St-Sauveur / La Reserve / QC / may 16, 2003

Frankontour

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Back from Saint-Sauveur and la Reserve, for another hike & Ski trip this year. There is something that I don't understand at St-Sauveur. There was huge bumps of snow for the jumps and the rail, last week and before. Today, there was almost no snow on the lower 70. Hmm... I think I begin to understand where they take their snow for the little ski competition on late August each year. Anyway, the lower mountain was not interesting, but the upper and middle were not so bad, on West 70. Lower Nordic was also devastated, but the upper / middle part were still skiable, except 2 short bares on the middle part. A sure thing, the conditions on it weren't enough interesting for a day long. <BR> <BR>So I just took "la Nordique" once, but I took 5 times "la 70 ouest" as the snow coverage was still pretty good, except a little thin spot just at the junction of upper / middle part. The snow was particularly ugly, but as long as it slides... <BR> <BR>So : Upper West 70... that will still be skiable next week. <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/2369.jpg" ALT="Upper West 70"> <BR> <BR>And Middle West 70, which could be skiable too, if it's not too warm this week, but we'll need to walk between the 2 spots. <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/2370.jpg" ALT="Middle West 70"> <BR> <BR>After those runs, I was back in the car for 45 minutes to reach la Reserve. There is almost no more snow on the mountain, except some little patches on Lower Chute Libre, Lower Pirouette and Slalom... and of course : LOUP GAROU !!!!! <BR> <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/2371.jpg" ALT="Loup Garou from the bottom"> <BR> <BR>So I skied it only 5 times, but it was damn more interesting than the trails at Saint-Sauveur. The coverage is still really big and it's almost sure I'll go back there next week and ... "possibly" the following week, with a little bit of chance. It was unfortunately not really possible to ski the upper canyon. I skied it once, with a 20' long gap and a super thin dangerous rocky spot later, so I let it fell for my next runs. <BR> <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/2372.jpg" ALT="Loup-Garou about 100' from the top"> <BR> <BR>So the interesting spot is still about 1000 feet long with ±175 feet of vertical. The snow was really good on it and it was so much incredible to see all that snow as there is almost no snow anymore on the rest of the mountain. <BR> <BR>Back on the lower mountain, to not just hike down, I skied the ±500 feet long patches on Slalom and Pirouette. <BR> <BR>So that's it for today. I hope the weather won't be too warm over the next days, question to do a couple of turns in the next weeks.
 
Salut Frank, <BR>Thanks for your reply on the last MSS report. I have a question. Do you have touring ski and ski up or do you hike the trail by foot? I was just wondering. <BR>I haven't skied in the last 3 weeks and I am wondering if my season is over, unless my friends decides go to Mt.Washington. As for K, I was not going to spend $39 US to walk and ski. Even with the much improve exchange rate, I don't believe I paid this much in peak ski season (maybe in France and Switzerland). My guess is that they will close on Memorial Day weekend. <BR>About le MAssif, I think that the fact that the runs are on the south side and the little snow making helps explain the conditions.
 

Frankontour

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Salut Patrick, <BR> <BR>In fact, I was 100% sure that le Massif was on a south side, but I've been corrected by Marc Guido. It's on an east side, as the fleuve St-Laurent change of direction at this place. So it's why la Fenomene and l'Ecore don't lose their snow fastly ... facing north. It's la Fenomene that I should have skied, on may 13 ! <BR> <BR>For le Mont Saint-Sauveur, if by touring ski, you mean "ski de fonds ou télémark", no, I just walk with my ski boots. I found a great rhythm (slow, but without stop). There is many little tricks to help you hike, just like use a "backbag" with straps where you fix your ski poles, so they just follow you and you don't have to think about them. Ok, for steeper terrain like Airplane / Pipeline, a "ski bag" is better, as you can help you to hike with the ski poles, but MSS + LG canyon are not enough steep to require that ! <BR> <BR>For Killington, it's too far and too expensive for the terrain still open for me too, even with the exchange rate that is incredible for us actually. Anyway, according to the description of Joe yesterday, yes, it's the last days of the Superstar and it will be more a quadathlon than a triathlon on memorial weekend ! <BR> <BR>Hmm, When I think I have this pic of June 13 of Supertar open, in 1998... without walking (at least on lower part) <BR><IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/messages/8/2396.jpg" ALT="not this year, folks...june 13,1998">
 
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