44(*) Open Trails on Sud/South and Nord/North Sectors at #Tremblant .
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Official Ski Season Closing Modified:
From: April 18, 2021
To: April 11, 2021
Due To Weather Factors,
As Per Attached.
Please Note: While it has been quite obvious the weather is diminishing
coverage, we were not aware of this turn of events and every word in
the body of this post is sincerely positive regarding conditions today.
We would be part of the group identified in the notice as disappointed,
but we also have an equal measure of understanding. Mother Nature is
the dominant force and this record shows those effects in recent days.
We would want to point out, despite the current “Hot”, that over the years
we are favoured with great, winter-like snowy conditions in this time period
more often than not, so we except these circumstances gracefully within the
history of “averages", and with early anticipation for next season.
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Apparently, we are existing in a state of...
Despite The “Heat”, It Just About Seems Like A Miracle
That The Fun Continues On Almost Exactly The Same Way, Every Day.
(#)Definition Courtesy of Wikipedia: "Suspended Animation" is the temporary
(short- or long-term) slowing or stopping of biological function so that
physiological capabilities are preserved. It may be either hypometabolic
or ametabolic in nature. It may be induced by either endogenous, natural
or artificial biological, chemical or physical means.
In this case, i.e., “The Tremblant Alpine Snow Sports Trail Network”, seems to defy,
i.e., has temporarily slowed and/or stopped the biological function of “Thaw”.
Day after day of temps that would be very normal for a Spring Golf Holiday
at Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA... and we keep on waking up to these same core
group of Open Ski trails that just don’t seem to change at all???
It’s almost like being in the Skiing version of the Classic Movie “Groundhog Day”...
The pic. above is a late afternoon “Carve This” trail snow surface performance sample
that is the product of a lapping/training session of about 6 rapid circuits on P’tit Bonheur
at 7/8 minute cycles off the new Lowell Thomas High Speed Detachable Quad lift, over
roughly 45 minutes. If you don’t think that’s either fun, or excellent exercise, then you
need to get out there and see how that level of fitness output can turn your quad
muscles into jello.
What are some “Take Aways” from this scenario?
1) O.K., of course 2 weeks of +15 C range temps is generating thaw.
The “Laws Of Physics” are at work, it’s just that there have been sufficient
trail base reserves in the core descents to keep “Functional Levels” very
much the same.
2) Subsequent to the above, it can not go on forever, but so-far, the
base has shown tremendous tenacity where Mountain Op’s invested
the snowmaking and grooming resources in all sectors, all those
months ago. Even Nansen is holding up remarkably well for all 6
kilometres, as only one sample of Sud/South Side durability.
3) The most durable and daily consistent trail surface performance
is within the upper Versant Nord/North Side, where samples like
P’tit Bonheur are exposed to far less direct solar energy and cooler
24 hour temperature cycles. If you go back up for another look, note
the long shadows from screen-right, as well as all the snow still in the
shaded right-trail-side bush. These physical attributes are common to
the entire Lowell Thomas Sector which is generally a little bubble of
Spring Skiings remaining fast performance excellence.
4) The trails we are referencing are only samples. There are wonderful
spring conditions everywhere in the Open list. The degree of daily
softening is variable and some sectors with direct sun get softer
and have less inherent speed at days end.
Here is a 2 Pic. Versant Nord/North Side Case Study
Of Trail # 71, Beauchemin Haut/Upper.
This Is A Classic Example Of Tremblant Late Season Spring Skiing Excellence.
First, the specific trail surface performance detail:
Secondly, the context, the overall scope of what
you have to work with for spacial reference:
(These 2 pic’s were shot within about 5 seconds of each other.
We have reversed the order, but that is to prioritize the performance
first, within the context, second.)
Within the additional context of the extended number of very hot
days consecutively running, this amount of wall-to-wall snow white
complete coverage almost seems bizarre, but...
This Is Real,
This Is Tremblant Right Now.
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Typical “Spring” daily performance cycles
of firmer mornings and way softer aftenoons.
There are things you can do to mitigate the stickiness and
thickness that soft spring conditions are prone to have at
points that are largely related to the scale of thaw saturation.
1) Base Wax or Treatments
In our case we use a hydrophobic polymer which is designed
specifically for Ski/Board P-Tex/Sintered Bases. It is a “Made
in USA” product that is also available in Canada. It is not wax.
As the description indicates, it repels the water from generating
suction/friction(at almost a molecular level), between the Ski base
and the wet spring snow surfaces. By removing the primary source
of drag, we zip around like winter.
There are conventional Ski Wax products that perform in a similar manner.
2) Our Theories On The Specific Techniques/Equipment/Skis
“Thick” soft spring snow can have irregular or tracked surface
depths that present frontal resistance to skis attempting to pass,
and this can be perceived as successively smacking into little “Walls” of
wet snow, as far as the mechanical action is concerned. Your ski tips will
react to these mechanical hits in direct proportion to their width. Really
fat tips provide a broad surface that have to absorb a big frontal impact
force that is transferred back to your body by the leverage of the skis
length between the tip and your boot. Narrow tips provide less frontal
area and figuratively speaking, are better able to punch through the
irregular soft snow surface tracks with far less recoil feedback that can
toss you around. Frontal impact leverage can also be further reduced by
using a slightly shorter ski length.
For those reasons, in the recent “Hot” weeks, we’ve been using a pair of our
old FIS Slalom Race Skis @ 158cm's that you can see in the top P’tit Bonheur
“Carve This” sample. With their short length and 12 metre turning radius, they(+)
can turn faster than snakes. Combine that with relatively narrow tips, and
easy “de-tuned”/well used yet basic FIS stiffness, and the net result is that
they go through this stuff like bullets through paper towel.
((+)We got them used but in excellent condition, for $100 CDN
off an internet trading site, so in our opinion, it’s not “Too Expensive”
to have alternate equipment options.)
As we discuss above, soft, tracked, spring snow generates momentary resistance
in forward motion because of the irregular depths/tracks or surface saturations
randomly encountered in linear descent travel, so there is a tendency to feel as
though the skis are being “Grabbed” or rapidly decelerated on a reoccurring basis
as you cross these friction points. Besides the base wax/coating treatments, there
are some very easy practical ways to offset those effects and we would like to
elaborate on two.
BUT... Before we get into those, we need to begin this segment by reminding
everyone that “Speed Kills”. Too much speed is a critical flaw that defeats all
other factors as it eliminates reaction time that is essential for the brain/body
compensation required to maintain balance over irregular surfaces. PERIOD. SLOW DOWN.
Some speed momentum is useful, but only in keeping with fully aware reaction time.
The first is a simple two-part adaptation in skier stance over the skis that starts
basically with a slightly lower, more bend in the knees, position with hands up and
forward that allows you more easily absorb mushy tracks/mogul formations with
somewhat unpredictable depths or rates of soft. The second part is when you lower
that basic stance, lower it by ever-so-slightly sitting back over the tails of your skis.
What this does is it allows you a fraction of a second longer to compensate for the
forward motion of your upper body that wants to keep moving, while the momentary
friction is trying to rapidly slow your skis. Technically, we would say this is an ambient
offset to random moments of forward pitch.
This is where the delicate balance between momentum and caution come into play
as your ability to compensate for unexpected moments of forward pitch are directly
related to a slow enough speed to execute the upper body reaction to sudden friction.
These elements of stance alone will hugely increase your confidence in traversing irregular
surfaces. Just because you are lower and using a more compact form to begin with, the
variable friction has less effect due a lower centre of gravity, and, by having the upper body
a tiny bit rearward, you have more time to react when those unpredictable moments of friction
The second offset takes a bit more preparation effort, but it can be very effective
if/when you have the ski bindings that can accommodate locational adjustments.
(This is best done only by a professional ski technician or, only those with experienced
ski binding hardware knowledge who can take responsibility for their own safety.)
Some current binding fastening systems have built-in fore/aft adjustment ranges of
several cm’s. Moving the bindings forward on the skis, if you can, reduces the frontal
impact leverage by shortening the length of the lever, i.e. the distance from the tip of the
ski to the toe of your boot. This reduces random frontal impact force and simultaneously
increases rearward recovery capability because you now have longer ski tails to hold
the edges/recover with if you do end up slightly off balance. You might not think that
would make much of a difference, however if you could experience this difference from
one run to the next, you would feel an immediate, and huge effect.
If you scroll back up to the “P’tit Bonheur” “Carve This” sample way up at the top of
this page, you will see that the ski bindings may seem to be more forward over the skis
than normal. This is because these Atomic brand ski bindings can slide forward on their
mounting rail as a complete toe/heel assembly(without changing boot-fit), by moving one
control-lever on the toe piece. This adjustment can be made on these skis in about 3
seconds for each ski. In this case the total forward offset we have adjusted to is roughly
5 cm’s forward of the normal binding mid-point. This adjustment makes your whole
ski-system far more forgiving in pervasive spring irregular thickness.
If you were only coming out for one or two spring skiing days you might never do this
physical adjustment. If you were coming for a week long Spring Skiing Holiday, or skiing
4 hot Spring weekends in a row, it could definitely be worth the effort if your equipment
has the built-in adjustment range.
For us, combining both the stance adjustment and the binding locational adjustment
to manipulate leverage for advantage makes “Spring Challenge” into “Spring Easy”.
Your technique, style, or preference may vary, the point is that every Ski Season
has periods of weather where adaptive skills and various ski/equipment designs
offer some additional mechanical advantages, so there are always options for
optimizing your own experience.
44/102(*) Open Trails on the Archival Copy of Official Open Trails,
Grooming, Snowmaking, Lift Status and Mountain Conditions
for April 8, 2021, Courtesy of Tremblant.ca
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