It was important to me to open as soon as we could offer something to the skaters. At the weekend conditions weren’t perfect all around, but I knew there would be a group of skaters waiting to get their skis out.The promoter of a cross-country skiing center called the Montmorency Forest, Godefroy Bilodeau.
On Saturday and Sunday, more than 300 skaters dusted their skis across the country on a fifteen kilometer track. Quite the opposite of the situation this time last year.
The site has been completely closed to the public, after Laval University decided to end its recreational tourism activities. Rouge et Or cross-country ski coach Godefroy Bilodeau feared his athlete would lose a unique ski center in the area, because the season begins there as early as November and could extend into May.
Re-opening at full capacity
So he got to work in the middle of last winter, and he convinced the University College of Forestry at Laval to put him in charge of running the ski center. The success of his approach prompted him to repeat the experience this season, this time opening the site and his main chalet to maximum capacity, including accommodation.
As a coach, the important thing for me is that athletes can train early in the season. Same thing at the end of the season. So why not offer people accommodation with that? It’s a great site, he explains.
Especially since cross-country skiing appears to be more popular than ever in Quebec, as evidenced by record ski sales last winter.
New chalet in Camp Mercier
Not too far in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve, Camp Mercier management is also expecting a busy winter. pandemic obliges, SEPAQShe had to control the number of passengers at cross-country ski centers a year ago. This time, the season will continue at full capacity and Camp Mercier has undergone changes.
The chalet was under construction last winter and is now ready to receive clients. Camp Mercier also got a new refurbished track-drawing device. It is scheduled to open on December 4.
If we go through last year it will be a record year again, but now we have great facilities to be able to take in all these people.Director Alexandre Simard rejoices.
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