The rumours were all true. This is the end-of-season party of all parties. Now 16 years in, the Massif Open Rossignol brings together skiers and snowboarders from all over Quebec to the scenic steeps of Le Massif overlooking the shores of the beastly St. Lawrence.
The resort, located in the Charlevoix region about an hour east of Quebec, likely had one of its best days ever. The place was absolutely rammed by noon with people eager to take advantage of Le Massif's still-epic snow conditions. The reports of 30, 45, even 90+ cms overnight have left what looks like a mid-winter snowpack this late in the season.
The base area of the resort was buzzing throughout the day as people lapped a few runs and checked out the team challenge obstacle races. Teams of four ripped a run called La Cabaret built up with several features looking for the best time. The interesting part was that those in costume cut a bonus two seconds off their overall team time.
Just after lunch, when the base area was packed, Rossignol held a fashion show to reveal their 2010 lines and throw free swag into an energetic crowd. Rossi also held free demos of their 2010 ski and snowboard lines throughout the day — a good chance to sneak a test preview of the upcoming Rossignol offering in some amazing spring conditions.
Capping the day, the party moved up to the Summit Chalet where things really started to fire up. It seemed harmless enough at first, but it didn't take long before people were dancing on tables and the bar was selling steel buckets, not jugs, of beer. A few hours later the most raucous apres scene was in full force as Quebec bands The Radio Cats and Les Respectables hammered out tunes on stage.
Le Massif is open weekends all the way till April 13, so there's still lots of time to run laps at the resort. With mixed precipitation in the forecast, it wouldn't be surprising for them to get one more big dump before closing day. Check out Le Massif and Rossignol for more.
View looking down from Le Massif onto the St. Lawrence.
A man-made section of the mountain built up for the triple black diamond, Charlevoix run.
Summit area of Le Massif.
The crowd gathering at the base.
Rossi's mid-day fashion show and unveiling of their 2010 lines.
Apres action at the Summit Chalet. Note, it's still light out.
Yep, that's essentially a garbage can of beer.
Things start really getting messy!
Rossignol marketing manager Marie Allaire.
Rossi's Joannie Faucher