Quebec Ski Guide: 2017-2018 Season
If you grew up in Montreal or anywhere across Quebec, chances are you've slipped on a pair of skis and snowplowed down a hill at least once in your life. It's kind of hard not to in a location that would freeze hell over six months of the year.
Add to that chill eighty-some alpine ski hills scattered throughout the province of Quebec and over 200 km of cross-country ski trails on the island of Montreal, and you've got yourself a local rite of passage.
If you aren't from here, keep reading. And even if you were born and raised in la Belle Province, bear with me. You're about to find out some Quebec skiing insider secrets.
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Quebec Ski Conditions: 2017-2018
Ski conditions, as with ski season length, are naturally contingent on the weather. And not all skiers are comfortable with the same conditions. Some are unfazed by ice patches. Others thrive on powder. But some would prefer and wait for loose or even wet, granular snow conditions to kick in if they can help it. So before heading out, check the state of downhill skiing conditions at your mountain of choice to see if they match your skiing preferences, skill set and comfort levels.
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Quebec Ski Hills: Top Three Regions
Locals are spoiled rotten with so many ski hills to choose from in Quebec. People in the know have no problem choosing a resort to suit their tastes but what about everyone else? And what about people who know nothing about Quebec? What regions are worth checking out?
1.) The Laurentians region, home to Mont Tremblant and Mont Saint Sauveur, both popular destinations for Montrealers due to the region's proximity to the island city. Can't say they have the most challenging runs, but these resorts do rank high in pickup potential, look-at-me bling wear and après-ski fun. Also great for families and novices.
2.) The Quebec City/Charlevoix area where Mont-Saint-Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif are located. All three are what you'd call a skier's ski destination. Less than two hours from Quebec City, Montrealers can expect a good four- to five-hour drive to make it to these highly lauded resorts. In other words, good luck finding someone with something bad to say.
3.) The Eastern Townships region is just two hours or less from Montreal, bordering on the Northeastern States. Mont Sutton, Owl's Head and Mont Orford are the area's resort flagships and what's particular about these hills is many of their trails dare skiers to up their game and improve technique. Gently. Beginners will notice green circle runs have tricky passages and intermediates will find many a blue square trail with black diamond moments.
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Quebec's poster child ski station, Mont Tremblant, has been voted the top Ski Resort in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine nearly every single year since 1996. And going by other popular ski and travel magazines, websites and guides, you'd think Tremblant is the only ski resort in Quebec.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Need to get away for a few hours but don't want to go too far or pay too much? In town on business with an evening to spare on a spontaneous run? Maybe you're on a tight budget and as a result, haven't skied in years. Solution? Night skiing. I've got three solid bets for you, all one hour or less from from Montreal.
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