Well this weekend was almost a mirror of last weekend. Ottawa got mostly rain while the hills north of Gatineau got mostly snow. Camp Fortune got only 5cms but Mont Ste Marie got 25cms over two days!
On Sunday, I made it as far Edelweiss as the roads were not great. They got 10cms of fresh snow overnight with only a couple trails groomed in the morning. I arrived at 9 to find out there would be a delay on the start. The high-speed quad could not run because of ice build up on the wires. They were trying to get the Streif quad going. I guess they hadn’t run the Streif in a few days as the seats were covered in a thick layer of snow and ice. This meant they had to slowly clean off each seat which took almost an hour! Inside they had the café open for breakfast but had no eggs?
When they finally gave the green light, I grabbed first chair and was off. Then it powdered down half a dozen time on the first chair. Not sure what the problem was but finally things went smoothly from there. The conditions were great with a soft layer of 10cms. Rockstar and Shotgun had the best conditions overall. Streif had some crusty groomer crap under the thin soft layer. Zoomer and Telesiege were both nice and fast. Zero line-ups, warm temperatures and great skiing. I stayed until around 2pm. Not sure if they ever got the high-speed quad going.
Waiting for the Streif Quad.
Old sign for the DNF trail.
Into the woods
Logs check, Ice falls check.
Not bad for March 31st. Shotgun is just past the trees.
I arrived at about 4:15pm, to a nearly empty parking lot, and no lift lines. The previous night had iced up a bit in the evening, I figured an afternoon of + temps would mellow things out a bit, and I wasn't disappointed! Only the Edelbahn lift was running, and Poma, West Coat and Shotgun were closed by the time I arrived. Conditions are slick early spring but still pretty thin cover following last week's incredibly disappointing rain. I skied every run that was open, for about two hours, until dusk (unfortunately having to leave early tonight). By the time I left there was a "line" at the lift....of maybe 3-4 people in front of me. I didn't think to get any photos tonight except for one, documenting my expression as I recall how steep the bottom section of Strief is. Would have loved to stay a bit longer if I didn't have other things to do afterwards - perfect quick early evening trip!