Trail Report: The St Lawrence seaway – LeMassif De Charlevoix & Mont Sainte-Anne


We went North for adventure, past Burlington, past Montreal, past Quebec City to the ski town of Mont Sainte-Anne and it’s newest neighbor Le Massif. What a week! First there was over 12″ of freshly fallen heavy snow (covered with a 1″ to 2″ thick ice crust that could support a 200 lb person), but that helped to cover all the rocks and such. There were lots of signs depicting a skier hitting rocks at the top of most steep mogul runs. Then there was storm that dropped 18″ of pure powder on that. Then there was a sunny day. Then there was a storm that dropped 21″ of powder on that. Follow these storms up with bluebird days and you have yourself some nearly ideal conditions.

If you have a chance to go up to this area, do it. The Le Massif area is stunning and has the largest vertical drop east of the rockies. The terrain is varied and exciting. The views are spectacular looking over the St Lawrence seaway. There is side country to explore that has a 50+ degree pitch.

This area is also the gateway to a huge treasure trove of backcountry skiing and riding.IMG_1576We stayed at a super sweet Bed and Breakfast called Le Clos des Brumes in Chateau-Richer. It was a short driving distance from both mountains. Daniel served a delicious breakfast. He would make eggs or crepes to order and also included delicious local Quebecois cheeses. You can rent a room, and apartment and even the whole house.

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