Jump to content

Camp Fortune - December 31, 2018


Recommended Posts

It's the final day of 2018 and wanting to end it in true skiing style, a ski double-header was on the menu. Mont Ste Marie in the morning and Camp Fortune in the afternoon. (Be sure to check out the other report here).

I arrived at Camp Fortune around 1pm on the Valley Side. Saddling up my ski boots once for the second time today, I was off to the trails. Betting big, I decided I would just focus on the Meech sector of the mountain this visit. It did not disappoint the slightest. Wow, Paradis and North American are in excellent shape. Other than my final run out through Allen's Alley, the rest of the time was spent on these two trails.

Paradis is the longest trail at Camp Fortune at approximately a mile in length. All along the way, you can catch glimpses of Meech Lake in the distance as well as the surrounding Gatineau Park.

North American is very similar to Paradis except it is narrower and holds most of its drops near the beginning. Formerly only a natural snow trail, this year, snowmaking was added to North American and is no doubt responsible for it being open today. This is great news as it is truly a fantastic trail.

The Meech sector of Camp Fortune is truly the best-kept secret of the mountain. Long trails, great views, interesting terrain that is just as enjoyable the fifth time as the first... you can't go wrong.

For those who love checking out trail maps, North American also offers another way back to the Valley from Skyline. By taking Sparks down to just past the Skyway trail, you will find on the left side a sign for Meech Crossing. Head down there and you will reach North American. From there, it's just a lift ride back up and you are in the Valley. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone that Humdinger Ravine is actually not one of your favorites.

Great conditions today, and things will only get even better with the coming snow fall overnight and into New Years.

Wishing you a Happy New Year ahead with plenty of skiing and snow!

Here are some pictures from today's visit.

Riding up the Meech quad.

IMG_0168.thumb.jpg.fe03c153970dec730046352428217857.jpg

The summit of the Meech and Pineault (right) quad chairlifts.

IMG_0176.thumb.jpg.31d0081ec812ca514698eeb5bd899e1c.jpg

Heading down Paradis.

IMG_0171.thumb.jpg.0096124dfb6a893638be6a320b19bfa5.jpg

IMG_0180.thumb.jpg.257d350d568566771835cd8031ccf997.jpg

IMG_0184.thumb.jpg.de86a914e0e547fd89e04473b2b25baf.jpg

North American.

IMG_0187.thumb.jpg.6b79cf9509db67a7d766c1fb722db00b.jpg

IMG_0189.thumb.jpg.9bd2f39cab8011816c23518490059ded.jpg

IMG_0192.thumb.jpg.a1af7f8356aa9de54b326cbf00df2f42.jpg

IMG_0193.thumb.jpg.b6ead6ee7bffe557485bfc492981c912.jpg

Heading back to the chalet to finish off the day via Pineault and Allen's Alley.

IMG_0195.thumb.jpg.881522c9e6818c262b6617cbca306637.jpg

The Camp Fortune (Ryan Tower) stands just above Clifford and Marshall in the distance, as the sun begins setting on 2018.

IMG_0197.thumb.jpg.c2f3b479cfbd9d2bb1b5d9dc69abc2e8.jpg

Link to comment

Wow! Pulling double duty there Shane! Get it in while you can. Another set of great photos to give the ones who haven't been there before an idea on how Fortune is. Looks like the coverage is excellent and not to hard or too fast.

All the best for 2019!

Link to comment

Meech is definitely my favourite - I really do wish they would install lights on these trails for night skiing, it would be an excellent improvement! I rarely make it before 3pm, so I haven't been on either trail in a few years. Sounds like an excellent end to 2018!

Link to comment

I'm not sure Camp Fortune would ever invest in lights for the Meech runs.  The trails are kind of underused and rather long.  Fortune should light Heggtveit though.

The Meech trails could have a lot more potential if they opened up a run under the lift and opened a glade section accessed via Paradis.  Right now you can tree ski (An Natural Sous-Bois) from the top Skyway down onto Sentier Meech trail then connect with North American.

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By Gordo
      Wow, a sleeper powder day! What a way to end a workday. The snow started coming down heavy in Gatineau around noon and didn't stop. By the time I got to the Skyline parking lot, there were 10cms already on the ground. This would be the best day of the season so far. Loads of fresh stuff, almost no lines and creamy turns. Goggles were a must and I fought off some fogging issues. The temperature was around zero and the snow was a little wet but not overly heavy. I had no problem sailing through mashed-up powder. Heggtveit was my first run and how nice it was. If you arrive around 4ish hit Hegg first before they close it for the night. Every run on Skyline was perfect. Later we poled our way to the Valley side. So much untouched powder but then the power went out! I feared I would be stuck in the valley with my car on Skyline. After about 10 minutes they got the lifts going again but the trail lights were still off. We arrived at the top of Slalom in darkness. I feared the power on the lifts might not hold so we skied Slalom in the dark and jumped on the lift to get us back to Skyline. The lights came back on and everything went smoothly for the rest of the night. The last run was Canadian and we skied right to the car. What a blast, February has really redeemed this season. Enjoy the snow, the total was around 20cms. 



















    • By Gordo
      Friday morning at Camp Fortune was a great way to end the week. The snow was coming down hard layering the perfectly groomed runs with 2-4cms of fresh stuff. Even a couple of centimeters has a great physiological effect on your skiing! Once again Camp Fortune has done an amazing job dealing with a very odd season plus low snowfall. All the main runs are open on all three sides of the resort. Only the glades and natural snow runs wait for a couple more snowfalls. I spent most of my time on Skyline and all the runs felt great.  There was little crust under the new snow but nothing a well-tuned ski couldn't handle.  Which reminds me I've been lazy this year and still need to wax! The valley side seemed to have more natural snow and Slalom seemed almost untouched.  I was expecting big line ups but the place was almost empty.  I've been skiing a lot of nights and from 2-4pm it's pretty quiet but then the lines form and it can get kind of insane. Of course, a 7pm close because of the ongoing COVID curfew doesn't help. Let's hope things change soon as the cases go down. All in all, it was a great morning and I totally recommend getting some fresh air on the slopes at your local ski hill.  I'll be back soon. 

      Have they cut down all the bush near the road? The view is a lot better.


      Top of Slalom in the valley.

      Clifford


      Looking down Heggtveit


      Canadian on Skyline

      Bottom section of Heggtveit
×
×
  • Create New...