Expanding skiable terrain by 30%
Cleaning up the base area where all the trails converge; plan to make this a more wide open area
Opening a ski train from Quebec city to the hill
Building a new "Summit Village" (the ski hill is built upside down, the lodge and parking lot is at the top of the hill)
Turning the area into a "4 season resort"
For those of you who have not skied Le Massif , get there before they potentially screw it up. Yes, it is remote; an hour east of Quebec City, Canada, but man what a hill. I started skiing there in the 80s right after they opened the hill when they used buses to get you to the top of the mountain as there were no lifts. Now, they have up to date high speed quads and have expanded considerably. Awesome glade skiing, great steeps, killer bump skiing, can have awesome powder days since it gets 50% more snow than anything around the area, 2500 foot vertical, great intermediate trails for cruising, some of the best scenic views of any hill in the East. You will see more true expert skiers here than any hill I have skied in the northeast. My favorite hill by a mile. And, it is still affordable. If you are willing to do the regular run down Hotels in Baie St Paul (20 minutes away) you can get away for $80 per day for hotel, full breakfast, and skiing. Or, if you want upscale, you can stay in Quebec city for the ski/tourist experience.
The hill was bought by one of the people that started Circue Du Soleil and my concern is that they turn this beautiful, undeveloped gem into another McSkiHill.
Granted, increasing terrain and adding new lifts will really be a plus, but my concern is that the developers screw this place up like Intrawest screwed up Tremblant. I realize that the owners are in the business to make money, but look at all of the expansions over the years in the east; not all of them ended up being for the better. My hope is that this development is done in a way to actually improve the ski experience, which will be hard to do given the fact that it is such an awesome hill as it is. We do not need any more "Plastic Ski VIllages" or Gondolas that just move people around for no good reason without improving uphill capacity (something intrawest has done twice now).
You can already see two of the changes the new project has brought about ; they have officially changed the name to Le Massif du Charlevoix, and the new website is far more "artisitic". Obviously, the image is going towards a quebecois/artisitic flare. The new website is unwieldy at best compared to their old site, and has obviously been translated into english word for word from french, so it does come across as somewhat disjointed. Sorry for the nitpicking, but I am very, very afraid they screw this up.
Edited by HudsonHacker - 11/13/09 at 9:16am