With the weather forecast looking bleak for Friday and Saturday in the Townships with a freezing rain warning and rain to follow, a visit to Mont Bellevue this evening was warranted. I arrived at the hill at 6:45pm to a half-full parking lot. Plenty of decent parking close to the chalet. Tonight was Thursday Men's Night where men 18+ ski free for the evening. There were 6/10 trails open and the Quad and the Beginner's Carpet were operating. Tonight's skiing was on groomed granular snow over a firm base. There were no icy patches anywhere. The conditions were fantastic. There was a small snow park on the right-hand side of the main trail with one rail and a couple of humps. Bellevue had been making snow earlier in the week and the snow cat was at work on building the snow park on trail 5 & 6 where it usually is.
There was a small crowd tonight and no wait at the Quad. Being that it was a school night, it was mainly adults skiing tonight. Some teens and some little ones were out and about as well. Men's night was on Saturday nights last season, however it has been moved to Thursdays now. It was fairly mild and no wind to chill things. It was partly cloudy with the moon peeking through. After about a couple of hours and a dozen runs it was time to call it. The crowd had thinned out and people were leaving by 9:30. The only downside to tonight had nothing to do with the conditions as they were fantastic as always, but it was with my ski boots. I could not get them comfortable at all and they actually hurt quite a bit which I have never experienced before like this with these boots. After a few runs they got better but still not 100%. I have had them since the 2012-13 season so I think I am due for some new ones before I go on any road trips later this winter.
Here are some scenes from the evening:
It had been 3 weeks since the last outing which resulted with a leg injury and being off the boards during that time. Feeling much better now, Mont Bellevue was the destination this evening to see how well the leg felt. I had pulled my calf muscle on my left leg skiing at Wildcat at the beginning of the month. Putting the boot on was fine so that was a good sign. I had arrived at the hill at 6:30 to a half filled parking lot. It had been announced that this was to be Bellevue's last weekend of the season. Tonight was the last for night skiing, plus it was freebie night for the Men. Only the quad was spinning this evening and all trails were open. The conditions were still pretty decent. Machine groomed granular snow over a firm base with one or two little spots that were bearing ice. It is very rare that you will see ice here during the season. Bellevue does and excellent job of grooming and keeping the trails in tip top shape.
There were signs on the first pitch under the Quad indicating that spring is coming, as there were a few spots popping through where it was getting a bit thin but nothing too drastic. Most of the skiers and boarders tonight were local kids and teens getting their last turns and shreds of the season. The wait in line for the lift was non-existant. There were only two occasions where I rode the lift with someone else.
A couple of spots under the Quad showing signs of spring:
Bottom of trail 2:
One of the jumps in the snowpark:
The snowpark at Bellevue is located on trails 5 & 6 with jumps and rails. Just off to the right of this jump was where the Pomalift 1 lift line was located, which is now trail 4a.
The old Poma lift line:
After 16 runs I had had enough and ended the evening by 9:00 pm. It started snowing lightly around this time but didn't last very long. I will have to say that each time that I had skied Bellevue this year, 3 times, the conditions were fantastic and the trails were well maintained and well groomed. We are very fortunate to have a hill like Bellevue in the city of Sherbrooke. See you again next season Mont Bellevue!
Here are a few of more scenes of the evening: