I'm skinning up and @toesalad is snowshoeing with his board on his back (obviously). Trying to figure out where we are on the map. New to this area and not sure how we track up the mountain exactly.
Hiking partners at sentier Cap de La fée in saint Donat. The warming temps and rain in the city earlier this week has seriously put me in a funk. Come winter I live for winter sport and rain ruins everything. Ah but the temps dropped and there is still plenty of snow in the mountains. Feeling so much better after a day at Saint Donat.
First ski of the season. One month earlier than last year. Yeah baby!!
Having discovery the gem of Saint Donat we plan to return to this area often this winter to ski. Today’s plan was to ski a hiking trail up Mont Sourire and Montagne du Carcan and visit refuge la chouette but there wasn’t enough snow to fully cover all the rocks etc.
We were disappointed but undaunted and headed into town (Saint Donat) to ski the groomed trails from Parc des Pionniers.
We are still in awe of all the trails in this area. To find an alternative route to our original plan a few kilometres away from our planned destination, what a gift.
Soon we’ll head into the mountains on skis, just need a bit more snow to cover those rocks. For today we enjoyed the flatter and snow covered trails closer to town.
Hiking Sentier Mont Kaaikop to Mont Kaaikop summit with @toesalad.
We were thrilled to discovery this winter wonderland 1.5 hours from the city. But we were more thrilled to discover the vast trail networks for hiking, x-country and backcountry skiing around the village of Saint Donat in the Laurentian mountains. So much to explore here and this was our first taste. We will be coming back to this area, often. I can’t wait!