Mont Orford - January 27, 2021
Well, my Day 2 of this extraordinary ski season is in the books. An outing to Mont Orford today was absolutely needed as it had been over a month since the last time I had gone out. I had arrived at the mountain at 8:15, and the parking lot was already starting to fill up. The temperature was a nice mild -5 degrees under a mostly cloudy sky, however. Booting up at the car is nothing new for me as I often do this at most hills I go to. The chalet on four wheels! Once booted up, masked up, and dressed it was time to head off to start the morning of skiing. 25 of 44 trails announced as open with 3 lifts spinning, the Hybride, the Giroux East, and North Quads.
Surprisingly enough when I arrived at the Hybride, there was already a lineup for first turns. It looks rather large at first with everyone respecting the 2-metre social distancing rules. The wait time wasn't more than 5 minutes. I met up with my ski buddy Christian for the first two runs of the day. The first runs of the day were on the recently opened 4km trail, and then over to the Giroux North Quad for a run down the Familiale. The trails were groomed with a nice dusting of about 5 centimetres of snow that fell the night before. Coverage was really nice on both of these trails. Made for a great start.
The Top of the 4km trail:
After a couple of runs with Christian, I headed over to try out the Slalom that leads down to the bottom of the Giroux East Quad. Here is was a bit different. The trail was a bit bumped up on the pitches with a bit of scraping in between the mounds of loose snow that had piled up. The flat sections were not bumped up. The coverage was good, no thin spots to be found. The Sherbrooke trail that runs under the lift was open as well and coverage was good. I didn't ski the Sherbrooke this time. It too was a bit bumpy. The wait in line for the Quad was no more than a couple of minutes at most.
The Slalom - A Smoother Section:
Looking Up the Sherbrooke From the Lift:
From there I headed down the Magog, a nice intermediate trail where here the coverage was good with little piles of snow beginning to appear. Then it was time for a break. After the break it was back up the Giroux North Quad for a couple of more easy runs, today was not a day to go full out for me as it was only the second day of the season. The wait times at both Hybride and Giroux North Quad were starting to get to be a touch longer at 10 minutes or so. Still pretty decent. The season for me started much later so I am not really up to the level that I usually am at this time of year. The day ended at 11:30 as the legs were beginning to let me know it was time. It was great to get out again in the fresh air and to get some much-needed runs. Also, it is great to connect with my ski bud Christian as always for a few runs. The lift attendants did a great job of directing traffic, and making sure everyone was following all rules. The lift lines were moving smoothly. Day two done!
Looking Up The Magog:
The Lift Lines at The Hybride & the Giroux North Quad on Last Run: