Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham Upgrade Lift, Trails, Snowmaking
Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec debuts a new detachable quad chair, which will be installed in the expert sector.
The new chair replaces the triple that currently serves the area . It will cut ride time in half and provide access to the entire mountain, not just the expert area. The chair opens Dec. 15.
Skiable terrain at Mont-Sainte-Anne increased by two new glades on the South Side: an intermediate glade named “La Palette,” and “La Yahoo,” for experts. This brings the number of trails to 69.
There will also be a new groomer, dubbed “The Beast,” that allows for a larger working surface area and more speed.
Stoneham, also in Quebec, is celebrating 50 years this winter. To commemorate its longevity, guests can check out the historic video and the souvenir book. There will be special events and promotions – even an occasional surprise – during the season that continues the anniversary salute.
A new intermediate glade, “La Boreale,” has been added to the terrain, bringing the total number of trails to 11. Twenty-five percent of Stoneham’s trails now offer glade terrain.
The resort is also setting up four step-up jumps in the XL snow park. Jumps were abolished in 1977, but safer construction techniques since then have allowed reinstallation. Specific information will be available soon.
Stoneham has improved its snowmaking system, including new snow guns. They have also done some excavating, dynamiting and irrigation work on some trails like #8, #19, and #41, that reduces the quantity of snow needed.
Photo: Mont-Sainte-Anne’s New Quad Lift Towers (Facebook)