Quebec and Home

11.Dec.2010 by Patrick O'Brien

This last weekend members from the GRP headed to Foret Montmorency for a great weekend of skiing. When we arrived conditions were good, although only 10k or so of skiing was opened and had been groomed. But thanks to the steady snowfall the groomers continued to open more skiing every day and conditions steadily improved. By Sunday during our OD ski we were able to ski 20+k that had been groomed with the PB and much more that had been packed down previously. It had been a while since I had been to Foret so it was nice to head back there and enjoy a steady block of training on good snow. The additional elevation on some of the forest service roads really meant for some impressive snowfall accumulation while we were skiing. By the end of our skis the tracks that had been recently groomed had already filled in and were practically non-existent!

"Enemies of the forest" poster in our dorms- I never realized that la negligence  and l'urbanization were such problems...

"Enemies of the forest" poster in our dorms- I never realized that la negligence and l'urbanization were such problems...

Midwinter conditions in Foret

Midwinter conditions in Foret

The snowstorm that hit Quebec also brought us some white stuff here in Craftsbury. We probably got 6-7 inches of snow here in Craftsbury although the snow has been so light and fluffy that has packed down to practically nothing. Thanks to all the trail work and smoothing this summer coupled with extensive snow farming from the parking lots and along side the trail we have some great skiing despite the light snowfall so far. A big storm looks to be shaping up for this coming Sunday although it is uncertain if we will be getting some heavy snowfall accumulation or just rain instead.  Fingers crossed!

Overnight fluffies this whole last week- we're going to need a bit more accumulation before the opening Eastern Cups this comming weekend

Overnight flurries this whole last week- we're going to need a bit more accumulation before the opening Eastern Cups this comming weekend