In 2011 I started my love affair with skiing while we were living on the Gaspe Peninsula. I had done some alpine skiing (downhill) as a child in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and after a 25 year hiatus was re-introduced to the sport and discovered that winter was eminently more enjoyable with skiing as part of my life.
In the eight years since that re-introduction I have taken up three ski variations - backcountry alpine touring, backcountry cross-country and front country (or downhill, resort) alpine skiing. (I did telemark skiing for three years, and truly loved the history and aesthetic but not the thigh killing work-out.)
Skiing has transformed winter for me. I now live to ski.
This is a journal of my ski adventures from the 2019 season
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Back to backcountry! First ski of the season and first time using my alpine touring gear for touring and not just regular downhill skiing in 2 years! Oh it feels so good to be skinning up and skiing down through the woods. Photo credit: @toesalad
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.