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Mont Ste Anne & Le Massif Lodging, Dining, Etc.

post #1 of 10
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I am taking my son, 15 and nephew, 17 to Ste. Anne and Le Massif for 5 days during their President's Week school break.

I'm looking for advice on lodging and dining options as well as any tips on skiing these areas.

My son and I are decent, all mountain skiers who enjoy trees powder and crud. Nephew is intermediate level boarder.

I am thinking we'd like to stay close to Ste. Anne. I don't think the boys would be that interested in staying in the city, and honestly, I want to keep driving to a minimum...it's a long haul just to get there and back.
post #2 of 10
I always stay in a kitchenette suite at this place where on their website claim:

"The best quality / price ratio"
http://www.motelcanadien.com/en/en.htm

The first time we went I would say this was true (with a HIGH emphasis on price over quality), but the ratio seems to be sliding a bit in both regards. Not sure if I would stay there again, but if you're on a strict budget, you might be able to haggle some decent package prices from them.

Dining wise, I can't remember a specific place, but DO have some Quebecois poutine, made with fresh cheese curds... head and shoulders above the FAKE poutine you can get south of the border with grated mozza or cheddar.
post #3 of 10
Another member (deliberate1) offered this advice about lodging near Le Massif:
Versant du Massif is a community of vacation homes that you can rent for a few days or longer. With the six of us, it was the logical choice. Cost is most reasonable. About $220 US per night for a modern three bedroom chalet. It is about a 15 minute drive through Petite Riviers to the bottom of the mountain. And a shuttle will pick you up at the end of your drive way and deliver you there at the end of the day.

Last year I stayed at Hotel Auberge LaCamarine (http://www.camarine.com/lodging-rest.../index_ang.cfm) one mile from MSA. It has moderate priced motel-type rooms. Has a nice gourmet resto, but that was considerably more upscale in cost. To be honest, several of my dinners up there came from grazing the nice prepared food section of that big, new grocery store in Beaupre on opposite side of 138 from river. After a big lunch at excellent Le Massif cafeteria, that was all we needed.

"Quebecois poutine, made with fresh cheese curds", shoot, I missed out on this! I love potatos, gravy and cheese. Did try a bag of curds by themselves and they tasted like sour rubber. Ahh, needed a local to show me the good stuff.
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"Did try a bag of curds by themselves and they tasted like sour rubber.

That sounds like cheese curds... but most people I know love them. You know they're good and fresh when they squeak as you're eating them. When in Quebec, we buy cheese curds and keep them inside our jackets while on the mountain. It staves off the 12 o clock hunger quite nicely.
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Crank, Jamesj was referring to this place where I have been twice with my family (http://www.chaletsquebecdev.com/). It is about 1.5 hours north of Quebec City. The chalets are as comfortable as you could imagine, and plenty of room for your kids to stretch out, unlike a motel room. Very economical since you can cook there. Ice skating rink, hot tubs and about a 10-15 shuttle ride to the bottom of Massif, so you literally do not have to drive once you get there (know what you mean). Check ou the multi-day ticket deals at Massif on their web site. With the exchange rate, you can ski there real cheap (well less than $40 US pd). Do not know how it compares with Mt SA. We love Massif. Is the local's mountain. Great variety of terrain, a ton of snow, excellent grooming. An altogether fine place for a family trip. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful tme.
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We did the same trip several years ago. I would highly recommend Chateau Mt. St. Anne right on the slopes. We rented a 2 br. condo there. It was very reasonable. You can get breakfast and dinner with the meal plan. Do not hesitate! The food was french gourmet. So delicious. My son who was about 12 loved it. You get a 5 course meal every evening. Soup, salad, appetizer, dinner, and dessert! Fabulous!
I think they even have a shuttle up to Le Massif. Only thing, it was very, very cold when we were there. Frostbite warnings up, etc. It is a great mountain. Have never skiied Le Massif, but it is on my "to do" list. Have a great time. Quebec is so beautiful in winter.
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Thought I'd bump this up and thank you guys for the info. I am looking into all of these places. Trying to make it comfortable and semi-lux, meaning a fireplace and access to pool/hot tub. Prices are pretty reasonable up there. Believe me slopeside at Ste Anne is a hell of a lot more affordable than slopeside at Sugarbush.

Anything you can tell me about skiing Ste Anne and Le Massif would also be appreciated. I have 2 days at Ste Anne and 0 at Le Massif.
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Anything you can tell me about skiing Ste Anne and Le Massif would also be appreciated. I have 2 days at Ste Anne and 0 at Le Massif.
Dress warm!

As well, I'm not sure if you'll have success, but if you can poach "Le Charlevoix" which is rarely open, you'll get true Western Style untracked powder. Did this a few times one day. The on mountain patrollers saw this and said nothing. Eventually, a liftee caught us and went absolutely MAD in a Quebecois sort of way. We played stupid all in English, but he couldn't understand, and continued to yell.

post #9 of 10
My son went up there with neighbors of ours a couple of years ago. I would love to get up there & check it out. They stayed at Hotel Val des Neiges, which is located near the base at St. Anne. It's not slope side but its very close - 5 minutes away plus there's a shuttle from the hotel to the mountain so you can leave your car at the hotel.

The hotel is affordable but nice: approx. US$98 to $105 per night for a room with 2 double beds. They have an indoor pool & breakfast buffet (for add'l charge). My son really enjoyed it there.

Check it out at

http://dufour.ca/en/dufour_menu/hote...otel/index.php
post #10 of 10
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Well I booked a 2 bedroom condo 1km from Ste Anne on a shuttle route. It has a fireplace and an indoor pool and hot tub on the premises. Cost is $700 US for 4 nights. We'll be up there from Sunday 2/15- Thursday 2/19 and then headed to Jay Peak to ski with some friends for a day or 2 before packing it in.

Planning on skiing 2 days at Ste Anne and 2 at Le Massif. Anyone use Liftopia? They have a very good discount listed for Ste Anne. Only thing is they lock you into the date.
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