Auteur : Dale Witty

February 5th 2017, Le Massif, It’s all about the snow.

It was snowing when we arrived at the top of the mountain and it kept coming all day. It didn’t look like there was more than a couple of inches accumulated but by mid day, it felt more like 4-6 inches. The moguls and glades benefited the most, providing soft and predictable conditions that encouraged more aggressive skiing and the occasional giggle from me. After a couple of fast groomed turns, we strayed onto the Maillard Sector for the ‘Experts Only’ runs and hit ‘LA « 42 »‘ which has a mile or more of awesome moguls. The soft conditions really made us feel like experts, making it easy to control our speed. On our next run, we veered into the glades in ‘L’Artimon’ where we really found our happy place. The trees are ideally spaced and the natural moguls were in perfect shape. In fact we had a hard time picking a favorite run since there are pockets of beautiful moguls and glades to be found in many areas. When the snow is this good, the best run is always the next...

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February 4, 2017, Mont Grand Fonds, This hill is bumping!

Mont Grand Fonds (www.montgrandfonds.com) in La Malbaie, Quebec is a long drive from Cornwall so many people from Ontario and western Quebec may have not visited this gem yet. I’ve been hearing about it from friends so we decided to make the trek and see it for ourselves. When we arrived after 5.5 hrs in the car from Valleyfield, it was a cool -14 but very sunny. Right away in the parking lot I was struck by four things: 1. There’s only one chair lift and two T-Bars; 2. Almost every run has bumps (moguls) from top to bottom;...

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January 7, 2017, Mont Saint Sauveur, Night Skiing

We spent a wonderfully bright and cold morning tubing at Glissades des Pays d’en Haut and then joined the party at Mont Saint Sauveur under the lights. We were fortunate to be there at the same time as the big “Les Beaux 4 Heures” fundraiser. This annual event raises money for programs to help people with traumatic head injuries. This year the 116 teams of four raised over $350,000 while skiing as many runs as possible from 6-10 pm. We were able to experience the music and party atmosphere while skiing the crisp snow under the stars and lights. We met up with the Gendron Ski Travel team for a few runs and I was a little star struck to be skiing beside Jean-Luc Brassard (Olympic champion)! The highlight of the night was dropping down Cote 70 Ouest and trying to keep up with Jean-Luc in the moguls (while I stayed in the safety of the groomed run beside him). Wow it is one thing to see it on TV but another to watch it in action!! It was quite cold but the mountain energy and wonderful skiing made for a magical...

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18 December 2016, Mt. Tremblant, Great early season snow!

If you’re looking for a really fun route, we enjoyed beautiful snow and interesting bumps following Andy Moe and into Beauchemin Haut. We skied this route many times in the morning and went back for more in the afternoon. So fun with great early season snow! My new ski pants from Orage were awesome (and very blue)! It was very windy and cold at times but my pants performed beautifully. I’m happy to be introduced to this Quebec...

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