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Sommet Saint-Sauveur - April 14, 2018


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Being already mid-April, it is quite amazing that Sommet Saint-Sauveur has virtually the entire mountain still open for skiing. Even more impressive, very little to no ice all over, and no bare spots. Add to this, the main SnoPrk on versant Avila is open one last time this weekend.IMG_0258.thumb.jpg.330adffa9683e301b25b7edf6f20391e.jpg

The ski conditions were a mix of mostly hard base but as the day progressed and the trails were skied, a light layer of shaved snow presented itself. I know alot of people prefer the soft mushy snow, famous for its bumps, but with the continuing cold weather, those days are still to come. Luckily the mountain is well groomed and the surface quality is consistent from top to bottom, something I quite prefer.

My day started when I arrived for 8:30am. Quickly getting ready, I hit the slopes by riding the Atomic Express. From here I immediately headed over to versant Avila. This area has an almost 90 degree change in orientation from the rest of Saint-Sauveur and is generally quieter to ski. After skiing the classics of versant Avila such as Jack Rabbit (a beginner trail with some zig-zags near the end) and Laurentian (an intermediate with a profiled slope of rolls and banked turns), I found myself on Express. This is a very wide trail, perfect for getting some speed and working on your carving technique. With a nice constant pitch all the way down, it's easy to get into a rhythm and keep it the whole way down.

Express.

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From here, I returned to ski Dévaleuse and Côte 68, both intermediates and very popular for lessons.

Côte 68.

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Then back to the Atomic to ski the famous 70 Est and Ouest. Both these trails give incredible views of the valley of Saint-Sauveur, and definitely pull you into that 'One More Run' loop.

Côte 70 Est.

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Venturing all over the mountain I finally found myself on La Plagne skiing past the dream homes on the mountain. One day...

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Stadium.

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Jay.

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Saint-Sauveur.

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Nordique.

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Silver Park.

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With all the trails in great shape, only 2 trails, Jay and Côte 71 (both at the final bottom pitch) had some issues with ice. The rest, I couldn't have been happier.

Today was also the Slush Cup race event, featuring banked turns and rolls, very reminiscent of a ski cross track.

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This year, the washrooms in the main chalet underwent a major renovation. While previously there were too few, now there is plenty. With an all-new amazing look filled with wintery landscapes, who knew going to the washroom while skiing could be so much fun. The sinks are quite innovative as they combine in one place, the soap dispenser, water and hand drying into one unit, further maximizing the space. Very neat.

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The washroom stalls themselves also have a large shelf available, perfect to place your helmet, gloves, and other gear. Details that go along way.

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Also relatively new on versant Avila is the Experience IntroPlus initiative for beginners. The area has been redesigned to encourage and assist in the learning process, complete with a mini half-pipe, banked turns, rolls and a perfect slope. Each section designed to allow a different aspect and skill of skiing to be learned and practiced, at your own pace in a safe environment.

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Still snow a-plenty on Côte 70 Ouest. (upper right).

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After an unknown but no doubt high number of runs down the mountain, my day ends after over 5 hours of skiing.

Overall, a great visit and day to ski. With about a dozen ski areas left to operate after this weekend ends, Sommet Saint-Sauveur will no doubt have us spring skiing until mid-May. As they famously say during this time year, 'The grass is always greener at the neighbors', couldn't be truer of Sommet Saint-Sauveur. With snow a-plenty, come out and ski.

The mountain always impresses and never disappoints by brings out what makes skiing great. Great trails, perfect ambiance, impressive views.

Happy skiing!

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Great report Shane. Love the video. I have been to Sauveur very early season or very late season and only skied 70 West and Nordique. The video gives me a really good view of the rest of the mountain.  Hope it holds up until mid May as they hope to. The weather doesn’t look great for next week. I know they have a ton of snow but if it rains and warms up it can go quickly. Schedule for the next couple of weeks won’t be in my favour but I am hoping to maybe get up there before they close. Otherwise OH was my last day.

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Guest Buba Joe

Informative report of a great legendary resort. I liked the video and the many photos that supported the story and your day of skiing. I hope that the rain does not shorten the season and that we can still take advantage until May.

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Great video Shane. Love the time lapse stuff plus the moving shots are so smooth. Are you using a Gopro? The conditions look great. I was going to go to Fortune today with my sister but the wind and ice pellets made it a no go.  

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Thanks for the comments.

I am using a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and my iPhone for the motion shots and timelapses. I got it recently and it works great.... except when there is wind or you are going to fast or the snow is rough.

Sommet Saint-Sauveur (although it will always be Mont Saint-Sauveur and MSSI in my heart) is pretty much my favorite place to ski. The place and region just really resonates with me.

With some luck I hope to return again end of April / beginning of May to get another ski day in before the end.

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The bathrooms are unreal. Amazing. Definite step-up from the old ones, which were old, outdated and too few. Great change, and the graphics make it really inviting.

Nope, not listening to any music while I'm skiing. I like modern Jazz the most, and so the music is sort-of in that area that is used in the videos.

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