The snow is amazing, the temperatures are moderate and there’s more sunlight. Try to time your trip so it doesn’t coincide with the vacation week of the Quebec schools. These dates are often when ski deals are suspended and vacationing families line up at the lift lines. Many people consider Cannon Mountain their favorite mountain resort in the region. For more fun, there are several terrain parks. For a discounted lift ticket, go to Cannon Mountain on Tuesday or Thursday if you are looking to save money.
The Edge zone offers thrill-seekers double black trees of Les Bouleaux. This runs into the famously long, black run, No. 47 Laurentienne. They offer lessons, rentals, and learning areas for beginners. There are also active snowmaking facilities in several sections of park. There are many attractions available on the site for those who don’t want to ski or snowboard. Most famous for being a host to the 1980 Winter Olympics, Whiteface Lake Placid is a dream destination for skiers, snowboarders, and non-riders alike.
The European designed base village is filled with restaurants, pubs, lodging and shopping. Mont Sainte Anne is close to Quebec City and offers some of Eastern Canada’s best skiing with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. Le Massif is easily accessible to ski St. Anne, then cross the border to ski Massif the next day. Driving through this area at night is a winter wonderland of twinkling lights from Sauveur, village storefronts and surrounding resorts. The Gatineau Hills, near Ottawa, Ontario, is well-known for its trail system.
Mont Sutton boasts 60 trails and more than 200 junctions. This unique location offers snowboarders and skiers a “choose you own adventure” approach. Trails are pretty evenly spread between beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert-level. Le Massif’s La Charlevoix Trail is one of the most difficult. It is also the only elite run in Canada east the Rockies. Skiers have the illusion of ski-straight into the ocean because of the vertical drop of the slope.
While the ratings may make it seem infeasible for beginners, there’s actually plenty that less experienced riders can do. A snow school is available, as well as a beginner area for less experienced riders. Also, aside from skiing and snowboarding, the resort offers dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and sledding in the winter as well. Visitors especially like Le Massif because of its picturesque trails bordering the St. Lawrence River, the charming, European feel of the resort, and the diversity of the trails on site.