Auteur : Dale Witty

Mont Rigaud – Backyard Skiing – December 26, 2017

We spent a wonderful Boxing Day at Mont Rigaud with our niece and nephews on their new skis. Rigaud is a great option for new skiers, both economical and fun, not to mention it’s basically in our backyard. Although bombing the Magic Carpet with the kids was a hoot, I managed to sneak away to the big chair for a couple of turns from the top. My first run was La Falaise, a 815 m long run along the outer boundary on the left (looking up) of the only chair. It was steep enough to carry some good speed...

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Jay Peak, Great Wet Day, 23 December 2017

We took a chance with the weather forecast and drove three hours to Jay Peak Vermont in off-and-on freezing rain. It’s a pretty drive once we headed down the 35 through Quebec to the tiny customs crossing and into Vermont. By the time we got to the hill the thermometer said zero and a light rain was falling. The customer service was friendly and efficient and we were on the hill in no time. We took the 45 passenger Arial Tram all the way to the top, passing through dense cloud on the way. The snow conditions were surprisingly...

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March 19 2017, Massif-du-Sud, Glades and more glades!!!

Because I had a big ski day yesterday, my legs were tired today, so I decided to stay on the groomed runs which were beautiful, but…. Before leaving this snow paradise, I wanted to enjoy my favorite run from yesterday: # 6,  La Deliquante! Definitively my best run of the weekend! I’ll come back next year for...

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18 March 2017, Le Massif du Sud, Steep and Deep

Le Massif du Sud, 18 March 2017, This small, remote hill is about 1 hour east of Quebec City but on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river. A late winter storm dumped 93 cm of fresh powder in the week before we arrived at le Massif du Sud. The hill is normally closed Monday to Friday, opening only on weekends but it was open all of March break so the new snow was well skied, but there was so much that it was still super soft and fun. The area on the left of the only chair...

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Le Massif de Charlevoix, March 11 2017, Fun Brut in the cold!

Le Massif is in Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois (the Charlevoix region of Quebec) overlooking the St. Lawrence River, 1-hr east of Quebec and 3-1/2 hrs from Montreal. It has a vertical drop of 770m (2,526ft), the highest east of the Rockies, and gets above average snowfall compared to other Eastern hills. The temperature on March 11th was -27C in my car as I arrived at the Summit Chalet. I expected to be alone on the hill in these temperatures but the upper parking lot was full! Certainly, not overcrowded on the slopes but I was impressed. I don’t know the hill...

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