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.
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 Pente Douce. 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 Chien Chaud, 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.
The main lodge has a modern design and feel to it. There is 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.
I definitely recommend Vorlage 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 to be enjoyed time and time again. Come ski the difference, at Vorlage!