It's Christmas in November at the Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-Country Ski Center in Beaupre, Quebec open with 10 km of trails starting Nov. 17. Thanks to the abundant snowfall received in November, it is the earliest in the last seven years.
Besides ski areas that get early snow, more than 40 Nordic ski areas in North America employ snowmaking can guarantee early openings. Check out the XCSkiResorts.com Top 10 for some of the areas that have snowmaking. You'll also find the latest Nordic openings at SnoCountry.com's cross country conditions pages.
Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-Country Ski Center will have a minimum of 10 km of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing weekends only until the full time opening Nov. 24. Get a 33 percent discount on the regular daily trail pass for all ages and the Sports Alpins boutique and rental shop are open all weekend. Ski teams looking for early season snow can book training camps by reservation.
The new Saint-Anselme shelter has been completely renovated and it is one of the most scenic locations that can be found along the Mont-Sainte Anne trails, but requires a strenuous uphill to reach.
Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross Country Ski Center with 200 km of trails is one of the largest XC ski trail networks in North America and it is open to snowshoes and fat bikers, too.