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Le Massif / Mont Saint-Anne in Mid-December?

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My friends and I were thinking of going to Tremblent in mid-December. But after posting on this amazing forum, we thought either Whiteface or Stowe would be better alternatives. But someone on that thread mentioned Mt. Saint-Anne and Le Massif. I've been to those hills dozens of times, but that was 12 years ago. How is the snow up there in December? Is it icy? Bloody cold? I remember I skied in Tremblent once when it was -55C with the windchill.

 

And how are the resorts near those hills? Any names? I guess we could stay at Quebec City, but from what I remember it wasn't that close (45-minute drive?).

 

If it matters, we're all intermediate skiers/snowboarders that don't have any problems doing blacks.

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You probably know those ski areas better than me and everything is a crapshoot on snow conditions, but I sure had a nice family trip up there about 5 years ago.  MSA is about 30 mins from QC, LeMassif is about an hour:

http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1145

 

If you stay in the city you will probably see a lot festive Holiday activities and decorations if your group likes that sort of thing.

 

PS:  things could change in two weeks, but to give you an idea of some strong early snowmakers I saw this recently on another website, as of Nov 29 in the Northeast US there were five resorts with over 100 acres open

Killington 107 of 752
Sunday River 105 of 743
Loon 104 of 370
Okemo 103 of 650
Sugarloaf 101 of 1153

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I am heading up there on Christmas day so am hoping conditions du neige will be tres bien and not tooooo cold!  Ste Anne does have the gondola and bubble chair though so that should help with cold on the way up. Will be with a girlfriend and staying in Quebec so if the skiing isn't great we will find other things to keep us occupied.  

 

There are plenty of hotels an condos right at Ste Anne and a minute or 2 away in Beaupre.  Not so much near Le Massif.  Quebec is , at most, a half hour drive from Ste Anne add another half hour to Le Massif.

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When I added the Tags (on the right next to Post #1), I found a Trip Report that's got a lot of pictures and info.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/81428/montsainte-anne-le-massif-jay-peak-2-25-2-21

 

I've done a fall vacation up at one of the resorts next to Mont Ste. Anne.  I would think mid-Dec is still off season so might be some deals to be had.  The drive to Quebec City was pretty easy.  Of course, no worries of snow on the road then.

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My friends and I were thinking of going to Tremblent in mid-December. But after posting on this amazing forum, we thought either Whiteface or Stowe would be better alternatives. But someone on that thread mentioned Mt. Saint-Anne and Le Massif. I've been to those hills dozens of times, but that was 12 years ago. How is the snow up there in December? Is it icy? Often Bloody cold? Colder than VT. I remember I skied in Tremblent once when it was -55C with the windchill.

 

And how are the resorts near those hills? Any names? I guess we could stay at Quebec City, but from what I remember it wasn't that close (45-minute drive?). Plenty of condos and some motels near Mt. St. Anne, just not the ambience - or food - of the old city. Le Massif is pretty isolated. 

 

If it matters, we're all intermediate skiers/snowboarders that don't have any problems doing blacks. Most of the runs are fairly blue to blue-black by U.S. standards at Mt. St. Anne. Some nice trees and short pitches. Le Massif, different story. Not so much the pitch as the conditions. It can get scraped off and you're looking at a long sweeping test of your edge control, with lots of other skiers blasting along. A few of the runs get serious bumps, if you like bumps. A big GS run that the team trains on. 

 

IMO, both are really interesting, fun places if you factor in Quebec and the river environment. Worth a trip. 

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I will be honest with you.

NO snow !

 

Really. Regardless what resort tells you,,I just skied with some condo owners from Tremblant who drove 3 hours to my center since theirs is ICE  ICE  ICE !

 

Sorry!

 

Do not go there.

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I will be honest with you.

NO snow !

 

Really. Regardless what resort tells you,,I just skied with some condo owners from Tremblant who drove 3 hours to my center since theirs is ICE  ICE  ICE !

 

Sorry!

 

Do not go there.

I can believe that. We've pretty much decided that it's going to be Whiteface in Lake Placid, NY. They have better snowmaking machines there.

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