St Bruno Jan 19 2020

Tom V notes from St Bruno

At St Bruno, we were 9 BTers. Peter and Sophie set out earlier than the rest having waited for a significant time for the rest. The rest of us waited for others who arrived late. We finally started skiing at 10:50. I have never seen the park so crowded, but once we got out on the trails that was not an issue. Bryan and Jeff split off after a while and me Robert Dennis Cheryl Helene did 15.5 km during 2h 25m with a good number of hills. Conditions were excellent and we all had a great outing. When we left the park at 1:50, cars waiting to pay at the gate were lined up all the way down the park road and then along the regular road for another few hundred meters!

Admin comment:

Clearly traffic problems caused by the snow fall, caused a confused and very delayed start.

Mont Rolland Jan 05 2020

Write up from Peter C. We were 21 skiers at Mont Rolland for our first Sunday outing of the new decade. Weather and trail conditions were great, and we spread out on the trail in a couple of different groups between Mont Rolland and Val Morin, with Mickey of course making it the furthest.
A couple of new members had, I think, a great time, with Lori getting an impromptu novice lesson from Sharon. It was a perfect, serendipitous meeting! After a good morning of varying distances we, just about all, met up at the Cafe de la Gare for soup, sandwiches, coffee and good conversation.

Farewell 2018-2019 Season

With the possible exception of Sharon and Mickey finding some tiny patch of crusty snow somewhere up north in mid-June our Beaver Tails ski season seems to be done and dusted. I want to thank everyone for participating this year. We had a great hiking season, with good turnouts and mostly good weather. Our ski season started really early with a good turnout on the PTN up at Mont Rolland on November 18! We followed that up with another November Sunday at Gai Luron. After that things went south for a bit, till we were able to ski again in January. The rest of the winter was up-and-down, with bouts of freezing cold followed by warm temps and plenty of rain and freezing rain. I fear this is the new normal, we will see!

I want to thank all our super volunteers for making events happen: Arthur Grynspan and Rick Birnbaum, Gwen Wulfraat and Richard Comeau, Monique Isler, Tom Ventser, Glenn Kyte, and everyone else who helped out in different ways.

I also want to thank all the members of our organizing committee (Christine tells me we don’t officially have an Executive) for keeping the club running: Keith and Linda (Communications), Dennis Martin (Ski Coordinator), Roy Tom (all-around-good-guy), Bruce and Christine (Membership and Treasurer respectively).

Everyone have a safe, healthy and active spring and summer, and see you back on the hiking trails this fall. Many of you are also members of our sister organization, the Beaconsfield Cycling Club (, see you on the road.

Peter C

1st ski day November 18, 2018 Mont Rolland


Well deserved coffee

Ski Report by Peter Côté -18 Nov 2018

Snow is your friend! Early last week, as I was looking at our upcoming scheduled hike at Val David, I was becoming increasingly stressed. The area had already received a lot of snow, and more was in the forecast along with cold temperatures, so none of it was melting. By late in the week there was significant new snow, as well as a Sunday morning forecast of -16 C. There may be some people in our club who would love this, but these are not mass participation conditions.

Then somewhere I saw the possibility that the P’tit Train du Nord (PTN) might open for the weekend. We had already cancelled and rescheduled Val David once, we had cancelled Prevost and rescheduled a local walk the following week. I really did not want to be a wuss and cancel another hike! But replacing a hike with a ski day in mid-November, well that’s golden.

So, a quick consultation email went out to the executive for feedback on the idea. Respondents thought it was a great idea, so all we had to do now was to wait for the confirmation from the PTN people that they were in fact opening. That came early Saturday morning, so very quickly thereafter the Facebook posts went out announcing the change, the website was changed, and an email went out announcing that we would be skiing on November 18th on the PTN at Mont Rolland! Have we ever started that early?

In the end, 17 BTer’s managed to scramble together their gear, dust off their skis, find their wax and so on. We assembled in fits and starts at Mont Rolland on a glorious Sunday morning. The traditional group photo didn’t really happen as people were all over the place: some had arrived early, others were lined up at the little shack to pay their day access fee, and still others were on the road somewhere. Regardless, 17 of us made it out for a really early (and beautiful) start to the skiing season. Conditions were pretty darn good, sunshine was warm and comforting through the morning cold, and a really pleasant group of skiers showed up, including a couple of new members.

On the PTN you go out and you come back, it’s that simple. I think Jan and Kathy get the gold star for distance, having gone out 10 k, for a total of 20 kms, however Mickey was still out when the rest of us were leaving in our cars, so who knows what he did, Mr. Canadian Ski Marathon veteran! But most of us were content with a more leisurely start to the season, putting in 10-12 kms, then enjoying the coffee at the Café de la Gare.

It was great to see such a large group of eager Beaver Tailers out on such short notice. The season will only get better!


Scenic view off le Petit Train du Nord 18 Nov 2018

18 November 2018 – quick report by Linda

First ski day of the season – Le Petit train du nord starting from Mont Rolland.

There were 10, 12, or 13 people out.  We are not really sure as everyone started out at different times for various reasons:

  • Late night the night before
  • Could not find ski stuff
  • Made a last minute decision to go purely due to peer pressure

The conditions were winter like.  We forget how pretty this trail can be with the sun shining.  Many did about 10 km and will probably feel a few muscles tomorrow.  We also forget the fact that after that last curve on the return journey there is another 1 or 2 km to go.  Everyone we saw back in the parking lot had a big smile.

If you did not take advantage of the ski day today, get the gear out this week because with any luck we will be able to ski next weekend.

St Bruno 4 November 2018

Today was glorious! Mont St Bruno is such a lovely place for an autumn walk in the woods. The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, ideally cool, and the company was varied and stimulating! We set out with Brian Abbot as our leader, and a very fine job he did. Brian lives in St Lambert, so Mont St Bruno is his backward.

Mont St. Bruno 4 Nov 2018
Pic by Peter C.

We were 13 by the way. We set out on the Monteregien trail, then veered off unto the Sentier des Lacs in order to take us up around Lac des Bouleaux. So we really did the full extent of the park. Our total distance was 9.8 kms, and we had a couple of new members with us, which was terrific. It was a great day.

Cap St Jacques 2018 09 30

CSJ report by Keith
This report is short
So was the walk
In summer CSJ trails may be closed
With no ski tracks to lead the way
It’s easy to be led astray
Unless Ron M leads the way
Still the beach was found, and the toilets too
Great if you needed the loo
Next the farm and animals, donkey or an ass or two
Kids playing on the tractor, looks familiar to you?
A visit to the store
A few kilometers more
Then all done.

Just short of 10kms, good start to the weekend hikes for the fourteen out for this day.
Guess being poet laureate is not for me.

Four BTers at the PTdN — The Skiing Was Just Fine!

I blame myself.  Clearly, I waited too long to send out my e-mail about skiing on Sun at Gai Luron or the P’tit Train du Nord.  I sent it out on Sat afternoon at 3:30 pm.  It’s no wonder only two people opted in.  I’m SURE if I had sent it first thing Sat morning, dozens of you would have turned out.  I’m sure it was the late notice that dissuaded you and not the cold weather and the prospect of icy trail conditions.  Indeed, many of the people I canvassed at the EOS Party mumbled that they had already made other plans.  It seemed that most of those plans involved staying in bed as late as possible on Sun morning…

Given the fast conditions, me and the two other opt-in skiers (Mickey and Sharon, of course) decided to ski on the flatter PTdN.  I made my way up to Mont Rolland (Saint-Adèle) for 11 am DST to meet them.  We had the later than usual start since we lost an hour during the night with the change to Daylight Saving Time.  The parking lot was not very crowded, go figure.  It was -17 C (felt like -24 with the wind).  I’ve skied in much colder weather, so the temperature was not an issue.  The trail conditions were another matter.  The PTdN people are good at grooming their trail, but the thaws and lack of new snow had left the tracks hard and icy.

I had optimistically applied green wax at home, but Mickey and the guy at Espresso Sports advised me that klister was a better bet.  The universal klister I had brought with me is rated for -5 C to +10 C, but I figured Continue reading “Four BTers at the PTdN — The Skiing Was Just Fine!”

Fabulous Day for the Ski Clinic at Morin Heights

Wow, what a great day it turned out to be for the ski clinic at Morin Heights!  Thirty Beaver Tails members turned out for good skiing and to improve their skills.
Some had been concerned the weather might not be favourable for conducting the ski clinic.  The small probability of freezing drizzle did not materialize — there was no precipitation at all the whole day.  The temperature was hovering above 0 C by a degree or two, so having good wax — or waxless skis — was helpful. During the morning, about ten BTers showed up at different times and went for an informal ski.

At 12:30 pm, the groups began assembling for the ski clinic.  It was a bit more complicated this year, because we had two meeting points.  The beginner and intermediate groups met at the same place as last year, the trailer hut at Basler Park, which is at the top of the hill on chemin du Lac Echo.  The advanced and skate groups met at the accueil of Morin Heights Nature Camping, which was a short 6-minute drive away.  It is located a short ski from the aerobic corridor.
The beginner and intermediate groups were led by Anne and Karen, while the advanced and skating groups were led by Arnie and Rick.  The lessons began at 1 pm and lasted about 1.5 hours.  The feedback Continue reading “Fabulous Day for the Ski Clinic at Morin Heights”

2016 03 12  EOS Party at La Perle

The season really does seem to be drawing to an early close.  After a late start, and some uncooperative weather during much of the last month, the local parks (e.g. CSJ, BDL, Mt Royal) ended their trail grooming activities the previous weekend and the snow has been rapidly disappearing from our lawns.  So it seemed appropriate to be gathering last Sat evening for the End of Season (EOS) Party.
2016 03 12 EOS MT 02Thirty-nine members and guests gathered at La Perle in DDO.  This was the second year in a row we were meeting here.  We had our own corner of the busy restaurant (conveniently located by the TV screens showing the hockey game) and there was much mingling and conversation as we arrived and found our places.  Then the food, pre-selected by our organizer Roy, began to arrive. And arrive. And arrive.  Everyone found lots to enjoy among the many choices and nobody complained about still being hungry!
During the meal, I conducted a quick survey among the attendees as to where they would prefer to go skiing the next morning.  The choice was near unanimous — nowhere!  Indeed, many had been out on their bikes that afternoon and were planning to do so again the following day instead of skiing.  But there was one person (Sharon) who said she would ski and one other person (Mickey) who said he might ski.  So I announced that the designated location for the Sun ski outing was P’tit Train du Nord (Mont Rolland) at 11 am DST.  So how did that turn out?  Is the season really and truly at an end?  Check the Sun outing report to find out.
The EOS Party was a great success thanks to all who attended.  But it was especially due to Roy for all the planning and organization he did in the preceding weeks.  Thanks, Roy!