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 Post subject: 3/28/12 Tremblant Conditions
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:59 am 
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Apres Ski Intro... @ 6:15 P.M.

This is the most important thing you need to know about
Tremblant right now, currently, as recent as "Last Run".


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It is still too early to tell if this classic North Side
Orographic Snowfall is any kind of "Magic Bullet" yet
because it is "Forecast" to stop this eve. To be significant in
terms of additional "Open" capability would take a steady
continuation for practically speaking, all night, but even that
might not be withstanding the efforts of the Mountain Crews.
We are not sure how much they can get done, but certainly,
at about 3 CM's per hour up until "Last Run", every hour this
keeps up improves the odds.

Otherwise and so far, it's enough to make things look really "White",
improve existing "Good" to "Great", and damn near completely
take away "Icy".


If you scroll down through, you will see good questions from
"PowderSC" and we're going to answer those below in
the full version Apres Ski


-------------------- 6:59 A.M. Orig. Post -----------------------

18(*) Open Trails on North, South sides
of Tremblant.


As far as the Open Trails go...

"Though they be Few... They be Good."

.... A nice bit of breaking Tremblant News...

It Snowed Last Night.

Not a lot, least-ways adjacent to the South Side Base, but it has now snowed
5 or 6 Cm's or maybe a wee bit over a couple inches. This may not seem like
much, but it will no doubt add to surface quality where ever it has been retained.
There was a moderate breeze at the time, and a more vigorous gusty wind now,
so we'll have to wait to see how and where it's gotten put on the Mountain before
we can add much more on that.


The particle size of this snowfall was a fine granular for the most part, so
compared to big fat fluffy flakes it has a higher density. That will actually
be very positive in terms of maximum bonding potential with the hard base
because on a macro level, the ability of the finer crystals to get into
the existing surface should be better.

It's Still Snowing Now....

As of the last half hour, the snow has renewed it's arrival and what's
coming out of the sky right now are much larger, more usual fluffy
flakes that appear to have a quicker fill rate, but are less dense.

This is all very good as long as the wind does not have enough velocity
to move it off the wide exposed Alpine Trail surfaces. Even then though,
drifting could create localized areas of heavier accumulation.

In terms of "Ski Resort Ambiance" this will be a nice white refresher for
the overall Ski/Board frame of mind that somehow responds positively
to a "White" background as opposed to a "Green" background, no matter
how many trails are open.

Normally, additional insight could benefit the "eye opener" assessment by
looking at the Web Cams, however, they've been off-line since sometime
yesterday afternoon, so unfortunately we don't have that advantage at this
precise moment.

On Another Note....

A big part of the daily fun at Tremblant is the people you meet
from literally, around the world. Skiing and Boarding draw many
to Tremblant from the far reaches of not only the world, we have
fans from Hong Kong to Italy, but regionally, as in the North American
East Coast. Yesterday we were thoroughly surprised and very happy to
welcome a gang of "Last Minute Winter Fans" up from West Virginia, U.S.A.
here to catch a last blast of Alpine fun. Before we knew who they were or
where they were from we approached them to do a few "Artsy" or "Creative"
shots using the neat reflective properties of Iridium lenses. We ran couple of
'em in yesterday's Apres Ski, and here's the last one we have for now.

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As it was at the top of the North Park Rope Tow jump line, we offered to
capture their tricks off the first "M" kicker and put them up here for the fun
and record of it.


We're only putting the 3 up that got air, as "Air" was the minimum requirement
for inclusion. That, by the way, in no way reflects on the abilities of the Group.
Sometimes getting a good Jump and a good Jump pic are nothing more than
luck, especially when you are not familiar or have extensive practice on this
particular Park feature.

Anyway here they are in our totally subjective ranking from 3rd, to 2nd, to
#1. Please note: the main criteria was "Photogenic" which loosely includes
Height, Complexity of the move, and an intangible sense of "Dynamic" or
"Motion".


#3... All this one lacked was Height. A neat trick, pretty decent confirmation
and lots of "Dynamic", but not enough elevation off the top to achieve the
truly "Airborne" drama that comes with lots of clear air underneath. Good
potential.

Note: Please go "FullScreen" for these if you can.

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#2... Technically, some might consider this one to be the cleanest of the three
as there was very little snow dragged into the air, so it was a very precise
Launch and the Height is Very Good. This Boarders Balance and Compact
Airborne body position are well centred and there is no doubt he is quite
comfortable in the air and with his obvious speed, has good trajectory, and
will carry quite a bit of distance with a great position for a well absorbed landing.
A straight-up, clean and fast jump with Speed as a highlight.

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#1... Our comment to the assembled group afterward was that this one "Wins"
on the basis of being the most Photogenic. It shows decent Height, Skiers get
to incorporate additional elements as they can create more lower body positioning
with two independently arranged legs/feet, so there's a greater sense of
"Complexity" to the trick and the overall impression of "Dynamic" in "Motion"
is enhanced with the Snowy Air Trail carried into the air from the launch as well
as the neat differential movement between the two feet and the hand grab that
portrays a progressive positioning towards the landing.

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The main points are...

1) Well done, one and all!!!

2) When it's "Green" and "Closed" practically everywhere else from
West Virginia up...

You can count on Tremblant to deliver the Fun!


Moving on to the rest of the Mountain...

Overnight Grooming all the days after a re-frezze like we're going through now,
are incrementally better as deeper surface layers of loose snowy granular are
created by both machine and Skier/Boarder traffic.

Nansen as a South Side sample, was fine as soon as you got below the
entrance and the first 2 bends in the trail. It was quite icy above, and as
you can imagine, progressively softer as you descended below. Careful edging
with delicate pressure was needed to carve, but it was all very easy for
any level as long as speed was under control with basic skidded or
snow plow braking.

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P'tit Bonheur as a North Side Sample, was fine with the same proviso
about careful edging with gradual pressure, but it was good right from the top.
Sequencing this run with lower Beauchemin remains our top pick
for Summit to base lapping.

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With The Wondering Little Pockets of Snow Still Falling Right Now,
It Will Only Get Better....

Temp's hangin' at right around freezing, South Base, so Mountain
should be correspondingly cooler at elevation. Moderate and somewhat
gusty Sou-East winds so moving across the Summit from the Duncan/Geant
sector towards Beauvallon.

We're off to go see what's happening and very much looking
forward to great healthy exercise and whatever improved
conditions we're certain to find.


Do Not Pack Your Gear Away Yet, Regional Tremblant Fans...

"Though they be Few... They be Good."


18(*) Open Trails on the Official, Downloadable,
PDF, Trail and Grooming status report,
Courtesy of Tremblant.ca
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After all the recent Hot Weather anomalies, we think
this is a great list and we are truly thankful that
Tremblant has been able to remain open when so many
in the region and the East Coast have had to close.


Focused within a chosen few beautiful runs, there's still great Skiing
and Boarding at Tremblant.


Links:

http://www.tremblant.ca

http://www.tremblant.ca/mountain/winter ... port-e.htm

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

http://www.tremblant.ca/mountain/trailmap-e.htm

http://www.tremblant.ca/galleries/webcams/index-e.htm

http://translate.google.com/translate_t ... =fr&tl=en#

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/CAQC0360

Forum Index: http://alturl.com/r4cco

:) 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 index 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.


( If You :idea: "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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 Post subject: Re: 3/28/12 Tremblant Conditions
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:20 pm 
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A few inches of fresh and conditions better than yesterday but trail count
down another two?? What trails went offline today?
Hoping they are just reworking the surfaces with the cats and will re-open
a few more options for the weekend


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 Post subject: Re: 3/28/12 Tremblant Conditions
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:35 pm 
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T360 Apres Ski... Just after 7:00 P.M. Evolutionary page construction
as we try to sort through and process pic's.

Thanks for your patience. Here is a preliminary photo from "Last Run"
Versant Nord, The North Side.

Reply to "PowderSC", below this pic.


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powdersc wrote:
A few inches of fresh and conditions better than yesterday
but trail count down another two?? What trails went offline today?
Hoping they are just reworking the surfaces with the cats and will
re-open a few more options for the weekend


First off... on the "What Trails went offline today?"
1) "Standard" from the top of the "Flying Mile" Quad to the "TGV" Quad Base.
this is not a consideration as long as both Flying Mile and TGV are closed.
2) "Equilibre" the learning sector beside the Fairmont at the Resort Base
could effect the odd beginner, but not really applicable to the vast majority.

So, fortunately the offline trails are not all that important to any of us at this
stage.

As far as "Re-Open", as we said in the intro at top of page...

"It is still too early to tell if this classic North Side
Orographic Snowfall is any kind of "Magic Bullet" yet
because it is "Forecast" to stop this eve. To be significant in
terms of additional "Open" capability would take a steady
continuation for practically speaking, all night, but even that
might not be withstanding the efforts of the Mountain Crews.
We are not sure how much they can get done, but certainly,
at about 3 CM's per hour up until "Last Run", every hour this
keeps up improves the odds.

Otherwise and so far, it's enough to make things look really "White",
improve existing "Good" to "Great", and damn near completely
take away "Icy"."


The South Base has gotten a bit of snow, a bit of rain and a bit of mixed
drizzly stuff and has definitely improved from the "Snow" part.
Traction and grip are way up. Icy bits are almost all eliminated.
It all helps to make for a better Alpine experience there.

The main focus here has to be the North because basically, it got snow
dumped on it from just after lunch onward. Up to about 1:30 or so,
it was kinda' drizzly from Mid-way down to the Lowell Thomas, but after that...
it just snowed and it snowed heavy for over 2 hours and it stayed snowing
hard as we took Expo to Lowell T to get to the Summit and back in on the
South.

While the South was getting mixed precipitation, this was the North...
Which would you choose?


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Below.
Half way down P'tit Bonheur it was like this for over 2 hours
and still like this when we had to go because of "Last Run"

Sorry for pic.quality but the snow was blowing into the lens
causing difficult pic. conditions.
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Below...
-Looking back up Beauchemin, below Lowell.T Base Loading Zone,
which is just off screen left.
-P'tit Bonheur/Beauchemin Haut, coming in on Screen right.
-La Traverse, faintly visible, Upper Screen, left of centre.

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Below....
Here we are on Lower Fuddle-Duddle at the La Griffe Intersection.
Snowing very hard here and there were all kinds of little powder lines
being refreshed about every 25 minutes or so. It just kept on falling and
falling, when will it stop?

Only time will tell.

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If you can be here and you don't, you are missing a very good
"End of Season" opportunity. We are not sure if there's going to be
enough to Re-Open any trails, but what will be open, will be superb,
and no one is more motivated than Tremblant's Mountain Crews, so we
wish them all the best tonight and look forward to whatever "Gifts" we
can get in the Morning.




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