Looking for a snow adventure that promises epic snow, culture, and fabulous food this winter? Le Massif de Charlevoix , Monte-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham are boasting superb conditions with a European feel, just a short drive away from many major East Coast cities.
While the Northeast is experiencing an historic winter, habitual snow is the norm in Quebec, and the base depths right now are offer some amazing skiing and riding.
With Old Quebec City’s elegant Fairmont Le Chateaux Frontenac as your base, all three resorts are within an easy morning’s drive. Make a reservation for a window seat at Bistro Le Sam for an expansive view of the St. Lawrence River just below and the twinkling lights of the opposite bank.
Mont Sainte Anne’s south side overlooks the St. Lawrence River, and you’ll find some of the best expert terrain in the east. Take the time to traverse over to the top of La Chute for breathtaking views of the river and Quebec City in the distance before you plunge down the mountain.
You’re sure to enjoy on the North Side as well, with a microclimate all its own that preserves the snow longer during spring skiing.
Le Massif, just an hour east of Quebec City along the northern shore of the St Lawrence, boasts the highest vertical east of the Rockies at 770 meters (2,526 feet) and stunning views of the semi-frozen river. Driving by car, you arrive at the summit of the mountain, with 307 acres of trails and glades at your feet. There are some serious steeps to found – try the three-mile-long La Charlevoix trail for a leg-burning run that only feels as though you’ll ski right into the river at the bottom.
To further the European flavor of your vacation, book a room at Hotel La Ferme and take the Light Rail Transit for a 40-minute ride along the river to the base of the mountain. Book a three-night stay by Feb. 23 and the kids ski for free with the Happy Parents promo. Stop in at Orange Bistro for some traditional Charlevoix cuisine.
If freestyle is your game, check out Stoneham’s XL Snow Parks- part of the 19 trails lit for night skiing, making Stoneham a great destination after a day in Quebec City.
Photos: Top -- Stunning views of the St. Lawrence River from snow-filled Le Massif. (Le Massif); Right -- Take the train to the base of Le Massif for an unforgettable ski trip. (Le Massif); Bottom -- Stoneham's Olympic-size half pipe is lit up at night for evening sessions. (Stoneham)