A friend's parents have rented a cottage in Quebec for the winter, so a few of us made the haul out to La Belle Province last weekend for a skiing trip. We had done this trip two years ago, but that ended with someone's broken tibia, so we were hoping for much better this time around. Myself, I had spent that trip on the bunny hill learning to snowboard, and so to avoid making another 7-hour drive just to spend my time falling on a small pile of snow, I went and bought my own snowboard gear and have been practicing at the local hills, hoping to take better advantage of the slopes that Quebec has to offer.
I don't think we could have been more fortunate.
We left Toronto Thursday evening, and arrived in St Sauveur around midnight. Just as we were approaching the cottage, it started to snow, so we were fortunate to avoid that for the drive. When we awoke in the morning, there was a foot of fresh snow on the ground. 'Twas a good omen. The drive to Tremblant was slow, but when we got there, we found a relatively empty mountain - since it was a Friday morning - and lots of fresh powder. Perfect.
With no lines, we got tons of mountain time in, and I improved immensely on the board, actually making some turns properly. I'm still pretty terrible, however, so I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, and somehow managed to twist my ankle on one fall. It wasn't until I removed my boot that I discovered how much it hurt. That injury would prevent me from hitting the slopes the next day, but it was still an awesome time, and I am officially hooked.
On Sunday, we went tubing, and had even more luck. We arrived just when it opened, and we were literally the only ones there and had the slopes to ourselves. By the time we had left (a half-hour after we were supposed to) only about a dozen or so other people arrived. Our butts were frozen, but it was a load of fun.
So, in contrast to the last trip, this one was a huge success, and you can expect me to keep practicing my snowboarding on the local hills.