Off To Mont Sutton

Weather looks to be mild this coming week.  Should be interesting.  And it was!

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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

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The Big Nor Easter Not

Media sure does blow up the weather! If it was up to them we would be inside everyday watching TV believing in all the crap that they are feeding us.  Luckily enough people do go outdoors and try and find out for themselves whats really happening.  Yesterday was a snow day here in Ottawa with school buses canceled and kids out of school for the day, but only 4-5 cm of snow fell in town.  The media was blasting a serious storm moving up the coast that was going to shut everything down and give us 30cm plus of snow.  Did it happen? Not even close.  The most accumulated snow on a ski hill was Le Massif with a big 21cm, not even a foot.  Le Massif is not in daytrippin range for us so we would have to plan a road trip.  And for 21cm its not quite worth it.  There is still a crust under whatever snow was just dropped over night, and any deep tail turns would be thrown off once the board hit the crust.

Granted there was serious weather conditions with freezing rain, rain, and heavy snow fall at times.  Though it wasn’t as bad as they like to portray it.  And there are areas that did fairly well, but unfortunately not within our daytrippin range.

So here we are playing the waiting game again.  Dreaming of big snow dumps in our region.

The god thing is, we did get out and have some fun while it was snowing.  Snowskating at Fortune while the micro snow sticks fell.  Definitely a different kinda snow was falling, should have snapped a pic of it.

For now play safe and dream big, big snows.

Pump track of sorts

With the snow all wet n heavy yesterday it was a perfect time to start building a pump track of sorts in the back yard.  It starts with a drop in and into a some bumps, then a wall of sorts that turns you towards a table top.  I’ll have to work it to get there.  It’s all  ruffed in for now and will start working it today.  There is no precip in the immediate forecast so after tomorrow when we check out Grey Rocks for powsurfing, Ill have a couple days to really get into the track.

Eastern Township daytripin

Larimacphil and I are heading to the Eastern Townships in search of good snow.  After the freezing rain on the 26th a nor’easter blew in and dropped almost 2′ of snow in this region.  Back home we didn’t get enough snow to cover the crusty ice.  The question is, will we be able to slash turns and not bottom out?

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Lost to the times ski areas.

If the shit sucks balls our consolation prize is snowdecking at Sutton. Not a bad day planned.