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Ski near Quebec City?

post #1 of 24
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Hi:

 

I am looking at resorts near Quebec city for a short get-away during Christmas.  Review shows top areas as Tremblant, Mont St Anne and Massif du Sud.  Has anyone skiied in any of these?  Thanks

 

- TM

post #2 of 24

Tremblant is not exactly near Quebec City.      You have to drive west to Montreal and then bust north, gah. 


Of the local resorts, MSA has the most reliable snowmaking (important at Christmas, esp. during El Nino years) and reasonable scenery.   Le Massif has better scenery.   EDIT: Just noticed you mentioned Massif du Sud; I am referencing the Massif du Charlevoix (north of the river) here.

Don't forget Stoneham if you need really quick getaways.


Edited by cantunamunch - 10/12/15 at 3:19pm
post #3 of 24

Tremblant is the biggest ski resort in eastern Canada and as already mentioned is not near Quebec City.

 

Mont St. Anne is near Quebec City and is the first place that I ever skied and it is where my parents met.:D

post #4 of 24

Stoneham is the closest to Quebec City. MSA is rough 30-45 minutes,depending, Massif another 30 past MSA. Forget Tremblant from there.

post #5 of 24

For a short getaway, you could do both MSA and Le Massif (de Charlevoix) and be a happy camper.  They're both pretty big places.

 

And keep in mind, it's Quebec...it could still be an ice box..bring a neck tube.  :)

post #6 of 24

Many years ago we took the train from Detroit to ski MSA. We wound up in a blizzard and the heat went out. They kept stopping the train to try to fix the heat, unsuccessfully. We changed trains in Montreal on Saturday evening with 5 hours to wait, so we headed next door to the Forum to get tickets to watch the Habs. They laughed at us. Our train was rerouted south of the St Lawrence. We caught the last ferry of the night and got stuck in the ice and they had to send out an ice breaker. Even though we were feet from the stern of the icebreaker the river kept refreezing but we made it. The skiing was fine although I was a beginner and not used to skiing actual snow on an actual mountain. We mainly straight lined beginner runs. I'm sorry none of that is helpful to you.

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, super helpful!

post #8 of 24

Stoneham & Le Rollie are both north of QC with Le Rollie being the closest. They're both smaller than MSA or LM but are a ton of fun. Both offer night skiing also. MSA & LM are east of QC & are larger. MSA has night skiing also but LM doesn't. Massif Du Sud is south of QC. I've never been but hear they receive the most natural snow of the lot. MSA & LM can get icy being they're so close to the St. Lawrence with it's water filled breezes, especially LM. Stoneham & Le Rollie don't have this problem & I'm pretty sure Massif du Sud doesn't either.

post #9 of 24

We did a similar trip 3 years ago.  Mont Ste Anne is just 15 - 20 minutes outside Quebec.  Le Massif is another 30 beyond Ste Anne.  Both are good size hills with great views..especially Le Massif.  I suggest staying in Quebec really fun between Christmas and New Year... take a day off  skiing and wander around the old city.  We were there for 4 nights and 3 days had a great time and are contemplating going back this year.  We also combined it with a couple days with friends ant Smuggler's Notch on the way up and a New Year's Eve stay at Jay Peak.  Long drive to Canada from Connecticut so I like to break it up.  Tip: Bring warm clothes!

post #10 of 24
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Stoneham & Le Rollie are both north of QC with Le Rollie being the closest. They're both smaller than MSA or LM but are a ton of fun. Both offer night skiing also. MSA & LM are east of QC & are larger. MSA has night skiing also but LM doesn't. Massif Du Sud is south of QC. I've never been but hear they receive the most natural snow of the lot. MSA & LM can get icy being they're so close to the St. Lawrence with it's water filled breezes, especially LM. Stoneham & Le Rollie don't have this problem & I'm pretty sure Massif du Sud doesn't either.

 

 

I think you meant Le Relais (pronounced ruh-lay), not Le Rollie.

post #11 of 24
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Stoneham & Le Relais are both north of QC with Le Relais being the closest. They're both smaller than MSA or LM but are a ton of fun. Both offer night skiing also. MSA & LM are east of QC & are larger. MSA has night skiing also but LM doesn't. Massif Du Sud is south of QC. I've never been but hear they receive the most natural snow of the lot. MSA & LM can get icy being they're so close to the St. Lawrence with it's water filled breezes, especially LM. Stoneham & Le Relais don't have this problem & I'm pretty sure Massif du Sud doesn't either.

Fixed it!

post #12 of 24
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post #13 of 24
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I think you meant Le Relais (pronounced ruh-lay), not Le Rollie.

Thanks for the correction. Does anybody know the name of the hotel up that way (near Le Relais) that has the night ice skating around the big oval on a lake? That was a lot of fun.

 

Another thing I wouldn't miss while near MSA is going inside the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupre. The marble & stained glass work inside is absolutely stunning. The tile work in the downstairs chapel is pretty amazing too.

 

Stopping somewhere along the way in either VT. or the Eastern Townships for a day both going & returning is also a good idea. It's a very long drive to do straight through.

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We did a similar trip 3 years ago.  Mont Ste Anne is just 15 - 20 minutes outside Quebec.  Le Massif is another 30 beyond Ste Anne.  Both are good size hills with great views..especially Le Massif.  I suggest staying in Quebec really fun between Christmas and New Year... take a day off  skiing and wander around the old city.  

One of the great regrets of my life is going to bed early on New Year's Eve instead of going in to Quebec City.

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We did a similar trip 3 years ago.  Mont Ste Anne is just 15 - 20 minutes outside Quebec.  Le Massif is another 30 beyond Ste Anne.  Both are good size hills with great views..especially Le Massif.  I suggest staying in Quebec really fun between Christmas and New Year... take a day off  skiing and wander around the old city.  

One of the great regrets of my life is going to bed early on New Year's Eve instead of going in to Quebec City.

 

You DIDN'T!   :eek:nono:;)

post #16 of 24
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We did a similar trip 3 years ago.  Mont Ste Anne is just 15 - 20 minutes outside Quebec.  Le Massif is another 30 beyond Ste Anne.  Both are good size hills with great views..especially Le Massif.  I suggest staying in Quebec really fun between Christmas and New Year... take a day off  skiing and wander around the old city.  
One of the great regrets of my life is going to bed early on New Year's Eve instead of going in to Quebec City.

You DIDN'T!   eek.gifnonono2.gifwink.gif

Huh. I always go to bed early on New Year's Eve. What am I missing?

('Course, I'm never in QC that time of year.)
post #17 of 24
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We did a similar trip 3 years ago.  Mont Ste Anne is just 15 - 20 minutes outside Quebec.  Le Massif is another 30 beyond Ste Anne.  Both are good size hills with great views..especially Le Massif.  I suggest staying in Quebec really fun between Christmas and New Year... take a day off  skiing and wander around the old city.  We were there for 4 nights and 3 days had a great time and are contemplating going back this year.  We also combined it with a couple days with friends ant Smuggler's Notch on the way up and a New Year's Eve stay at Jay Peak.  Long drive to Canada from Connecticut so I like to break it up.  Tip: Bring warm clothes!


I went to law school in Quebec City.  MSA is about 40 minutes away from downtown Quebec City, and Le massif is another 30 minutes past MSA, now that the parking lot is at the top.

In my estimation, MSA has by far the best terrain of any ski hill in Quebec, and (please forgive me) is equal or superior to any mountain in the Northeast, as far as terrain, challenge and snow quality go.  The lifts are a bit antiquated, but the liftlines are sually non-existent, except for peak periods, such as the Xmas vacation and school break. 

 

A nice feature of MSA is that there is a concentration of expert terrain on the south face (skiers' right).  This keeps pesky intermediates away and the lift lines on the lift serving that terrain are usually short or non existent.

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The lifts are a bit antiquated

I wouldn't describe an area with an 8 passenger high speed detachable gondola, 1 detachable high speed quad bubble chair & 2  high speed detachable quads as having antiquated lifts.

post #19 of 24

Where we stayed, a Marriot just outside the old city it was only 15 to 20 minutes to MSA. I have also done the opposite: stayed at Ste Anne and drove into Quebec for dinner.  I wouldn't call their lift system antiquated either...other than 1 or 3 lifts.

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I wouldn't describe an area with an 8 passenger high speed detachable gondola, 1 detachable high speed quad bubble chair & 2  high speed detachable quads as having antiquated lifts.


Let me correct that and call some of these lifts old, as opposed to antiquated.  The current gondola was in use when I was in law school, from 1985 to 1987.  So were two of the current high speed quads. 

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Where we stayed, a Marriot just outside the old city it was only 15 to 20 minutes to MSA. I have also done the opposite: stayed at Ste Anne and drove into Quebec for dinner.

From the Assemblée Nationale building (which is next to the old town walls and near the access ramp for the expressway) the distance is 41 km, and the estimated driving time, per Garmin Map Source, is 37 minutes. 

post #22 of 24

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From the Assemblée Nationale building (which is next to the old town walls and near the access ramp for the expressway) the distance is 41 km, and the estimated driving time, per Garmin Map Source, is 37 minutes. 

You sir are correct.  41K from the Marriot where we stayed... thinking about it we had a nice view of the  Assemblée Nationale building across the street.

post #23 of 24

I have to say, I've recently become all about the ski in/ski out..but if there's a place where I'd consider driving, it'd be Quebec City.  If you stay in the old city, you're pretty much on the side towards MSA.  So the drive is easier.  And the lodge area at MSA ain't all THAT great.  And it's Quebec City..

post #24 of 24

Spent a college spring break in Quebec city and skied both MSA and Le Massif. The conditions were not great at either, I barely recall MSA, but the scenery alone at Le Massif was worth it. 

 

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