Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

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Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby Patrick » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:48 pm

So like I mentioned in the last TR...I was eyeing this storm. No sure if or when I should go.

I left late from home as I was planning into getting the storm goods and make my first or one of my rare excursion outside the locals. The initial plan was to leave in the snow towards Montreal then leave to ??? for a Thursday-Friday powder skiing. Actually the real initial plan was to hit Stowe for 2-3 days early in the week, but with the potential big storm coming plus the work issues, I decided to wait and keep my options open. Although the Catskills seemed to be the bulleye for this storm, NoVT wasn't going bad either. Reports talked about 2-3 feet. What was I going to do? Talk of rain across VT except above 2000ft. Decision, decision. :-k (...) I was tired and burning day off for uncertainty, I decided to not leave for Montreal and to work the next day.


I was trading email and checking the weather on Thursday. Vermont was being rain on at lower elevations. Rain=Snow line seemed to leave Adk, upper Maine and Canada alone. Storm was moving East. In the end, I was debating into a possible for trip to Saddleback or Le Massif. A few of us were trading emails. Vermont-New York-Laurentians-Maine-Charlevoix. :-k Looked at the snow report, Le Massif had received 70cm on this day + was announcing 25cm for Friday. Sent an email to Wolverine, the only Quebec City hardcore I knew and asked her what she was going on Friday. Her reply was, I'm going to Le Massif.

I wasn't feeling to well at the end of the day and started worry about being sick. I took a generous amount of echinacea prior to leave for Montreal. Just as I'm leaving, I received an email from Bendude asking me where I was going. GREAT, I'm IN!!! I was also happy, I had someone to help in the Friday drive ahead, especially that I had to come back to Ottawa that night. He's picking me up at my mom's at 4:30am. It was puking when I left Ottawa, snowing hard, snow coverage highway following plows until I was about 70km outside Ottawa. At that point, I managed to drive at a reasonable speed and not the 30-40mph I had been driving so far. The drive to my mom's took 20% more time than usual.

4 hours sleep, it was a short night.

I had a feeling that today could be an Epic day. The drive to Quebec City was cccrrraaaazzzyyy... Very strong winds. Ice pellet on the surrounding fields would sometimes crash on the car by millions and make a terrible noise with each strong gust of wind. I've never seen anything like it. At one point, Bendude thought we would see a cow fly across our windshield like in that Tornado Chaser movie with Helen Hunt. :shock:

Snowing once we got to Quebec City, there we picked up Wolverine. Snow level on the road didn't really start to pick up until we reached the Charlevoix region. Once we arrived at Le Massif, I was shocked. There were hundreds of cars on a Friday at it wasn't even 9am.

The skiing was pretty good. Unfortunately it wasn't epic has a snow numbers would indicate. High traffic, strong winds made some runs bare without serious amount of fresh snow we were expecting. We found a frozen layer under 10cm of light fluff which contained the potential Epicness of this day. However there was no denying it, that the base was greatly help with this massive dump at Le Massif.

We headed for the Camp Boule sector to ski in the woods. Most trails were already pretty tracked up. The woods aren't necessarily cleanup and open to skiing, so we had to be careful in more ways than one. I had the old XXXs, Wolverine was on some Fat-Ypus and Bendude on something larger...a snowboard. On our 4th run we skied La Fortin glade, probably the nicest trail so far that morning. We headed toward the newest part of the mountain next to La Charlevoix and the old famed "42". La Charlevoix is rarely open, but it was open today. When this was trail was cut for the National Team, it massacred the trail 42 as this was a remote long and unique steep trail. La Charlevoix is in the similar league and the huge boulevards with Cloudspin/Skyward at Whiteface. It's a downhill course, but one thing that remained the same is the steepness. The 42 still exists, but only in parts and is only a shadow of it's former self. As we were admiring the view, we could see the strong waves on the mighty St.Lawrence down below. One thing I noticed were all the small trees growing and taking over part of the hill again. Wonder what does this mean? The top part of the trail didn't have the annoying crust, the snow wasn't super deep, but it made for some real steep and fun turns. The bottom flats had a good crust. The run was good enough that we did it a second time. After our 8th run, Bendude and I were pretty hungry as would breakfast was taken a long time ago.

Once lunch was done, we went to the new "wilderness" area on top of Mont Ligori where you can either hike or skin up. A few woods in this area have been "gladed". After our 20-30 minute hike, there was maybe 20 people at the top of the 2-3 runs. Today is really a hard day to get away from people...this run (and Le Charlevoix) were the highlights of my day. Steep powder and woods. We lost Bendude as we thought he had gone ahead. We had given ourselves at meeting time at the car, because Bendude had to be back in Montreal for the evening. The snow really started picking up in the afternoon.

One thing is incredible is that even with a new equipment (jacket, helmet and poles), a few people came up to me to say "Hi". Must be the ZZ top beard.

So the only thing that was Epic about this day was the crazy ...drive to Quebec City. Best fun...Charlevoix's pitch and Mont Ligori. This snow was very good for base building as it was pretty compact and not wet.

We each had a camera, I only took two pics from the parking lot. However Wolverine took a few action shoots, but you'll have to wait until I have more time to put them up. Leaving on Spring Break this weekend.
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Re: Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby Anthony » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:36 am

Thanks for the report as I agree with your assessment of "42" . Le Massif is catering to the masses with all the wide trails and cutting of trees. Still the area does offer some great skiing in all the areas you mentioned . Hope they let the trees grow back on 42.
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Re: Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:45 am

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Re: Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby LobsterTeleGrrrl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:33 pm

Anthony wrote:Thanks for the report as I agree with your assessment of "42" . Le Massif is catering to the masses with all the wide trails and cutting of trees. Still the area does offer some great skiing in all the areas you mentioned . Hope they let the trees grow back on 42.

Le Massif is one of my favorite ski resorts :-D
I was there two years ago on a sweet powder day. It snowed about 15 inches of very light fluff overnight and I just happened to have powder skis with me :mrgreen: Normally I'm not his lucky, so I was thrilled :bow: My first thought was to head right over to Le 42. On the way though I found Le 41.5 :-D :-D This is a tree run that's right before you get to Le 42. No rope and no tracks. It had been reserved just for me \:D/ I did a run and thought I had died and gone to powder heaven. I repeated and the only tracks in there were mine. Hard to believe. The third time though I met another skier who was also in powder bliss. All in all I skied 5 runs and my thighs were screaming. Legs totally spent I decided it was time for lunch. What a day though =D>
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Re: Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:36 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Magic picture box! Plug into computer and photo appear! You try sometime!

:rotfl: James beat me to it. =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Le Massif QC - Fri February 26, 10

Postby EMSC » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:03 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Magic picture box! Plug into computer and photo appear! You try sometime!

ffffssssnnnnttt! :rotfl: :rotfl:; the folks outside my office are now wondering what was so funny!
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