Auteur : Dale Witty

Mont Orford – Up Is Fun Too – 21 January 2018

Following the advice of the customer service girl, we started the day over at Mont Giroux. The Mont Orford side was very busy, with a ski race and Festival des plaisirs d’hiver but the southern area was quieter. This area is steeper with runs for more experienced skiers. My favorite run of the day was Sherbrooke, directly under the Quad Giroux Est chair. On the right side, heading down, we found some softer snow and good moguls. This chair was really quiet so we played on Mont Giroux most of the day. For something different, after lunch, we decided to...

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Mont Sutton – Spring Skiing – 20 January 2018

On the drive to Sutton this morning, I was wondering if all the cars were heading there. With the first mild weather in many weeks, +20 cm of new snow during the week and no rain in the forecast, it looked like a ‘perfect storm’ for crowds. When we arrived they sent us to P3, way at the back and a long hike to the lodge. The line up to Chair II was long enough but we found plenty of room on the slopes, especially around Chair VII. This was where we spent most of the day, enjoying the...

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Mont Tremblant – Bière En Bas – January 14 2018

Quebec skiers are tough, we all know that. And sometimes the ski conditions reward the foolhardy who brave the cold. But on this day, at -30 C in the morning, the only redeeming features were the beautiful sunshine and the thrill of the challenge. Tremblant has done well to preserve as much snow as possible after the recent heat wave and rains. There were no rocks that we could see and the groomers have been busy to spread the little bit of soft snow across the ice. We started on Versant Nord but the better runs were on the...

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Bromont – Dynamite at Night – 9 January 2017

We finally had a break from the extreme cold so we went for a night ski at Bromont. The weekend brought 20 cm of snow, so conditions were reported to be excellent. And I’ve never skied there, so I was excited to try one of the closest ski hills to Cornwall. The hill is kept perfectly groomed and we even skied first-tracks after groomers passed us going up. It was the same feeling I get when cycling on new pavement. Smooth as butter and awesome! As we rode up chair 4 on Versant du Village, we could see several sections of moguls on both ends of Magog with a good 6 inches of Quebec powder (poo-poo). So, we spent the next hour making multiple runs, connecting these fun zones under the lights. With a fast quad and short lines, we had our legs burning in no time. Ontario residents get privileged access! Check out the « SweetPass » for $215 season passes (year around!) and the « Sweet Ticket » for $55 gets two adults in the hill for 8 hours (www.sweetbromont.com). That’s great value for this exceptionally well manicured, family friendly hill in our back...

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Le Massif de Charlevoix, Hot Ski Day at -30, December 30, 2017

The thermometer in the car on the way to Le Massif was bouncing from -24C to -33C as we climbed and dropped through the hills of Charlevoix. But we quickly realized, with no wind, it was quite comfortable with the right gear. The snow was soft and beautiful for skiing so we had big grins and the occasional yippee! My favorite run of the day was in the Secteur Maillard, on L’Ancrage. There was a good amount of snow, up to a foot deep in spots. It was chopped up but still buttery soft and we had a blast...

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