Mont Bellevue - February 2, 2022
It had been awhile since the last ski day so I booked a 2 hour block ticket for Mont Bellevue online late last night. I booked in for the 5pm to 7pm slot. It cost all of $12 being a resident of the city. I arrived at Bellevue just before 5 to boot up and get ready. It was a nice mild day today in Sherbrooke compared to the last few weeks of bitter cold, so I took advantage of the time. The temperature was +4 degrees. The Poma, Magic Carpet, and Quad chair were in operation. It had been awhile since I skied here last. The last time here was pre-pandemic times during the 2018-19 season. I missed out on the last couple of seasons.
The conditions were really nice this evening, being groomed packed powder over a firm but forgiving base. No ice anywhere to be found. With the mild temperature today, I thought the snow would be a little springlike, but much to my surprise it wasn't. The mountain was fully open with all 10 trails, well groomed with the exception of one trail, the bottom section under the Quad chair. It was not groomed, however it was well covered with snow. No thin spots to look out for.
The line up at the start of the evening was non-existent. Pretty much ski down, and ski onto the chair. I made a few laps on the Poma which runs a touch faster than the Quad. If you are into making a lot of runs, using the Poma will help quite a bit. There was no wait at the Poma either.
By a little after 6 it started to get busy. There were quite a few teens, and families rolling in, and the wait time for the Quad was now up to 5 minutes. The line was moving well as the traffic was being efficiently directed by the line attendant. My time was done at 7, and the parking lot was pretty full upon leaving. I feel very fortunate to live 10 minutes away from Bellevue, and convenient to have close by for those days or evenings where you can go get some quick runs in after work. Again it was a great time! Bellevue may be a small hill in the heart of Sherbrooke, but there aren't many places you can say you've done 12 runs for $12 bucks. A Buck a run!
Here are some other scenes from the evening: