I finally made the (13 hour) trek to the Chic Choc National Park in Northeastern Quebec. I had heard of legendary and easily accessible backcountry terrain littering the park, so perhaps I had high expectations. The day before me and Casey were supposed to leave, the park received enough rain to basically destroy any possibility of skiing downhill. The peaks of mountains lacked any snow due to wind/rain.
Although you can’t really tell by this crappy iPhone shot, this slide down Champ-des-Mars was an entire sheet of ice. At 35 degrees, it was terrifying to even think about falling down. It would have been impossible to stop oneself. Me and Casey immediately regretted our decision to ski it, but had no choice but to finish the run. We decided to take a selfie to brighten the mood.
For accommodations, we chose the Sea Shack Hostel in Saint-Anne-des-Monts and we highly recommend it. Cheap beds, big/clean kitchen, and a warm, outdoor jacuzzi make for a nice place to stay. For our second day in the park, we chose a tour into the Grand Cuvee. A longer tour, with less downhill commitment, it was the best option.
Luckily there was a cabin with a woodstove waiting for us at the end of our tour.
We warmed up with donuts and hot coffee and took in the beautiful view of awesome terrain we wouldn’t be able to ski.
We left our hostel the next day looking forward to when we would be able to return to the park to do some real skiing.
We drove all day to a friend’s house in Northern Vermont where, big surprise, more rain came from the sky, ruining our hopes of good conditions.