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  1. There is some discussion as to whether the nonessential order closes the remaining ski resorts or not. So far no confirmation, they are assuming they can operate as planned. I mean golf is staying open so....
  2. Whistler is dunzo for the season. The Province closed them at such short notice, many employees found out from their clients while teaching on the mountain. The CEO apparently had minutes notice prior to the Province's press conference. BC ordered them closed for three weeks, and Vail has apparently decided they will not reopen for the rest of the season, to focus on summer operations. Covid imported from non-essential travel (i.e. people from other geographic regions) is cited as the reason for the closure as Whistler (the village, not the community of employees) is experiencing a notable out
  3. It's not even a far drive, really, just it's a small mountain. We drive about the same distance to tremblant, no?
  4. @Gordo where has the time gone?! Did you get to Chilly yet? I started a new job and while I am getting in my token 1-8 runs/day most days, I haven't had time for much else!
  5. Good news! Gatineau moves to Orange next week and curfew shifts to 9:30, so skiing will be open until 8pm at Camp Fortune. No word from Edelweiss yet. @Gordo go get it!
  6. Hey guys big storm happening! Hopefully all snow and not sleet and rain! Where is everybody skiing Tuesday?
  7. @Shane yup and I think it is Feb 19th. Ford has said this is about people travelling (primarily from the GTA to local mountains), so I doubt we will see a reopening even with pressure from the industry. Meanwhile things seem to be doing ok in QC, although I have seen a couple of reports of authorities warning if resorts don't get tailgating in the parking lot under control, that it could put skiing at risk for closure. I guess we'll see! I am a bit slack on my trip reports lately but have since visited Edelweiss, Olympia and Mont Rigaud, all have great safety standards and at the day/times I w
  8. @Paul over here, we bought a beautiful mangowood bar several years back, we call it The Gatling (or, Le Gatling to conform to language laws here, lol). I'll post a pic later. We always keep it full of our staples, but our gin and rum collection has gotten a bit out of hand. I try to keep shopping trips limited so find myself coming out of the SAQ with boxes of various wine, spirits, and especially sake (there is an entire sake section in our bar fridge - we both order out and make a lot of our own izakaya recipes). For Scott's birthday in April I got a infused gin making kit and we have bottle
  9. @Gordo I'll be at Edelweiss for the last hour of the day tonight, possibly a bit earlier. Need to help my dad move a heavy object upstairs in advance of his back surgery! I am also picking up my x-country skis just in case of anymore unexpected changes.
  10. HOORAY! From today's announcement, it sounds like skiing will be allowed to continue, however team/race activities will no longer be permitted (and lessons are already not permitted in red zones). Aside from the ridiculous new curfew which will, for one thing, make my local grocery store that typically closes by 11PM a lot more rammed full of people due to reduced hours, not much is changing in this lockdown. Curbside delivery is allowed again (which means more people back at retail and warehousing work), manufacturing and schools remain open - both are an important source of infections.
  11. @Shane @Gordo yeah I plan to spend the next four days whooshing my days away. I need to make a quick trip to Ottawa to help my dad move a heavy object upstairs (cause he's having back surgery in a week, corona permitting, and no chance I'd let him move it himself!). Plan is to stop at Mont Rigaud on the way there or back, and also pick up my x-country skis so at least I can do some slow whooshing in park Mont-Royal. I haven't decided yet if the headline is draconian or not. A small edit appeared to note that "essential" businesses would be allowed to operate, currently ski operations are
  12. Cheers to you to @Paul! I also slacked on Dec 31st, we had just arrived back home with the cats and spent most of the day unpacking and relaxing before diving into our multi-hour fondue experience. I also got a few more turns in last night, the line was just slightly busier and conditions were even better! I just took it easy and stuck to Red Bird, but there was no ice to be found and just a few bumps, I'm sure the runs under the Flèche d'argent lift were a bit more rugged. Planning to head up tonight as well, for some runs sometime between 8-10pm. As many are returning to work tomorrow, I'm h
  13. Update: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has opinions. My opinion is that he needs to support the ski industry and work with the Gatineau mayor to acknowledge the NCR as one big city (much like GMA or GTA), and increase covid safety collaboration. Says Jim: "I think it's just good common sense. I recognize they wait a long time to use those new skies and get out on the ski hill, and they buy their ski pass so they have a lot invested, but obviously, if I was still skiing I would wait and hold off." umm yeah. That's not how that should work. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-s-mayor-urges-skier
  14. Finally, 2021 has arrived! After having spent NYE enjoying a three course fondue and celebratory drinks, I spent most of the day relaxing at home with plans to catch the last few runs of the day. We enjoyed a late afternoon brunch (or perhaps it was more of a "linner") of mimosas, eggs benedict, bacon, fresh fruit and yogurt to get the evening started out right, and then I got ready to head to the mountain. I knew I'd only have time for a few short runs, which was fine by me after having spent December intentionally staying home as much as possible. I planned to ease gently into the new y
  15. Update: Ontario will be meeting with ski resort operators this week (today?) to discuss. Unclear what potential outcomes might be. I love how CBC delivers shade in the byline, calling out Ontario for being the only geography to close skiing. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ontario-alpine-ski-meeting-1.5856801
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