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Bois de Liesse Jan 09 Report by Tom

— Surprise! 25 Skiers Have a Great Day at Bois-de-Liesse

The conditions have been frustrating lately.  The temperature has been great for skiing for over a week and there is snow on the ground.  But there just has not been enough snow in most of the local centres to permit decent skiing.  Our scheduled destination of Gai Luron was closed and the P’tit train du nord could not even open the trail as far south as Mont Rolland in Ste Adele, our usual starting point.  But it turned out that some of the parks closest to us, with their nothing-but-flat-trails, have managed to keep a bare minimum of coverage.  So it was that one of our intrepid members skipped

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Pot Luck / Mount Royal Jan 08 Report by Keith

 
The Pot Luck is one of our great social events when the club members, after a morning of exercise, proceed to devour a lunch which will completely negate all our efforts to lose that extra weight from the holidays.  But before we get to the food we have to have the exercise, so at 10 am, give or take an hour or two, we gathered at Beaver Lake.  No one had brought skis given the snow conditions on the mountain, mind you some non-members were skiing including a group of young children taking a ski lesson, shame on you BTNSC.   Well not really, a grand total of 29 people came out to walk or skate, the walkers winning the vote by 1, and it should be noted that the skaters numbers built up over the morning, not for them

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13 Skiers at Gai Luron Dec 26 Report by Tom

 

It was sunny and -8 C as a baker’s dozen of Beaver Tails converged on Gai Luron last Sunday.  The ski conditions were not quite as nice as the weather.  That first big storm missed the lower Laurentians and the so the snow base is thin.  The trails are mostly covered and there were no icy spots, but the skiing was on hard-packed snow that made the descents surprisingly tricky, especially on the L trail.  The last 2 km of the L were closed and skiers were diverted on to the A.  But on other parts of the trails, the tracks were well-formed and the skiing was good.  The consensus was that, all in all, it was a beautiful day to be skiing out in the woods!

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P’tite train du Nord Mount Rolland Dec 19 Report by Keith

“What do you mean an 8 am start!”  The atmosphere was electric last Thu at the club exec meeting at the Timmies Beaver Tails Nerve Centre.  “The rule book, page 240, paragraph ‘C’ clearly states that no 8 am starts before the Winter Solstice.”   “No you are wrong, the amended electronic version I am viewing on my iPhone allows an 8 am start at the Prez’s discretion, and I need to get back for a lunch date.“  So there it was, we found ourselves standing at Dorval at 8 am on Sun, with a smog warning issued for Montreal.
 
My goodness it was a quick drive north, hardly surprising since everyone else was in bed.  Even missing our exit, we found a deserted parking lot except for Jacques and Winnie.  Soon a total body count of 13 was achieved, rising to 15 by our usual late starting couple, check the photo if you do not know who.  No smog at Mont Rolland and with blue wax conditions (-5 C) — I have to put that in to keep the Pres happy, he likes numbers — we were all set to go.  The first 2 to 3 kms were single track and not a great depth of snow, but as soon as we started climbing the conditions were very good.  So good in fact that we probably did our usual early season trick of going that odd kilometre too far.  Some even went all the way to Val David.  The rest were satisfied in reaching the under pass and turning.  Needless to say we felt the pain on the last flat kilometres, especially with the single track and by that time the late starters hitting the trail, their right of way.  The parking lot was full on our return, so the 8 am start paid dividends.  Soon we were having soup and coffee in the little café at the station prior to returning home. No traffic problems this week, so a fast drive back.
 
Foot note.  A few club members were clearly unaware of the electronic reversion of the rule book and skied at Bois de Liesse at 10am.  Still everyone had a good time.

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Mount Royal Dec 05 Report by Tom

26 Hikers at Mount Royal

Despite having partied hearty the night before, 19 revellers dragged themselves out of bed and to Mount Royal.  They were joined by 7 other members who missed the party but were not about to miss a good Sunday morning walk.  Three dogs rounded out the group.  It was a cool day, -4 C under cloudy skies and breezy. 

The gang gathered in the chalet at Beaver Lake at 9:45 am.  One thing we were surprised to see was that people were already skating on the outdoor rink. Mind you, that ice surface has underground refrigeration and it usually gets going before the snow arrives.  None of us had brought our skates so an aspiring skaters among us could only look on wistfully.  But three girls did bring their running shoes and tights.  Their warm up routine made them look like the Beaver Tail cheerleaders (see photo of the week)!  They zipped past us soon after we started walking.  So officially we were 23 hikers and 3 runners.

We set out along Olmsted Road, walking past the big stairs and all the way to the trail that loops in the woods below the Camillien Houde lookout.  We then retraced our steps to the stairs and clambered up them.  After a pit stop at the Mount Royal chalet, we took the road around the cross, and then made our way back to Beaver Lake.  We covered 8.5 km in 1 hr 50 min.  Afterward, the majority of the group adjourned to the cafeteria style café on the upper level of the Beaver Lake chalet for hot drinks and snacks.  

A good morning of exercise and since we stayed in town, we still had the entire afternoon to relax or get ready for the holida

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Xmas Party Dec 04 Report by Keith

It was a dark, chilly and breezy night when the club members set out to the Alex “H” restaurant for our Xmas Party.  The light fall of snow and the ice on the ground with forecast of more to come had the club members dreaming of the days ahead.  Yes, those sandy beaches, warm seas and tropical temperatures was foremost in our minds.  Just kidding, we are all anxious to get out the skis, fight the -20 C temperatures and scare ourselves rigid on narrow trails, bring it on.
 
Back to the party, 49 members were welcomed into the warm cozy atmosphere of Alex “H” and soon the room was filled with noisy chatter. The restaurant has a BYOB policy and looking at all the bottles of wine brought by the members gave the impression we were competing with the SAQ.  Actually the SAQ had had a sale that day, coincidence, maybe.  The owner of Alex “H” did us proud with well prepared meals, I had the bison which was pretty good, salmon and vegetarian meals were also available.  Not being a gourmet that’s the best I can do in describing the food, but definitely a cut above Timmies.
 
The highlight of the evening was a surprise poetry reading by our Pres.  How many clubs can make that boast.  Tom, wearing suitable ski jacket and toque, read the late Riva Soicher’s “What’s a Beaver Tail?”  Written a few years ago, it embodies the spirit of the club then and hopefully now.
 
Five hours after entering the restaurant we reluctantly went home, promising to meet on Mount Royal on Sunday. Thanks Linda H for organizing the event and everyone else for making it so enjoyable.

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St Adolphe d’Howard Nov 28 Report by Tom

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20 (+2) Loopy Hikers at St Adolphe d’Howard

There was a nice blanket of snow on the ground on Sun morning, it just was too thin to allow for any ski trails to open.  We thought that the P’tit train du nord might open up some kms, but we checked and, no, not yet.  So hiking was the order of the day.  But hiking was not such a poor compromise when you had a day like the one we did at St Adolphe d’Howard.

Twenty of us gathered at the centre d’accueil shortly after 10 am under cloudy skies.  The temperature that was steady at about -3 C and there was no wind, so conditions were quite comfortable.  As we paid our $5 trail fee, we consulted on our route with the attendant.  Our plan was to take trails 2 and 3, which consist of two loops connected by an intermediary trail.  So if you can picture it, the outline of our itinerary would

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Gai Luron Nov 21 Report by Keith

What a great Sunday morning it turned to be, brilliant blue skies, light winds, mind you it was a tad cool (-4 C).  We thought we were lost at first for when Gai Luron came in sight, all that we could see was manicured lawns stretching from the road to the chalet.  Where to park, certainly not on the grass where we park in winter, so we pulled up across the road.  No sooner had we arrived that the shuttle bus from NDG arrived and spewed out a wagon load of monkeys, oops sorry, some club members.

Eventually the tally of members and friends reached 18.  The chalet was open and with a fire burning, as they were having their pre-season sale of rental gear.  The big bonus was that the toilets were available, I did mention it was a tad cold.

Now as everyone knows, we have skied here many times so there should be no problems finding our way.  All that is required is to find

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Prevost Nov 14 Report by Keith

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Hiking in the Prévost and Shawbridge area is very interesting historically as we park at the old railway station used by the ski train in the past and many of the trails we walk were created by the Magill Outing Club . Names of the trails include MOC, Johannsen Est (JE), Whizzard (WZ),date back to 1937.
So on a warm November Sunday 24 club members started off from the Prevost Station to explore the trails of the past. Tech note: the official bean counter no longer carries his bag of beans but is dependent on an App, does that make him an App Counter. Anyhow off we went, heading for the first lookout, Mount Shaw. Now to reach the first look out it is necessary to make a turn on an leaf covered indistinct path, needless to say the Young Bloods at the front never saw it so had to retrace their steps . Note Young Bloods is a relative term and may not always apply to these folk . However what was evident that knowing where

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Tremblant Nov 07 Report by Keith

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Trials and Tribulations on Tremblant OR How to Love the Pres’s iPhone.
 
8 am start, so much for the extra hour in bed, even less for those who forgot to change their clocks, more of that later.  As we drove along towards the 13, a text message arrives from the Pres, status report from Dorval.  A quick exchange, then calm and serenity returned as we drove up to Tremblant with the sky becoming bluer and bluer as we drove north.  Apart from driving round the parking lot a few times looking for the entrance the drive was uneventful.  Much to our delight and pleasure 18 club members had made the journey, mind you one had not yet had the operation to separate his body from the bike so he had to go riding. Quebec should introduce a Seat from Saddle law like the winter tire law to safeguard these poor lost souls.
 
We all waited patiently at the start point awaiting