The past few weeks were rough. I had to focus on school, but I couldn’t keep my mind off skiing. As it was getting colder outside, shops were slowly transitioning from biking to skiing and the ski community has been gathering more and more to celebrate the beginning of a new season. For many weeks now, my Instagram and Facebook feed have been loaded with ski movie trailers, new gear and ski related events in Quebec like the “Salon du Backcountry du Québec” or other movie premieres.
It is now the time of the year where I start planning my ski trips and set my goals for the season. It is usually something that I would send directly to those who support me (thank you so much Peak Performance and Meier Skis, you guys rock!), but I know sharing this plan here with you will definitely motivate me to make things happen!
So here it goes.
1. Chic-Chocs, Gaspésie. L’Auberge Chic-Chac is the place to be! I had the opportunity to get there twice last season and I’d like to hit it three times this season: one early season trip during the Christmas break, a second one during late January or early March and hopefully a third one during late March or April. I’d love to ski Mont Albert, but the real deal would be the Mines Madeleine, at the end of the season. The chutes over there are gnarly!
2. Tuckerman Ravine. I skied it once before (2 seasons ago) and it was super fun. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it happen again last season, so I’d like to ski it at least twice this season during March and April. I'm also going to keep that place as a plan B if I’m not able to get to the Chic Chocs again at the end of the season.
3. Mont Avila. Back to the roots. About ten years ago, I quit the mogul skiing team and bought a park pass at Mont Avila. I started freestyle skiing there with my childhood friend and loved it! This season that same friend and I decided to get a season pass there and we’ll try to get some park laps about once a week, if we’re not touring. I consider myself pretty good on any kind of terrain, with any kind of skis clipped to my feet, but jumps are my weakness and I really want to get better at it this season. The ultimate goal is to bring tricks to natural features in the backcountry. Mont Avila is also where the Akamp takes place in June, which is the only summer ski camp on the East Coast. It's super fun and I would love to do it again next summer.
Following this plan, winter should go like this:
November: Early season park laps whenever the ski hill opens
December: Studying for finals (school) then Chic-Chocs after Christmas
January: Park laps and hopefully 2nd trip to the Chic Chocs
February: Park laps and Studying for mid terms (school)
March: Chic-Chocs and/or Tuckerman and park laps
April: Chic-Chocs and/or Tuckerman and park laps
I hope this will work out. I’ll share most of it on social media so make sure to follow Chasing Snowflakes on Facebook and Instagram (new insta account!).
See you on the slopes,