by: Jesse Robbins - 7th March 2013

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Long runs, great 'side country' glades, great food, unique
Few nearby lodging options

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I'm longing to return now that they have been getting great snow for weeks in a row (The snow conditions weren't great when I visited soon after some rain, but the groomed trails were in decent shape and the glades and back country I was able to ski were firm but reeked of potential.) The views were amazing and the runs long and varied, although many had steep drops near the bottom- beginners are best off parking at the main lodge at the SUMMIT of this resort, which is on a bluff ("massif") overlooking the St Lawrence River. The terrain accessed from mid-stations and the upper summit quad seemed best for developing skiers. For the advanced skiers & riders, at the north edge of the resort there is an entrance to a hike-in back country area bounded between an in-bounds goaded trail and a long toboggan run that offers an easy escape route leading to the river lodge at the base. The hike is worth the fantastic glades that vary from tight to quite open, and with moderate to steep pitch. Modern detachable quads and an 8 person gondola serve all terrain. I was very impressed by the local/healthy cafeteria foods; large meals were about $18 (US or CDN) including tax,and were delicious. No soda or fried foods available, which is fine by me. Nearby Quebec City was fantastic, too.
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