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Mont Sainte-Anne Ski Resort

Mont Sainte-Anne Resort Guide

Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Mont Sainte-Anne Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForSnowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length64km40 miles
Highest Lift800m2,625ft
Resort Height180m591ft
 Nearest AirportsQuebec City and Montreal Trudeau
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Mont Sainte-Anne at a glance

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.

 When will it snow in Mont Sainte-Anne?

The next notable snow forecast for Mont Sainte-Anne is 5cm2in, expected on 14 November, with around 9cm3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Mont Sainte-Anne Facts, Stats and Ratings

Mont Sainte-Anne Rated

Ratings for Mont Sainte-Anne
Intermediate Skiers
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Mont Sainte-Anne?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Mont Sainte-Anne
Highest Lift800m2,625ft
Lowest Piste180m591ft
Resort Altitude (Mont Sainte-Anne)180m591ft
Max Vertical620m2,034ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Mont Sainte-Anne Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Mont Sainte-Anne
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
2022km14 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3131km19 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1517km11 miles
Downhill
Total Length
64km40 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
212km132 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
13
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Mont Sainte-Anne Summary

The Canadian Ski Resort of Mont Sainte-Anne has direct access to 64km40 miles of downhill skiing, with 56 marked pistes, served by a total of 13 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Mont Sainte-Anne Overview

Québec has three main skiing areas; the Laurentians, the Eastern townships and the Greater Québec area which is where Mont-Sainte-Anne is located along with nearby Stoneham Mountain Resort. Both are only 30 minutes from downtown Québec. The average snowfall is 400cm/160in and from mid-November to late April each year the entire surrounding area turns into a vast winter wonderland for all sorts of outdoor activities.

Mont-Sainte-Anne's development as a ski resort began in 1943 when a group of pioneer skiers began the initial steps. The exceptional situation of the mountain, overlooking the majestic St Lawrence River and just 40km/25

miles from historic old Québec City marked it as a major attraction point for skiers as well as visitors. These local pioneers undertook, on their own, the development of an alpine skiing trail on the mountain and, in April 1944, the first skiers took to the slopes. Hosting the Canadian Downhill Championship in 1947 marked the beginning of major competitions at the mountain.

The access to the summit was not easy at the time and racers as well as officials climbed on foot packing down the snow on the way up. No question of a rerun as the journey up took about 3 hours! Some 200 skiers took part in this Canadian Championships and some of the winners have since become legends of the Canadian skiing history; Pierre Jalbert, Rhoda and Rhona Wurtele, Hector Sutherland, Lucille Wheeler. For almost 20 years Mont Sainte Anne became a sleeping beauty, awakening only once or twice a year to play host to a downhill race.

In 1963 the town of Beaupré, in co-operation with the Provincial Government, set up the Commission du Parc du St Mont Anne to begin the development of the mountain and the surrounding area. These combined efforts

resulted in the official opening of Park du Mont St Anne as a modern ski resort in 1966.

The area opened with 10 trails and four lifts, including the only gondola in Eastern Canada. A 90km network of cross-country trails was added to the increasingly popular alpine centre for the presentation of the Junior World Nordic Championships in 1972, thus creating a major cross-country centre complementing the alpine facilities. At the end of the 1970's, these facilities included 27 alpine trails on two faces and 14 lifts with an hourly capacity of 10,750 skiers.

The resort plays host to many international competitions from downhill skiing to mountain biking and snowmobiling. Indeed, Québec is the home of the snowmobile and its inventor Joseph Armand Bombardier was a local of the city. The snowmobile, or Ski-Doo as it was originally known, is an essential means of winter travel for many in this area as well as a funmobile par excellence. Big snowmobile events and major competitions attract the best amateurs and professionals in North America as well as thousands of spectators.

The winter of 1982/83 was the shortest on record for the resort and disastrous for all Eastern Canadian and US resorts due to lack of snow. At this point it was decided to invest a massive $13 million on a state-of- the-art computerised snow-making system covering 80% of the skiing terrain. This move put Mont St Anne firmly in the major league easily competing with top American ski areas due to its exceptional location and especially long ski season. This investment and commitment to snowmaking has continued through subsequent decades with nearly 300 new guns added in the 2004-5 season which use much less energy than coinventional guns.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Gondoleuse'.

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 resort'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.

Mont Sainte-Anne offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

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.

When is Mont Sainte-Anne open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Mont Sainte-Anne.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Mont Sainte-Anne.

Snow Making

Mont Sainte-Anne is able to make snow, with 104 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts of Mont Sainte-Anne are able to uplift 18,560 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Mont Sainte-Anne?

Mont Sainte-Anne is in the Laurentians in Piedmont, Les Pays-d'en-Haut, Canada.

How can I get to Mont Sainte-Anne?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Mont Sainte-Anne are Quebec City, Montreal Trudeau and Ottawa. There are four airports within three hours drive. Montreal Trudeau and Quebec City are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Off the Mountain

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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