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 Post subject: 12/23/18 #Tremblant Conditions
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:53 am 
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T360 Late Evening Apres Ski Edit, Under Construct @ 10:07 P.M.

It started out overcast and snowing,
but eventually, it turned out...

Super Sunny, Cool and FAST!

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The Theory Of Relativity:

Relative to yesterday, Tremblant was relatively Fantastic!

It was not perfect, but vastly improved, especially considering
Mother Nature had created such a thick mantle of icy surfaces
that all needed intensive grooming effort.

Part of what facilitated the recovery was the natural
snowfall that was just enough to add some blended
softness into the rather granular grooming product.

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You can also see it put some snow back into the trees,
so once again Tremblant is going to have a very White
Christmas look from Summit-to-base.

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The Official Trail Data PDF did not show any snowmaking icons,
however that must have just been an oversight, because very
obviously, there was TONS of snowmaking. The top pic. here
shows a lot of it, and skiing many descents you had to pass
through it, and/or pass over its results as you can see above.

Taschereau itself, pictured above, was a great example of
making the very best Skiing possible out of a previously
solid mass. The snowmaking needed very slow navigation
where the vision was reduced to almost nil at times. This
occurred when the breezes pushed it downward, more
directly onto the trail.

In the Mean-Time... Over on McCulloch, the Racers were
really making exceptional speed, and as you can see here too,
great turning/carving action, as they took their turns on the
race course.

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What you are looking at with all the Apres Ski pic’s is an
exponential increase in grip and traction owing to enough
depth in loose top layers that edges can set against for
holding turning energy.

Tomorrow, and every 24 hour, sub-zero C day after tomorrow,
should see incremental increase in the both the consistency
and uniform depth of loose top layers due to repeated overnight
grooming shifts.

The only terrain that is not going to be so rapidly improving
is the Sous Bois, Glades, Hors Piste, Un-Groomed. Where
you can’t get a groomer, where you can’t get snowmaking,
you need more fresh natural snow, so we may have to wait
a bit for that.

This Sous Bois sample shot below is from one of our prime
Sous Bois diagnostic locations between Le Tunnel and Lowell
Thomas on upper Versant Nord, the North Side. The snow
here is not really safe for Glade Navigation due to the thick
crust top layer. The weight of a skier is enough to punch
through it, but it is thick enough that the skier can not
lift the ski up through it to turn when you need to.

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At The End Of The Day...

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At the end of the day, the Ski Patrol were doing the right thing
and redirecting people down Nansen for last run in order to
avoid the icy bits on the other Versant Sud, South side steeper

The overall recovery was very fine, all things considered. We would
say it was a great first step, and tomorrow and following, should each
see greater and greater refinement. Everything we say in the orig. post
about tuned edges on your Skis/Board is still applicable. Optimizing
safety and performance wants all the “Mechanical Advantage” you can
get and a tune-up is an indescribable bargain in that regard.

Goto The Ski Shop at the Chalet des Voyageurs, Cabriolet Base,
for their crazy-good overnight discount rate.

----------------------- 8:53 A.M. Orig. Post -----------------------

51(*) Open Trails on Sud, South, Nord, North and Soleil Sectors at #Tremblant.
Please Note: Soleil Sector on Progressive Open status.

Yesterday was definitely a challenge, but today we should see...

"The Quickness Of Quality”

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Over the years, we have previously written about the impressive
overnight return to surface quality after a “Mother Nature” event
like yesterdays daytime flash freeze, so we expect today to see
a substantial improvement in all the areas Mountain Crews have
been able to groom.

The 2 pic’s you see here, above and below, are from yesterday on
Versant Nord, North Side Trail # 69, Rigodon. They are a 2-step
sequence that illustrate that even in the midst of the weather,
you can always find good conditions relative to the circumstance.
For sure, there were icy characteristics in all the terrain after
Mother Natures Flash Freeze, but you can still see that these
surfaces have reasonable control capability.

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The differences possible today, range from modest utility
enhancements to such dramatic improvements that you might
think you’ve been transported to some sort of new or alternate
reality where you wonder how such a difference is possible.
Those differences may be related to how quick, or slow, the
corrective grooming process takes on a per-acre basis.

If you’re just arriving today, you may simply never know what kind of
transition is taking place as you enjoy what seems to be a relatively
normal, and very usual, high quality pre-Xmas Ski/Board day on the
slopes here at Tremblant. In the decades of the past 20th Century,
it might take weeks to recover, or a huge blizzard to recover,
now, it’s virtually overnight.

In cases like this, even with the positive overnight differences,
the fact that the temp’s have returned to a stable 24hour Sub-Zero C
daily cycle, allows Mountain Crews to further refine the Open
Groomed terrain. So, for the upcoming time period with the
stability in the weather, you can expect to see escalating quality
and uniformity in trail surfaces each morning.

The one type of terrain that will take longer to recover is the
Sous Bois, Glade, Hors Piste, and all the Un-Groomed terrain
where the brief encounter with heat and rain will need either
more natural snowfall, or, where possible, snowmaking.

Weather Notes:

It says “Mainly Sunny”, but the reality, at least so-far is,
Totally Overcast and Snowing.??? We may see the change,
but for the “Snowing” part, we’d be overjoyed for the
forecast to continue to be wrong.

The other thing we absolutely love in this forecast is the
low wind speed component which is currently accurate.
The big, fat, fluffy snowflakes are lazily drifting down
here in the Old Village of Mt. Tremblant this morning,
already adding a beautiful little blanket of white to everything.

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Conditions Notes:

As remarkable as the overnight improvements will likely be,
after any such whacky temperature oscillation, there can,
and will be Icy bits in the mix of trail surfaces.

Consequently, reduced speed and responsible caution are
critical in all initial explorations and it is wise to stick with
matched terrain ratings to actual individual Skill Levels.
If you think you’re an Expert but you’re having trouble
with control on the Black Diamond Runs, step it down
and be safe. Choose safety over drama.

If you think you’re an Expert but you’re having trouble
on the Black Diamonds, there’s one other possibility...
Can you remember when you last had your Skis tuned up?

If it’s more than 10 days of use, you can figure that’s the
problem. Take your skis into the Chalet du Voyageurs at
the Base of the Cabriolet tonight and take advantage of
their crazy-great overnight tune-up deal. Tomorrow
morning you will think someone gave you new skis.
This point actually applies to all Skill Levels, if you
are having trouble on your level of rated terrain,
consider having a tune-up. It will change your day(s)
in a most positive way possible, namely, optimized control.

51(*) Open Trails on the Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions
for December 23, 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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Page under progressive assembly.
Like many others at this Holiday time,
we’re getting ready to travel for
Family Christmas. For all those who
celebrate, best wishes for safe travel!

Links and not-so-fine print:


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

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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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