Ski La Réserve - QC - Feb 22, 2004

Frankontour

New member
Another crazy power day at la Réserve yesterday ! <BR> <BR>We missed the announced powder that never came, but as my good friend Wake66 came to the mountain in the afternoon, we still skied in 12+ inches of powder in the very very very far lands of the mountain. The conditions in these secret trails were of course amazing. <BR> <BR>I skied all the lower part of the Cloutier trail. If it was tracked, it would be skiable without problem. The problem is that I was the first one to ski there this year and the lower part is a runout going down very very slightly. <BR> <BR>As my friend was with another friend, we passed our tour for the Backside of the mountain, but next time, we're going to do it ! <BR> <BR>We also skied enough in the official trails, which were quite nice, with a surface enough soft. The extreme trails still have some waterfalls, but they're quite nice to ski as we jump over those waterfalls. <BR> <BR>The average level of skiing yesterday was "extreme". Me and my friend were in the average, but not in the most crazy ones... while we can't be beaten in any other ski areas of the region LOL. Vive la Réserve !! <BR> <BR>Too bad J.Spin wasn't there... he could have filmed a movie of extreme skiing of 3h just sitting in the extreme trails and looking the super extreme skiers going down into them ! hahaha <BR> <BR>Here are a couple of pics of the day, via Zoneski as it's too long to make them under 40kb without losing too much quality. <BR> <BR>My pics <BR><A HREF="http://zoneski.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=828&start=0"> Extreme pics</A> <BR> <BR>Wake66's pics <BR><A HREF="http://zoneski.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=835"> Nice pics !!</A> <BR> <BR>And some pics reserved for you, as FTO is more "open" than Zoneski ! <BR> <BR>1 mile long gladed line on the lower part of the mountain, with comeback on a snowmobile track and crosscountry skiing track <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/3465.jpg" ALT="1 mile long gladed line"> <BR> <BR>Upper Cloutier (what it remains) <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/3466.jpg" ALT="Upper Cloutier"> <BR> <BR>Lower Cloutier (what it remains) <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/3467.jpg" ALT="Lower Cloutier"> <BR> <BR>Paradise... somewhere... <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/3468.jpg" ALT="Paradise"> <BR> <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/3469.jpg" ALT="Paradise 2">
 

Eric

New member
Hi Frank !!! <BR> <BR>Looks like you had fun in Escapade. It used to be a official trails in the '80s before the mountain closed in 1991. I'd like to cut those trees down and try it with you
 

Frankontour

New member
Hi Eric ! <BR> <BR>Welcome on FTO ! <BR> <BR>Don't say on Zoneski that my real ski reports are on FTO please <IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":)"> <BR> <BR>Yeah, the Cloutier (or Escapade) have been a trail very shortly in the late 80s. I think only something like 5 years before the mountain closed. It wasn't on the trail map with the master plan of development, in 1985 so you can imagine... <BR> <BR>Unfortunately, the Cloutier family are very present on their land and it would be tough to cut those growing trees, but we should try to put some pressure on the 2 parts (La Réserve and the Cloutier family) to arrive to an agreement, cause it's a huge part of the skiable terrain that is lost cause of this war. There could be a lot of trails and glades between the Cloutier and the Luge and there could be a lot of other trails farther than the Cloutier.
 

jamesdeluxe

Administrator
I asked earlier on ZoneSki, but don't recall getting an answer... what is the vertical drop at La Reserve? Judging from the map, the actual amount of marked trails looks small, but I know from your trip reports that there is a nice out-of-bounds component there!
 

Frankontour

New member
I think I answered... as I recall your question... not sure... <BR> <BR>The real vertical is 900 feet. You can add a 150 feet in the backcountry if you forget to come back to the area and finish at the road 125 (whoops) <BR> <BR>There is actually more backcountry at La Réserve than some official terrain.
 
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