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Best Eastern Canadian Ski Reosrt in Mid-Late December?

post #1 of 14
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Hey guys..

Can anyone please tell me where the best ski resort in Eastern Canada during mid to late december period would be?

With reasonable snow, price, crowd, lodging, etc.

 

I'm thinking of Mont Tremblant but i've heard that there would be hardly any snow/snowfall...my substitute choices are le massif and mt. ste anne. (would snow making substitue the snowfall?)

 

Any recommendations?

Thank you.

post #2 of 14

Yup Tremblant would be it for that time of year I agree. LS and I use to go everyear over her birthday ( Dec 13) and we never got skunked but I do remember ummmmm pretty limited some times LOL.

You might want to keep an eye on the resorts just south also ( asumming you can go south of the boarder) Somtimes Jay or Killington have more runs open at that time of year

post #3 of 14

It really depends on the year. Sometimes Tremblant is fully operational by that time, other times it's a handful of runs. If this weather continues, this year is looking to be on the slim pickings side. The up side is that you can get decent prices on lodging and there are minimal lift lines. Lift tickets will still be steep though, despite the lack of terrain.

 

Tremblant tends to be the first to open around here, so it's probably your best bet for early season, but I'd suggest paying attention to the weather network and see if there are pockets of snow somewhere.  

 

Elsbeth

post #4 of 14

Depends on what you're looking for. If you like the crowds and astronomical prices, go to Tremblant.

My money is on Le Massif if you have to ski in Canada!!! You could also take a short drive to Jay Peak, VT, Stowe, VT or Whiteface, NY. If you are crossing into the US, remember to bring your passport and leave the 'ganga' at home. 

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icon14.gif on Massif. Have spent a few December vacations there. Great local 's area and terrain. Stay at the chalet village that is about 10 minutes away by shuttle. Cheap multi-day tix too.

 

 

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Depends on what you're looking for. If you like the crowds and astronomical prices, go to Tremblant.

My money is on Le Massif if you have to ski in Canada!!! You could also take a short drive to Jay Peak, VT, Stowe, VT or Whiteface, NY. If you are crossing into the US, remember to bring your passport and leave the 'ganga' at home. 

post #6 of 14

East or West (See other post!) - So where are you going in Mid Dec?......

post #7 of 14

my vote: mont st anne (quebec city..magical place).

 

..also eastern townships 1.5 hr SE of montreal ie, mont sutton,renowned for glade (tree) skiing, owl's head etc...cool area too....or do montreal and visit tremblant THEN head SE to the 'eastern townships' area...heck while you're there check out Vermont with Jay's peak etc.

 

My ideal dream 'ski east' vacation would be to take 10 days: and hit vermont and the eastern townships..then head to montreal, party a bit and head to tremblant...then head north to mont st anne/quebec city.

 

even though I live out west and have access to some great skiing, i still love the charm of those areas (am originally from Toronto)..and they still offer good skiing too.

 

enjoy!

post #8 of 14

I grew up 30 minutes from Tremblant and now live an hour away. DO NOT GO TO TREMBLANT IN DECEMEBER! YOU WILL WASTE YOUR $$$$.  Tremblant is losing money hand over fist. They will not run anything beyond the absolute minimum number of lifts before xmas. Even if they get snow, they will not open very much terrain, they will save it for the Xmas holidays. Toss in the fact that all of the employees are currently threatening a strike, and you have a poor situation for a ski week. (Don't laugh, the employees actually did go on strike a few years ago over the XMAS holidays and the hill was shut down for a week during the busiest time of year). The place is an over priced joke. Hey, if you want to go hang out in a ski village, be seen in a Spyder Ski Suit drinking and eating, then heck, go for it. If you want to actually ski, avoid it at all costs. Oh yeah, they have not really been doing maintenance on the lifts, so there is a chance they run into uphill capacity issues; two springs ago I got stuck on the south side of the mountain on a busy day and the Gondola broke down (Again!). The line up for the only other lift open was over an hour long. That is not an uncommon occurence there.

 

The best skiing will be at Le Massif, but there is no on site lodging. Your best bet is to rent a condo or hotel at the base of Mont Ste Anne. This would allow you to ski Ste Anne as well as Le massif. I guess it is about a 40 minute drive from Ste Anne to Le massif. Heck, I personally would rent a condo at Ste Anne, and just ski Massif every day, IT IS THAT GOOD! Scenery is phenomenal, great people working there, you will be made to feel welcome, and the hill is great. Glades, bumps, cruisers, a good mix of intermediate and expert terrain. You cannot go wrong. And they have already been getting snow.Tremblant is still bare.

 

 

The other option is to stay in Quebec city, which is a great tourist town. It is about 20 mins to Ste Anne and an hour to le massif.

 

Just my .02.

post #9 of 14

I'd be checking the snow reports a week to a few days before the trip and booking based on what looks good/open...  the East can be sketchy at that time of year and some resorts can luck out where others don't. 

 

I was at Tremblant a couple of years ago for a four day trip around the 16-19 and there was hardly anyone on the hill. On the other hand, my ski club's been up for the CSIA convention and in low snow years the lineups have been ridiculous with sometimes only a single lift/gondola open. Consequently you may want to hold off booking until you can get a semi-accurate forecast and have knowledge of the bases at all the ski hills. 

 

Enjoy your trip!

post #10 of 14
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East or West (See other post!) - So where are you going in Mid Dec?......



Lol i still haven't decided...but most likely tremblant or mont st anne...but i'd always love to go west :)

post #11 of 14
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I grew up 30 minutes from Tremblant and now live an hour away. DO NOT GO TO TREMBLANT IN DECEMEBER! YOU WILL WASTE YOUR $$$$.  Tremblant is losing money hand over fist. They will not run anything beyond the absolute minimum number of lifts before xmas. Even if they get snow, they will not open very much terrain, they will save it for the Xmas holidays. Toss in the fact that all of the employees are currently threatening a strike, and you have a poor situation for a ski week. (Don't laugh, the employees actually did go on strike a few years ago over the XMAS holidays and the hill was shut down for a week during the busiest time of year). The place is an over priced joke. Hey, if you want to go hang out in a ski village, be seen in a Spyder Ski Suit drinking and eating, then heck, go for it. If you want to actually ski, avoid it at all costs. Oh yeah, they have not really been doing maintenance on the lifts, so there is a chance they run into uphill capacity issues; two springs ago I got stuck on the south side of the mountain on a busy day and the Gondola broke down (Again!). The line up for the only other lift open was over an hour long. That is not an uncommon occurence there.

 

The best skiing will be at Le Massif, but there is no on site lodging. Your best bet is to rent a condo or hotel at the base of Mont Ste Anne. This would allow you to ski Ste Anne as well as Le massif. I guess it is about a 40 minute drive from Ste Anne to Le massif. Heck, I personally would rent a condo at Ste Anne, and just ski Massif every day, IT IS THAT GOOD! Scenery is phenomenal, great people working there, you will be made to feel welcome, and the hill is great. Glades, bumps, cruisers, a good mix of intermediate and expert terrain. You cannot go wrong. And they have already been getting snow.Tremblant is still bare.

 

 

The other option is to stay in Quebec city, which is a great tourist town. It is about 20 mins to Ste Anne and an hour to le massif.

 

Just my .02.

Thanks for the great advice...

I should definitely consider Le Massif and Mont Ste Anne over Tremblant
 

post #12 of 14

Ditto HudsonHackers summation. The only other thing I could recommend is to also check out Stoneham & Le Rollie (sp?). They sometimes have better snow conditions being they are further away from the St. Lawrence. They are both north (nord) of Quebec City but are smaller ski areas compared to St. Anne or LeMassiff. Still very nice & they both do an exceptional job grooming the mtn. I've been up that way several times & usually stay the Lak De Lauge (sp?) which is across & up the road from the Stoneham access road. Nice accomodations, indoor pool, with an excellent restaurant. A bit of a drive to either St. Anne or Le Massiff but not that bad.

post #13 of 14

Just for giggles, I figured I would update the Tremblant situation. (I hope you decided not to book there.)

 

Nov 26 the hut at the top of the Duncan Chair burned to the ground. Hmm, what is inside that hut? Oh yeah, the controls to operate the chair. Feeling safe yet?

 

Tremblant has cancelled a race this weekend due to lack of snow due to a "mishap" with the snowmaking system resulting in reduced snowmaking capacities.

 

Hey, and it is only the first week of the season! Let the fun begin!

 

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, about 3000 of the condos at the hill have fireplaces that are not up to code, so they have been sealed up. Maybe pop in a DVD of a crackling fire to watch on the TV. Gotta love Tremblant!

 

Sorry, but it is funny!

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by HudsonHacker View Post

Just for giggles, I figured I would update the Tremblant situation. (I hope you decided not to book there.)

 

Nov 26 the hut at the top of the Duncan Chair burned to the ground. Hmm, what is inside that hut? Oh yeah, the controls to operate the chair. Feeling safe yet?

 

Tremblant has cancelled a race this weekend due to lack of snow due to a "mishap" with the snowmaking system resulting in reduced snowmaking capacities.

 

Hey, and it is only the first week of the season! Let the fun begin!

 

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, about 3000 of the condos at the hill have fireplaces that are not up to code, so they have been sealed up. Maybe pop in a DVD of a crackling fire to watch on the TV. Gotta love Tremblant!

 

Sorry, but it is funny!



HA!  I remember using a fireplace at Tremblant and totally smoking out the condo.  It was "funny", because no smoke alarms went off.

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