Le Massif is cutting trails and building lifts, with anticipated completion of the new facilities in December.

This phase of the multi-year project involves a new eight-passenger gondola, new trails, a new chair serving the terrain park, new surface lift serving beginner terrain, more off-piste skiing and riding, and tinkering with existing trails to tie the area more tightly and logically together.

This work is pegged at $16 million.

Architects are looking ahead to the next phase of the mountain work, which will involve lodging units including inn, chalets, loft apartments and signature homes; a public square with boutiques, restaurants and cafés; and public infrastructures including a train station, terraces and promenades, a gondola, and spa concept.

That's just the mountain part of a vision created by Le Massif's principal owner, Daniel Gauthier, who has been planning for some years to create the region's premier recreation center.

Le Massif offers skiers and riders one of the best views in Eastern Canada, a sweeping vista that leads from summit seemingly straight down to the frozen St. Lawrence River.

The huge area lies about an hour east of Quebec City.

Gauthier, president and COO of Groupe Le Massif, envisions three parts to Le Massif de Charlevoix: the ski area itself, a train from Quebec to the base of the area, and The Farm, a conference center/hotel near the base of the mountain at the edge of the St. Lawrence.

The entire project is expected to cost $230 million Canadian.

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