Winter Experiences

Mont Ste Marie - March 17, 2021

Last season my last day of skiing was March 14th, the next day everything closed and went into lockdown. Well, it's March 17th, 2021, and spring skiing is in full effect. The Gatineau and Ottawa area has gone into a bit of an up-down meltdown. The beginning of March looked promising with a decent snowpack. January and February had brought the goods after a slow start. Now it looks like we might not even make it to Easter. So get out and ski! I hit up Mont Ste Marie midweek. The conditions were a carver's delight. All the groomed trails were open and it was a bluebird day with temps rising to around 7C by the afternoon. The grooming team at Mont Ste Marie should be commended for keeping the trails in great shape.  When you look down into the fields below it's brown grass and grazing deer. I was hoping the glades would still have some coverage so I ducked into one-off Carrousel. They were skiable but you're going to wreck your skis.  The snow has melted so fast this year.  Anyway, the day was perfect, you had the trails to yourself, lots of spring sun and you could ski right onto the lifts. You couldn't ask for more. Enjoy the weekend folks as this might be the last week of full coverage.

The glades are a little rocky
Dustin Cook in all its glory.
Perfect cord
Camp Fortune - February 24, 2021
 

Comments 2

Shane Séguin on Friday, 19 March 2021 09:19

Looks to have been a fantastic day Paul. The weather has been quite nice for skiing lately and great to see the slopes in excellent condition. I do agree, the weather has really been up and down. Just looking outside, the snowpack around my home has diminished greatly and in the coming week should be all but gone, but clearly from your pics, the snow is available in mass at the ski mountains. With excellent grooming, they should be able to stretch it out for several more weeks easily. I saw a post on the Mont Ste Marie Facebook page that they had the winch groomer out to push snow back up the mountain to really have good coverage that will last. Rest assured everyone, this is spring skiing at its best. Get out there, enjoy life and the beautiful nature of Mont Ste Marie!

Looks to have been a fantastic day Paul. The weather has been quite nice for skiing lately and great to see the slopes in excellent condition. I do agree, the weather has really been up and down. Just looking outside, the snowpack around my home has diminished greatly and in the coming week should be all but gone, but clearly from your pics, the snow is available in mass at the ski mountains. With excellent grooming, they should be able to stretch it out for several more weeks easily. I saw a post on the Mont Ste Marie Facebook page that they had the winch groomer out to push snow back up the mountain to really have good coverage that will last. Rest assured everyone, this is spring skiing at its best. Get out there, enjoy life and the beautiful nature of Mont Ste Marie!
Leslie McLaughlin on Sunday, 21 March 2021 23:01

Sounds like an amazing day and looks like there weren't a whole lot of people up there! Conditions should hold like this through the week, I definitely plan to get some more

Sounds like an amazing day and looks like there weren't a whole lot of people up there! Conditions should hold like this through the week, I definitely plan to get some more :D
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