Originally Posted by xdog1
I'll be heading up for MLK weekend. Anyone have a real-deal review of conditions @ Mont St. Anne and Le Massif?
I was there Jan 2-7. It was packed powder before jan 1. Then it rained for 14 hours on Jan 1. It was very very icy at MSA. There was a Women's Noram race there, so La Crete was closed. On Sunday's SL, many of the ladies went off-course due to the intensely icy conditions.
I skied L'espoir on the Wednesday, and it was still very icy. Thank goodness I sharpen my own skis! People were falling at the top and sliding down several tens of meters on the white hardpack ice, before coming to a stop on some cut-up snow -- maybe 2 inches deep. They were still holding class lessons on L'espoir. The steepest pitch on Gros Vallon was the same white hardpack. Pichard had the usual hardpack on the left side, and thick cut-up on the right.
In general, the steeper bits were hardpack, the flats were packed.
Some snow did help. But do check the weather forecast for Beaupre at http://www.theweathernetwork.com/wea...s/CAQC0043.htm
LM may be your best bet.
Le Massif seems to have fared much better. La Fenomene had icy bits, but not as many as MSA. Perhaps that's just lower skier traffic? IMO, the conditions were far better at LM than MSA. OTOH, the final turn to get to the base lodge was blue ice. ALL of Cabaret was pure white hardpack, but still better.
Whatever you do, make sure you've got some sharp edges on!