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Posts Tagged ‘quebec’

Quebec and Home

11.Dec.2010 by Patrick O'Brien

This last weekend members from the GRP headed to Foret Montmorency for a great weekend of skiing. When we arrived conditions were good, although only 10k or so of skiing was opened and had been groomed. But thanks to the steady snowfall the groomers continued to open more skiing every day and conditions steadily improved. By Sunday during our OD ski we were able to ski 20+k that had been groomed with the PB and much more that had been packed down previously. It had been a while since I had been to Foret so it was nice to head back there and enjoy a steady block of training on good snow. The additional elevation on some of the forest service roads really meant for some impressive snowfall accumulation while we were skiing. By the end of our skis the tracks that had been recently groomed had already filled in and were practically non-existent!

"Enemies of the forest" poster in our dorms- I never realized that la negligence  and l'urbanization were such problems...

"Enemies of the forest" poster in our dorms- I never realized that la negligence and l'urbanization were such problems...

Midwinter conditions in Foret

Midwinter conditions in Foret

The snowstorm that hit Quebec also brought us some white stuff here in Craftsbury. We probably got 6-7 inches of snow here in Craftsbury although the snow has been so light and fluffy that has packed down to practically nothing. Thanks to all the trail work and smoothing this summer coupled with extensive snow farming from the parking lots and along side the trail we have some great skiing despite the light snowfall so far. A big storm looks to be shaping up for this coming Sunday although it is uncertain if we will be getting some heavy snowfall accumulation or just rain instead.  Fingers crossed!

Overnight fluffies this whole last week- we're going to need a bit more accumulation before the opening Eastern Cups this comming weekend

Overnight flurries this whole last week- we're going to need a bit more accumulation before the opening Eastern Cups this comming weekend

North of the Border

6.Jan.2010 by Lauren Jacobs

This past weekend Ollie, Chelsea, Tucker and I headed to NorAm races at Valcartier, a venue about 30 minutes north of Québec City. We were also lucky enough to be graced with the presence of chef/wax-tech/trail-side cheerer extraordinaire Anna. The races were chock-full of top Canadians; it seemed like everyone except those in Europe for the World Cups was there. Needless to say, the competition was tough. We were there for five days and three races: 15/30 km continuous pursuit, skate sprint, and 10/15 km classic. I was, predictably, in seventh heaven the whole time, catching up with my Québecois friends, speaking French, and walking around my old haunts.

There are many stories from our voyage but here are a few choice tid-bits:

– Ollie does the best impression of the Québecois way to say “oui.” Also, he has a never ending supply of Canadian jokes.

– Canadian National Team skier, Dasha Gaiazova, is crazy fast. She also peed right in the middle of the stadium on sprint day. I guess if you’re that fast, you can get away with that.

– Allez, allez! Hup hup hup! Let’s go!! The announcer was awesome though not at all neutral in his cheering.

– The skate sprint course was unbelievably short and fast. The top male qualifier skied the 1.2 km loop in 1:39!

– tricky classic waxing + no Pepa = stressed out CGRP skiers

– venue without an indoor space + heated wax trailer = really happy CGRP skiers

– Patty Ross (Middlebury assistant coach) cracked up one day because she overheard me chatting away in French interspersed with a “geezum!”

– The women had to do 4 x a 2.5 km loop for the classic race because they said the 5 km men’s loop had 60 m too much elevation gain for FIS standards. (I’m still wondering if they meant 60 feet, not meters) In either case, they made a point of sticking to the rules.

– In the classic race, my coach from last year told me on every lap “to use my legs.” It was like Pepa was there. (I really was trying to have good technique, I swear.)

– The French word for “pursuit” is “poursuite” – which is just kind of funny for some reason.

Sweet photo of Chels in the skate sprint.

Sweet photo of Chels in the skate sprint.

Ollie lapping through the stadium in the pursuit.

Ollie lapping through the stadium in the pursuit.

Check out the race reports we wrote about the pursuit and sprint and  distance classic on Fasterskier.com.