Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Sun Brings Some Fun

Sunshine and  overnight freezing temps made for a great morning at Blue.  There is just something special about spring skiing.   Soft snow ,  lack of crowds ,  warm temps and the knowledge that it could any soon makes it that way.     I skied until the snow started to get soft but before that time I was following the corduroy trail and it was simply amazing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Last night skiing of the 2014-2015 season.

Unplanned last minute trip to Blue the evening. Picked Noah up in town at 5:30.  On the way home I mentioned that it was the last eve for night skiing at Blue this season.  He immediately  contacted Blake , we picked him up on the way home and after a quick bite of food and a few chores we found ourselves on the Mountain at 7:30 pm!   The Moon and Venus were a few degrees apart low in the Sky.  I had a birds eye view every time I made the trip on the chairlift.  Temps were colder ,  -10ish and there was a bit of a breeze now and again but overall it was comfortable compared to what we had been out in weeks ago!    Conditions were very fast  and not too too tracked out.   Best runs were done in the Orchard at the end of the night.   Its 9pm and I was riding the Orchard lift looking at a Corederroy road right under the chair.   Tried it out and it was amazing... repeat , repeat , repeat until the clock struck 10 then that was it. Part of the joy was that once again I felt like a VIP because I was about the only one in the Orchard after 9pm.... as a matter of fact the whole place was very quiet.  

  It was a great couple of hour on the hill.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Blue I know...

After nearly 2 months of almost always frigid temps the thermometer broke the freezing mark yesterday.  Warm temps  and two weeks left of "Night Skiing" made for a busy evening.   Noah and his  friend Alex were along.   We hit the Hill at 6:00 pm.  I was Skiing "Single" so it was only a few minutes to get on the lift.   There were tons of families and little kids and lots of stop / go on the lift lines.   I Skied South originally sticking to cruiser.  In spite of the traffic the snow wasn't too bad.   flew down cruiser then headed to central and was doing the lift line under the silver bullet ... also fun and fast.  Broke for dinner at 7:45 then back out for another hour... the place sure emptied out!     All and all better conditions and not quite as busy as I expected.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When it Snows there is a Blizzard

Twice in one day .... made me think of when  it rains it pours however when it snows there is a blizzard is more appropriate.

Headed out 9am for a few hours.   -12C but wind and lovely Sun with perfect machine grove powder.  It was point and shoot day it was effortless and fun!

Noah wanted to go this eve so I thought why not.   We hit the slopes at 7 and closed it down.   It was really windy and still around -12 but it felt allot colder.   There was no one on the hill.  I felt like I had the Orchard all to myself like a VIP opening.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mont Tremblant - Jan 14 to Jan 18, 2015

 Blake,  Noah and myself journeyed to Mont Tremblant Quebec logging 3 days on the Mountain.  Should have blogged it whilst it was fresh on a daily basis but there wasn't allot of time besides after a full day on the Mountain I was beat!

Day 1 ... Wed Jan 14
Travel day!  Left home at 09:30 am after a good long Hot Tub.   Road were bare and the weather was good.   410 in Brampton had three accidents holding us up for about 20 minutes...frustrating being early in the trip.  Ottawa was choked around 4pm ... another 20 minute delay.    Arrived in Tremblant around 6pm .... first stop was Tims and the boys and I had supper.   Arrived at the condo a little before 7pm ...dinner was being served ,  surprise.    The Condo was above expectations and we quickly found out when it comes to meals and snacks the theme of the week was excess!    Noah and Blake hit the Hot Tub before bed and I prepared for the first day on the slopes.

Noahs arrival ...Tremblant Bliss

Day 2 Thurs Jan 15
First Tracks BABY!    Included in the condo was "First Tracks" ... basically they open the hill an hour early and you have first crack at the Runs ...very worthwhile!    After my first Gondola ride since Sunshine in 1998 it was a couple of easy runs on some of the best corduroy trails I have ever been on.   We pretty much stuck to "Toboggan" until we broke for lunch at 11:00 am. .

Toboggan ...

Lunch routine was perfect ....meet at the Summit
Lodge,  it was like we had a reserved table.   Patrick and Mark brought Sandwiches ,  Snacks and most important Gator Aide... a true feast!

After lunch we Skiied until meeting at the Refuge at 2pm

The Refuge was a little cabin half way down the Mountain off the beaten path.  The boys indulged in Hot Chocolate and Cookies and I enjoyed a much deserved Labbatts 50.  

Closed down the day around 3:30 pm when the shut down the lifts.   Caught a Bus for the 2K journey back to the Condo and had a feast of food preparing us for day 2.

Day 3 Fri Jan 16  ...POW POW POW day.

First track never meant so much after a fresh dumping of snow overnight!    It was -20C ,  blowing and Snowing but we were pumped for what lie ahead and we were not dissapointed.

Summit arrival 08:00 am...

Found fresh deep pow on the North Side and followed the untouched Snow making fresh tracks all the way to the bottom!

POW POW POW .... better picture to follow!

Did the usual 11am lunch and 2pm Refuge then ended the day after the lifts shut down at 3:30 pm.

All day great snow....

Day 4 Sat Jan 17 ...last day on the Mountain

First Tracks again ,,,, just Patrick and I.   Legs were a little beat up and holly cold start...-31C at the bottom and there was an inversion so it was -20C at the top.   Half way down the Mountain we hit the cold air and it was very very very cold!     Conditions were not nearly as good as the first two days and with the legs being beat up and the cold there was a few extra breaks thrown into the day!  

Patrick contemplating last runs on a break near the end of the day ...

On our third and final day we shut er down again ...

Day 5 Sun Jan 18

Condo clean up then was on the road a 10:30 am arriving home at 7:00 pm.  Good roads all the way yo Orangeville then slush snow the rest of the way home.