by: Mr. Sort of anonymous - 20th December 2013

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 0Aprés Ski
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Nice steeps, hard glades, some really nasty diamonds, can get up to speed real quick, NO GROOMERS, hybrid gondola is nice
Needs more vert

Full review

Basically, best bang for the buck. It's a testament to not selling-out to developers whose first primitive instinct is to pollute the place with condos and dedicated gondolas over already open, in-bounds terrain. This is the reason for which the resort is ridiculously cheap. In greater detail, Orford terrain consists of very frequent, steep, intermittent drops on its blue and diamond runs. Diamond runs range from the accessible to the insane. You can therefore hone your advanced skills on the easier diamonds as you get ready for the insanity of the "L'Ecureil" (ie, the "shkveerell" or squirrel, seriously, be careful on that one). Oh yeah. No groomers. So those with bad quads, delts and lacking in their difficult terrain skills may find the windy and therefore eventually icy conditions difficult. For those in the know, this makes the mountain a near-purist's dream, allowing you to learn and apply your terrain knowledge all on one mountain. Further, it's 30 minutes farther East of Montreal and so it's not overrun with pretentious types. Waiting lines are short, even during weekends. As well, it does not blast your ears with contemporary pop while you wait in line. I don't hang around the resort itself beyond the skiing aspect so I can't tell you about night life. What I can say though, that its chalet is adequate, unpretentious with standard cafeteria and a pretty nice bar. Its staff is almost entirely pleasant (the bad apples must have fallen from the Tremblant or Brome trees). It would be nice if North American resorts would have their own non-fast-food chefs, this would add a great deal of class. Compare that to Bromont, the Bro-mount (if you know what I mean), which is an over-priced, over-populated pimple, simply because it's next to some yuppie village. It clobbers Mont Tremblant, which I disaffectionately call Mt. Ripoff; land of the $8 brown water "coffee", timeshare, snobby employees and clients. Tremblant is mostly open, easy terrain. All-in all, if you live on the south side of Montreal, you're in luck. Quickest way to get some decent skiing without going to Jay Peak or Killington and the other Beasts of the East.
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