Especially for those who take their children to ski and snowboard lessons and want a reprieve from the hordes in the chalet, this peaceful snowshoe route may be just the answer.
Simply walk out past the Chalet to the far parking lot and ski lifts (i.e. opposite the large parking lots you reach at the entrance to Fortune). A good starting point is the ski shop on the lower level, where you can find toe warmers, gloves, googgles and the like. As you walk past the maintenance and staff buildings, you naturally enter a rising valley. If you know Camp Fortune in the summer, this is the road that takes you up to the tower and bisects the aerial park at points.
Of course you can snowshoe anywhere out this way, and we naturally found ourselves on a trail called "Junior" which is well marked thanks to the signs on trees. Others have likely snowshoed along Junior, and other spur trails, you can zig zag your way up to the top, you'll pass under some parts of the aerial park, and, create your own route as well.
You will see some XC skiers starting in this area and accessing the groomed NCC network, but this is discouraged. Anyway, snowshoeing for an hour while the kids take their lessons is one way to pass the time, and, get away from the noise and crowds.
Camp Fortune, follow to the far parking lot and past the maintenance buildings and the last ski lift in a line out past the ski shop and the beginners (mat) lesson area. You'll naturally end up on the Junior trail, which stays close to the road that ascends Fortune. Explore further into the park if you wish. Return the same way a few hours later to claim your children post-lessons.
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