Downhill skiing and snowboarding
Québec offers skiers and snowboarders a good long season to pursue their passion in a friendly atmosphere. Some ski centres, located in world-renowned resort towns, offer deluxe accommodations right at the foot of the slopes. Skiers can swoop down the runs well after the sun sets, since night skiing is on the program at most hills. Certain peaks in southern Québec offer astounding views of the St. Lawrence. And let’s not forget après-ski, where gourmet fare and good times know no bounds!
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.
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.
In 1932, the first rope tow went into operation in the Laurentian Mountains—giving a break to skiers who, until then, had to climb the hills on foot! Alex Foster, a champion ski jumper, is credited with the invention, which at the time consisted of a cable and a truck engine. The Americans used it as their model and launched their own version two years later.