St Valentine's Day at St Sauveur

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Saturday, February 14, 2009

Most of this ski trip planning was left up to the other two couples.  All I knew was to book Friday off and come straight home after work on Thursday because we were leaving for Québec right away.  Thursday was a scramble, running downtown at lunch to get our skis rented while trying to juggle and sip scalding hot Thai soup take-out. Madly dashing around the house trying to stuff random warm clothes into my backpack.  Senica was much more prepared, actually scarily prepared with candles, canned food, and blankets packed in the car.  The drive up was five hours in the blowing snow, we weren't lost but we weren't really sure where we were either - it was perfect.
Our hotel in St Sauveur was a welcome sight! We could see the hill from our front door with the runs outlines with lights.  The six of us got along great over the weekend, laughing often at funny stories about each other.  Bright and early the next morning we set out for a full day of skiing.  I was a little cautious at first because I hadn't skied since I took that jump and hurt my knee which landed me on crutches.  However, after a little warm up I was racing with adrenaline and screaming down the black diamond slopes.  Wow, do I love skiing.
I know this is kind of an odd thing to mention but the McDonalds in St Sauveur is worth a visit. I'm not normally a huge fan but this place is not the normal franchise.  The place is decked out with stained glass panels depicting the St Sauveur area wildlife and landscape. Also there are old black and white photos on the walls of what the hill used to look like before tourism took over - you can tell that someone had a plan when they built that town. It's a really cute little ski village with brightly coloured buildings and proximity to all amenities.  Senica and I heel-toed in there with our ski boots on the first afternoon and we were greeted with a 'Bienvenue chez vous', how much more friendly can you get?!
We loved our days of skiing so much that as we collapsed for a late afternoon nap we'd always promise ourselves to go to night skiing.  Realistically, however, our muscles were just too exhausted to do any more so we spent our nights dining on French food with live accordion music or eating sushi in front of the fireplace.  Quite a romantic way to spend St. Valentine's day.
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