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This is a collection of my blog entries about snowboarding.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for the more recent trips that I have recorded in blog entries:

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2019/02/25 Catching a 4 day Storm at Kirkwood and Heavenly
π 2019-02-25 01:01 in Snow
I got a new model 3 to replace last year's model S and it hadn't gone to the snow yet, so this week's storm was a great time to take it there. I drove monday in time to beat the storm rolling in and literally beat the chain control by 15 minutes. The road closed a few hours later and stayed closed for 3 days...
I figured that the car might make it to kirkwood in one shot, but it wasn't too clear if it would and it would be pretty miserable if I started running short and had to drive back or ended up getting stuck, so I stopped at the Manteca supercharger for just 15mn, which gave me an extra 10% of battery and I arrived with 20% left, so in the end it wasn't needed:

my car predicted it would arrive with 14% left, that was very close, I would have had 10% left if I hadn't stopped to recharge
my car predicted it would arrive with 14% left, that was very close, I would have had 10% left if I hadn't stopped to recharge


Carson Spur is looking interesting now, it closes almost as soon as snow starts falling
Carson Spur is looking interesting now, it closes almost as soon as snow starts falling


Got a nicely priced unit from Pyramid Peak properties and let the car charge slowly over the next 3 days
Got a nicely priced unit from Pyramid Peak properties and let the car charge slowly over the next 3 days

it was snowing nicely soon after I arrived
it was snowing nicely soon after I arrived

The next morning was sadly too windy, so as expected KW opened very late (11:30) and only a couple of boring lifts. I did do a few runs on chair5 until I got bored and confirmed chair6 was not going to open for the day, and went back to my condo to get some work done:




sigh, no chair6 for us :(
sigh, no chair6 for us :(

Day #2 had another foot+ of new snow, and the roads were still closed. I was hopeful for a great day, but chair6 only opened close to noon (i.e. very late) and only a very narrow band of it (even access to chamoix was closed, and the drain on the other side was closed too of course):


opening the door was interesting
opening the door was interesting

some other doors couldn't be open at all :)
some other doors couldn't be open at all :)

chair6 being readied, finally...
chair6 being readied, finally...

nice warning, I'd rather that they tell us that than stay closed because of limited medical help being available
nice warning, I'd rather that they tell us that than stay closed because of limited medical help being available

the runs I was able to do from chair6 didn't suck
the runs I was able to do from chair6 didn't suck


Day #3 sadly had the road open from Carson Pass, so people showed up :) More of chair6 got opened:


more snow falling throughout the day
more snow falling throughout the day

I got to meet Ricky, the head of ski patrol of nicely gave me a tour and showed me the challenges they deal with
I got to meet Ricky, the head of ski patrol of nicely gave me a tour and showed me the challenges they deal with



eventually the wall opened and that was quite good, I lapped it for the rest of the day :)
eventually the wall opened and that was quite good, I lapped it for the rest of the day :)


Day #4, I stupidly slept at kirkwood due to poor planning on my part, but drove to heavenly to meet my friend Ovidiu to do some powder runs on firebreak and palisades:

nice snow accumulation of the last days
nice snow accumulation of the last days

my car was all nice and clean and came out when the sun did :)
my car was all nice and clean and came out when the sun did :)

obligatory kirkwood sign picture
obligatory kirkwood sign picture

drove to harrah's parking and joined Ovidiu in the long friday morning gondola line
drove to harrah's parking and joined Ovidiu in the long friday morning gondola line


I noticed that, nice tires on that stretcher
I noticed that, nice tires on that stretcher

we walked to the first backcountry gate as the lifts weren't running yet (!)
we walked to the first backcountry gate as the lifts weren't running yet (!)



back down to the road
back down to the road

big easy was open, so we took it to the fire break gate to run palisades
big easy was open, so we took it to the fire break gate to run palisades

We got 3 nice runs on Palisades until heavenly closed the gondola for wind :(


nice runs to burnt forest (2000ft vertical), the rest was more crappy snow
nice runs to burnt forest (2000ft vertical), the rest was more crappy snow

back up for more
back up for more

nice lenticular cloud that came from the pretty heavy wind
nice lenticular cloud that came from the pretty heavy wind

bridge back to firebreak and the bottom of the gondola
bridge back to firebreak and the bottom of the gondola


And after those 3 nice runs, sadly half of heavenly closed and despite it being barely 13:30, we decided that the rest of heavenly wasn't worth it, so we both went home. Thanks Ovidiu for being my guide for the half day :)

2019/02/12 First Snowmobile Trip around Mt Tremblant, Canada
π 2019-02-12 01:01 in Cars, Snow
After arriving in Mt Tremblant, and snowboarding a few hours, I confirmed that anything not groomed was sheer ice, so I figured I might as well try some snowmobiling instead while waiting for the incoming ft+ storm.

I had to drive 20mn to a nearby town and rent for a local store. They just gave me a 2mn briefing on what button does what, a crappy map showing me where to go (this included crossing multiple roads). Sadly, I ended up missing a turn that was not obvious at all and had to ride on the street only to figure out that a snowmobile cannot turn at all on asphalt, making things very hard.
Eventually I got help and directions back towards the trail and had a great 70km 2h30 ride across cold canadian wilderness.
I could have flipped the thing multiple times and hurt myself easily. I did top out at 100kph and caught air at least once, as well as scared myself a few times but managed not to understeer into a river or a half frozen lake :)

This probably wouldn't last more than a few days if they allowed americans to rent those things with no guidance, or a proper map (I had to use my GPS more than once to find breadcrumbs back), or over drive off the trail into a tree, or a lake :)

Either way, definitely had fun, and this probably beat any speed limited guided tour available anywhere else.






yeah, the planes were unexpected
yeah, the planes were unexpected



I eventually reached a place that had dog sleigh rides, and turned back there
I eventually reached a place that had dog sleigh rides, and turned back there


Covered wooden bridge, very nice
Covered wooden bridge, very nice







2019/02/12 2.5 days at Mt Tremblant
π 2019-02-12 01:01 in Snow
Because I happened to be nearby for the Porsche ice driving school, I figured I might as well go check out Mt Tremblant, especially as I went to its racetrack in the summer 8 years ago and while we were there, they nicely gave us a ride to the ski resort during the summer.

It almost looked the same :)


Anyway, I left my previous hotel bright and early for the 1h drive to Mt Tremblant. A big storm was coming in later that day, so it was great to have a room at the Marriott with underground parking and walking to the slopes:



the village is cute
the village is cute


given that it was a weekday without new snow, no lines
given that it was a weekday without new snow, no lines

this was a summary of the resort: ice city...
this was a summary of the resort: ice city...



Sadly, the first day was cold (-18C) and no new snow. Due to freezing rain the week prior, the entire place was covered with ice outside of trails that were groomed, but the grooming only lasted so long:

going down to soleil was a big mistake, sun facing slopes were of course sheer ice
going down to soleil was a big mistake, sun facing slopes were of course sheer ice


After a few hours or doing mostly boring groomers and hating my life the moment I left groomers, so I left the slopes by noon and went snowmobiling instead.


Thankfully the next morning we got over 30cm of new snow, which fixed a lot of things:



my hotel gave me an early tracks pass, was able to up 45mn earlier, score
my hotel gave me an early tracks pass, was able to up 45mn earlier, score

it snowed most of the day, so we got more
it snowed most of the day, so we got more


it didn't suck, but the snow was barely enough to cover the ice in places
it didn't suck, but the snow was barely enough to cover the ice in places



not a big sign
not a big sign

wait, I'm out of bounds? Since when?
wait, I'm out of bounds? Since when?

the village was more snowy by the end of the day :)
the village was more snowy by the end of the day :)




hot tubs were missing an Arturo :)
hot tubs were missing an Arturo :)

Day 3 got another 15 to 20cm, which helped refill the tracks somewhat from the previous day:



haha, great that they tell you
haha, great that they tell you

oh boy, some of the translations were wrong. This one actually said the opposite...
oh boy, some of the translations were wrong. This one actually said the opposite...

a bit of a line, but I was almost first to go up
a bit of a line, but I was almost first to go up

not so warm either, but good to keep the snow
not so warm either, but good to keep the snow

the north facing side had 3 good high speed chairs and better snow
the north facing side had 3 good high speed chairs and better snow

more snow
more snow

pseudo side-country was pretty good
pseudo side-country was pretty good


'le edge', haha
'le edge', haha

short moment of sun
short moment of sun

other side country
other side country

By 12:30 I got off the slopes to get back to the airport, but had yummy of poutine (with chicken and bacon) for the drive back :)


See more images for 2.5 days at Mt Tremblant

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