Off with the kids again to Mont Bellevue. Seems like this is getting to be a weekly outing now. I don't mind as skiing here is quite affordable. It's also a great activity to get them out of the house for some exercise, and fresh air. We arrived at the hill just after 8:30 just before everyone arrived, to get a decent spot to get ready in the chalet, and to get a spot to place our bags. It was a fresh -18 degrees to start the day but it quickly warmed up. The Quad and the Magic Carpet were in operation. The Poma is down for the season unfortunately. The conditions were fast as we had some freezing rain Friday during the day with a light dusting of snow on top. The trails were of groomed granular snow over a firm base. They did a great job of grooming this morning after what we've had these last couple of days.
We skipped the warm up on the Magic Carpet, and went straight to the Quad. Abby and Lukas were eager to get the day rolling along. As the trails are numbered, and not named, we started the day on Trail 1, and then on to Trail 3 which is under the lift, then veering to the left on to the bottom of Trail 4. I didn't see any ice patches anywhere during the 2 hour block I reserved for us.
Under The Quad (Trail 3) & The Lower Part of Trail 4:
I let Abby & Lukas go do a couple of runs by themselves, and after each of their runs alone we met at the bottom of the Quad. There was absolutely no line up at the Quad. You could practically ski down, and ski on to the lift. I went off to the snow park to check what they had set up. I hadn't been on this side of the hill yet at all this season. I was also checking out if the kids would be able to ski this section. As they are beginners, there were a few pitches that they would not like to do just yet, and wait until later in the season with a little more practice.
The Snow Park Section:
After a few more runs our time was up. We had a great time even though it was short. By the time we were done it had started to cloud over but it had warmed up nicely. Grooming was really well done considering what we had these past few days. It had been mild this week, and some freezing rain yesterday. Booking on line is a breeze, and you can print your lift tickets at the kiosk inside or go to the ticket windows outside, and away you go. Another enjoyable day at Bellevue!
Here Are Some Other Scenes From the Morning:
An Old Trail Map of Bellevue Hanging Up Inside: