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Mont Ste Marie - January 2, 2017


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P1030249.jpgHere we are the second day of the New Year 2017. Getting up early on a day off can only mean one thing, it's a ski day. Destination... Mont Ste Marie, for its two mountains, long trails, high speed lifts and highest vertical in the region.

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Ski conditions were great, firm base with a small layer of powder on top. On the Vanier mountain, all trails except Caroll-Ann and Tornade were open. The best conditions in my opinion were on Bellevue, although Sérénade was a close second. Those trails had nice grooming, and quick lines to carve. 

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Chanson, the main beginner trail that runs from the top of the mountain to near the bottom was open, however it was clearly marked with a sign indicating Marginal Conditions as it did not have a full snow base to be fully groomed. This resulted in some bumps and moguls, but I'm sure this will change in the coming days.

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The beginner zone served by the Poma lift is open and in great condition. This area really looks great. The condos as a backdrop create the feeling of being at Vail or Breck in Colorado.

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Yesterday marked the opening of the Dustin Cook (Outaouais) trail on Cheval Blanc.  This long trail is loved by racers and all skiers and snowboarders alike. With plenty of drops and turns, it is extremely enjoyable and a great workout to ski.

One of the great aspects of Mont Ste Marie is the high speed lifts, getting you up the mountain in 5 minutes. Even more, the lift lines are short or non existent. Running lap after lap on the mountain is easy, the only problem... breaking for lunch. The large panoramic windows of the chalet definitely keep you in the middle of the action when you are resting.

The New Year is off to a great start. With just a few days left of the holidays, you owe it to yourself to get off your couches and go skiing.

Have a great week.

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Thanks Locknar. It was indeed a great day to ski yesterday. The weather today in the city was pretty miserable but most of the mountains were posting that they were getting snow. Let's hope the rain only hit the places the snow doesn't need to be :)

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