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The mountain in preparation for summer

Preparing a mountain for summer is quite a challenge when it is the highest elevation east of the Rockies. The snowmelt period is an important issue, especially at high altitude. It dictates all spring operations in the mountains.

When you say snow melt, you also say snowfall. This season at Le Massif, we have been very happy to have good snow accumulations, but when they fall in the spring, the snow melt is consequently longer. In particular, the snow melts very slowly in places where it has been hit by skiers during the winter, including on alpine trails. Add to this a cold spring where the snow persists even in May at the top of the mountain. 

But that's not what stops the wonderful teams on the mountain. Together, these people are working even harder to make the mountain bike trails accessible as soon as possible, so that you can fully enjoy the outdoors on the mountain.

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Water management on the mountain

After spending a winter under the snow, the state of the trails on the mountain is a real surprise. You never know what you'll find. After walking the trails and seeing the work that needs to be done on them, crews are busy unblocking culverts as needed, cleaning up sediment, re-digging some of the ditches, blowing out leaves, creating pathways or blockages to better direct the water and so on. The goal is to get the trail soil dry as quickly as possible. 

 

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Major repairs done, trails developed

Once everything is in place to better channel the passage of water through the mountain, crews can begin trail building for the summer season. Of course, water remains a constant challenge as it often happens that after rainy days, the teams must go and rework the soil and make new channels to dry out the trails again.

At the end of the thaw period, the fragility of the trails is considerable, leaving the soil not as watertight as it will be during the season. It may appear to be thawed at first glance, but at depth, it is not yet the case. Thus, the water table is not yet able to accept all the water received in terms of rain.

Working on the immense territory of Le Massif de Charlevoix means working on a magical playground and better understanding the particularities of mountain ecosystems. The beauty of our work is to live in symbiosis with nature, to adapt to its rhythm.

It is for all these reasons that it is important to follow the measures of prohibition of access to the trails when nature has not yet given us its go.