Sommet Saint-Sauveur - June 6, 2019
Following the June 2 "last chair in Quebec" party, I did a couple of hikes to take advantage of the still unbroken trail. On June 6th, I arrived a bit on the later side so instead of hiking up and skiing down, my strategy was to park at the top of the road running along side of La Plagne and hike in to the top of the 70 Ouest, and then take a taxi back to the car from the bottom (typically less than $10).
I hiked into the L'Etoile chair to the tune of frogs and crickets (see clip below) and enjoyed a frosty beverage while watching the sunset and moonrise, and then got ready to ski down. Of course in the evening the snow ices up a little and it was a bit crustier than I'd anticipated, but the trail was still fully connected so it made for a nice slow cruise to the base. The only section needing a little help was the last half of the bottom pitch, which was difficult to see in the dark where the ice was meeting the dirt. I took this section especially slow and only managed to bail on my final stop (oops). Once I arrived at the base, I realized I was 'fenced in' since the fence protecting the water park had finally gone up, I was looking for a boost top hop the fence when I found the section missing a lock: problem solved. I hiked over to St-Denis street and called a cab from there, making my way back to the car.
Since my phone camera doesn't do well in the dark, I only managed to grab a few snaps but thought you'd all appreciate the moonrise I watched from the chair!
Rose tint filter of the sunset from where I parked alongside La Plagne.
It was a perfect view of the crescent moon from the top of the 70 Ouest!
Enjoying the moonrise and sunset from the chair at the top of L'Etoile.
...and on the way in, I caught this recording of all the crickets and frogs that hang out in the woods between the La Plagne chair and L'Etoile!