Skiing and Snowboarding, Québec City
Concierge.com's insider take:
Justifiably, the Quebec City area draws a great many snow lovers every year, as you can make the city a base to reach the three nearby mountain resorts. The easiest way to get to them is to take the Hiver Express, a daily shuttle service from most major hotels that heads to all three. It's about $25 round-trip per person (418-525-5191; www.taxicoop-quebec.com).
About 50 minutes east of Québec, Le Massif has 43 skiing runs open from December to early April and boasts an impressive 2,526-foot vertical drop. The picturesque resort is in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and the owners have been careful to develop the area without spoiling its natural beauty (lifts are mainly concealed by trees). The views of the ice-floe-filled St. Lawrence River are also pretty spectacular.
Mont-Sainte-Anne is 25 miles from the city and has 65 ski trails (many of them lit for night skiing) and 13 lifts, and is usually open from December to early May. This is the kinder, gentler area, ideal for beginners. It also 132 miles of groomed cross-country trails. Of the seven heated shelters along the trails, three can accommodate overnight guests—a great chance to enjoy some skiing under the stars. In summer, it also offers mountain biking, hiking trails accessible by the lifts, and golf.
The closest area, only 20 minutes north of Québec, is Stoneham. It has 32 downhill skiing trails, including 16 runs for night skiing and 3.7 miles of cross-country tracks. The terrain park for snowboarders includes a super pipe and an "extreme zone."
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