Stepping from the door and sliding straight onto the well-groomed hills of Mont-Sainte-Anne, I’m treated to a feast of the senses. More than 70 trails wind and loop across three sides of the mountain and sparkling on-slope vistas extend south to the mighty St Lawrence River and north as far as the Laurentians.
Le Massif is rightly revered, eastern diamond that she is, for being slammed with regular doses of luscious light powder
Location, location, location: just a few miles away, a further two ski areas tempt. At Le Massif, the river seems to run right through it – or at least that’s how it feels as the frothy St Lawrence appears to race beneath my ski tips. More delights follow: Le Massif is rightly revered, eastern diamond that she is, for being slammed with regular doses of luscious light powder. Who knew? And after a day on the slopes, I take an apres-ski stroll through the nearby village of Baie-Saint-Paul, a funky artists’ haven of galleries, cafés and unblemished Quebecois architecture.
The next day I’ll save for Stoneham, whose ski days stretch long into the night. This one of the largest night skiing resorts on the continent and warming up in their renowned hot tubs is part of the culture of pleasure that the region is known for.
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