It's been years since skiers and riders on the eastern seaboard could venture to untouched snowfields and powdery chutes via helicopter. While several mountains throughout the northeast offer cat-skiing, none provide access to the most remote and highly-sought terrain. This season, Massif du Sud in St.-Philémon, Québec is changing that.
Located roughly three and a half hours northeast of Montreal, near the U.S. border with Maine, Massif is relatively unknown by American skiers and riders. Though that may change now. If booking travel arrangments, don't confuse it with Le Massif Ski Area, located northeast of Quebec City.
The Heli-Safari package will take groups of two to six skiers or riders (accompanied by a guide) 10-12km into the backcountry for three to five runs in optimal weather. Excursions will go out approximately every two days so that skiers can be virtually assured of fresh, untracked snow.
“You are guaranteed to create your own tracks,” Massif du Sud’s Owner Alain Contant said. “You are dropped on top of a mountain that has not been skied. True, our vertical is not comparable to the vertical out west, but the total vacation experience is intimate, the region is authentic and our regional Quebec food is great.”
Exact details of the program are still being clarified, but there will be helicopter departures planned from at least three venues. The package will range in price depending on the venue.
$350/pp (CA) departing from the base of the mountain
$450/pp (CA) from La Cache à Maxime a nearby resort, round-trip with heli-skiing, but no meals, lodging or spa
$2,500/pp (CA) from downtown Montreal, round trip transport and heli-ski
Massif du Sud also offers Catski-Safari (by reservation only) starting at $250/pp for access to 150 acres of untouched terrain.
Reserve a Heli or Catski-Safari package by calling 877 869-3676.