Lewis Heilig, 05/02/2017: Ever since the long running BMW Masters’ Series organized by François Jodoin came to an end in 2014, orphaned Masters, in Québec, have been fortunate to have found half day slalom and GS races hosted by Tremblant’s Series des Etoiles and by Orford’s Circuit de l’Academie, which collectively added at least four race events to the national calendars in 2015, 2016, and 2017. A start-up series in the Quebec City region called the Coupe Boutique Avalanche was well underway by the time the national Masters’ organization became aware of it, and while it was too late to add any of their four GS races to the 2017 national calendar, clearly there may be an obscene number of race events in Quebec to choose from in 2018 if all the same organizations return to the table next season, offering us the luxury of having to choose which races will be on the 2018 Masters’ national calendar. And to top things off for this current season, just over 80 Masters were treated to superb racing conditions when the CAMC was invited back to Stoneham for the second consecutive year in a row. Thus any rumours about the demise of Masters’ racing in Quebec post BMW Series have been greatly exaggerated. With the CMAC returning to the west in 2018, your local Quebec and Eastern reps are looking for at least one multi-day prestige race event to fill the void left by the two recent Stoneham CMACs. To this end, a proposal for a first ever Quebec or Eastern Canada championships with a format similar to the Stoneham CMAC level is already being launched with the hope that it will fly sometime next year. Also stewing on the 2018 burner is the prospect of a two stage cross-border CAN/AM challenge between New England and Eastern Canadian Masters to take place respectively at a New England and an Eastern Quebec ski resort.