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Québec is having a bit of a moment. Friendly, snowy and such good value, it seems everyone’s in love with fabulous food and French flair, superb slopes and activities, and the oh-so stylish après ski. Ooh la la, Québec really is a touch of Europe without the long plane ride.

You can say it: joie de vivre.

Have a laugh while fine tuning your on-snow technique. Test out the hot trend for ski touring — they call it randonée. Or venture into the deep for a little off-piste action. Oui, oui, Québec has powder! Fabulous food, fine wine or a cool, hoppy ale from an award-winning microbrewery is a sure thing – before, during and après. From top-notch ski schools that come with friendly coaches and a marshmallow on top, to silent sparkling forests and crackling open fires, Québec will have you carving great memories at each turn.

The Laurentians

The Laurentians are a feast of snowy white mountains, famous for smooth groomers, hot apres and limitless fun from cross-country skiing to pond skating to ski races that go on all day and all night. Tremblant’s quaint European-style ski town sits smack at the foot of the slopes, with shops, restaurants and lively bars all within walking distance around the colorful pedestrian village. For true getaways, hook up with a few pink-tongued sled dogs, escape into Mont Blanc’s tranquil snowshoe trails, or ride a horse-drawn calèche through snowy Saint-Sauveur.

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Eastern Townships

Just above the American border, there’s a whiff of New England charm that flavors the Eastern Townships. Maple trees, sugar shacks, and rolling hills are dotted with charming inns and excellent ski & stay deals. Night skiing is part of the local culture at Bromont and families appreciate the opportunity to wind down amid the intimacy of Mont Orford and Owl’s Head resorts. Mont Sutton receives an astonishing 200 inches of snow each winter, always a gorgeous glade-fest of light snow and tree runs. Why not take a spin up the region’s beloved Wine Road, a scenic drive of more than 60 miles of vineyards, local farm products, artist workshops and cosy B&Bs.

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Charlevoix-Québec City region

History, heritage and Gallic style are the crucible of the Charlevoix-Québec City region. Québec City, a UNESCO walled treasure, delivers European flair alongside fantastic cuisine, romantic hotels and exciting events. World famous Winter Carnival, January 27-February 12, celebrates all things icy. Just outside the city at Mont St Anne, incredible on-slope vistas extend south to the St Lawrence River and north to the Laurentians. For warming après ski, Stoneham’s hot tubs are renowned and at Le Massif, the river seems to run right through it – or that’s how it feels as the icy St Lawrence appears to flow past your ski tips. Don’t miss the nearby village of Baie-Saint-Paul, a funky artists’ haven of galleries, cafés and unblemished Québecois architecture.

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