"It's up to mother nature now" - Sutton mountain gets ready for the season
By Manfried H. Starhemberg
"It is all up to Mother Nature now" according to Sutton mountain's Melanie Davidson. "This is our busiest time of the year, getting the mountain groomed, the snow making equipment in place, enlarging the bar, the installation of new carpets in the reception area etc."
And busy it was Wednesday morning. The phone was ringing, backhoes were driving up and down the myriad trails and workers were everywhere on the slopes. The mountain is expanding this year by offering four new "tree skiing" trails to all winter sport enthusiasts: Crocodile, Entonnoir, Extase and Seduction. Skiers and snowboarders can expect to practice their favourite winter sports in a wooded zone, where there will be lots of trees. Due to this fact, the Crocodile and Entonnoir trails will offer a high level of difficulty, they will therefore have a "triple diamond" status. The Extase and Seduction trails will be listed in the "double diamond" category.
A new Tucker Sno-Cat has been added to the already impressive fleet of snow grooming machines and 33 new energy efficient snow guns have been installed to insure coverage of snow on the most popular Dynamique trail.
"We had an exceptionally good year last winter" explains Melanie, "there were no serious injuries, attendance was at a record level and we are building upon this to make this season as good as we can, to ensure the continuance of our status as one of the most desirable ski designations in Quebec".
"In two or three weeks this is going to be a beehive" smiled a worker busy at inspecting the chairs. "we are even installing new backrests to make people more comfortable".
This winter, Mont Sutton will also offer a new 3D interactive trail map. Among other functions, this new trail map will give visitors the possibility to share photos and videos directly on it.
Among other news at the mountain is a new family pass which will allow its holders to ski for free at Mont St-Bruno. Now it is just up to nature. The mountain and its hundreds of employees are ready!