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Downhill skiing and snowboarding

Québec offers skiers and snowboarders a good long winter season to pursue their passion. Some ski centres located in world-renowned resort towns offer deluxe accommodations right at the foot of the slopes, which are busy day and night since more than 30 of them offer night skiing. Certain peaks in southern Québec also boast astounding views of the St. Lawrence River.

And let’s not forget about après-ski, where gourmet fare and good times know no bounds! The ski centres also host a variety of events throughout the season: bazars, torch-lit descents, all-nighters, competitions and après-ski shows… There’s no limit to the fun!

Introductory packages for skiing and snowboarding

Québec’s ski centres offer introductory packages for downhill skiing and snowboarding for adults and children. The Discover Skiing and Discover Snowboarding packages include great discounts on the price of a lift ticket, ski lesson and equipment rental.

Québec’s three highest vertical drops are: Mont Sainte-Anne – 625 m (Québec City region); Tremblant – 645 m (Laurentides) and Le Massif de Charlevoix – 770 m (Charlevoix).

 

Enjoy a thrilling experience at the Bromont ski centre with its record 111 runs, 99 of which are lit for night skiing

Distributed over two major mountain ranges, the Laurentians and the Appalachians, most of Québec’s approximately 70 ski centres are conveniently located near Montréal and Québec City. Their roughly 800 ski runs are just as popular with elite athletes as they are with newcomers.

Directory of downhill skiing and snowboarding centres

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Halfpipes, jumps and obstacles of every kind can be found in most Québec ski centres, giving the most hardcore aficionados of this thrilling sport a run for their money! Since Québec is such a regular host of international snowboarding competitions, some hills even offer World Cup-calibre equipment.

Directory of downhill skiing and snowboarding centres

10 snowparks to discover

Tremblant – Sector reserved for freestyle skiing, three parks with Large and Extra Large modules, a skicross and snowcross course, and beginner section with Small and Medium modules.

Mont Avila/Saint-Sauveur – Grande Ourse area with a variety of down rails, flat rails and C rails, culverts and barrels, and the Piedmont area with its flatdown rails, down box, rainbow rails, upbeam and wall rides.

Stoneham Mountain Resort – Olympic-size superpipe, Extra-Large park, varied step up jumps, stair sets, rails of all sorts and a wall ride.

Centre de ski Le Relais – Large freestyle area, Extra-Large park with Large and Extra-Large modules and jumps, park with Small and Medium modules and learning park.

Bromont, montagne d’expériences – Four sections including a number of modules (beginner to advanced), slopestyle park with rails, boxes and jumps, La Ligne section with consecutive jumps, rail park with rails and boxes for all skill levels.

Ski Saint-Bruno – Zones featuring beginner- to intermediate-level boardercross and slopestyle rails and boxes.

Mont-Sainte-Anne – Extra-Large park with 34 modules (about 17 per run) ranging from easy to difficult.

Vallée-du-Parc – Park featuring some 20 modules.

Station de ski Mont-Orignal – Extra-Large park and alternative section with small modules, jumps ranging from 3 to 15 m (10 to 50 ft.), boardercross runs and a dozen different rails.

Station touristique Val Saint-Côme – Runs with small modules (small big air and small mail box) and big modules (big air and big rail flatdown), park with natural obstacles, boardercross zone, training area for freestyle skiing with mogul run and jumps.

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Off-trail skiing enthusiasts can enjoy many an unforgettable moment thanks to Québec’s abundant snow coverage. Some ski centres offer visitors the chance to ski off-trail in the adjacent glades, and adventure and outdoor tourism providers can take you beyond the ski centre’s marked trails to hit slopes in the heart of the wilderness. Transportation via snowmobile, snowcat or with climbing skins—it’s up to you! 

Adventure and outdoor tourist providers offering off-trail skiing

10 locations for off-trail downhill skiing

1- Bas-Saint-Laurent – Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu

2- Eastern Townships – Ski Mont Hereford

3- Charlevoix – Le Massif de Charlevoix

4- Chaudière-Appalaches – Station touristique Massif du Sud

5- Gaspésie – Réserve faunique des Chic-ChocsSki Chic-ChocsChic-Chac

6- Gaspésie – Réserve faunique de MataneCoop Vertigo-Aventures

7- Gaspésie – Mont-Saint-Pierre – La Vallée Taconique

8- Laurentides – Ski la Réserve

9- Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean – Station touristique du Mont-Édouard

10- Québec – Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

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