Weather looks to be mild this coming week. Should be interesting. And it was!
As we drove in we had come from Bromont, more specifically Mont Shefford, I wanted to check out what the snow conditions were there. It is a quick drive up the back of the mountain and then 29 feet out of the car and your looking down some great runs. Easy access is an understatement. Lots of snow left, the temp was hovering around zero but the sun was blazing. It’s a good thing its north facing. The boot tracks are well set while snow that hasn’t been touched and has sufficiently warmed up was A OK. A good sign. No time to get any lines and very few to get. It has been days plus a weekend since the last significant snow fall. Such a sweet little mountain to ride though.
Back into town through the Route de Vins there is snow all over the fields. Not a tremendous amount but enough to cover everything sufficiently. It is winter still.
Tomorrow we ride. A Harfang snow skate. It is going to be crusty in the morning while warming up through the days and through out the week.
It sure was a crusty start to the week. all the runs were basically ice with dust on top, Dust On Crust. Being a larger mountain than I’m used to on a snow skate and the toughest conditions been on yet. I stuck the whole day out on chair 2, not venturing onto the dark side yet. 14, 16 18 and 21 Sweet runs. The next day I rented some skis.
I wanted to explore the mountain more freely the next day. Which turned into an awesome day. Spring skiing at its finest! Everything warmed up nicely, big moguls were soft with iceysnow, tree runs were safe again, and the sun was shinning brightly. We quickly took 26 to chair number five and up we went to the dark side. For the next day and a half we pretty much went through all the runs, including 35A and 54, while playing favourites to 35, 34, 39, 44, 53, and 55 All sweet runs. What a fun mountain. Would love to be there with a shit ton of fresh snow.
I finished off the last day back on the snowskate back at the blue zone chair two. It was so sunny and mild that the snow was heavy with moisture and harder to plow through. I wasn’t up for the challenge of the black diamonds with the snow skate this time. Yesterday would have beed the day to do it. It was mild enough to be soft while being cool enough to still grab an edge. Next Time