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I'm looking into booking my first ski trip to Quebec and I've researched a few mountains: Tremblant, St-Anne, Le Massif, Sutton... 

 

1) I know it gets really cold over there so I'm wondering if it makes any difference booking for later in the season? If so... how late: March, April? How long is the season up there anyways?

 

2) Which resorts would be suitable for traveling with non-skiers and small kids (not looking for night-life but things like indoor water parks, snow-tubing etc.)?

 

3) And on a different note if travelling with skiers only looking for the simplest accommodation and best value for money in terms of just skiing... which mountain would you recommend?

 

4) To complicate things even more... what would be a good eastern US alternative location? I'm in Toronto so anything reachable within a day's drive? 

 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 10

Quebec City. 3 ski areas close by & plenty of things to do for non skiers.

 

Oh & there's plenty of reasonable/clean accomodations along the seaway.

 

You have to look into it. There's a mall with an indoor amusement park & ice skating in the city, don't miss the Bassilca at St.Anne, outdoor evening ice skating on a mile oval around a lake & many more things to do. A good time would be during winter carnival in Feb.

 

Maybe some locals can tell you more. I'm just a poor slob from Brooklyn, NY but I've been up that way several times & always enjoyed myself.


Edited by steamboat1 - 8/31/10 at 9:11pm
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I went to Mont Sainte Anne and LeMassif in late March a couple years ago. Had great time with great snow conditions, but it was an exceptionally good snow year. I would think early to mid-March would be prime time for good snow and friendly weather. I've skied quite a few places in US and in comparison I believe Quebec City is among the very best destinations for a mixed group of skiers and non/light skiers. During my visit I stayed in the city for a few nights and would commute to MSA for skiing while others in my group went sightseeing in the old city.  Later we relocated to a hotel closer to MSA and LeMassif for a few nights. If you go in the direction of Quebec City, then I highly recommend the extra effort to include at least one or two days at LeMassif. Unusual and very beautiful mountain-maritime setting for skiing.

More: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1145&mode=headlines

And more: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1123&mode=headlines

 

As for nearby US alternatives from Toronto: how about Lake Placid and Whiteface with a stop at Gore? Or Sugarbush/MRG/Stowe combination? End of February is often a good time for those places.

 

In fairness should add, I've never been to Tremblant, but if you are looking to arrive at one resort and not use your car for the rest of the visit, it may be a good choice and large base village should have diversions for non-skiers and kids.  Because of it's reputation for cold mid-winter weather I'd consider going there in March.

post #4 of 10

There's the ice hotel in Quebec City.  That is on my must do list!!!!

 

Stateside, Lake Placid (Whiteface) is your best option coming from T.O.  I drove from LP to Barrie in 6h40m with a good long stop at the Brockville Dairy Queen, and to check out the old Loyalist Mansions.  If you drive 120ish and live on the east side of the city you could do it under 6h.

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Thanks a lot on your replies. Very helpful stuff :)

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Originally Posted by nikonian View Post

I'm looking into booking my first ski trip to Quebec and I've researched a few mountains: Tremblant, St-Anne, Le Massif, Sutton... 

 

1) I know it gets really cold over there so I'm wondering if it makes any difference booking for later in the season? If so... how late: March, April? How long is the season up there anyways?

 

2) Which resorts would be suitable for traveling with non-skiers and small kids (not looking for night-life but things like indoor water parks, snow-tubing etc.)?

 

3) And on a different note if travelling with skiers only looking for the simplest accommodation and best value for money in terms of just skiing... which mountain would you recommend?

 

4) To complicate things even more... what would be a good eastern US alternative location? I'm in Toronto so anything reachable within a day's drive? 

 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

1.  It gets cold.  I've been to Tremblant twice in March; weather and conditions were good both times.  I've skied Ste Anne and Le Massif and Whiteface in February and, while cold, it was not unreasonably so.  March is perfect for all, but watch for crowds from Quebec and Ontario school vacation periods.

 

2.  Tremblant has the whole "Disney of the North" thing going for it with a great indoor water park, as well as lots of shopping and dining options.  Would get old for non skiers over the course of an entier week, but kids love it.

 

3.  Skiers only - Le Massif by a mile with a day or 2 at Ste Anne. (they are about 1/2 hour from eachother)

 

4) Probably your only real option is Whiteface/Lake Placid. 

 

Of all the above options, the best skiing by far is at Le Massif and Ste Anne.  It looks like we will be heading there (for the third time) from Connecticut during my son's February school break.
 

post #7 of 10

When i lived in Toronto I used to go weekend skiing at Quebec's Eastern Townships various ski resorts as well as Jay Peak in northern Vermont.

post #8 of 10

I agree with DanoT. 

 

Northern Vermont is no worse than Quebec City from Toronto. I have skied Jay and Stowe....both great hills.

post #9 of 10

I looked at a map and you guys are right.  It look like a longer drive from Toronto to Ste Anne than it would be to Stowe or Jay Peak. 

post #10 of 10

We happen to be big Tremblant fans.  Our family has gone up there for many years and have done a few "Mancations" their with just the boys.  You can get some basic lodging at Les Suites Tremblant.  The mountain offers alot.  One of the nicest things for us is the fact that if you stay right at the resort, you don't need your car at all!    I have a pass at Whiteface and Lake Placid also has a lot to offer.  The terrain is some of the best in the east.  Lake Placid is only about 15 minutes to the mountain.  If there, a must stop is the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.  Lisa G's is another great spot for eats and drinks.  There is plenty to do with the whole family.  You may want to check out Jay Peak.  They recently have added a lot of family fun activities, new lodging, ice rink, water park is in the works.   Stowe, VT is always a good bet.  Some of the best skiing around and plenty to do in town.  A bit pricey in my opinion compared to the others.  Have fun!! 

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