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Mont Ste Marie - March 3rd 2017


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I pulled into Mont Ste Marie around 9:30IMG_20170303_113953863.thumb.jpg.b710524f09815c4575656c64d607daa8.jpg expecting lots of cars and the place to be busy.  Not so even though its Quebec March Break.  The conditions were surprisingly good as the mountain got 12cms of fresh snow after the rain on Wednesday, if fact it was snowing a little when we arrived. No lift lines and great conditions resulted in a great day of skiing. The temperature was around -12 with a little wind so you had to bundle up but I've skied in far colder conditions. Formidable and a section of Tornado with 12cm of ungroomed snow were our favs of the day.   After we drove over the top (Trans-Outaouais Road) to a cottage on Lac Sam.  Fun Times!  

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I wouldn't call it my favorite, but the Klutz trail that runs from Cheval Blanc to Vanier is something. Starts off all fine but ends up going through some pretty hairy areas, and even the mountain bike park, complete with wood ramps that switch back and forth to get you down a steep drop. Yeah, it's definitely something.

The rest of the mountain is great though, Bellevue and Serenade definitely have a Tremblant feel to them. Great to have this mountain so close to home.

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Shane the second last picture is indeed Dustin Cook.  The believe Klutz has kind of been taken of the trail system, its not marked anymore and looks very overgrown.  Still on a 30cm powder it would be worth trying.

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Hey Paul,

Mont Ste-Marie is a pretty good bang for your buck... at least in the Gatineau region.  1200ft feet vertical is about twice what the other hills have and both the quads are high speed.  Also of note there is another all natural run that goes off the backside of Vanier called Sudermann's Ridge.  You would need to leave a car at the bottom though as the trail has no return. You end up near the golf course.   Here is a video I found that shows a bit of it.

 

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Nice video. Mont Ste Marie reminds me of Mont Glen a bit. Definitely something to look into if I find myself in the area. I seem to remember that Mont Glen bought and installed the old Poma double chair they had.

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