My team (the Craftsbury Green Racing Project) ventured north into Quebec in late October and early November, to take advantage of saved-and-rolled-out snow at the Foret Montmorency. We spent Monday through Thursday of two consecutive weeks at “the Foret”, returning to VT in between to compete in the Nensa Elite rollerski race at Trapps.
Foret Montmorency is a unique place – we refer it it most usually as simply “the foret” which is pronounced “4-A”, an English-speaker attempt at the proper French word for forest. This undoubtedly confuses many a border patrol agent on our crossing north: “where are you going?” us: “the forest”. The Foret is a heavily forested area north of Quebec City, featuring a collection of dorm-style residential buildings and ski trails, owned and operated by the University of Laval. The Foret is one of only 2 venues in North America that save snow from the previous winter under woodchips, so that they can ensure early skiing (the other being Canmore Alberta). This year’s loop was about 2 km long, mostly a wide swath of snow for skiing in both directions with a tear-drop loop on either end. For our 2nd camp, one of the tear-drop loops had partially melted out so we were down to an out-and-back on that end.
We spent many productive hours on snow, with distance sessions, technique-focus speeds, and quite a number of intensity sessions.
We’ve now returned to Vermont, where there’s a dusting of snow on the ground and it actually feels kind of wintery! The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has been able to run it’s 3 snow guns for several of the past nights, and there’s a chance that the snow will be spread out later this week or on the weekend. Then we’ll have more loops, more speeds, more technique videos to review. The season is coming up, and we’re putting the finishing touches on our fitness as we get back on snow and remember how to make the most of winter.