It needs to be clearly stated that any reference to “Conditions”,
should be based on separate and distinct differences between
Surface Characteristics and Atmospheric Activity.
As far as “Surfaces” go...
Everything was Softened to some degree, so the Performance
was Excellent across all Open, Groomed Terrain. In a “Spring-Like”
sense, it could even be considered to be one of the Top 10 Carving
Days of the Season.
2.20.18.Fuddle.Duddle.Bas.Lower.Exceptional.High.Performance.Carving.Surfaces.d.jpg (Please Note: Photography Caveat for Turned-Up, Burned-Up
Contrast, Highlights, Saturation, White Balance, Sharpness, etc.,
to reveal Snow Surface Detail in Very Flat, Foggy, Dull and Dim
In this example above of Versant Nord, North Side, Fuddle-Duddle, Bas, Lower,
today would absolutely qualify as one of the seasons best performance Carving
days. The Coverage was Wall-To-Wall Close to perfect and there was not a single
glitch on it anywhere that we could find, not even a leaf or a twig. Very Close
to Flawless. The natural topographical contours were just like being on a
Roller-Coaster except there are no tracks to restrict you, so super-easy to
pick out the best descent lines and use the whole Trail Width to shred up both
the snow and your Quad muscles.
Atmospherically, there was a lot more challenge, although that was
periodic. The transient nature of the Cloud/Fog and the light rain
that was “Passing Through” in bands of activity, made it sometimes
hard to see, versus periods of calm and inactivity when there was no
rain what-so-ever for up to several runs at a time, especially on Versant
Nord, the North Side.
On Versant Sud, the South Side, the rain was still light, but more constant,
brought on no doubt by the facing wind direction that could be felt more
constantly there too.
2.20.18.McCulloch.Haut.Upper.Pitch.Shred.Sample.Snow.Surfaces.e.jpg 2.20.18.McCulloch.Haut.Upper.Pitch.Shred.Sample.Snow.Surfaces.c.jpg There was even great Shredding in the Sous Bois, Hors Piste, Un-Groomed.
2.20.18.Le.Tunnel.Soft.Spring.Shallow.Easy.Moguls.d.jpg We sampled Le Tunnel, Banzai and MCA and everything there had excellent
coverage with soft, very easy turning snow. The Moguls on Le Tunnel could
either be blasted through or Jump-turned without any problems at all.
Virtually all of the new snow that fell later on yesterday can still be clearly
seen and positively felt underfoot on Versant Nord, the North Side.
You can still tell that there is lots of supporting frost in the Base though,
“Pole Plants” were not able to penetrate very far below the surfaces without
encountering very Solid substrates.
It was a really good blend of Surface Softness, say between 5 to 10cm’s,
but with that very firm base underneath that never allowed the moguls
to get too deep. Surprisingly fun “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” versatility.
Atmospherically speaking, versant Nord, the North side held a significant
advantage. There were extensive periods with no mist, rainy droplets,
or any other form of airborne “Damp”. We were very surprised to feel
completely dry for run after run on the North, although there were passing
light drizzly showers and damp ground fog from time-to-time there as well.
We used our Descente Poncho’s and Yellow-Lens Safety Glasses for
optimized dry comfort and restored vision contrast. With those two basic
items, anyone could have had as much Dry and VFR fun as they wanted.
Today was just another example of how a day most would discard, was
actually a very easy and sweet Ski day with small adaptations that
exponentially enhance utility.
--------------------- 8:57 A.M. Orig. Post ----------------------
89(*) Open Trails on the Warm, Spring-Preview Slopes of #Tremblant .
It was supposed to start raining mid-afternoon yesterday, but...
Given that the temps were rising towards Zero C from a cooler start,
we knew there was at least a chance that the initial precipitation
could be Snow instead of the forecasted rain, and that is exactly
2.19.18.Find.Yourelf.At.Tremblant.Summit.La.Crete.Views.Over.Beauchmin.Haut.Upper.Snowfall.c.jpg ((**)We had initially called chances of snow “Remote”, but evidently the
circumstances were all favourably in line, and those "Long-odds” chances
became the beneficial reality, so we feel vindicated in that original assessment
of the possibilities.)
Basically, Tremblant escaped about 12 hours or so of forecast rain,
and got an Officially recorded 3cm’s of Snow instead.
The temps have since risen to a single degree above freezing, so...
The biggest cosmetic difference we may see today is the
melting of the Snow in the trees. Otherwise, and atmospheric
activity aside, the Skiing and Boarding should actually be quite
The obvious softness in the surface layers shows the increasing
ease of Skiing steeper pitches in this Expo Upper Pitch sample.
There is still all the underlaying frost, so we think the overall
Trail Base situation will show good durability.
2.19.18.Expo.Quad.Views.Expo.Pitch.Soft.Snow.Shred.Factor.d.jpg These Are Very Dynamic Conditions Where The Open Trail
Count Could Change Frequently As Mountain Op’s Develop
Strategic Action To Preserve Terrain.
If You Have Questions While Out On The Mountain,
Consult Info.Ski and/or Ski Patrol Crews.
2.19.18.Summit.Ski.Patrol.Ski.Rack.Views.Snowfall.At.Lowell.Thomas.Offload.b.jpg The above is a pic. taken across the Summit plateau from a spot
about 20 metres diagonally off the Duncan Quad as you are headed
towards La Crete/Nansen at Last Run. The Snowfall you see had already
been quite intensely happening for over 90 minutes or so by then.
We can only imagine the complex variation in possible scenario’s
that Mountain Crews would need to anticipate with this whacky and
unpredictable weather. In the mean-time, all that can be done now,
is to wait and see what actually happens and be ready with a plan that
suits that reality.
Things Could Be Far, Far Worse... and it looks like many Ski Areas
to the South are going to suffer another serious rain episode, so
once again, we are extremely thankful for all the blessings of “North”
when it comes to hanging on to “Winter”.
The current Jet Stream path has been diverted far to the West Coast
of North America which has generated a Warm Bubble over the entire
Nor-Eastern portion of the Continent. At least we are “North” and the
Rain Icons are small, which means we could see anything from constant
light rain to periodic light rain or drizzle as the active precip. usually
passes in bands. It is also possible that we may see almost nothing at all.
As a matter of fact, we have already benefited from “North” in that
the Forecasted rain for yesterday afternoon and evening came as Snow.
Please Note: We are adding this Environment Canada Weather Warning
below the Local Forecast as a lower rank, because the initial indications
are that the System may have it’s main effects well South of Tremblant,
over the St. Lawrence River. It is possible that the North Latitude of Tremblant
may see far less effect due to our peripheral location.
There were zones of “Washboard” bump series developing
yesterday afternoon that were difficult to see due to flat,
low contrast light. They may have been groomed out, but
care in Narrow Trail restrictions, or where traffic is concentrated
is advisable if you are exploring new terrain for the first time
as they can still form in warmer soft snow.
89(*) Open Trails on the Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions
for Feb. 20th, 2018, Courtesy of Tremblant.ca Mother Nature Throws Some Curves...
Temperature Swings in February that hover around
the freezing mark are totally normal. To the benefit
of Tremblant is the very well established Trail Network
Base that has had the previous months of deep frost
penetration that will now help stabilize any effects of “Warm”.
It’s way too early to call all the long range outcomes, but
in the short term it looks like lots of early “Spring-Like”
conditions to enjoy, so get out as soon and as often as
you can to enjoy the current extent of the Winter coverage.
Sorry for late posting delays. Logistical issues with
“Ice Dam” formations around the Chalet foundations.
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