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At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion.

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Overview

Mont-Sainte-Anne, located about 40 minutes from Quebec City, is a world apart from the rest. The mountain, the views of the St. Lawrence river, the facilities, and the challenge offered by the ski trails are truly ahead of the competition.

The mountain features 71 trails, with 20 trails open for the highest vertical (2050 feet) night skiing in Canada. Signature trails like La Crete offer breathtaking experiences, with views unlike anywhere else. The lifts too are unique, including the only bubble quad chairlift (the other at Stoneham) in all of Quebec.The base of the mountain is well laid out, with the basics, the main lodge and cafeteria, restaurants and bars, and lodging. The Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne hotel is located immediately at the base of the main gondola, giving true ski in and ski out luxury. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Mont-Sainte-Anne has a north and south side, as well as a small side dedicated to natural skiing (not groomed).

The south side, is the main side of the mountain with the highest vertical drop at 2050 feet. Served by several lifts, most notably the Étoile Filante gondola and the Express du Sud bubble quad chairlift. The west half of the South side has the expert terrain, which provides some of the most challenging terrain east of the Rockies in Canada, many containing bumps and moguls, and others groomed. Classics are La Crete and the S and Super S trails, providing excitement and thrills to experts and hardcore skiers. The expert zone also has it's own detachable quad chairlift and a separate chalet near the edge of its summit, providing impressive views of the river and surrounding region.

Moving towards the east of the mountain's south side, the trails become more intermediate and beginner. Some classics include Le Gros Valon, and the Pichard (which even has a sugar shack located half way down). At the base of the mountain is the ideal beginner zone, consisting of two magic carpets, one of which is the longest in Canada, in a zone separate from all other trails and skiers.

On the north side, accessed by either riding the Gondola or the Express du Sud and Tortue chairlifts, there are more advanced, intermediate and beginner trails. This side has about half the vertical drop of the south side, however, thanks to its orientation, tends to have better snow conditions, and in fact it is the first and last area of the mountain to open and close each year. The only downside is that the north side offers no night skiing. One trail which is really fun is the Enchanted Forest. It is a glade beginner trail, suitable to most skill levels, reasonably sloped with a fairly long length. A great way to experience your first glades on skis or snowboard.


Unique Features

Night skiing is truly a level above the rest here at Mont-Sainte-Anne. The vertical drop offered is unmatched in Canada, and really makes for an exciting experience. The trails take a good amount of time to descend, and when combined with the views of twinkling lights below and the sheer size of the night skiing terrain available, leave you completely satisfiedand definitely exhausted by the time the lifts have shut down for the night.

Located just below the summit of the mountain is the summit chalet, offering meals and drinks throughout the season. During spring skiing, the outdoor terrace is open and always features a fun, warm ambiance with music and BBQ.

The bubble quad on the south side is very unique at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and is only 1 of 2 in Quebec (the other located at Stoneham). This lift give a quick easy ride up the mountain typical of a chairlift but provides the comfort and shelter of a gondola. Wind, snow and the cold are a thing of the past once the bubble comes down to surround you.

Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne is the full resort hotel located at the base of the mountain by the Gondola. Featuring hotel rooms, suites and condos, a spa and restaurants, as well as meeting rooms and convention space, the Chateau takes ski-in ski-out lodging to the next level with style and comfort. There is even a general store in the lobby, perfect for picking up ready made meals to heat up in your room or suite.

Mont-Sainte-Anne also features a small little pedestrian village area at the south base, with shops, places to eat and hang out. 


Why visit Mont-Sainte-Anne?

No visit to the Quebec City region is complete without a visit to Mont-Sainte-Anne. Here is a mountain that offers an excellent selection of terrain for all skill levels and desires.The mountain stands out thanks to its snow quality and conditions, to the variety of trails, to the well designed lift network that brings you to the various areas quickly and efficiently, and also works well to keep you where you want to be on the mountain.The snowmaking and grooming are perfect, producing an enjoyable surface to ski on throughout the day. Add to this the perfect lodging options and you can quickly see that Mont-Sainte-Anne is ready to elevate your skiing experience to new heights. 


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​2050
​Trails ​71
​Total Number of Lifts
​9
​Gondolas​1
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​4
​Official WebsiteMont-Sainte-Anne

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Mont Tremblant

Overview

Mont Tremblant is located in Québec's Laurentian region, and is commonly referred to as the Disney World of Skiing. The ski resort is most known for its large and expansive pedestrian village located at the base of the mountain, featuring hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment. The mountain itself offers 102 trails, spread over 4 sides of the mountain, making it the largest ski mountain in Quebec. Tremblant also has the second highest vertical drop for skiing in Québec, allowing for long descents, with all levels of trails offered, including plenty of glades.

The mountain has 14 lifts, that include 6 high speed detachable quads, and 2 gondolas, giving a quick and efficient ride back up the mountain. The Grand Manitou, the large summit chalet, offers meals and great views while taking a break. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The South Side is the main side of Tremblant and the first side you will typically see when approaching the mountain. Here you will find the pedestrian village at the base and the majority of the parking facilities. From the parking base, a quick 2 minute ride on the open-air Cabriolet gondola lift will whisk you to the ski base, and the main lifts. Trails on this side offer incredible views of Lac Tremblant and the Pedestrian Village below. The main beginner trail, Nansen can be found here. It is the longest trail on the mountain at 6km in length. Popular intermediate trails like Beauvallon and Alpine again provide stunning views of the region, while offering plenty of speed and excitement. In general the South Side has trails for all skill levels but mostly towards easy and intermediate. For more advanced and expert skiers, trails like Taschereau, Kandahar and Erik Guay will definitely please thrill seekers thanks to their sweeping terrain and plenty of fall-line pitches. The main snowpark "Adrenaline" is located underneath the Flying Mile chairlift, complete with large jumps, and a wide array of boxes, modules and rails.

The North Side is the second main access point to the mountain. It also contains parking and a base chalet, however they are located within steps of the ski lifts, providing a more direct access. Standout trails on this side include Supérieur, Expo (which is a venerable wall of moguls) and Duncan.

The Edge is the natural side of the mountain. More savage and gladded than the rest, these trails are highly enjoyed due to their variety of tree skiing and ungroomed trails available. Served by a single slow quad chairlift, you can be assured great times on these trails all day long.

The Versant Soleil is the sunny side of the mountain, features long top to bottom cruiser trails. Of particular note is the Refuge, located about ¼ the way down the Laurentienne trail. This log cabin serves light meals by a fireplace and is a cozy spot to take a break while on the mountain. Toboggan and Tapecul trails are some of the best and most enjoyable intermediates on the mountain, with amazing views along the way. The base of this area features the Casino de Mont Tremblant, as well as a few additional lodging options. The base of the Versant Soleil and Casino link to the village of the South Side by means of a gondola lift. 


Unique Features

There are several unique features of Tremblant.

The first and most noticeable is the pedestrian village located at the base of the South Side. Here you will find dozens of hotels and condos, restaurants and bars, shops and boutiques of all kinds and variety. Everything is within walking distance, and so you can park when you arrive and access everything easily. To make things even better, an open air gondola, known as the Cabriolet transports visitors quickly from the base of the village to the top. All year long, thematic events, and shows take place in the many squares of the village, from music festivals to shows and competitions, there is always something to see and experience.

The Grand Manitou is the summit chalet located at the top of the mountain. It gives guests excellent views of the surrounding region and provides the perfect stop for lunch and a break from the slopes. You can also grab a meal or drink at the cafeteria and bar.

The mountain's South and North Sides are divided in two, the lower and the upper half. As a result, there are ski lifts that go from the base to the summit as well as half mountain lifts that bring you from base to mid, and mid to summit. This allows you to enjoy your favorite trails without having to return to the summit or ski all the way to the base. This is also of great benefit at the start of the season when only the upper mountain is open. 


Why visit Mont Tremblant?

Mont Tremblant offers everything for a perfect ski vacation, or even the perfect day on the slopes. From the largest ski mountain in the province of Quebec with skiing on 4 unique sides, to the pedestrian village at the base of the slopes, to the large variety of restaurants, bars, entertainment and lodging, Tremblant has everything you need to have a perfect time in a mountain paradise. When you are skiing you are treated to impeccable trails and views all around the mountain. From groomed cruisers to more natural mogul and glade trails, the variety is very large, and the trails are very long. When taking a break or for après-ski, the choices are virtually endless, from the summit chalet "Le Grand Manitou" to the pedestrian village filled with a unique variety of restaurants, the choices are certainly endless. Finishing off the day in comfort, the many hotels and condos available are just a few steps away from the trails, shops and restaurants. Come out and enjoy one of the most beloved ski destinations in North America.


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South Side & Versant Soleil
North Side & The Edge

Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​2116
​Trails ​102
​Total Number of Lifts
​14
​Gondolas​3
​Chairlifts​8
​Surface​3
​Cabriolet​1
​Official WebsiteTremblant

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Bromont, montagne d'éxperiences

Overview

Bromont, montagne d'éxperiences, is a very unique ski resort, located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, only an hour away from downtown Montreal. Bromont offers over a hundred trails on 7 sides of the mountain. The sheer number of trails, and possibilities to descend the mountain are overwhelming. Bromont also offers the largest night skiing domain in North America, with 7 sides illuminated on certain nights for skiing under the stars, occasionally well past midnight. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Once the skiing starts, even beginners will feel safe and welcome. Bromont has a unique beginner mountain called Mont Soleil, separate from the main mountain. A magic carpet and a quad chairlift welcome the novice skiers on its easy and intermediate trails. There are even beginner glades to try and enjoy. These trails are also surrounded by many mountain side homes and condos.

Moving beyond Mont Soleil, you are next met by the Versant du Village, the main side of Mont Brome, which presents the highest vertical drop at Bromont of 380 meters. Trails here offer challenges for all skill levels, from the World Cup trail, to Cowansville and Brome, there is definitely something to enjoy by all. The mountain has a unique summit area, where three of the main lifts meet. The summit, while smaller compared to Tremblant or Mont Sainte-Anne, has a unique feeling in that you do feel like you are at the top. The descents start as soon as you get off the chairlift. You can easily see 360 degrees around the area, spotting other ski mountains in the distance, sometimes even as far as Vermont. Looking at the trail map, you quickly realize that most trails are named after Canadian cities or towns, as well as the USA and beyond. The challenge is to conquer the trail named after your home town or city. The Versant du Village is served by two parallel lifts, providing access to the summit. The first a hybrid combination lift (6 passenger chairlift and 8 passenger gondola), and the second a quad chairlift.

There are 5 other sides to Bromont, which include the Versant du Midi, Versant du Cote-Ouest, Versant des Cantons, Versant des Épinettes and Versant du Lac (which features its own base lodge and parking facilities). Each one offers something different, from more glades, to natural snow, from trails that are straighter, to others with many turns and dips. Combined with world class night skiing, you have unlimited choices to explore, day or night.

The Versant des Épinettes is the best kept secret of the mountain. The trails here are unlike the rest, with lots of turns and slopes, several in natural snow. Many trails give you views of the other summits of the mountain, and make you feel like you are in Europe, as the resort is truly expansive.


Unique Features

From the well-designed service buildings, including the restaurants, bars and lodges, and the sizable parking lots, the base area is ready to meet your needs.

Bromont even brings the night skiing experience to new heights, during "Les Nuits Blanches", lifts close at 2am, and the evening is filled with parties and themed events.

Bromont is known for its snow conditions and grooming. Twice a day, the majority of the trails are groomed. This ensures that the slopes are in top condition for the night skiing crowd, who often suffer at other resorts. The Corduroy, as the snow is often referred to, is made to perfection, and maintained with elaborate grooming strategies. Most main trails are re-groomed throughout the day, ensuring good conditions day long and also for those arriving at night. Bromont guarantees their ski conditions, meaning that if you aren't satisfied within your first 30 minutes, you can go back to customer service and they will exchange your lift ticket for a future visit to the resort.


Why visit Bromont?

The staff is friendly, the services are well thought out, everything speaks with a clear direction in mind, offering skiers and snowboarders the best experience on the mountain.

Overall, Bromont is worthy of its reputation. Offering world class skiing on a large variety of trails for all skill levels. The snow and conditions are proof that constant care and maintenance enhance the enjoyment and experience. Also, don't forget about the many events throughout the year, including the "Nuits Blanches" evenings, and you have a winner! 


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1263
​Trails ​141
​Total Number of Lifts
​9
Hybrid Lift (6-Chair /8-Gondola)​1
​Chairlifts​7
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteBromont

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Mount Pakenham

Overview

This family friendly mountain is widely known as one of the premiere institutions of learning how to ski and snowboard in the province of Ontario. "It All Starts Here" is Mount Pakenham's motto, and it quickly becomes clear why. Thanks to many lifts and trail choices, as well as a fantastic ski school, all ideally suited for beginners, Mount Pakenham has everything to ensure a beginner's experience on snow is the first of many to come.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain has 10 trails, for all skill levels, including some glades, and a terrain park. The mountain is laid out and setup, in such a way to ensure everything is available to have a proper progression while you learn, from a first time beginner to an advanced skier. From magic carpets and a rope tow at the base of the mountain, to the summit chairlifts, everything is made simple, accessible and comfortable.

The main trails have plenty of smaller trails crisscrossing throughout, in other words, each trail has different paths you can take. Even the more challenging trails have ways to descend that allow you to avoid several of the steeper sections. Beginners and novice skiers will certainly feel a sense of accomplishment here, as they will not be overly limited by where they can go. Instead they will find themselves exploring the mountain without exiting their comfort zone.


Unique Features

The chalet, recently renovated and expanded, has a warm mountain lodge feel to it that you will find very welcoming. From here you can see most of the main trails as they all lead back to this area. This creates a sense of security for parents warming up inside, allowing them to keep an eye on their loved ones while they continue to ski or participate in lessons.

Once the ski boots come off, more fun awaits at the snow tubing area. With an outdoor fire pit, perfect for parents to stay warm while the kids go sliding, the tubing area is an activity loved and enjoyed by all in the family. The mountain also offers cross-country trails and snowshoeing. Truly something for everyone, and anyone who enjoy the winter!


Why visit Mount Pakenham?

From great programs at the snow school, to a happy dancing mascot who loves giving kids high-fives, Mount Pakenham is without a doubt the perfect place for any family to come together and enjoy the snow, as well as a highly recommended option for those being introduced to the world of skiing and snowboarding, thanks to its many ski school programs and terrain ideally suited to learn and progress.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​280
​Trails ​10
​Total Number of Lifts
​7
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​4
​Official WebsiteMount Pakenham

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Mont Cascades

Overview

Mont Cascades is located in the Gatineau mountains, about 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa. While its main vocation is a ski resort in the winter, in the summer the mountain transforms into the region's Mountain Waterpark, featuring some of the exciting lineup of Ottawa based Proslide. The mountain offers trails and terrain ranging from beginner slopes in a dedicated ski area with it's own lifts, to advanced and race level slopes.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Mont Cascades is made up of 2 mountain faces, each having a different orientation to the sun. The beginner trails and intermediates are found on the main side, served by 4 lifts (Quad, 2 doubles and a magic carpet). The more expert terrain is on the other side of the mountain, served by a triple chair. All the trails have a constant slope to them, meaning you won't find yourself on a trail that has a flat section. Several of the intermediate trails, most notably Promenade and Facade have rolls and knolls in the slope, making it quite enjoyable to descend and carve. Alouette (located near the double chairlift), is a fun intermediate, with many rolls and turns, in a quieter part of the mountain.

Views from the mountain are spectacular. From the summit of the main quad chairlift, you can catch glimpses of nearby mountains, and the Gatineau river, as well as downtown Ottawa and Gatineau off in the distance.

There are two lodges, located at the two different bases of the mountain. The main lodge, is a brown and red wood building, which is fairly spacious and cozy, while remaining rustic. It offers a perfect view of the mountain, and you are able to see people descend the entire length of several of the trails, located in front. The World Cup lodge, on the other face of the mountain, operates mostly on weekends and holidays. Hosting it's own parking, this lodge allows you quick access to favorite trails.


Unique Features

Mont Cascades is a nice ski resort, that has trails to suit all skill levels. Of particular mention is the beginner's area, served by a small double chairlift and magic carpet. It is separate from the main mountain, so beginners will feel more secure. It offers a good progression from a small slope and magic carpet to a slightly longer and more inclined trail, reached by a slow double chairlift. In our opinion, we believe it to be very well designed and see it as a very ideal environment to first experience the world of skiing.

For those seeking thrills and tricks, Mont Cascades features an impressive progressive snowpark, occupying one and a half trails of the mountain. The park is huge, filled with features, modules and rails that are designed to take advantage of the contours and unique aspects of the slopes.

In collaboration with Hot 89.9FM, Mont Cascades features skiing till midnight on select days of the season, with an après-ski that is not to be missed in the main lodge, with DJ, party and fun.

Mont Cascades also features many options for lift tickets, ranging from 2, 3 or 4 hour passes as well as full day or night. Several factors combine to make Mont Cascades a perfect choice for your ski outing and adventures.


Why visit Mont Cascades?

Mont Cascades offers great trails for all skill levels, on two mountain sides. From your regular cruiser trails such as Promenade to the more exciting and twisting slopes like Hogan, you are sure to find your fill. Between the large snowpark, to the two chalets, to the Friday midnight skiing and the many lift ticket price points, Mont Cascades is ready for you to visit and discover.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​540
​Trails ​20
​Total Number of Lifts
​6
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteMont Cascades

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Calabogie Peaks

Overview

Calabogie Peaks is the highest vertical drop for a public ski resort in the province of Ontario. The mountain islocated approximately an hour from Ottawa, and offers 24 trails, 30% beginner, 45% intermediate and 25% advanced/expert, served by 2 quad chairlifts, and a magic carpet for beginners. The resort is also the only mountain in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais that has ski in/ski out lodging, located right in the base area.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain is split into two distinct sections. To the right, is the Solar Express, serving mainly the beginner and intermediate terrain. Many of these trails have multiple ways to enter, as well as when you leave. At Calabogie, the options are there, making for an interesting mountain to explore, as you can create your own descents in many cases by combining different trails. To the left is the Lakeview chair, showcasing the best views from the mountain, and offering more of the advanced and expert trails. From this summit, you can easily access any of the trails on the mountain. Located in the middle is the Face of Tiger, one of the most prominent steeps in the province, a definite source of adrenaline and excitement for those seeking thrills.

The mountain also offers a large beginners bowl area for new skiers and snowboarders, served by a long magic carpet. This zone is completely separate from the main skiable terrain, creating a safe atmosphere and environment in which to learn and practice.

While the mountain contains a fantastic selection of trails, here are a few that stand out. Buckshot, an advanced trail, that isn't overly challenging but has a very fun drop half way down, is worthy of several repeat runs. O'Brien's Fancy is another enjoyable advanced trail, with several drops and steps as you progress further down the mountain. Barret Chute and Face of the Tiger, are intermediate to advanced trails, located at the bottom between the two chairlifts. They provide great views of the region below and the Calabogie lake, but end with a surprising drop into the final stretch.


Unique Features

There is a warming hut at the summit of the mountain, next to the Lakeview chairlift. Inside you can find light snacks and drinks, and a wood burning fireplace for heat. With large windows, you can get great views of the region.

Lodging options are plenty, with over 60 rooms available in a variety of forms. The Calabogie Hotel (Dickson Manor), offers traditional hotel rooms and suites, as well as all the expected amenities including a bar, restaurant and pools. Condo units are another option. All lodging is located at the base of the mountain with the benefit of skiing in and out.The staff at the mountain are all very friendly and courteous. The lodge is modern, clean and functional.


Why visit Calabogie Peaks?

A visit to Calabogie Peaks is highly recommended. For those living in the Ottawa / Gatineau region, located within an hour or less of the city, and at about half the time or less to the Laurentians, you will find a great mountain that features the highest vertical drop in all of Ontario. You definitely experience the big mountain feel, as the terrain is quite vast, offering a wide variety of trails, with plenty of features. Attention to detail and quality are two things you will clearly find in abundance when visiting Calabogie Peaks. The impressive snow-making system, constantly being upgraded, makes wonders in little time, transforming the Dickson Mountain from green to white and always helping to guarantee great conditions.


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  • Calabogie Peaks - March 19, 2017
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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​780
​Trails ​24
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteCalabogie Peaks

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Mont Ste Marie

Overview

Mont Ste Marie is a true skier's mountain. Offering double the vertical drop of any ski area in the Outaouais region with over 1200 feet.

Bob Sudermann, owner of Mont Ste Marie, often says to "Make it a goal to ski the vertical of Mount Everest in one day at Mont Ste Marie... 28 runs". Thanks to the two high speed detachable quads, you definitely can accomplish this feat. Lift lines are virtually non existent.

Mont Ste Marie offers some of the best expert terrain in the region, with trails such as Betsy and Formidable, both double diamond walls. They are equally impressive to see as they are to ski. Most trails afford great views and vistas of the surrounding region, even allowing a glimpse on a clear day of Mont Tremblant off in the far distance.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The resort is comprised of two mountains, Vanier and Cheval Blanc. They are connected by ski trails, as well as a small tram that goes from the base of Vanier to near the base of Cheval Blanc.

Vanier mountain offers primarily beginner and intermediate terrain. At the base of this mountain is a snow-cross course, appropriate for most skill levels. It is complete with banked turns, bumps and jumps, allowing many to experience for themselves the thrill of this new Olympic sport.

Cheval Blanc has intermediate and expert terrain, including the signature trail of the resort, Dustin Cook. From the top of Cheval Blanc, you can go off to the side from the top of the chairlift, through a little clearing in the trees, where you can again take in the impressive views offered by the summit, as well as see the neighboring Vanier mountain.


Unique Features

For the skiers from the Ottawa/Gatineau region, is there an advantage to visiting this mountain? Many! First is proximity, at only 1 hour from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, this makes it half the distance and time to the Laurentians. The price, again almost half that found at other large mountans. The lift lines, virtually non existent, so say goodbye to the endless waiting, occurring everywhere else. For a mountain this size, offering terrain such as it does, Mont Ste Marie is a shining beacon in the region.

The main chalet at the base of the mountain is spacious and fully featured. Complete with a bar/resto, a cafeteria, the rentals and boutique; it offers all the essentials for a great experience. During special events or simply to enjoy the sun, the large outdoor terrace gives you front row seats to enjoy the action on the slopes.

For the more adventurous skiers, powder seekers, a new development on the south side of the mountain is for you. The Versant Sudermann, is an all natural ski trail, offering a vertical of over 1300 feet, with natural pristine snow conditions. This trail provides amazing views during your entire descent. This side is only open on select days, when the ski conditions are perfect. It is reached from the top of Vanier mountain. Once at the bottom, you won't find a chairlift, instead a shuttle bus will bring you back to the main side of the mountain. All of this combines to ensure great conditions that last.


Why visit Mont Ste Marie?

Overall, it really can't be stressed enough that Mont Ste Marie is a true skier's mountain. The terrain, the views, the advantages you will have visiting here, all make it the perfect choice to experience skiing at its best, unhampered by the common frustrations found elsewhere.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1318
​Trails ​21
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMont Ste Marie

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Ski Vorlage

Overview

Ski Vorlage is located in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, about 30 minutes away from downtown Ottawa. This ski resort is one of the most family friendly ski areas in the Gatineau mountains. Just visit the mountain and you will see the difference. You will find plenty of young families, kids, and adults, who want to enjoy the sport of skiing. Ski Vorlage also pays special attention to grooming, ensuring a nice cortury white carpet on which to learn, carve and enjoy.

Ski Vorlage has a vertical drop of 140 metres, spread over 17 trails, with 13 open at night. The mountain has 3 double chairlifts, a t-bar and a handle tow.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

You will find a great variety of trails, from beginner to expert. The trails all have a constant incline to them, so you won't find any flat sections.

For the absolute novice, La Pente Douce is the easiest trail in the beginner's area, and definitely the best choice to do your first turns and learn the basics. The trail is very gently pitched and sloped. This section is completely separate from the rest of the mountain creating a safe atmosphere to learn and enjoy. Next to this trail, is Sun Dance, which provides a nice progression once you master La PenteDouce. There are three ways to go down this trail, all geared towards improving your skills, in order to prepare a beginner for the rest of the mountain.

At this point, you can progress to the Blue or Green chairlifts, or the t-bar. Trails such as Birch Valley, Look Out, or Cote des Neiges are nice smooth intermediate trails. Some of the best views are from the top of Look Out and Snow Dance, giving you a view of the Wakefield village and the surrounding region. Many trails have lots of turns, and rolls, making them quite interesting and fun.Golden Trail, which is accessed from the top of Birch Valley, is another nice intermediate, narrow with some rolls, leading you to the final steep pitch of Cream Puff. There is even a gladed trail, Maple Run, allowing you to experience the excitement of skiing between the trees.

More advanced skiers will enjoy ChienChaud, a narrow trail with several steeper pitches, culminating with a very steep wall. Carnaval and Chute, seen on the ride up the Blue chairlift, are two other expert trails to master, leaving Headwall as the ultimate goal to conquer.


Unique Features

Vorlage is known for its family atmosphere and environment. Children and families looking to begin their experience on snow will feel safe and secure, thanks to Vorlage's ski school and gentle terrain that's perfectly suited for learning. The beginner slopes are served by their own lift and on their own separate part of the mountain, free from fast skiers and worry.

The main lodge has a large outdoor terrace on the upper level, the perfect place to relax and soak in some rays, especially in the Spring, while enjoying the classic spring ambience. The resto-bar area offers a more relaxing table and chair setting, offering a quieter and more relaxing place to rest.

For those looking to have a longer stay, Wakefield village is just a short walk away, and offers several lodging options, from auberges, to bed and breakfast to hotels. The village also offers lots of après-ski options, with many restaurants and bars.


Why visit Ski Vorlage?

Vorlage is highly recommended especially to young families with kids, looking for a positive and safe environment to learn and enjoy skiing. It has the perfect beginner terrain for new skiers/snowboarders, as well as intermediate and advanced terrain, offering an excellent progression for learning or just having a great time out on the slopes. Come ski the difference, at Vorlage!


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​430
​Trails ​18
​Total Number of Lifts
​5
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteSki Vorlage

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How To Choose the Right Hybrid Bike for you

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a hybrid bike, ensuring maximum performance and comfort.

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Snowboard Boot Selection

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Mike Davey of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many choices of snowboard boots available, as well as the process of selecting the proper boots for you. 

We encourage you to also view the accompanying video on snowboard and binding selection by following the link below.

Snowboard and Binding Selection

​Choosing the right type of Snowboard and Bindings can be difficult. With so many options it can be confusing to decide which snowboard will suit your needs. Follow experts Peter Kunstadt and Mike Davey of Kunstadt Sports as they guide you through the many types and styles of snowboards and bindings available today.
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Snowboard Boot Selection

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Ski Demo Days

​In this video, Peter Kunstadt of Kunstadt Sports will explain the benefits of Ski Demo Days at the ski mountains. A ski demo day is the perfect way to demo and compare new skis in action on the slopes before making a purchase. With everything constant, a proper comparison can be made, removing things like changing ski conditions and how you may ski differently from one day to the next.

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Advanced Ski Boot Customization

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Erik Dinardo of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many possibilities of customization available to make your ski boots fit any foot perfectly. Whether you need more room in a particular spot, avoid pinching, fixing cold feet, or correcting for bow leg or knock knees, ski boot experts can greatly improve your comfort and performance on the slopes by making your boots fit even better. 

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Sommet Edelweiss

Overview

Sommet Edelweiss is located in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, and is a 30 minute drive from Ottawa, once you have crossed the bridge into Quebec. Edelweiss presents the second highest vertical drop in the Gatineau region. The mountain features 20 trails, served by 3 quad chairlifts, one of which, the Edelbahn Express is a high speed detachable. A magic carpet is set up in the beginner area.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain has a unique form to it, shaped like an amphitheater, with all the trails ending in front of the main chalet. This is perfect for families, as you can always count on everyone ending up in the same general area after each run. Easy beginner trails are found to the left and become intermediate and expert trails as you move further to the right of the mountain, making it easy to know where you should and shouldn't be based on your skill level.

For beginners just starting, there is a separate area at the base of the mountain, served by a magic carpet lift, allowing you to learn the basics without fear of faster skiers crossing your path. The main beginner slopes, Easy Street and Chemin des Bois are among the longest at Edelweiss. They offer very interesting descents right from the summit and are complete with plenty of turns and twists and intersections between one another. Next to the beginner trails is Yodeler, which features the mountain's snowpark. The snowpark is a top to bottom trail filled with a variety of rails, boxes, and modules, as well as jumps of different sizes and profiles. Next is the intermediate trail Zoomer, located underneath the main detachable quad chairlift. This trail promises plenty of speed, along with a stepping profile. Continuing farther, is Strief and Olympic, among the steepest trails at Edelweiss. Their difficulty on the second half varies depending on whether you descend on the left or right-hand sides. Finally at the far right is Shotgun, a classic trail that zig-zags its way down, culminating with a rather surprising drop at its end. 

Unofficially, there are a few small glades to discover, located on the left side of Chemin des Bois.


Unique Features

Sommet Edelweiss has several unique features. The first is the amphitheater shape, where all trails end by the main chalet. With the exception of the Meister 4000 chairlift which only serves the beginner trails, all the lifts give access to the entire skiable domain, giving you options to avoid crowds if one lift is busy. The profile of the ski trails ranging from beginner on the far left and working up to expert as you move across to the right. Edelweiss also contains a snow tubing park, served by a magic carpet lift. The trails are long and several are quite steep, providing another way to enjoy your day on the slopes, even with those who don't ski or snowboard.


Why visit Sommet Edelweiss?

Sommet Edelweiss offers several features that allow it to differentiate itself from the other ski areas in the region. The trail network is easy to navigate due to the shape and profile of the mountain which gives access to almost the entire mountain from any lift and allowing each trail to end in the main base area. The trails are all among the longest and the mountain offers the 2nd highest vertical drop in the Gatineau region. The two beginner trails, Easy Street and Chemin des Bois offer plenty of intersection between each other, allowing you to carve out several unique variations during your descent. With night skiing across all but one trail and staying open on Sunday nights, Sommet Edelweiss has what it takes to make your time on the slopes memorable and exciting.  


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​656 feet
​Trails ​20
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​1
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Camp Fortune

Overview

Camp Fortune is the closest ski mountain to the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, at only a 15 minute drive away. The mountain features a wide variety of trails, spread over 3 distinct mountain sides. Each side offers something different, from family atmosphere, to more challenging steep and higher speed trails, to long intermediate cruisers, Camp Fortune has it all, with 25 trails, 13 of which are open for night skiing, served by 8 lifts, consisting of 4 quad chairlifts and 1 triple. The mountain also features 2 base chalets, offering options for where you want to start and end your day.

Located in Gatineau Park, Camp Fortune offers great ski conditions all season long thanks to snowmaking coverage on almost all trails.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The Valley is the main side of Camp Fortune, and is home to the large main chalet and all the services of the mountain. As its name implies, this area is formed inside a Valley with skiing on three of its sides. Starting with the Pineault sector, you will find the main beginner trails as well as the snow park. Clifford sector has beginner to advanced trails, and are also very popular for race trailing and competitions. Two magic carpet lifts can be found at the base of this area. Finally, the Alexander t-bar side offers a more retro skiing experience, with no snowmaking and operating only on weekends and holidays.

The Meech side of the mountain features two trails, both intermediate in difficulty. Paradis, the longest trail at Camp Fortune, offers several constant pitches over the course of its descent. North American is more of a natural snow trail, frequently left ungroomed, allowing bumps and moguls to form. Despite only having two trails, the lift lines on Meech are always short to non-existent, even on weekends.

Skyline, the third side of the mountain is actually the first you pass when driving to Camp Fortune. This side has a small chalet, offering lighter snacks, meals and drinks. Skyline features the most challenging and expert terrain, with the highest vertical drop. Heggtveit, a double diamond, offers consistent fall-line skiing from top to bottom. Other trails such as Canadian and Bud Clark, offer steep drops and high speed, culminating into a bowl shaped area near the bottom where most trails converge. Sparks, the sole intermediate trail, winds its way down around the outer perimeter of Skyline, and offers plenty of turns and action. The best views can usually be found on Skyline thanks to its orientation towards the city.

There are a few gladed trails spread across the mountain, ranging from intermediate to expert. To the side of Marshall you will find a glade that is relatively tame, while on Skyline passing just under the chairlift, you will find one that is narrow and steep.


Unique Features

Camp Fortune offers the longest ski season in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Consistently the first to open mid-November with the Pineault trail and the last to close with the Skyline side of the mountain, usually mid to end of April.

The mountain features two chalets, offering options for where to park and start your day. Skyline is the first you pass as you arrive and if you are the type to put on your gear and setup outside your car, you may be better served parking here as the lot is much closer to the lifts and fills up less than the other side of the mountain. For all the services offered or if you are coming as a family, then the Valley side is your place of choice. The lodge is spacious, offering views of the beginner areas.

The three sides of the mountain make Camp Fortune very unique in the region. With different orientations to the sun, you can surely find snow conditions and sun exposure to your liking any day you visit. From the more bustling family oriented side of the Valley, to the quieter and more natural slopes of the T-Bar, to the more challenging and advanced Skyline, to the long cruisers of Meech, each side is unique and gives Camp Fortune a mini-resort feeling all over.

Camp Fortune's proximity to the city, at only a 15 minute drive away, makes it an ideal choice for skiing after work in the evening. With all the main trails lit for night skiing, the fun lasts until 10pm, Monday to Saturday.


Why visit Camp Fortune?

Camp Fortune's mountain layout offers something for everyone. Whether you want a quiet day on the groomed slopes, to a more adventurous time on the steeps, or lessons for your family and children, Camp Fortune is the place for you. Each area offers something unique and different from the rest, while all remaining easily accessible to enjoy and discover. 


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​590
​Trails ​25
​Total Number of Lifts
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​5
​Surface​3
​Official WebsiteCamp Fortune

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April 22-23, 2017

Magnum at Mont Orford, last weekend (now closed) - Photo by Paul Giddings.

Another great spring skiing weekend is upon us. With the milder weather and the sun coming back out in full force, the skiing is expected to be unforgettable.

Last weekend saw the season end at many mountains. Of notable surprise is Mont SUTTON who announced their closure earlier this week. While many who were present the previous weekend seemed to feel they were still good for another weekend, it was sadly not meant to be. The take away from this is that the weather and snow become so volatile at this time of year that mountains can only sustain the snow for so long before they have to call it quits.

Click here for the list of mountains still open for skiing in Quebec and New England.

Sommet Saint-Sauveur is now the only mountain open in eastern Quebec with the closure of SUTTON. The rest are located in the Quebec City region and moving west from there. For those near Ottawa and Montreal and the Eastern Townships, the mountains in New England present good options to Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Jay Peak is still going strong and so is Killington (who once again plan to offer skiing into early June).

Of course, all this is in regards to "Lift Serviced" skiing. For the more adventerous or those who practice alpine touring, hiking up snow covered mountains is also popular. Just because the lift has stopped, does not mean it is not possible to ski... just be sure to observe any signage that may kindly ask you to refrain from hiking, for safety reasons. Most areas usually don't mind however.

As the weather continues to warm and the sun continues it's magic, the list will get shorter still by next weekend, so I definitely recommend that you head on out now before you find yourself counting the days till November. The current skiing is great, nice soft forgiving snow, with many trails also offering moguls and bumps to enjoy, the famous spring skiing recipe, served just right. 

Have a great weekend and happy skiing!

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April 8-9, 2017

With another weekend of classic spring skiing upon us, let's take a look at what one can expect. While many regions, notably Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal, received 50+mm of rain over the past few days, some mountains did receive some fresh snow rather than full on rain. The situation is even better around Quebec City were mountains there received 10-20cm of fresh snow instead. For those that received alot of rain, they were proactive by closing during the week to preserve the ski conditions for the weekend. With expert grooming, the trails should be in great shape for the weekend as the sun comes out and softens out the snow.

However you look at it, the poor weather will come to an end overnight, setting us up for some more great spring skiing for the weekend. Last weekend saw several closures but there are still plenty of mountains operating. As always, it is recommended to check your favourite mountain's website or to call ahead to confirm opening hours and lift ticket prices, as many lower their price.

For those seeking some entertainment or activity on and around the slopes, here is just a sample of what's in store. 

Camp Fortune

-Fortune Cup Pro Race (a dual slalom race) on Sunday.

-Surf Side Says (final snowboard jam session) on Sunday.

Sommet Saint-Sauveur

-Pepsi Moguls Challenge, taking place on Saturday.

Tremblant

-Rock&Ride [email protected] (rail and jumps snowboarding event) on Saturday.

-Unveiling of the Blues Festival program at 3pm on Saturday. A free concert will take place in Place St-Bernard to mark the occasion.

Mont-Sainte-Anne

-Spring Madness - Come and enjoy music bands, great atmosphere and activities of all kinds! Inflatable games, free hot tubs at the base, live bands for epic après-skis and more await you at the mountain! These weekends are always a great moment to meet up with friends and family and are litteraly the sweet time of the season for skiers and riders!

Le Massif

-Epic Bank Slalom - Descend a course filled with slalom turns and obstacles in groups of 4 or individually.

Stoneham 

- Stoneham Pipe Jam - Because the half pipe is at it's best at the end of the season, it will be re-cut daily with the groomer and is open to all. Sunday's take advantage of free instruction by ex-Olympian Hugo Lemay.

Calabogie Peaks

-Calabogie 500 Drag Race - An epic snowmobile race event up and down the mountain on Saturday. Please note there is no skiing or snowboarding Saturday. The mountain will reopen for skiing on Sunday.


No matter where you go, you are sure to have a great weekend, with fantastic spring skiing conditions.

Happy skiing!

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Killington open for final day of skiing on June 1st.

Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont is the only mountain still offering lift serviced skiing in the East. 

We made it skiers and riders, we'll be skiing in June. Thursday, June 1 will be the final day of lift-served skiing and snowboarding this season and lift tickets will be FREE!

The Superstar Express Quad will turn from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. but get here early because we'll be handing out June 1 commemorative t-shirts at 8:30 to the first 250 skiers and riders in line. There will be music provided by DJ Dave and refreshments available at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar. Don't miss this exciting opportunity, it's the first lift-served June Skiing and riding in 15 years.

Please note that we will not be pushing snow to the load and unload of Superstar Express, so guests will be required to walk to and from the lift and carry equipment on the chair. There may be additional walking required as the snow melts throughout the day. 

Details: http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/conditions/dor

Source : Killington

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March 25-26, 2017

​The official welcoming party for Spring happened just a few days ago yet the snow is holding on better than past years. March brought with it almost as many mild days as cold days. Virtually all mountains are still operating, many with all trails open. While the current picture looks promising, we are quickly approaching the time that many mountains call an end to their season, snow or not. The following weekend of April 1-2 will mark the end of the line for many. Beyond that date, those that continue will begin reducing their schedule to just weekends. What does this mean for you... well there is no time to ski like the present. Conditions are great, the temperatures are warming up, the snow is softening out, moguls are slowly forming... all the ingredients for a great time out on the slopes.

In our March Break deals article, Jake mentions two great tips to keep in mind for this time of year to increase your bang for your buck.

- If you have a season's pass at any ski hill in Quebec, you receive 25-50% off when you visit almost any other hill. This benefit isn't advertised widely, and is easy to miss. If you have a pass elsewhere, be sure to show it to the ticket seller and get your discount.

- If you're thinking of getting a season's pass for next season, many hills already have them for sale. You'll save anywhere from 20 to 40% compared to regular price, and as an added bonus, you can usually ski the rest of the remaining season for free! That means if you buy it now, you ski the next 4-6 weeks for FREE!

Keep these in mind and you will be saving big while you ski this spring.

Today (Friday) saw some mixed precipitation. In the Ottawa-Gatineau region in particular, this came down as 10-20 cm of snow. The trails all have a fresh coat of snow, and it will no doubt soften out quite nicely over the weekend. Sadly, this may be the final snow storm of this season but it has left us in great shape. 

Spring Skiing is here. The ambiance, the flying t-shirts and shorts, the outdoor BBQs, and the drinks. What more could you ask for to end a stellar season?

Let the final stretch bring you plenty of memorable snowy memories that will last you until next winter!

Have a great weekend and happy skiing!

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March 11-12, 2017

After a relatively long period of mild weather and rain, this past week showed us that winter is still here. The temperature was for the most part cold, often hitting -20'c with the windchill factor. This did have the benefit of allowing several ski mountains to restart their snowmaking operations, providing a fresh layer of snow and helping ensure they can extend their season into the spring.

The 14 day long range forecast looks fairly promising for spring skiing. No rain is shown in the forecast, and the cold temperatures will end around the coming Friday. Daytime temperatures then will be a few degrees above freezing and at night will be just below. There may also be some snow by next weekend as well.

At the moment, the weekend promises to be sunny with some clouds, and temperatures around the -15 to -20'c. Bundle up, it's still cold but will most likely be one of the last cold ones for the season.

The majority of ski mountains are fully open, with their groomed trails, although you should expect the gladed areas to be hard and icy, due to the loss of natural snow. As always, the best recommendation is to get out early to take advantage of the perfectly groomed slopes before they get skied out.

The main takeaway, while the snowpack in the city has significantly gone down, the ski mountains are holding their own very nicely. There is no better time to get out on the slopes than now.

Have a great weekend and happy skiing!

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February 25-26, 2017

Photographed at Stowe Mountain Resort.

It was a mild and warm week to say the least. The weather on more than one occasion was appropriate for opened jackets or just sweaters. Despite all this, reported ski conditions are still very good, little to no ice with fast and soft snow. The snowpack in the city is dramatically melting away but the snow on the ski trails is holding out well thus far. As a welcome bonus, the mountains are also less busy meaning more runs during your time out on the slopes.

And now the bad... It has been raining all day, with alot more to come on Saturday. There is always the possibility that the ski mountains will receive some snow, but the fact that it is quite mild all but rules out this chance. Still it is best to remain surprised, weather conditions can be vastly different from the city to the ski mountains. To cut this long story short, if you do plan on getting on the slopes this weekend, aim for Sunday, the weather will be alot more favorable for having a good time than Saturday.

Check out some recent ski reports on the forums here. The most recent this past Wednesday at Camp Fortune can be found here.

With the weather being what it is, let's move on to more interesting topics in the world of skiing.

The big news this week comes from Vermont. Vail Resorts has announced that they have acquired Stowe Mountain Resort for a sum of $50 million. This includes everything, the mountains, infrastructure and base facilities, but does exclude the Stowe Mountain Lodge and certain properties and parcels of land, that are being retained for future development possibilities. Officials have promised no real changes for the rest of the season, the future does look bright. This is Vail Resorts first property in the East. The EpicPass, valid at all Vail Resorts is a fantastic deal and this new mountain addition brings this exclusive offer in reach of the East for the first time. Vail Resorts also make tremendous investments and improvements to all their mountains year after year. Stowe can only get even better thanks to the massive capital available from their new owner. Definitely something to follow as more details slowly come to light. Read all the details here.

Also recently, Fortress Investments (owners of Intrawest and by extension, Blue Mountain and Tremblant), was acquired by SoftBank of Japan. What effect this will have on those mountains and the rest of the Intrawest line-up is not clear at this point. Looking back at the master plan for Tremblant, the complete vision called for an expansive village development on the Versant Soleil as well as more development at the base of the North side (refered to as Camp Nord). Due to the recession of 2008 and poor weather of those years, development stalled and ended. The Versant Soleil only received the Etoile du Matin condos and the Casino, drastically short of what the plans called for, which was something quite similar but smaller in scope to the existing South pedestrian village. For several years the future of Tremblant has been a hot topic... this latest development could be the turning point to get things back on track or be the event that leads to that happening. Time will tell. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing the Lowell Thomas triple finally make way to a high speed quad! If you are interested, EcoSign was contracted to develop the masterplan, which you can find here.

What are your thoughts on the Vail Resorts acquistion of Stowe? Would you be in favour of Tremblant resuming development? Let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend and happy skiing. 

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February 11-12, 2017

I will start with some good news. Fresh snow is in the forecast. Many regions, primarily around Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond, will see a possible 25cm of snow by Monday. The rain earlier in the week didn't have much effect on the mountains, so rest assured that ski conditions are still extremely good.

As is custom each year, the majority of snow making in Quebec has come to an end. Hydro Quebec imposes higher charges and rates for electricity after January 31st for ski mountains making snow. Still, there are some who continue regardless, like Sommet Saint-Sauveur, who always want to position themselves to be able to offer skiing well into the spring season, and beyond all other mountains in the province of Quebec.

You should be able to expect ski conditions to be more or less the same as they have been for the past month, which is nothing short of incredible. So much so that I personally have a tough time deciding which ski outing was my favorite so far this season.

Still if you are looking for suggestions and want to discover something new, here are a few that come to mind:

  • ​Owl's Head - Known for it's views overlooking the Lac Memphrémagog, this majestic mountain offers the 4th highest vertical in the province of Quebec. With awe inspiring views, from virtually all the trails, you can't go wrong. Add to this a great price for lift tickets, nearly non existent lift lines, and high speed lifts... and you have a winner.
  • Mont Sutton - Known for it's authentic and rustic mountain feel. Featuring 4 mountain chalets, and an endless array of trails and junctions, you can spend several days trying to experience every possible trail combination and glade. Don't forget to try the bread bowl soup at the summit chalets by the fire.
  • Mont Ste Marie - Known for the highest vertical in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Served by two high speed lifts, with plenty of long trails that are sure to please any level of skier, this is another mountain where nearly non existent lift lines rule. Lap after lap, you will get alot of mileage in your day, complete with great views of Lac Sainte-Marie in the distance.
  • Mont Chilly - Known for it's natural snow. This mountain, located about an hour and a half from Ottawa is the most well kept secret in the region. With 1 t-bar serving a handful of trails, it may not be the largest but it has enough authentic charm to keep you wanting to come back for more, long after the day ends. At $20 for the day, you can't go wrong.

Have a great weekend and happy skiing!​
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January 28-29, 2017

Another great ski weekend is in store for skiers and snowboarders. The return to colder weather means that are once again where they were at a few weeks ago. Mountains everywhere are promising a great weekend ahead. The weather should be colder than the past week and feature some snowfall to varying levels, depending on location. Expect overcast conditions, meaning a firm base and nicely groomed trails to enjoy.

Keep an eye out for mountains with chalets or warming huts at their summits. These are the ideal spots to enjoy a relaxing moment away from the slopes and near a fireplace.

If you are interested in trying out something new for a change, head to mountains that offer other activities beyond skiing. Some offer alpine luge (Sommet Saint-Sauveur), luge sleds (Le Massif  and Vallée du Parc), while others still offer skiing until midnight and beyond with great electric ambiance and thematic events.

Still, if you wish to enjoy the slopes on skis, perhaps a ski demo is visiting nearby. These are the perfect opportunity to try on the latest skis and technology for free. Perhaps a newer ski will enable you to take your skiing to the next level or give you more confidence and control on the slopes. 

In related news... there are rumors and speculation going around, that Vail Resorts may announce shortly that they have acquired Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Definitely something to keep an eye out for should this pan out to be true. 

I would like to invite you to share your experiences and adventures on the slopes with us on the SlopeEdge forums by clicking here. Perhaps you discovered a great new hidden slope, the perfect stash of snow in a glade, or an amazing first visit to a new mountain. We would love to hear about it.

Enjoy the fantastic weekend ahead... and happy skiing!

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January 7-8, 2017

Mont Ste Marie

This weekend is all about finishing the holidays in style. After two weeks off from work (hopefully), there is still time to enjoy one of the greatest winter past-times and sports with family and friends before the regular daily routine resumes.

Luckily for us all, the mountains are in superb shape. Conditions couldn't be better at this time of year. Most mountains are fully open or quickly nearing 100%. While the rain experienced earlier this week was rough in the city, most mountains experienced significant snow fall accumulations instead, some reporting over 15cm of fresh snow.

For both Saturday and Sunday the weather will be good, with Sunday being the slightly cooler day to ski. Some regions like Ottawa-Gatineau may receive a light snowing of around 1-2cm over the weekend, just enough to give a soft covering to the slopes.

Regardless of where you visit, the important thing is to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to check your favorite ski mountain's website for the latest conditions and lift ticket prices. Don't forget, many mountains offer skiing by the hour, giving you the added value to ski for any length of time you wish.

Be sure to share your experiences and adventures on the slopes this weekend with us on the forums. www.slopeedge.ca/forum

Have a great weekend and happy skiing.

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