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#44288 - 04/21/09 12:20 PM Chic Chocs in April
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Went up to the Chic Chocs from April 11-17th expecting to find corn and got two feet of powder! When we got back to the Gunks this past weekend it felt so hot in comparison.
The video from the trip is here: Chic Chocs Video on Vimeo
Anyway, here are a few shots from the video...

Jump turns in the Burrito Bowl





Steep hiking in the Grand Cuve





Drop in Point





No Lack of terrain here...



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#44291 - 04/21/09 01:40 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: cfrac]
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Looks sweet. I'm a bit embarressed to say I've never heard of the Chic Chocs. Where is this?

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#44293 - 04/21/09 02:49 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: chip]
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#44294 - 04/21/09 04:49 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: MarcC]
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Yes, it's on the Gaspe Peninsula, You drive to Montreal, turn East and keep driving. It took us about 13 hours from the Gunks to get there. Really cool place with great skiing and ice climbing, there are caribou and moose too!
Here are a few more pictures...






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#44295 - 04/21/09 05:49 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: cfrac]
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The ChicChocs are a truly cool region. Besides the bowl skiing around Jacques Cartier Peak, there's a back country hut-to-hut tour that takes anywhere from four days to a week to circumnavigate. Ability to speak French strongly recommended. That's still not Quebecois, but it's a lot closer than English, which some locals can't speak and others, on principle, won't.

Nice photos, cfrac. You lucked into some great conditions. Sure looks like it made the drive worthwhile!

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#44296 - 04/21/09 06:20 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: Frank Florence]
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Thanks. Looks very cool.

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#44297 - 04/21/09 07:11 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: cfrac]
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dude 13 hrs is ridiculous for crusty snow. when you can get on a plane out to SLC in 5hrs, and ski pow. LCC 200" in April
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#44298 - 04/21/09 07:43 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: talus]
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Nice work. I guess you didn't meet up with Team Huckalot?

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#44299 - 04/21/09 08:39 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: talus]
cfrac Offline
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Originally Posted By: talus
dude 13 hrs is ridiculous for crusty snow. when you can get on a plane out to SLC in 5hrs, and ski pow. LCC 200" in April

Maybe you didn't watch the video? We got 2 feet of powder.
You make a good point Jon, but I spent Christmas in Utah so it was a nice change, I think I'll be going somewhere West next Spring Break though. 13 hours sounds ridiculous but that's from door to trailhead and the whole trip cost under $400.
The trip to SLC:
2 hours to Newark
arrive 1.5 hours early
5 hour flight (w/o delays)
.5 hours baggage claim
1 hour get rental car and drive up Cottonwood canyon
It's closer to 10 hours with no Caribou, no Poutaine, no cheap cabins at the trailhead.

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#44300 - 04/21/09 08:45 PM Re: Chic Chocs in April [Re: cfrac]
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I guess you get what you pay for. should have let me know you were out in UT i was there the same time.
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