[R248R, Mont-Sainte-Anne] in Beaupre, Quebec, has set up a new cross-country skiing loop on the summit of the mountain.

The 1K loop is said to be a first for the Northeast. It is available exclusively for training camps.

The loop is on the west side of the gondola station, where natural snowfall is most prevalent, and also has snowmaking in place.

Nordic skiers will have to take the gondola to the summit to access the XC trail. Teams from Quebec, Ontario and the Eastern United States are expected to use the training facility.

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey is Mont-Sainte-Anne's official XC ambassador. Harvey is already an ambassador of Nordic skiing in Quebec and the rest of Canada through his Web site and newsletter.

Harvey has inspired many young people to engage in Nordic skiing, as competitors or recreational skiers. He is originally from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, just beside Mont-Sainte-Anne, and learned to ski and race at the mountain.

Mont -Sainte-Anne is 25 miles east of Québec City, and is one of the largest downhill ski resorts in Québec. It has 66 trails, 17 of them lighted for night skiing, most with snowmaking coverage, and a vertical drop of 2,050 feet.

Like its larger neighbor [R211 R, Le Massif] a bit farther east, Mont-Sainte-Anne has a sweeping view across the St. Lawrence River.

More information, call 418-827-4561.