It wasn't SUNday...it was RAINday.
I was in Montreal on Saturday, so better to take advantage of it. Unfortunately the forecast was less than ideal. Rain everywhere...I hadn't made my call on where to ski. The best lift served skiing option was the Loaf. The worst was MSS with 2 runs at $39. In the middle were the Bush and Jay. Three of them weren't sure of opening on Sunday due to the forecast rain. Sugarloaf was out of the question was too far with this weather and going solo. I had to wait until I got a confirmation on the call that Jay was going to open. Got it at around 8:30am...Called MSS, no news - MIA. Left Montreal in a light drizzle.
After a long detour on Autoroute 10 (WTF was that???), I got into a virtually empty Stateside parking lot. Got changed and eat a sandwich, I got ready. As I headed out for the short walk to the Jet chair, I meet face-to-face with a couple of FTO fanatical skiers. One of them was going to change his skis. Not surprised to meet up with these hardcore skiers.
Okay, what is official open?
Here is the "Runs" down.
1) Haynes/Mont L'Entrepide - First run, hood was doing down too low, couldn't see much. Skiing in an aquarium feeling. Snow was pretty corny.
The last time I skied this run was back in pre-lift October 06.
2) The Jet - Second run. Same type of Spring snow. Good coverage, however I never really like this trail. It's a straight liftline trail.
Trail that wasn't mentioned as being officially open, but it's was open. Sign on top mentioned walking required.
3) Montrealer/Angel's Wiggle/Paradise Meadows - 3rd run. Great coverage, harder surface, but still soft. Not many bare spots. Only walking was for the connection to the Jet triple.
4) Kitzbuehel - Branch on Skier's Right. Harder surface bumps. Maybe 1-2 spot to walk or/and tight connection. Notice that the other branch on Kitzbuehel has better coverage. Connection walking back to Jet trail via Heaven's Road. FTOers in lift see me, mentioned that they'll wait for me at the top.
5) Kitzbuehel - Branch on Skier's Left. Did the way better side with FTOers and friends. One of the FTOer had changed his skis for some good old Rossi 4S. Great...
6-7) Kitz Woods/Hell's Crossing/Angel's Wiggle - Great coverage, rotten and dirty snow, but fun obstacle course, especially the exit through the bushes onto Hell's Crossing.
8 ) Derick Hot Shot/Mont L'Entrepide - Fun and bumps again. A few tight spots, but nothing major.
9-10) Kitz Woods/Hell's Crossing/Angel's Wiggle - again because it's so much fun.
11) Montrealer/Catwalk(walking)/Northway(climbing on snow)/Upper and Lower Can-Am - A treat for the last run of the day. Can-Am.
Coverage was almost continuous on Upper Can-Am. Nice hard Spring surface, not mush. Highlight of the day for all of us. Shared a beer at mid-run (thanks guys).
Lower Can-Am was more a connection on snow patches. I'm amazed how little rocks there is on the grass. Made it almost down to the bottom of the Bonnie chair without removing my skis. Okay, it included some no snow sliding.
Started skiing at noon and it's stopped raining at my 8th run.
Great day, great fun and great companionship (almost sounds like a beer commercial).