Ascent to Montagne du Midi-Top of chair-lift on 2010-12-25

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Francis Payeur
Date:Saturday, December 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Montagne du Midi - Top of chair-lift
    Elevation:2953 ft / 900 m
    Remaining Elevation:52 ft / 15 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

My friend Vincent proposed to go skiing at Massif du Sud on Christmas day. Since I was estranged for Christmas, Luiza visiting her parents and mine being away, I accepted immediately. I invited Francis and we arranged to go together the next morning.

He came to pick me up at my place around 10:30am. We got on our way and an hour and fifteen minutes later were at MDS' parking. I spotted Vincent's car but knew he was already skiing. We got our tickets quickly and went to take the lifts. There was almost no-one on the mountain so we were at the top quickly. My plan was to ski a couple slopes and then move further in the mountain to bag the true summit and another bump in the adjacent MRC. We took the easiest slope since it was Francis' first Telemark outing this winter. It proved to be really nice with not too much ice.

When we got to the bottom, we waited a bit to see if we could catch a glimpse of Vincent, but we got tired of waiting and hopped back in the lift. Halfway up, the lift stopped and remained stationary for a while. When it started again, it crept and a really slow pace. At the summit, the guy on duty told us the lift had problems and it was the last round it did. We assumed if we went to the tocket booth we'd get free tickets. We took a harder off-piste slope and got to the bottom a little bit slowly. There, we went to the booth and asked if we could go up the mountain with our climbing skins for one last descent. The lady conferred with some colleagues and told us it was okay as long as we took the easy slope.

We went back outside and got ready to go. I was able to spot Vincent on the T-bars, but I was unable to get his attention. We kept going up using our skins. We met snowmobiles carrying ski patrol up so they could check every slope. One told us we shouldn't be there, but we met two others who were okay with us going to the top and then back down. It took us around 50 minutes to get up the mountain. At the almost-summit, we were awaited by the head-patrolman. He was very friendly but I assumed I couldn't very well go in the back-country now and didn't even ask. We took our last descent, waited for the patrol to acknowledge we were safe and out of the mountain, and got on our way back home.

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Me standing on the slopes.

Looking northeast at the aerials on the northernmost shoulder of mont Saint-Magloire.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1263 ft / 384 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1263 ft / 384 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Cold but completely calm clear day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1263 ft / 384 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:'Familiale' trail
    Start Trailhead:Bottom of chair-lift  1690 ft / 515 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1263 ft / 384 m
    Route:Trail #16
    End Trailhead:Bottom of chair-lift  1690 ft / 515 m
    Time:10 Minutes

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