While sitting at my desk in the office today looking out the window, and watching all this white powder fall from the sky I knew a tough decision had to be made. Shovel the driveway when I got home or go skiing. Well you know what that decision was........and here is the report.
I arrived at Bellevue at opening, 6pm, and the parking lot was already filling up quickly. Looked like a lot of other people had the same thought on their mind. To ski the 30 some centimetres of snow that fell last night and during the day today. The temperature was a comfortable -2 degrees upon arrival. Getting my lift ticket was quick and easy, as it is ladies night tonight, and It usually gets pretty busy. A long line up is the norm, but arriving early certainly helped out. Only the Quad chair and the beginner's Magic Carpet were in operation tonight.
The conditions were machine groomed, packed powder with no base in sight! There was plenty of snow between you and the base underneath. Also they had left some powder stashes all over the hill to be had! Some trails and pitches were not touched by the groomer, and the main trail under the upper section was half width groomed, and the other half untouched! I am usually a groomer kind of skier, and stick to that type of trail, but tonight I wasn't going to let the powder pass me by. I found myself skiing the powder quite a bit.
The line up was starting to get busy by 7, and the singles line was a great friend where I waited not more than a minute or two to hop on a chair. The line up for the Quad enters by either side. The other side where you can't see was just as long.
I skied for a couple of hours only, until 8, as I knew what was waiting for me when I arrived home. No it wasn't a cold one, but a driveway full of snow, and a nice bank at the entrance to shovel courtesy of the city sidewalk plough and the street plough. The conditions tonight were just absolutely fantastic, and I consider myself very fortunate to have a hill nearby like Bellevue to scratch the skiing itch when you need to make a few laps, and when you have very little time to do so. My total appreciation Ville de Sherbrooke for providing, and supporting a local ski area such as this!
Here are some more scenes from the evening:
With the weather forecast looking bleak for Friday and Saturday in the Townships with a freezing rain warning and rain to follow, a visit to Mont Bellevue this evening was warranted. I arrived at the hill at 6:45pm to a half-full parking lot. Plenty of decent parking close to the chalet. Tonight was Thursday Men's Night where men 18+ ski free for the evening. There were 6/10 trails open and the Quad and the Beginner's Carpet were operating. Tonight's skiing was on groomed granular snow over a firm base. There were no icy patches anywhere. The conditions were fantastic. There was a small snow park on the right-hand side of the main trail with one rail and a couple of humps. Bellevue had been making snow earlier in the week and the snow cat was at work on building the snow park on trail 5 & 6 where it usually is.
There was a small crowd tonight and no wait at the Quad. Being that it was a school night, it was mainly adults skiing tonight. Some teens and some little ones were out and about as well. Men's night was on Saturday nights last season, however it has been moved to Thursdays now. It was fairly mild and no wind to chill things. It was partly cloudy with the moon peeking through. After about a couple of hours and a dozen runs it was time to call it. The crowd had thinned out and people were leaving by 9:30. The only downside to tonight had nothing to do with the conditions as they were fantastic as always, but it was with my ski boots. I could not get them comfortable at all and they actually hurt quite a bit which I have never experienced before like this with these boots. After a few runs they got better but still not 100%. I have had them since the 2012-13 season so I think I am due for some new ones before I go on any road trips later this winter.
Here are some scenes from the evening: