Over the last few weeks, everyone seems to be losing their patience with the seemingly endless, five months of winter weather that we have endured this year in eastern Canada. Has it not already been a couple weeks since the season of spring was officially ushered in?
Ah, spring! The season that brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and ideas of renewal and rejuvenation. The accumulated snow begins to melt, and streams swell with runoff. The Northern Hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to “spring forth,” hence giving the season its name. This year, the vernal equinox (which is also called the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) fell on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 12:57 P.M. EDT. To some, this transformational date and spring season is anticipated with fervour. To the winter sport enthusiast, it can be a time of the year full of mixed emotions, especially if spring conditions arrive earlier than expected.
Fortunately, this year has turned out to be one of the greatest spring skiing seasons we’ve ever had, and Le Massif de Charlevoix doesn’t disappoint. Yesterday afternoon, my wife Monia took a leisurely run down the mountain under a clear blue sky, warming sunshine and a pleasant 3 degrees celcius. Her GoPro and Canon SLR captured the majestic St. Lawrence River with her spring ice flows heading east to the Atlantic Ocean. Ah, this is what renewal and rejuvenation feels like!
Every year, consider joining us well into early April and visit the Charlevoix Region of Quebec, where you can experience fantastic spring ski conditions well past the spring equinox.