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Camp Fortune - November 24, 2018


Shane

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What an exceptional start to the season this year at Camp Fortune. Thanks to an abundant supply of natural snow over the past couple weeks and very cold weather that allowed heavy snowmaking to occur, Camp Fortune launched its season this past Friday. Already on to Day 2, conditions are perfect, and you would be forgiven to think it was mid-February skiing because of how good it really is.IMG_1549.thumb.jpg.5bf26ec70000a02623d63f803491301d.jpg

Two trails are open, Pineault and Allen's Alley, served by the Pineault Quad lift.

Snow coverage is complete and full width, with no ice, firm base, and plenty of white snow to carve up and enjoy.

A small snowpark is also set up, complete with some rails, boxes, and modules.

Camp Fortune isn't standing still, with snowmaking continuing across the mountain, you can see huge piles of snow on Clifford, Slalom, by the magic carpets, and down towards the Meech side of the mountain. No doubt we can expect even more trails in the relative future.

Overall a fantastic start in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. No doubt one of the best in many, many years. I can't wait to see what else is in store for this winter, all things so far point to one thing... EPIC!

Camp Fortune is open this weekend from 9-4pm. Be sure to check the latest trail status and opening hours on CampFortune.com

Happy skiing!

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Pineault quad.

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Heading up the chairlift. You can see Pineault to the right, with some park modules setup to enjoy.

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The traditional chairlift talk... in progress.

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Choices... left to Pineault or right to Allen's Alley?

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Pineault.

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Allen's Alley.

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Bottom of Allen's Alley.

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The sun rising on another ski season.

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EPIC!!!

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Snowmaking continues on Slalom and beyond.

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Looks like a nice day you guys! Looks like an early day for you Shane? I got up at 4pm today and am slowly getting ready to go to Saint-Sauveur. I like to point out just now that the real keeners can now ski *two* mountains in the same day, if you are keen enough to drive from one to the other :D Sutton or Camp Fortune daytime, Saint-Sauveur apres-ski! 10/10 would do it. 

Gordo what are snowshoe skis?!

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Wow, great pics Gordo. I wanted to get some of that side and you ended up skiing it. Impressive the amount of snow on the mountain right now. What an amazing day on the snow!

Haha. Have fun on the slopes Ocean.

I remember one year I went up to Saint-Sauveur, skied for an hour or so, then headed to Olympia for another hour or two, then Gabriel, then Morin Heights, all in the same day. What a rush.

The video is now posted in the first post.

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Great to see you got out Shane and Gordo Great pics!. Whoohooo I am the last one! I haven't been out yet this season but that should be coming soon. Looks like you had a great day of skiing. I don't recall such great conditions and the amount of snow we've had so early in the season.

Speaking of keeners Ocean, I had the plan of skiing 3 different areas in 3 different states in one day! One in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The catch....do 2 hrs at each area. It would be doable but it would have to be the perfect day. The areas? 1) Burke,  VT - 2) either Bretton Woods, Attitash, Black Mountain, or Cranmore, NH - 3) Shawnee Peak, ME. Shawnee Peak offers night skiing so that would make it all doable but the weather and road conditions are the key in this crazy adventure! 

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Ocean,

Snowshoe skis or gliding snowshoes are basically short fat powder skis with a built in skin under the foot for uphill traction.  Binding wise you can have a snowshoe style binding for normal winter boots or a 3 pin telemark style one.  The two companies I know of that make them are OAC Skinbased out of Finland and Altai Skis out of the US/Canada.  Very fun in woody hilly/rolling terrain.  Mine are OAC ones , 147cms, 110mm wide, with metal edges.

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@Gordo those are intriguing! I’ve never seen them before, sounds fun!

@Shane I say I’m going to do that every year and I’m incapable of starting my day early enough to actually make a tour of all Les Sommets happen. Maybe this year?

@Paul I have a friend from NY who does cross-state mountain hopping almost every year. It can happen! I eagerly await your trip report :)

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