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Look no further

By Mario Daniel, Special Contributon and GendronSki Group Leader

All too often, in our quest for perfection, we fail to see what’s right there, in our very own backyard. That’s exactly what happened to me last winter when I was trying to decide on a destination for a three-day skiing getaway with friends. I started by checking out several of the New England resorts but, honestly, the idea of paying that extra 30% pretty much turned me off. In the end, I opted to stay in Quebec and head for Charlevoix— more specifically, Le Massif. It was the best decision I could have made!

Although I have been going on day trips to Le Massif regularly for years, I think that staying there for a few days really allowed me to discover and enjoy everything this resort has to offer. Our very first morning there, upon stepping out of the hotel, we had the pleasure of discovering that our car was covered in over 40 cm of fresh snow. As you can well imagine, we had an absolute blast that particular day…

when we got to the mountain all we could see, other than a few snowcat tracks, was a blanket of pure, untouched powder covering practically every inch of the place. Let’s just say that a vertical drop of 770 metres in pure powder is quite extraordinary, not to mention a great workout for the legs! After carving our fair share of tracks on the main pistes, we alternated between mogul runs and backcountry areas, which were still bursting at the seams with snow.

By day’s end, we were exhausted and it was time for some well-deserved après-ski drinks. The bar was packed as traditional chansonniers entertained, swaying the crowd to sing along. We had such a great time!

The next day, we took advantage of the perfect, sunny weather to explore Le Massif from a different angle—almost every run, except for a few expert trails, had been groomed, allowing us to do a complete tour of the mountain and enjoy all of its spectacular, larger-than-life vistas.

On Day 3, to finish things off in style, we were hit with another 20 centimetres of snow. It just doesn’t get any better than this! Just goes to prove what I was saying earlier… you really don’t need to look any further than your own backyard!

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How many times have you heard someone say: “I think it’s time for my yearly Le Massif fix.” And who can blame them really?

Above and beyond the spectacular view, Le Massif boasts exceptionally well-maintained trails, amazing glades selfishly guarded by many, and delectable yet healthy dishes (forget the fried food here!) with a local flair. Le Massif is also one of only four resorts in Quebec to have a gondola, and is the only Canadian resort to offer train services that take you right to the foot of the mountain. This new shuttle service, slated to be introduced this winter, is quite similar to the one in the French Alps, which connects Chamonix to the different resorts in the Chamonix Valley. Baie-Saint-Paul could now justifiably call itself a real ski town.

Those of you who think great skiing is synonymous with a trip abroad should definitely consider trying Le Massif for that same big mountain feel right here at home.

Of course, a pilgrimage to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is not necessarily the same for everyone. While some are making their way to the town’s famous basilica, others are headed for the Holy Grail of Quebec ski resorts. For countless skiers, Mont-Saint-Anne has been the answer to their prayers for amazing skiing. For the 50 years it has been in existence, many have indeed considered it a true blessing, no doubt in part because it has earned the reputation as the biggest mountain in Eastern Canada.

It is precisely this long-established reputation which attracts skiers from around the globe every year. American, British and even Mexican skiers take advantage of the hill’s proximity to Quebec City so they can enjoy a few runs while they enjoy visiting North America’s most European-like city.

Mont-Sainte-Anne can also easily be combined with a visit to Le Massif de Charlevoix, (located a mere thirty minutes away), while remaining just a hop, skip and jump away from the provincial capital and its countless winter festivities.

By Roger Laroche Special Contributor for carnetduski.com, Ski and Cycling Group Leader

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