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 Post subject: 12/21/18 #Tremblant Conditions
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:57 am 
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The Skiing today was 100% “Spring” Super-Shred Soft and FAST!

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It was also (more)enjoyable If, If, If... you had a way to stay dry.

What we need to start out with is that today is not any sort
of “Conventional” Ski day, as a matter of fact it is going to be
the kind of day many will pass on without even remotely
considering the possibility it could be good, however....
“They” would be wrong. We wrote in the original post below
that the skiing would be very good and we were right. Ignoring
the atmospheric conditions, the surfaces were as fine as any
“Best Of Spring” day you might imagine. Fast, smooth, super-shred,
soft, spring snow. Focus on the snow in the pic. above and note
there’s not a single visible glitch and the traction was impeccable.
Versant Nord, North Side, Trail #93, “Superieur” gets our
unofficial “Trail du jour” award for its “Superior” quality.

All today needed to be enjoyable was the adaptations by either
poncho or other waterproof exterior shell layer, so as to keep
your dry warmth in, and the cold moisture out.

There were not many others out with us so it was another
“Private Club” day.

We also need to mention that there were many, many regional
Ski areas closed today. Saint-Sauveur-Closed, Bromont-Closed,
Mont-Sainte-Anne-Closed, just for some examples.

It was not as if it was raining a lot today, most
of the day was “Dry” in that it was not raining.
That is not to say it was not “Damp” or that
without a shell you would get “Wet”, but that
was just because you were skiing through cloud.

Think about it this way... “Cloud” is billions of billions
of kajillions of minute particles of suspended water
droplets of almost microscopic size. When you ski through
“Cloud” you are basically running right through all that,
so even if it's not “Raining” you eventually end up wet.

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Unfortunately, due to all that “Cloud” stuff, photography
was for the most part, impossible, for the other parts,
just impractical. The airborne particulate not only smeared
the lens almost the instant you raised it for any pic’s, but it also
got into the control buttons, eventually causing it to go into protective
shut-down mode.

Despite the wet in the weather, it was really warm out, so
from that point, very easy if you could stay dry.

For tomorrow, the kicker may be the rain forecast
for the middle of the night, tonight. The temp’s will
peak at +5C or so, then drop and by opening in the
morning they should be back down near Zero C and
Snowing! If it’s snowing enough as temps drop, that
could literally save the day as it would provide a
buffer over any refreezing base.... “If”... Maybe we’ll
get lucky and it will only rain at ground level?

If you’re coming tomorrow, bring edges. Considering the
saturation that occurred in places today, it would not surprise
us if the Open Trail list got smaller in order to protect the
base surfaces. Stay tuned...

------------------- 7:57 A.M. Orig. Post ---------------------

57(*) Open Trails on Versant Sud, South, Versant Nord, North Sectors at #Tremblant .

--------------- 11:29 A.M. Update ---------------------

REVISED Open Trails to 46(*).
Archived data attached below.


It may be “Damp” out there, but this is...

All You Need For Optimal Ski Function Today...

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Above: This is our “Goto” Archive File Shot for days like today...
The Descente Poncho is one of the best possible ways to stay dry
on any ski day that includes descriptive terms of “Wet”. You will find
Ski Instructors, Race Coaches, Racers, Regular Tremblant Locals,
and Regular Tremblant visiting guests with all-weather experience,
wearing this essential piece of kit that allows you to stay relatively
dry and tolerably comfortable.

Is it perfect? No, but on the “Functional” level, very close.
The worst you end up with is wet knees, but... compared to
being soaked right through, it is perfectly useful and makes all
the difference in complete and total satisfaction about adapting
and having fun anyway.

The technical merit of the descent experience will actually be
very fine, as in good, to excellent, as in really good, because
the Spring-Like traction at these temps offers unique high
performance that is also typically very forgiving.

Here is a sample from yesterday that could be representative
of today as well, at least as far as surface appearance is concerned.
Of course... the characteristics of the performance are most
likely to be the difference between “Winter” and “Spring”, but
for those who are already here, and are good sports about
“Making The Best Of Things”... you may be surprised about just
how good the skiing may be.

12.20.18.Devils.River.Mid.Pitch.Fast.Snow.Performance.Sample.b.jpg [ 975.23 KiB | Viewed 471 times ]

Cosmetically speaking, the visual appearance of the Mountain
may change fairly dramatically due to the uninsulated snow
in the trees that could disappear if exposed to too much heat
for too long. That is another thing that has nothing to do with
the actual performance of trail surfaces that all have the solidly
established frost into the Mountain to support and stabilize those
surfaces by acting as a stored refrigerant from below.

One thing is for sure...

you will not have to be worried about crowds today...

Here is another File Shot, this time annotated with our notes
on the subject, but otherwise, exactly what you will see at the
Summit today.

12.15.11.PB.Descente.Poncho.jpg [ 363.07 KiB | Viewed 456 times ]

Weather Notes:

The best case scenario for skiing in this situation arises from the fact
that the rain icons are small during the majority of open hours.

Small rain icons usually indicate not only light rain, but the
passage of those light rainy periods in bands of activity over
the Mountain, so it is possible that there may be portions of
time over portions of the Mountain that are dry, or misty,
or just not rainy despite a damp ambiance. We can only hope...

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Then there’s this:

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The summary on weather conditions is that when
temps are on the way up, Ski Conditions get easier,
it’s when temps are on the way down things can become
very challenging. Mountain Crews here are very good at
recovery, however for those coming on the weekend including
Sunday, you should be attending to Ski/Board Edge tuning now.
At a forecast of -8C for Sunday, what is soft today will need every
advantage you can provide for both performance and safety.

Conditions Notes:

Atmospherically soggy has nothing to do with descent
experience quality other than render “Spring” Skiing
characteristics which are typically soft and fun.

Due to the fact that this is really the first “Fall” weather
event, the pre-existing base that has been sub-zero for
about 6 weeks, should be able to easily withstand this
minor and totally normal temperature oscillation for a day
without any significant structural damage. The solid base
may act to a degree as a membrane, so if we are lucky
on that account, it may shed off most of the rain.

Time will tell, we just have to get out there and see how
it goes.

Mountain Crews reserve the right to alter the “Open
Trails” list in order to protect and preserve terrain
from potential weather/traffic damage, although the
attendance today will be comparatively small, so there
should not be much stress that way to begin with.
Bottom line on this point is that we could see the Open
Trails list change during the day today.


There can be almost opposite performance potentials in
that some of these rain exposed surfaces are rocket fast,
and in other cases, the rain adds hydrodynamic “drag”,
what Skiers/Boarders feel as high friction or resistance.

We will not know until we try, so here’s hoping for the “Fast”
possibilities. The best indication of “Fast” may be the solid
base underneath that at these ambient daytime high temp’s
should be thaw resistant throughout this short, one day,
“Fall” warm cycle.

57(*) Open Trails on the Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions
for December 21, 2018, Courtesy of Tremblant.ca
File comment: Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions Courtesy of Tremblant.ca

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--------- REVISED 46(*) Open Trail Data ---------------------

46(*) REVISED Open Trails on the Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions
for December 21, 2018, Courtesy of Tremblant.ca
12.21.18.Trail.Status.Data.b.jpg [ 348.85 KiB | Viewed 365 times ]


Page under progressive assembly...

Got Poncho? Go Skiing!

Links and not-so-fine print:


What’s The Use? Research Benefits of this Archive: http://tinyurl.com/gp5vjps

(*) :?: Understanding Trail Counts - http://alturl.com/n54py



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:) Bring Back The Memories... :arrow: Research Future Visits...
If you would like to look up dates you visited Tremblant, or you
want to research days/weeks/months to visit, you can sample what
they look like historically, month by month, year by year.

GoTo: Archive, Search Reports by Date: Index: http://tinyurl.com/yktelmu

When reviewing dates from any of the past, numbered, archived pages,
you can use the "Previous Topic" or "Next Topic" buttons, located
screen far right, in upper date/message bar to scroll through sequential
dates, or use your browsers "back" button to stay on the selected index
page for non-sequential date reviews in either forward or reverse order.

There are approximately 6, 25 day Index pages per season.

( :idea: If you "Bookmark" the link above, it will always take you to the
First index page with the latest posts. That gives you an immediate,
current to 25 day past, review scroll of Winter Alpine Conditions by
consecutive date.)


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