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Opening day at Camp Fortune was a crisp (-12c) bluebird day. This is the 100th season! and people are pumped. Two runs, Pineault and Allen's Ally were open and the conditions were great. The trails are covered in perfect machine made corduroy with about 20cms of natural snow along the edges. There are also a few rails and small jumps setup for the park kids. I arrived a little after 9 missing first chair. I stayed for a few hours and got a bunch of runs in before the place started to get busy. People are very eager. A great first day to a very early start. Snowmaking has moved to Clifford and hopefully by next weekend both Clifford and Marshall may be open. I bought some swag!
Another beautiful day at Camp Fortune. Full sun, zero wind and a temperature around -5c. Conditions are loose granular over a hard base. Fortune has done a great job of dealing with the rain then flash freeze of last Sunday. The groomers are fast and smooth. By the afternoon some on the steeper runs on Skyline were getting scrapped down to the base but the Valley and the Meech trails were still very natural and softish. The non-groomed runs and glades are still closed and the snow is cement like. We either need a warm up or more snow, lets hope for both. The next two weeks will be perfect for March break though as the snow pack is still impressive. Ski on!
Heading outside at 8:55am, I made my way to the Lakeview quad to start my day. Upon first glance, the trails were all nicely groomed and the snow is impeccable. I line up and make it to be on the first chair up the mountain. Mission accomplished! While heading up the mountain, I look in the direction of Black Donald, my first destination, and the big reason for coming today. For those not familiar with Calabogie, this trail has the best views of the Calabogie Lake in the distance. For almost half of the descent, you get stunning views, especially during the section leading in at the summit. Conditions overall were firm base, that was slightly softening up as the day progressed. All the trails had been well groomed, and not really any ice to worry about, except for Face of Tiger, which is always a tricky spot for snow conditions. Having done Black Donald several times, and Juniper Junction to finish off at the bottom, I moved across to more trails, such as Fiddler and Whistlin Patty, both in great shape. I also visited Buckshot and Barrett Chute. For the most part, I really stayed on the Lakeview chair the whole time, as that was where the fun was at this weekend. With plenty of sun and temperatures slowly warming up, spring is just around the corner. So too is the famous spring skiing ambiance and atmosphere. Have a great week ahead and happy skiing! Summit of Lakeview quad Black Donald Lower Black Donald Calabogie Lake Whistlin Patty Barrett Chute Base area