant" of the Townships where you have everything very close by. The largest mountain in terms of vertical is Orford, and for trail count, i
  18. Today I received an email from the maneige group in regards to the upcoming season for the Ski Passe-Partout discount card offered in Quebec. This year with the Covid-19 pandemic being present, and with the measures being put into place for he upcoming season, the Passé-Partout program will not be issued with a plastic card like in years past. It will be distributed virtually with a bar code that you may present on your smartphone, or by printing it. This will be for all maneige's line of products this season. in addition to this, maneige will be launching an online store to pre-purchase
  19. Here are some photos taken last weekend at Gray Rocks. There were two sides of the mountain, a side facing Lac Ouimet, and Mont Tremblant, and another a little beyond where the Labelle Golf Course is located on the opposite side. Gray Rocks Resort is located about 10 minutes away from Mont Tremblant on Lac Ouimet. Gray Rocks closed in 2009. The lifts have been removed and there is very little left behind. The Quad chair is now at Bromont combined with another identical model Poma Quad that was located at another defunct ski area, Mont Joye. Both quads were combined together to form one l
  20. I would be so there if it wasn't for this pandemic. Probably won't be able to get there until 2021-22.
  21. I haven't heard anything from the ET areas, but I would imagine it would be the same in regards to the online reservation of tickets and limits like everyone else. I would imagine that passholders would be given priority and what remaining availability would be for daily riders. It surely will be an interesting season to come. I will miss not going to anywhere south of the border. Last season I missed out on it and should have gone. I wanted to head down and cover Saddleback's reopening this coming season, more Tenney and Magic Mountain. I had considered getting the Indy Pass but that wil
  22. Well............here is some news from New England Ski Industry's site that I found moments ago concerning Liftopia. It's apparent that they are facing bankruptcy. This is the first story that I have found concerning this so I would imagine there is more to come later. https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=842
  23. Speaking of Bromont, I was in the area today just driving around, and getting out of the house. Didn't go right up to the mountain but got some shots.
  24. The old quad at Smokey has been taken down to make way for the new Gondola. Here is a photo from their Facebook page.
  25. @Ocean, all is well here. Week unknown of working from home.......lost count! Lol. The commute is tough. Still late for work! I see Killington has finally thrown in the towel, and will not be reopening. Wouldn't have been a good idea as they draw a lot of clientele from the East Coast and would have been utter chaos had they opened the Superstar with lift. How could you have controlled that crowd safely with the appropriate distancing requirements. Magic is apparently moving ahead with the completion of their new quad for it to be ready of next season. They have come up with a brill
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