Camp Fortune’s First “Lift”

Downhill skiing really took off in the 1940s with the installation of the first “lift”, the Cadillac powered rope tow on Slalom.

Twin rope tows on Slalom Hill, Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec. Crowd gathered at right along outrun of “Lockeberg Ski Jump” at Camp Fortune, Quebec.

“While the trend during the 1930’s was definitely from trail to downhill skiing, the trickle became a torrent only after the erection of the first ski-tow on Joe Morin’s Slalom Hill in 1940. In March 1940 a rope tow was installed, powered by an old Cadillac motor which had been dragged to its site by horses. Although the tow was immediately popular and performed usefully, its efficiency left much to be desired. Despite its defects, the ski-tow’s drawing power was such that the Slalom Hill soon became too congested for safety, comfort or convenience. Widening was undertaken as a solution in 1945, but the widening of the Slalom was not sufficient, and two new hills were opened that year, The ‘Morning After’ and the ‘Malcolm MacDonald’.” (Herbert Marshall, “How Skiing Came to the Gatineau”, p51-55).

Information courtesy of the Canadian Ski Museum

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Mountain Coaster

The Camp Fortune team celebrated the installation of the Mountain Pipe Coaster and tested this exciting new ride. We are now open to the public!

Anne Heggtveit

Anne Heggtveit, one of our most famous skiers and the namesake of our favourite double black diamond, Heggtveit, shared these personal photos with us as Camp Fortune is where she learned to ski.

John Clifford, the father of popular skiing

Incredible conditions and limited lift tickets for this week: In an effort to offer our season passholders the best experience, we have limited lift tickets available for this week. Day tickets, valid 9 am to 4 pm: available. 4-hour tickets: SOLD OUT. Night tickets, valid from 4 pm to 9 pm: very limited quantity, WILL SELL OUT. Tickets must be bought in advance, online. Once tickets are sold out none will be sold on site. Season passholders and customers with MaNeige ASSQ and Canada Ski Council products are always welcome.