Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham Offer Flexibility, Expert Terrain For Quebec Getaway
Just minutes outside of Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resort are easily accessed from the northeastern U.S., and offer some great flexibility in planning your trip north of the border.
With the new St. Lawrence Summits multi-ski area lift ticket, you can decide which of the three mountains you feel like conquering – that morning. Exclusively offered at participating Charlevoix and Québec City lodging establishments, skiers and riders can check conditions and choose to head to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham Mountain Resort, or Le Massif de Charlevoix.
“There is nothing like the view of the St. Lawrence River from these Quebec area resorts,” Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham’s Lisa Marie Lacasse told SnoCountry.com. “With the St. Lawrence Summits lift ticket, there’s flexibility built in to your ski vacation.”
Last season, Mont-Sainte-Anne installed the new Panorama Express detachable quad lift on their Expert Zone. This year, the mountain will open a new trail in the Expert Zone named for Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, a “child” of Mont-Sainte Anne who spent 15 years on the Moguls National Team and ended his career with 23 World Cup podiums, including four gold medals, a World Championship and a fifth place at the Olympics of Vancouver in 2010. The new track will be wild and steep with a constant vertical drop.
“We hope to have this area open by Christmas,” Lacasse told us. “The Expert Zone offers groomed steeps, glades, and amazing views.” With new lift now landing closer to main summit, skiers can do laps in the Expert Zone or easily access other areas of the mountain.
Mont-Sainte-Anne recently launched a revamped four-season website, optimizing navigation on smartphones, tablets and traditional computers. New web cams and snow conditions pages make deciding where to head for the day an easy choice. For individualized information for your favorite terrain, you can select your difficulty level and get specific terrain conditions on the interactive map.
Mont-Sainte-Anne boasts the highest vertical drop at night in Canada, with 19 lighted trails. You’ll also find one of the biggest and most daring terrain parks in the province, open only to experienced riders and free-skiers.
Sister resort Stoneham has invested over $800,000 over the few past years to allow the resort to build a permanent half-pipe structure – which includes a state of the art, powerful snowmaking system. The Olympic-sized infrastructure is one of the six biggest half pipes in North America: 400 feet long, 22 feet high and 131 feet long.
“The half pipe is built into the ground on a permanent structure, allowing us to open earlier in the season than others,” Lacasse told us. Although the half pipe is popular with training camps, it remains open for the public, and is lit for night skiing and riding.
Photo: Stunning views and expert terrain at Mont-Sainte-Anne (Mont-Sainte-Anne)