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Sommet Saint-Sauveur - April 27, 28 and 29!

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Three trip reports rolled into one! Pics to follow since I have yet to download from my phone, but I didn't want this trip report to sit too long!

I was delighted to learn that Sommet Sauveur planned to open last Friday, given the weather was supposed to be full sun and +16 or so. I made it up to the mountain by 2:30pm, and met up with some friends around 3 - they had arrived a bit earlier and we eventually synced up. We skied every open run accessible by the Atomic lift, so, Epervier, Tom Barbeau, Red Bird, Jay, Cote 70 Est, Cote 70 Ouest, and Nordic. The Cote 71 lift wasn't running and the highest access point to La Plagne was closed, but truly you could take the time to hike over as all of these hills were still fully covered last Friday. In fact most of Avila appeared to be entirely covered as well, but I'm sure budget considerations played a factor in those lifts not being open. That said there was no line to speak of and so it was pretty easy to do continuous runs. On Friday, there were a few spots starting to show on Epervier, and its bottom and the bottom or Red Bird were getting pretty dirty and sloppy. As it was pretty warm, there were lots of sections that were a little slow, definitely a little fresh wax would have helped things. I'd waxed 2 or 3 weeks before (whatever the date I went to Jay) but even still things were a bit sluggish at points. the 70 Ouest bottom of course is covered now in perfectly aligned bumps, and there were a few ponds you could easily ride through next to the Atomic chair. It was an absolutely perfect afternoon!

On Saturday, the forecast was cloudy with some rain. Typically Sauveur closes in the rain, but it happened the park event at the base was happening, so they posted that they were in fact going to be open til 5pm! I headed up for 3pm, intending to mostly ski and then do the last run on my board. On Saturday, since it had cooled down a bit and rained, I expected things to be slushier, but in fact, they were actually as good if not better than Friday - the cool air had made things slick again, so no sluggish moments near the base or in spots where the angle of the sun hits the hill just the right (or wrong?) way! It had been raining a bit on my drive up, but as I rolled into the parking lot, the sun came out and continued playing peekaboo through the afternoon. In the end I stayed on my skis and did all the open runs, since I didn't want to waste time switching to my board. Saturday turned out to be a great day! My snowboarding counterpart from the previous day spent her afternoon at Sutton and said conditions were still fantastic there! We intend to hit that this weekend.

Finally, Sunday. You can't win em all I guess? Owing to a late night, I slept in until 1 and slacked until I finally decided to go to the mountain , despite the rain, and do just a few runs on my neglected board.  I might not have, but they posted "we'll be open til 17h!" -- and given the chat I'd had with the bartender the previous day about Sunday's weather, I decided to believe this to be true. They usually close in rain like we had on Sunday, only they had some kind of event happening so anticipated being open regardless. I still had my doubts, and halfway up I started taking bets with myself that they'd actually close early, as usual. I arrived in the still full parking lot ony to discover the door to those glorious new bathrooms was locked, and I could see that of course the Atomic chair was no longer running. I'm guessing they shut down just after 3:30 as there were still a number of people packing up their cars. Not to be deterred, but not totally in the mood for a hike in the rain, I took a drive up the road that runs along La Plagne, just to see where it came out. It turns out you can easily access near the top of La Plagne from the top of that road. So, I drove back down, parked along the side of the road near the base, and did the only sensible thing a jaded and lazy snowboarder could do: I called a cab. It turns out you can get to the top of La Plagne for a totally reasonable $6 cab (and I tipped the driver nicely for such a short ride). Not having been groomed in a few weeks, La Plagne was starting to have that crusty spring topcoat. Since I'm still a beginner, I tend to take things slowly as I practice my turns, and so it was a nice slow run down in the rain, which was now more a mist than a downpour. Once at the bottom, I thought about going back up again but my psoas is super tight this week and I figured I should give it a rest. I was still pretty content with my run though, considering I would have only had time for 2-3 board runs anyways. And it was nice to ride down La Plagne one last time while it was still all in one piece. There was only one little mud slick in the middle, and other than that, it was great! 

*pics of all three days to follow as soon as I download them from my phone!*

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Illana shredding Jay on 4/29!

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Nordique bottom still looking good on 4/29

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...paired with class.

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Under the Atomic chair coming up to the top of 70 EST on 4/28

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Looking down the top of Nordique on 4/28

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The most consistently aligned bumps I've ever seen!

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Secret mission involving a taxi: Top of La Plagne on 4/29

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La Plagne still fully covered on 4/29!

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Eager to see some pics and how it's holding up. They could really use some webcams (despite having tossed around that they were coming a few years ago). I'm quite amazed that the Atomic was running pretty much to the end of the month of April.

Their facebook seems to indicate that as of this weekend it will be down to the 70 Ouest, Nordique and SilverPark, no doubt served by l'Étoile. 70 Ouest will open at 9am with SilverPark, and Nordique at 11am.

Crafty to get up to the summit to ski La Plagne. You could also do something similar but across the entire mountain at Mont Gabriel. From either side of the mountain you could take a taxi, or car to the Hotel Gabriel located at the summit. Not many places you can do that, know of any others? Le Massif de Charlevoix is another.

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Oh wow you can cab to the top at Massif? Rad! Gabriel I haven’t been but that makes sense.

i just pulled into the parking lot at Sauveur and wow what a difference a week makes.  Patches everywhere except the 70 and Nordique of course! 

I’ll try and download my photos tonight and also trip report for today :)

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It will be interesting to see the pics from today to see what's left. I was thinking of actually heading up there next Saturday the 12th. Not so sure now if it's melting that fast. For me to go, it would need to be at least the 70 and Nordique open.

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2 hours ago, Ocean said:

Oh wow you can cab to the top at Massif? Rad! Gabriel I haven’t been but that makes sense.


Hey Ocean, not sure about cabbing at Le Massif, but the main chalet and parking is at the summit, and there are roads to take to reach the base chalet and parking area (about a 25 minute drive), so technically it would be possible to ski it with a car, although would be more of a hassle than La Plagne at Saint-Sauveur or doing Mont Gabriel due to the distance and time required. Incidentally, it can actually take longer to reach the base than the summit when coming from Quebec City, according to Google Maps.


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I heard of the buses. Interesting way to operate at first. From my research, the first two lifts were installed in 1992, a quad detachable (Grande Pointe Express) and a double chairlift (Camp Boule). The double chair on the Cote Ouest at Bromont is the one from Le Massif.

Can't wait to see some pics to see how the mountain is holding up. I plan to go either next weekend or the following (final weekend). 

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Wow, only 1992! A friend was just telling me that apres-season, the trick is to get a friend with a minivan to do rocket runs from the bottom to the top of the mountain. Sounds ingenious! 

Pics, yeah, and forthcoming trip reports. One of my iphone cables died and the other is attached elsewhere, I keep forgetting to grab it. I'm catching up on some work tonight so will update this post and upload my new trip reports tomorrow :D

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Weather isn't looking super good for Saturday. 70% chance of rain.  (as of earlier this morning)

Now I just checked and no more rain forecasted.


Anyways I hope that holds. Eager to come up one last time even if it is for 2 hours or so.

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