Montreal chosen as host for 2020 figure skating world championships

emilieh

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About 10 years ago, I used Porter from Chicago to Toronto, to watch one of the ice shows in the greater Toronto region. At that time Porter was a brand new company. The flight was a decent experience and I liked their midi-sized in-flight pamphlet.

I checked the airline reviews today. It looks like their customer service lost the initial enthusiasm. :(
Porter is iffy in the winter, because if there's a storm, their planes can get stranded. Their island airport hub in Toronto stays closed in bad weather, and it takes a long time for them to rebound. They also sometimes have to leave luggage behind to have a safe flight in terms of weight, and it can take a long time to catch up.

I no longer live in their area, but I still liked them on my last summer flight a couple of years ago, although I had to pay to check a bag, which surprised me, since I never did before. I guess I went a few years between Porter flights.

But honestly, even when I flew them often between Chicago and Toronto, I avoided them in the winter.
 

gatorinfl

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I would suggest Blondo booties - they’re a great Canadian brand available at Nordstrom, and much more affordable than La Canadienne or Aquitalia. They are waterproof, have rubber soles, look like regular suede or nubuck booties, and come in a variety of colors and heel heights. I bought a pair in black nubuck last winter and found them easy to maintain and super comfortable without much break in.

For outerwear, I’d suggest looking at a longish lightweight packable down jacket with room for layers under. If you live near a North Face outlet, maybe try there. Since some brands are not that warm, make sure you check for fill power, wind and water resistance, etc.
Thank you. I looked at the Blondo on Nordstrom’s website but then found the same ones, same price on Zappos in my size but wide width (which I get when I can). So I’ll order them and try them out. They look nice.

I’m going to be visiting family in Massachusetts in early October so think I’ll look there for a jacket. Much better selection I think than here in Florida.
 

BittyBug

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Thank you. I looked at the Blondo on Nordstrom’s website but then found the same ones, same price on Zappos in my size but wide width (which I get when I can). So I’ll order them and try them out. They look nice.
In case you don't know about them, try 6pm.com (outlet for Zappos) and justourshoes.com. They carry a lot of winter brands, including Palmroth, which is excellent, and are having a big sale. Just watch out for return policy - some sale items are for credit only - no refund.
 

Gusmom

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Two random questions —
1. Has anyone been able to clarify the “single ticket” situation? Does that mean literally one ticket so not able to share for those events we don’t attend? If so, that’s just annoying lol.

2. In Central MA. Planned to drive but if it’s a blizzard instead of spring-like sunshine, it’s not ideal. OTOH, traffic at Logan (Boston) is awful & getting worse so that’s not easy either.
Pros: more space for random winter gear
Cons: need to park car in city too

3. Currently staying at Residence Inn Marriott. Any insights on travel to/from Bell Centre from there? Hoping I can move to the host Marriott if/when rooms are released closer. I do like to people watch after the competition at night.

Also- I hate that off-site practice isn’t included. Practices are my favorite part! We were so spoiled when they were in Boston.

Thanks in Adcance!
 

TanithandBenFan

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Also- I hate that off-site practice isn’t included. Practices are my favorite part! We were so spoiled when they were in Boston.

Thanks in Adcance!
The practices at Bell Centre will be open to the public, and there should be a decent number of them during the week. The off-site practices in Boston weren't open to the public either since they were at that small rink. The only way to get in was to win one of the golden tickets they gave away.
 

skatingguy

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Two random questions —
1. Has anyone been able to clarify the “single ticket” situation? Does that mean literally one ticket so not able to share for those events we don’t attend? If so, that’s just annoying lol.
There isn't a clear answer on the website. In the FAQ the question is asked but the answer only addresses refunds.

2. In Central MA. Planned to drive but if it’s a blizzard instead of spring-like sunshine, it’s not ideal. OTOH, traffic at Logan (Boston) is awful & getting worse so that’s not easy either.
Pros: more space for random winter gear
Cons: need to park car in city too
Parking in downtown Montreal can be quite expensive so I would check with your hotel to get the nightly rate before you decide.

3. Currently staying at Residence Inn Marriott. Any insights on travel to/from Bell Centre from there? Hoping I can move to the host Marriott if/when rooms are released closer. I do like to people watch after the competition at night.
Which Residence Inn by Marriott are you staying at? There are 3 in Montreal. If you're at the downtown one then you're about a 15 minute walk or there is a bus that would take you within a block or so of the Bell Centre.

Also- I hate that off-site practice isn’t included. Practices are my favorite part! We were so spoiled when they were in Boston.

Thanks in Adcance!
Do we know where the off-site practices are being held?
 

mac

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Does anyone have an educated guess for the time of the first event on Weds? I'm looking at flight times but I guess the event schedule is not out yet. Thanks!
 

allezfred

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Does anyone have an educated guess for the time of the first event on Weds? I'm looking at flight times but I guess the event schedule is not out yet. Thanks!
Last time it was in Canada it started at 11am. I imagine it wouldn’t be far off that if they wanted to fit a pairs and mens/ladies SP on the same session.
 

DaveRocks

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Also, last year, in Saitama, the pairs short started at 10:30am on the Wednesday. In Reykjavik in 2017, the ladies short started at 10:40am on the Wednesday. And in Boston in 2016, the dance short started at 10:45am on the Wednesday. :coffee:

So, I'd bet around the same for Montreal.
 
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