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Quebec, Ontario Resorts Forge Into Mid April; Good Bases, Deals, Events

Mt. Tremblant

While some resorts north of the border rest during the week and resume on the weekends, others are serving their patrons seven days a week. So it’s always good policy to research specific facilities in SnoCountry.com condition reports to see exactly where they stand.


Quebec resorts, with substantial recent natural snow at sites such as Mont Sainte-Anne and Mont Tremblant, are standing tall and deep in snow bases.


Mont Sainte-Anne collected 19 inches of spring snow last weekend. On Facebook, management wrote afterward that conditions were “glisse incroyables” (incredible gliding). By closing on Tuesday (Apr. 8), Mont Sainte-Anne insured that surfaces remained that way Wednesday (Apr. 9) when they re-opened.


“We still have lots of interest here,” the resort’s Julie Lemay told SnoCountry.com. “Last weekend we had a lot of visitors, and there was very good response when we announced our schedule on Facebook.


“While we know it’s been cold this spring for some people, the weather here for us is normal and people still come. They will bring their food and we’ll see many of them lunching at the top of the mountain.”


Mont Sainte-Anne’s Spring Madness promotion (1-800-463-1568) offers the third night of lodging and third day of skiing absolutely free, including a surprise souvenir. But hurry because the deal ends this weekend (Apr. 13).


The resort will close Monday through Thursday (Apr. 14-17) before re-opening Friday through Monday (Apr. 18-21). The season will conclude Apr. 27.


Meanwhile, the 75th spring season is well underway at Mont Tremblant, highlighted by events such as Red Bull’s Foret Urbaine (Urban Forest), where pros session rail courses in the streets of the pedestrian village on Apr. 11-12. Save 15 percent on lodging if you book by Apr. 11. Call 1-888-738-1777.


The Caribou Cup on Apr. 19 is the quintessential pond skimming event at Tremblant where participants take their shot across a 75-foot long pool of ice water. The winner proceeds immediately to the post event celebration in the P’tit Caribou where ice, water and more will be served into the wee hours.


Closing day is Apr. 20, and will feature an Easter egg hunt, games, music, gifts and an appearance by Toufou, Tremblant’s mascot.


Ontario, Canada enthusiasts can choose from Blue Mountain Resort and Calabogie Peaks Resort as full-time operators, while Searchmont Resort is closed weekdays and will reopen on Apr. 11.


Photo: Mt. Tremblant rolls on into spring (Mt. Tremblant/Facebook) 

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