Pros: No crowds, long runs (by Quebec standards), some good steeps, the view
Cons: Can be icy, too much grooming,
Here's the love:
- No crowds. Only on the greatest, sunniest, warmest days of winter will you wait in line, and even at that you won't ever wait longer than 10 minutes, and that will only be at peak time in the morning. Usually there's no lineups and on weekdays the slopes are empty.
- Flying down the Kamikaze. It's fairly steep, sometimes icy, always groomed, and goes right under the main quad. It's very satisfying to ski it at a high speed and roll with the mountain. If you want you can cut off to one of the side runs like Korman's Dive, Grande Allee, or Newport Express.
- The new glade (Ponsoon). It's not very long, but it has about a dozen different lines through it, some real steep drops, and holds the snow. It's nice and open at some points and narrows up at others. It's great fun.
- The Colorado. The other expert run from the top, it does'nt get groomed as much as the Kamikaze and is just as steep. On a good snow day its loads of fun.
- The cruisers. Lilly's Leap, Centennial, and Upward Trail are all great intermediate runs with good snow quality and grooming.
- The view is amazing. Lake Memphramagog stretches out for 30 km all the way to Mont Orford in the north. Looking south you can see across the border to Jay Peak.
- It's cheap: less than $40 for a ticket is one of the best deals around.
- The snow isn't always that good. When it is, it's amazing, but Jay Peak and Mont Sutton, both of which are within 30 minutes, always get more snow.
- Needs more runs. Maybe it's because I've been skiing there for so long, but I've always wished there were a few more runs. You can criss-cross the mountain on the way down to mix things up, but for the most part there aren't that many ways down the mountain.
- The cafeteria sucks. Mediocre burgers and fries and it's overpriced.