LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:16 pm

Time for a midweek update after the rain and freeze up . Total snowfall for this season in the Laurentians is reported at 178 cm , snow on ground before the rain maxed out at 129 cm . Snow pack after the rain now at 110 cm . Rain soaked snow has frozen over to granular and ice .
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT (Powder)

Postby Anthony » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:40 pm

Had a no BS Powder day in the Laurentians today . Snow started falling early Saturday morning and stopped Sunday Morning (Jan 20 ) . Depending on where you were the snow totals were at the 1 foot range . Snow squalls throughout the day today added a bit more as the cold front came roaring in with high winds . Depending on where you skied today made the difference between damp snow and dry snow . Skied in dry snow in the mid Laurentians with new snow above the boots . Natural snow trails were deep enough that we did not hit the frozen granular /ice base from last week after all the rain . Snow totals from Tremblant Park listed below. The new snow has now made up for loss in the snow pack that took place during the rain last Sunday (Jan 13 )

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Snow latest 24h 23 cm
Snow latest 48h 26 cm
Snow on the ground 137 cm
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:05 am

What are some of the YTD snowfall totals in the Laurentians? With the exception of the previous week's thaw (which hit everywhere in the NE), it sounds like you've had a decent season so far.
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:58 pm

If you look at averages over the last 50 years , the current snow pack at 4' 5" at this time would be average . However, over the last 10 to 20 years would rate it above average , For sure there have been some great years in the recent past but there have been more that have not been so good snow wise. Therefore, this year in my books would be above average. Have been out on the boards 10 times this year and 9 times making first tracks so can't complain this year. The thaw in the Laurentians was not that bad, had the rain but temps were just above freezing so no huge snow loss. As mentioned previously, the snow last weekend has brought the snow total back above the pre -thaw levels.

Now if only our own Alta would open with all this snow ](*,)
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Patrick » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:51 pm

Everything your saying seem to be close to my local observation. Amount of snow was less north of Ottawa, base depth were reduced, but coverage is still good.

Anthony wrote:Now if only our own Alta would open with all this snow ](*,)


I heard that they were waiting for inspection, but I have a feeling that there are probably other serious issues. Not saying that it is the case, but if the area couldn't open this year, not sure they'll open next year. It's not hard to imagine Alta joining the "lost" areas and be divided as lot for houses.
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:45 pm

This is the news I have on Alta . In late December received a message from the owners that they were waiting for a chairlift inspection . Around Jan 1 received the following message
"Je tiens à vous souhaiter une BONNE ANNÉE 2013 rempli d'amour, de santé et de prospérité -
I want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 full of joy, health and prosperity
Pour ceux que ça intéresse, nous vous aviserons aussitôt que nous aurons notre date d'ouverture.
To all interested, we will advise you as soon as we have our opening date."

On January 5th drove by and noticed that the chairs were not on the cable , not a good sign . Suspect you are correct , probably more issues on the table . It is a shame as the place has been our home area for years . Especially tough on our 16 year old son and his friends who had a blast at Alta over the years bringing their own shovels up on the hill and fine tuning their skills along the steep ridges. I had the same experience at Christie as grew up in the area . As kids we had all trails in the woods in what we call side country today . Now just another housing development.
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:12 am

Sounds like a Mt. Waterman situation, ominous. The local bureaucracy gets an area on their radar and decides they need to inspect everything. And a little area doesn't have the deep pockets to be immediate;ly responsive.
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Patrick » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:34 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Sounds like a Mt. Waterman situation, ominous. The local bureaucracy gets an area on their radar and decides they need to inspect everything. And a little area doesn't have the deep pockets to be immediate;ly responsive.


Someone mentioned on Zoneski of rumours regarding the health of the owner. Mont Alta is a family run business or hobby some might say. I'm thinking that if it's true, it complicated matters. If I'm not mistaken (I mentioned it in my original TR on FTO and explore with pics on Ski Mad World), the chair is one of the old Tremblant double vintage circa 1965. Another old vintage double from Tremblant located at Cascades has been having issues.

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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:35 pm

On Sunday (Jan 27) the question was where to ski as there has not been any new snow since Jan 20 so any lift serviced skiing would be hard pack as the temps hovered between - 35C and - 20 C all week. Decided the day would be a earn your turn day as basically this was the only chance for powder turns . Without touring equipment , have no choice but to hike and ski in alpine equipment. Climbed a total of 2400 ft for 4 runs in a time of just over 3 hours with 15 minutes of actual skiing :-) . Was it worth it , people ask . Well if you want powder it was as the cold temps maintained the powder conditions . Boot deep a week after the last snowfall .


Current snow conditions Condition as of Jan 29

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Snow latest 24h 2 cm
Snow latest 48h 2 cm
Snow on the ground 140 cm

Heat wave is in the forecast for tomorrow with freezing rain , rain and high winds then the freeze up afterwords .
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:46 pm

Feb 16 , 2013 First time out skiing in the Laurentians in 2 weeks . Over the last 5 days about 6 inches of snow has fallen so today the side country was in fine form as the new snow made for some great turns . Temps have stayed below freezing so snow has remained dry . Overall , good quality day . Current snow pack details listed below just a slight increase since the last report . No issue of hitting rocks or tree stumps these days .

Condition State
Snow latest 24h 4 cm
Snow latest 48h 8 cm
Snow on the ground 143 cm
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:44 pm

Quick mid week update as weather and snow conditions have changed throughout the region . Warm air and fog this week have transformed the snow somewhat to wet snow and granular . However, snow pack is deep . Latest stats are as follows . Always more concerned with what is on the ground , rather that the inflated number of what has fallen throughout the season .

Condition State
Snow latest 24h 0 cm
Snow latest 48h 3 cm
Snow on the ground 178 cm
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:32 pm

The big news this week is the latest snowfall (almost a foot of dense snow since last report ) pushed the Laurentian snowpack over 6 feet . Listed below are the stats from Tremblant Provincial Park

Condition State
Snow latest 24h 0 cm
Snow latest 48h 13 cm
Snow on the ground 191 cm

With the new snow decided to take a vacation day and ski solo in between Morin Heights and Ste Agathe . With deep snow everywhere , all options are open . Skied on hiking / snow shoe trails as well as a few glades . Since it was a weekday , no uphill traffic . Temps cooled off a bit with more accumulation of light drier snow which skied better than the dense stuff .
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:58 pm

La Reserve open their CAT SKI trails today ( after 6 feet of snow about time . lots of rocks to cover ) so debated if we should drive over or stay local . Really wanted to try their Cat Trails but concerned the limited tickets would sell out ( 120 tickets for the day @ $10.00 in addition to your day pass ) . Decided to stay local and hiked to ski . Once again climbed just over 2000' of vertical for 4 x 500' vertical runs thru boot deep snow that had dried out Friday night since it was not tracked out and the temps dropped below the freezing mark .
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Anthony » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:21 pm

With the warm air , the transition of the snow into granular from dry powder is complete . Once again early cross over as March appears to be the new April and December is the new November . This all leads to a compressed winter season of dry snow . Snow conditions are in their spring cycle . Not that I don't like spring skiing , just prefer the cold and dry powder . Often once the snow converts to granular , you get dull overcast days with no sun resulting in boring frozen granular . The spring corn needs the sun and warm air . With the early cross over to spring granular we could have just as long a spring season as the winter one . Snow pack as of today is still deep so will see what happens .

Snow latest 24h 0 cm
Snow latest 48h 0 cm
Snow on the ground 195 cm
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Re: LAURENTIAN (TREMBLANT)SNOW REPORT

Postby Patrick » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:11 am

Anthony wrote:Once again early cross over as March appears to be the new April and December is the new November . This all leads to a compressed winter season of dry snow . Snow conditions are in their spring cycle . Not that I don't like spring skiing , just prefer the cold and dry powder . Often once the snow converts to granular , you get dull overcast days with no sun resulting in boring frozen granular .


Same observations at Edelweiss night skiing last Tuesday. It was the first sign of the season from granular snow. I love granular snow in May, not in March.

I can't win with these Ontario Spring Break. Daughter injured for the last two now kids are sick. Kids were sick last weekend and one of them is still not okay to ski...now it's raining in VT. ](*,) Burning work days to stay home...at least i'm cleaning the house, working on the blog, etc.
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