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Mont Sainte-Anne - Canadian Ski Resort in Laurentians - 64km of Piste (180m to 800m)
The biggest night-skiing vertical in Canada ( 625 M ), located thirty minutes ( 25 miles ) from historic Québec City with it's rich range of facilities. Mont - Sainte - Anne also boasts the largest cross-country ski centre in Canada and a wonderful backdrop of the St Lawrence River. The resort is host to many international competitions in Alpine skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.
Mont Sainte-Anne Ski Facts
|20||Black Pistes (22km)|
|31||Red Pistes (31km)|
|15||Blue Pistes (17km)|
|212km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Canadian ski resort of Mont Sainte-Anne has direct access to 64km of downhill skiing, with 56 individual pistes, served by 13 ski lifts.
The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.
Snowmaking :- Mont Sainte-Anne is able to augment natural snow, with 104 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 13 Ski Lifts of Mont Sainte-Anne are able to uplift 18,560 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Mont Sainte-Anne are perfectly feasible. Montreal Trudeau Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Mont Sainte-Anne
Mont-Sainte-Anne has a vast skiing area with slopes ranging from gentle beginner areas to the double black diamond runs which have attracted so many of the World Cup events. Spread over three sides of the mountain, the 60+ ski and snowboard trails cover 450 acres and 68km/42miles. Thirteen modern lifts , thats an eight-passenger gondola, three quad chairs, one triple, two double chairs and six ground lifts with an uplift capacity of 18,560 skiers per hour ensuring that lift lines are a rarity here.
Abundant natural snowfall 400cm/160inches average per year and huge investments into snow grooming and snow making guarantee excellent snow conditions from mid November to late April and, not surprisingly,
this resort is renowned for its excellent trail conditions. Mont-Sainte-Anne's state of the art ticketing system allows you to ski at both there and Stoneham on the same lift ticket (carte blanche) and beginner skiers and boarders have free access to two nursery slopes.
Nordic skiing is as big as the alpine discipline in Québec and Mont-Sainte-Anne is Canada's biggest cross-country area with 212km of groomed trails and 125km of trails for skating stride. Beginners have the choice of seven green trails representing 29% of the network. These trails range from three to 13km, allowing each individual to choose the run corresponding to his or her capacity. For those in search of a greater challenge, the blue trails (40% of the trail network) offer hours of skiing delight with trails ranging from five to 24km. Expert skiers will also find more demanding, steeper trails to challenge their technical skills within the black diamond trail network.
The resot's Cross Country Ski Centre has a range of services including ski boutique with rental and repair services, a spacious waxing room, 8 heated shelters, restaurant and ski school.
For night skiing there are 17 floodlit slopes with a total length of 15km and these are open 4nights a week, from Tuesday to Saturday until 10pm (offered seven nights a week during busy periods). During night skiing the IZI Cafe Lounge and the Chouette Bar are open for food and refreshments.
Snowboarding in Mont Sainte-Anne
Instead of separating skiing and boarding, Mont-Sainte-Anne was one of the first resorts to decide to open their kilometre (282,500-sq.ft. (26,250 sq.m.) long terrain park to both skiers and boarders. The Grande Allée was chosen as a site for the terrain park for its accessibility and being under a chairlift adds to the spectacular side of freestyling! The name Grande Allée comes from a street in Québec known for its many bars and restaurants.
In 1997 the resort invested in a Pipe Dragon, the implement which attaches to the snow groomer and can carve the most perfectly shaped, smooth half-pipe as well as building and carving tabletops and up turns. Starting off with an 80m long halfpipe, the park has jumps at various heights, the freecarve slalom course, a series of small rolls or absorption jumps and several table tops of varying heights. Boarders can jump from the front or the side on these tabletops offering the choice of big air, long jumps or tricks. The up-turns help to gather speed for entry into the quarter-pipes and then the park ends with a big roll, 2 big jumps and a last jump over the waves.
This is an all-round park which can even be integrated into boardercross when four to six boarders race, all at the same time, down a course. Over the years Mont-Sainte-Anne has hosted many World Championships including the FIS Snowboard World Cup in 1997. The making of the World Cup halfpipe took five days of work from the grooming machine to roughly shape it then a day with the Pipe Dragon for the finishing touches. To comply with World Cup rules the halfpipe had to be 100m long, with 3m walls 16 m apart.
Mont Sainte-Anne Aprés Ski
The Québecois love of the outdoors is matched by their fondness for the good things in life. In the cities when the sun goes down, the lights come on in sidewalk cafes, jazz clubs, comedy clubs, cabarets and theatres. A
traditional night out would be a visit to a sugar shack (cabanes a sucre) where maple syrup is produced. The aboriginal Indians taught the first colonists how to collect the watery maple sap and boil it down to obtain a rich, golden syrup prized for its colour and flavour. That ritual spawned a booming industry which now accounts for 85% of all the maple syrup, maple taffy and maple sugar produced in Canada. Everyone's avourite, maple taffy, is made by pouring a ribbon of hot syrup on a bed of clean snow; as the syrup begins to harden, you wrap it around a little wooden stick and you have a maple taffy. March and early-April, when the sap begins to
rise is when everyone heads for the sugar shacks and big wooden tables groan with maple-based desserts. Traditional rural music generally accompanies the country-style feast and of course the transport is by horse-drawn sleigh.
Mont-Sainte-Anne has very its own sugar shack located in the trail La Pichard at mid-mountain elevation.
Another tradition handed down by the indigenous peoples and currently practised just about everywhere in Québec is ice-fishing. As soon as the ice is thick enough, colourful little wooden shacks are dragged out
onto frozen lakes and rivers. The shacks, which are usually rented, provide varying degrees of comfort but basically they offer shelter from the wind and allow ice-fishers to extend their time outdoors. Ice fishing is now newly offered at Mont-Sainte-Anne at its base.
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Mont Sainte-Anne in brief
Mont Sainte-Anne Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 24, 2012
Closed : April 28, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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