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Closing Days 2021-2022!


Matteo C
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Hi, I thought I would start a new topic where we all post the closing days of hills in the area, be it East Coast, Midwest, or West Coast! With the cold weather this week, it looks like the Ottawa/Gatineau region's slopes will endure for weekend skiing at least until the first or second weekend of April. Calabogie Peaks and Mont Saint Marie both said that they expect to be open well into April.

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Mount Pakenham and Sommet Edelweiss will be closing for the season, with Sunday as the last day.

A bit surprised with Edelweiss, I thought they would push for the first weekend in April but I guess not. Their other satellite mountains are closing this weekend and some the next.

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Pakenham usually closes by the end of March-Edelweiss honesty surprised me. Their snow base last weekend did not appear to be as thick as some other resort webcams showed (Calabogie), but I still thought a few more weeks was in the cards for them.

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Mont Bellevue here in Sherbrooke has already been closed for a week at least now. they closed really early this season! I haven't heard anything on any fixed closing dates for Orford, Owl's Head, Bromont, or Sutton at this point. They are all pretty much hoping to last as long as they can. Gleason is at least to April 3rd weekend. Their summit chalet closed for the season today March 27th.

Most of the hills in Atlantic Canada are closing this weekend. Mont Farlagne announced April 3rd as the official end of season. From the photos that I've seen from that region, Farlagne seems to have won the snowfall coverage this season. I have the rest of this week to see if a road trip to Farlagne to close out the season is possible. At the moment weather is not cooperating on the long range forecast, but it can change in a heartbeat.

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Here is an update from Camp Fortune:

We are still skiing with full coverage on the main runs. Don’t miss the days of the ski and ride season! 

  • Skyline will be open from Monday, March 28 to Thursday, March 31 from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Skyline and the Valley will be open from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3 from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • We will be closed April 4 to 7.
  • We hope to re-open Skyline from April 8 to April 10 if conditions allow.

All spring hours are subject to change and based on weather and snow conditions. Please check the website before heading to the hill on a rain day.

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Mont Cascades predicts the 9/10 weekend as its last. I know there is a topic opened discussing their expansion plans, but they have had a horrible season. Their main priorities are rebuilding a chalet and fixing their chairlift so people don't need to shuttle over to the word cup side. I actually have another theory about their development, with regards to their parent company, Proslide. So back in the 2000s, when Calypso was being planned/built, proslide (a world-renowed waterslide designer headquartered in Ottawa) announced plans for an Ottawa waterpark near Kanata, known as Alottawata. They tried to protect their waterpark, Mont Cascades, from competition, by trying to scare off the developers of Calypso. After Calypso went with another waterslide designing company, work at the planned Alottawata site stopped. Every few years, they make an announcement saying it is 'coming soon', only to be delayed again. I could be wrong, but I don't think there is the market for Mont Cascades' massive resort expansion-the same can possibly be said of Calabogie's (though they seem to be moving ahead and selling phases). Maybe the Cascades' plan was a response to Calabogie's? I still think adding another side of the mountain and more accomodation is reasonable, and hope to see that as a possibility in the near future. Anyways, just my thoughts...

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From what I saw recently, the Alottawata site was up for sale on a real estate site a few weeks ago, so seemingly that plan is likely dead.

I agree, Cascades needs to build the new chalet this summer (I was surprised they didn't do anything of this nature last summer). Val St-Come had their chalet burn down and they had the new one up months later. In any case, we should see some development on this hopefully this year. They can't let that drag on indefinitely. Not sure how it will affect the waterpark this summer either whether they have no chalet, or they start building a new one. And the quad will no doubt be repaired, it's probably a part supply issue at the moment that it hasn't already happened. With Alottawata seemingly dead, hopefully they add more to the waterpark in the coming years and bring some of their flagship slides to the mountain, like the hydromagnetic coaster ones, or the probowl tube rides. For the Cascades expansion, hoping the west side expansion can happen soon, as it was announced a few years ago to open 5 or so years later. Real estate and accommodations would be nice but I'd rather see the skiing improved.

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