Last week we went skiing. To a lovely old resort, on tiny Lac Morency, in the Laurentians, in Quebec. I won't say that we packed too much stuff.... just that while we were loading the car, I thought of a scene in the 80's television show Designing Women. The episode where the four ladies and their significant others go skiing, and Suzanne has so many suitcases, that Reese quips, "God, we're like that family in the Grapes of Wrath."
This is part of the main lodge at Auberge du Lac Morency. Original parts of the main building date back to the early 1930's. It's nestled on the shores of Lac Morency, in a kind of bowl, surrounded by hills.
I love these little studio condos that look like log cabins.
We had booked a last minute deal, and our condo was a two bedroom, two bathroom unit, with an upstairs.
We had perfect weather for a winter vacation. Brilliant sunshine every day, and frosty temperatures well below freezing. And no wind... well... hardly any wind.
We skied four out of five days. And on the one day when the wind plus the cold made it pretty darn chilly, this is what the well dressed fashionista/skier wore to avoid a frozen face.
This is my "come hither" look. Pretty fetching, if you ask me.
I kept thinking of that old movie Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man. Remember that? At least when I took off my face mask and hat, my head didn't disappear.
We have a similar trail near our house where we cycle in summer, and ski in the winter. But it has no ski track and, despite the fact that it's supposed to be a "shared trail," in winter, it's primarily taken over by snowmobiles. Unfortunately, many of the snowmobile drivers are not aware of (or choose to ignore) the need to slow down when they pass a skier. So it can get a bit nerve wracking, not to say dangerous. But that's a rant for another time.
On two other days we skied at Parc régional Val-David/ Val-Morin. We accessed the trails at the lovely little town of Val David. But you can also park, and start skiing, a few kilometres away at Val Morin.
This is the old railway station/ tourist bureau in downtown Val David. On Saturday, it was swarming with tiny hockey players, taking part in a minor hockey tournament on the outdoor rink. It was munchkin city; I swear, not one of them came up above my waist.
This is a shot of the main street of Val David.
This is the beginning of the trail we skied. I didn't take my i-pad out on the trail with me. There were too many hills here, and I was afraid I would fall and crack it. Several times I wished I had it, though. Especially when we were sitting on a bench in front of the cabin where we stopped for lunch, looking out over the hills below, at the perfect snow and the clear blue sky.
We were not the only skiers in town that day. As we were leaving, we passed these kids on their way to the trails.
The one activity we didn't try while we were at Lac Morency was dog sledding. But I went down to the lake to get some pictures. Heeeere they come... these dogs love to run.
And at the end of a long day of sledding, these pups got a free ride home.
As evening fell on the last night of our holiday, Hubby and I got cleaned up and strolled down to the lodge for dinner.
The food is wonderful at L'Auberge du Lac Morency. Dinner is always table d'hote. This is Hubby's first course, endive salad and some sort of terrine/pate. He said it was delicious.
Hubby's main course was cannelloni. And mine was steak in a Beaujolais sauce with sweet potato crisps. Yum. I tried a new wine... well, new to me... an Italian Sangiovese, recommended by our waiter. The Auberge is known for its wine cellar, and while I'm no connoisseur, I really do like to try different wines. Hubby had a local micro-brewery beer, which he said was very good.
Dessert was delicious as well, but I was too tired and mellow to take any pictures. My muscles were tired after a hard ski with lots of hill climbing. And I was relaxed and happy, and too full of great food to worry about blogging.
Yep. We were both mellow and, one might even say, replete. Filled with delicious food, good companionship, and our week of fun in the sun and fresh winter air.
What fun things are you up to this winter?