Ski Vermont has all the info you need for a green mountain getaway. (Martha Wilson)
Some 50,000 New Englanders are expected to pass through the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo hall this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center- and for good reason - making winter ski and snowboard plans, finding deals on family vacation packages, lift tickets, travel and ski/snowboard gear – much at Expo-only specials.
The Twilight Portal at Mont Tremblant's Tonga Lumina. (Tonga Lumina/Facebook)
For a unique take on discovering Quebec’s Mont Tremblant, mountain explorers can now visit Tonga Lumina, an immersive, interactive and illuminated night walk that begins with a ride on the Flying Mile lift and plunges spectators into a universe that showcases the mountain’s natural elements.
Live music is the order of the day in Mont Sainte Anne's Spring Madness. (Mont Sainte Anne)
Quebec's Mont-Sainte-Anne is ready to embrace six weeks of spring skiing. Every year, the resort is the last one to close in Quebec region, and one of the last in the Eastern North America. The projected closing date for this season is April 30.
All April, the traditional Spring Madness will be back with five weekends of sunny terraces, live outdoor band performances and sugar shack on the slopes. A spring ski pass, giving unlimited access to both Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resort, is now valid and can still be purchased.
Many believe the best part of spring skiing is the après-ski. Mont-Sainte-Anne understands that very well, which is why you'll see live bands with outdoor performances every Saturday at 3:00 on the stage at the base of the mountain. On Sundays, it’s a DJ that will keep the party going. And for the lucky ones that bring their bathing suits, there will be free access to outdoor spas on the terrace. Nothing better than listening to a band, outside, in a spa, with a drink in hand.
It happens every year for the Easter weekend: Easter bunnies will distribute chocolate eggs all over the mountain to the little ones (and the grown-ups too). On Sunday, the punk-rock band Christopher Bard will give a show on the outdoor stage.
Every weekend, starting April 1, Mont-Sainte-Anne Spring Madness brings animation for the family, inflatable playground, campfires, outdoor BBQs and spas, live shows, sugar shack on the slopes, festive vibe and spring conditions.
Since the beginning of the French colony, habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The charm of Old Quebec City and their generous hospitality make this a must do for all lovers of winter.
Killington, Vermont, Sunday River, Maine and Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, took advantage of unseasonably cold weather in the Northeast that brought snow squalls across the region and a window of snowmaking temperatures to jump start the 15-16 ski and ride season.
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.
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.