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Mont Bellevue - January 17, 2018


Paul

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It had been about 3 weeks since my last visit to Mont Bellevue, and at the time it was -15 degrees plus a breeze and 4 trails open. This night everything was available. I arrived at the mountain at 6:45 to a full parking lot. Not a space to be had, so street parking was in order. Actually it wasn't too bad. Parked down near where the Quad is and it was just a short little hike to get to the chalet.

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When I got to the chalet to pick up a lift ticket, there was a line up from the ticket windows to about 2 thirds of the way to the Pomalift. The wait was about 15 minutes. I had never seen this in the times that I have been to Bellevue, but being that it was Ladies Night everyone decided to come out and enjoy their mountain. Good business was had tonight. It got to a point where they had someone distributing tickets in line to the ladies 18+ to get them started on their evening and to help thin out the line. That worked really well. Super idea.

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This time everything was available. Both the Quad and Poma were in operation, The temperature was -7 degrees and no breeze at all. 10 trails were open on machine groomed packed powder over a firm base. Bellevue really did a great job getting back on track after the thaw and rain we had a week or so ago. When I got my ticket I was ready to go. Knowing that the Quad would be busy, Poma it was. The line up there was only 5 minutes. I spent a good hour and a bit doing laps using the Poma. It is fast, runs a bit faster than the Quad does, so more laps you can make.

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After at about 8:45 or so, it started to thin out so I headed over to the Quad and there was still a bit of a line up there but the singles line was efficient and the wait was just a few minutes. A few runs on the Quad and it was back to the Poma for a few more turns. It was noticeable by 9:15 that the crowd was really thinning out. The parking lot was emptying out and the line at both the Poma and Quad were now pretty much non existant. 

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By 9:45 I was done. 17 runs on a ticket price of $13.50. I surely got my money's worth tonight where upon arrival , I thought it was going to be more waiting than skiing. Another fabulous evening at Bellevue and I am sure everyone else did as well.

Here are a few more scenes from the evening:

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      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:





       
       
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