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Le Massif, QUÈBEC

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The Massif de Charlevoix offers a true skiing adventure at the mountain. The Massif’s huge playground is sure to please. Whether you like freshly groomed ski slopes, powdery snow, skiing on a slope or in the backcountry, there is pure fun for everyone at the Massif de Charlevoix.

Le Massif de Charlevoix ski area is sometimes referred to as the sleeping giant of ski resorts in Eastern Canada, offering the best snow, views and an extended ski season. When considering your next ski destination, keep Le Massif in mind. Located in Petite-Rivière-Saint François, Charlevoix, Quebec, approximately 2 hours from Québec City and a popular destination for those also skiing nearby Mont Sainte-Anne.

 

WHY LE MASSIF?

Rising high above the mighty St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec’s Charlevoix is Le Massif. This resort is well known for the spectacular views, as well as its steep runs. In fact, Le Massif’s vertical drop is the highest in Eastern Canada and is one of the few ski areas that is accessible from both the base and the summit. Just don’t get too distracted by the panoramic views of the St. Lawrence river, when skiing Le Charlevoix. With the steepest trail with a pitch of 64%, you’re going to want to keep your eyes on the snow!

A sleeping giant of a mountain that’s home to some of the most spectacular skiing in Eastern Canada. Le Massif is about ninety minutes east of Quebec City and its international airport, not far from Mont-Sainte-Anne, and in the centre of the province’s picturesque Charlevoix region. It is known for its commanding views of the St. Lawrence, steep runs, state-of-the-art facilities, and tantalizing cuisine that’s some of the best you’ll find at any ski area’s base in Canada.

It’s also the mountain with the greatest vertical drop (770 metres; 2,526 feet) and the largest annual snowfall (650 cm; 21 feet) east of the Canadian Rockies.
Expert skiers can explore the 100 acres of off-trail terrain. The mountain has a skiable area that stretches over 53 ski slopes, some 406 acres (40 ha) and an average natural snowfall of 24 ft, (645 cm) and 70% of the skiable area is groomed. The ski season is longer because of its higher than average annual snowfall compared to other areas in the east. Speaking of east, at the east end of the mountain you can discover the thrill of sledding down the longest sled run in North America.

 


 

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ABOUT MONT TREMBLANT

THE SNOW

Le Massif de Charlevoix boasts the highest vertical east of the Canadian Rockies, along with the largest annual snowfall east of the Canadian Rockies. An annual average snowfall based on recent years is 21 feet, some 650cm. The first major snowstorms of the season usually roll through in December, with less snowfall in January due to the colder temperatures, then February and March usually providing regular snowstorms, as well as longer and more bluebird days. Temperatures range from 25 °F or (-4+ in March to 10 °F or (-12C) in January. The resort has invested heavily in snowmaking infrastructure, with 70% of skiable terrain topped up 174 acres (70 ha) of snowmaking.

 

Le Massif lives up to its name. It’s massive – the perfect ski and snowboard destination, especially for advanced and expert skiers, looking for adventure, with more than 50% of terrain classified as advanced to expert. Enjoy this pristine mountain environment, adventure with your favourite winter sports, including access to the most extensive off-piste skiing East of the Rockies.

 

The resort offers more than 15 km of alpine touring, which serves the ski area as well as the off-piste area. The off-piste sector is located on Mount Liguori, north of the station. There are 3 summits, 800m, 550m and 425m, all accessible with backcountry skins or by boot packing. To access this area, you must have your alpine touring access right or a lift ticket.

 

An extraordinary and authentic ski destination, with spectacular panoramic views of the Saint Lawrence River and the mountains. This is a place where nature, creativity, innovation and imagination come together.

 

A Le Massif ski vacation is a unique mountain experience offering the most spectacular skiing east of the Rockies in great snow conditions. As well, the snow-covered mountains offer so much for non-skiers including cross country skiing, dogsledding, snow shoeing, sledding and more.

Skiing at Le Massif, Quebec

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THE VILLAGE

People hanging out in Le Massif, Quebec

The Massif de Charlevoix will become your oasis of peace in the heart of nature. There really is no central village to speak of at Le Massif. Treat yourself to the skin-in, ski-out summit mountain in one of the Forest Chalets or at Les Refuges. Or, if you prefer staying at the bottom of the slopes, alongside the majestic St. Lawrence River, the Les Caches de la Grande-Pointe condominiums are also available.

 

The Massif de Charlevoix is an incredible mix of spectacular views, adventures, winter activities, embodied in a French influenced lifestyle. Our clients that choose to ski Le Massif, tell us it is an experience that is profoundly unique, in part due to the resort’s ecological philosophy towards the development of sustainable tourism, in one of the preferred regions of Québec that was classified, in 1989, by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.

WHERE TO STAY

Le Massif Charlevoix

The Massif has almost a hundred units that are available for rent at all times. From the summit to the base of the mountain, chalet-style units, lodges or condos are the perfect occasion to take full advantage of all that the mountain and the region of Charlevoix have to offer.

 

Clients who stay at the mountain will have priority access to the ski slopes. The Massif de Charlevoix will become your oasis of peace in the heart of nature. If you want to be in the heart of the action at the Massif de Charlevoix, we recommend to stay in one the 100 or so lodging units, which are all located near the slopes.

 

Treat yourself to a stay at the summit, at either Forest Chalets or at Les Refuges. Or, if you prefer staying at the bottom of the slopes, our Les Caches de la Grande-Pointe condominiums are also available.

LES REFUGES – AT THE SUMMIT

This really is your pristine refuge, in the heart of Camp-Boule’s unique deep nature setting, with easy access to the ski trails, these small homes are perfect for skiers and snowboarders who enjoy nature and an active lifestyle. In clusters of three, each chalet accommodating 4 to 6 guests was dreamed up with comfort, ergonomy and durability in mind. Ideally located, they allow you to have easy access to the ski slopes, cross-country ski trails as well as snowshoeing and backcountry skiing spots in the winter. Clustered in groups of three chalets, the units can house 4 to 6 people. The chalets were designed with comfort, convenience and durability in mind.

LES CHALETS-FORÊT JUMELÉS – AT THE SUMMIT

These deep nature forest chalets are tucked away among the conifers overlooking the St. Lawrence Valley, with commanding mountain and riverside views. Welcome to your winter home away from home. Each fully self-contained luxury three-storey chalet features top-floor communal areas that open up onto breathtaking, with bedrooms on the second level ‒ a more intimate floor offering lovely glimpses through snow-covered treed glades.

LES CHALETS FORÊTS – AT THE SUMMIT

The Chalets-forêt are perched in a winter encrusted forest overlooking the St. Lawrence Valley and offer a stunning view of the river and the mountains. The self-contained spacious chalets are your perfect winter getaway, spread out on several levels: the living spaces on the top level that offer a panoramic view and the bedrooms on the intermediate level with views on the forest.

LES CACHES DE LA GRANDE POINTE – A THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN

Perfectly positioned to take in the stunning view of the St. Lawrence River, located at the foot of the mountain. These fully self-contained lodging units will be the ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts or those looking to enjoy the resort life. Built by master craftsmen, their modern design is perfect for treating yourself to moments of pure relaxation, after a busy day in the great outdoors.

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT LE MASSIF


#1. Le Massif’s vertical drop is the highest in Eastern Canada and is one of the few ski areas that is accessible from both the base and the summit. Expert skiers can explore the 100 acres of off-trail terrain. Thrill seekers can head to the steepest trail with a pitch of 64%! Le Massif also offers more than 15 km of alpine touring, which serve the ski area as well as the off-piste area.

 

#2. The ski season is longer because of its higher-than-average annual snowfall compared to any other ski resort east of the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of activities for the non-skier. Sled down a 7.5km luge track, Nordic skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and more.

 

#3. This ski destination is unique, like no other, with ski-in, ski-out access to your private chalet or suite, where you are at one with nature, creativity and innovation. Your adventures and imaginations come together at Le Massif – an extraordinary and authentic ski destination, with spectacular panoramic views of the Saint Lawrence River and the mountains. This is a place to visit.

 

#4. Immerse yourself in the Québec culture with its ‘joie de vivre”. Enjoy the gastronomic delights of Québec and treat yourself to culinary delicacies from the Charlevoix region: local cheeses and cold cuts, microbrewery beers, ciders and of course, maple products! Québecers are known for being warm and welcoming, it’s not just a myth!

 

#5. Explore the region and add to your ski vacation. You are only 1h 30m from the wonderful and historic Québec City, treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site just waiting to be explored. Make sure you have time to visit the quaint village of Baie St Paul and La Malbaie. Our team can recommend accommodation in these cities.

 

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RESORT FACTS

DESIGNATED TRAILS

Mountain#TrailsBeginnerIntermediateAdvancedExpert
Le Massif de Charlevoix5315%30%20%35%

ANNUAL SNOWFALL

Le Massif de Charlevoix
Largest annual snowfall of 6.5m
254 in645cm1174 cm

TERRAIN: RESORT AREA

Le Massif de Charlevoix406 ac164 ha3307 ha

VERTICAL DROP

Greatest vertical drop East of the Rockies: 2526 ft / 770 metersSummit Elevation: 2870 ft/ 875 mLongest Run 3.17 mi 5.1 kmBase Elevation: 119 ft / 36 m

NUMBER OF LIFTS & UPHILL CAPACITY

Lift System: 7 ski lifts.
Details
1 high-speed gondola lift with mid-station (8 passengers / cabin)
2 high-speed quads
1 high-speed quad lift with mid-station
1 novice conveyor lift (Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at all times during the Christmas holidays and spring break)
1 platter-type lift
1 pulse gondola to shuttle LRT passengers to the mountain
Capacity: 10,060 skiers / hourCapacity: 27,830 skiers / hour

SLEDDING/RODELING

Top elevation:Base elevation:Total area:Length:
816 m (2,677 ft.)59 m (194 ft.)26.3 acres (10.6 hectares)7,303 m (23,960 ft.)

NIGHT SKIING

Try something new at Charlevoix. Discover or rediscover le Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix’s cross-country and snowshoe trails. Expect a friendly welcome paired with grandiose river and mountain viewpoints, where trails meander across boreal and ancient forests offering riverside views of Isle-aux-Coudres and the Montmagny Archipelago. Whether you’re simply out for a stroll or a seasoned enthusiast, here trails lend themselves beautifully to all visitors. A great way to enjoy the region’s bountiful nature!

NORDIC SKIING

Not offered.

ALPINE TOURING

We offer more than 15 km of alpine touring, which serves the ski area as well as the off-piste area.

SEASON DATES & OPENING HOURS

December – April

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION

8:30am – 3.30 pm

 

Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays.

 

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GETTING THERE

Le Massif is super easy to access with two international airports relatively close by. Québec city airport – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is a mere 90 minutes away (YQB). Further afield is Montreal airport – Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), approximately 3.75 hours’ drive. Both airports have direct flights from domestic and international cities.

TRANSFERS

Montreal Airport (225 min.) Québec Airport JEAN LESAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YQB) 90 min

DRIVE

A road trip across the province of Québec, is a suggestion we share with many clients, to truly see the landscape. As winter dons her white blanket of snow, the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, spectacularly beautiful. The St. Lawrence River freezes and becomes a white carpet rolled out ready for winter adventurers’ arrival. Winter is not just a season, it’s a way of life, that the locals love and embrace, and you too can immerse yourself in the Québecois way of life.

 

Le Massif offers a Hybrid vehicle only parking lot, with Tesla chargers and a universal charging station.

BUS

A regular shuttle service operates between Le Massif, Québec and Beaupré.

TRAIN

For a day off the mountain, consider a train journey aboard the Train de Charlevoix to Magnificent Baie-Saint-Paul. Explore the many art galleries and exquisite French cuisine.

 

Train de Charlevoix operates a timetable of short train trips through the Charlevoix region. This unique experience in tourism – a spectacular one in fact – between Québec City, Côte de Beaupré and Charlevoix’s coastal towns and villages is always a must-do with families.

 

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TRAIL MAP

Le Massif trail map

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THINGS TO DO AT LE MASSIF

TERRAIN PARKS

Terrain park

For the adventuring freestylers and free riders, the terrain park will tick plenty of boxes for snowboard enthusiasts. Groomed daily, our advice is the park is suitable for intermediate to expert skill level and ability.

 

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SNOW SCHOOL

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to perfect your slide sport technique, Le Massif de Charlevoix’s Snow School offers a full range of personalized sessions.

 

A passionate team of certified instructors is sure to make your experience fulfilling.

 

The beginner area is equipped with a magic carpet to make learning even easier. And Igor, the friendly yeti, is always nearby to say hello to!

SNOW HOW TIP

Alpine touring lessonsEnjoy what the off-piste areas of Le Massif have to offer by learning the skills of alpine touring.
SLIDING PROGRAMThis brand-new program will allow children to excel with their group of friends for the whole season. It is a competitive program based on the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development System. Participants must be between 9 and 17 years old and girls and boys are paired in the same groups. The program is offered to snowboarders and skiers of all disciplines: Slopestyle, Rail Jam, Boardercross, Skiercross and All-Mountain Freeride.

KIDS HOLIDAY CAMPS

The 1 to 5-day holiday camps are for tots, kids and teens between the ages of 3 and 15, who are dedicated winter sports enthusiasts. Introduced into a group that matches your child’s age and calibre, your kid will explore the mountain while working on his skills.

 

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RENTALS

Ski rentals at Le Massif

Take advantage of your time at the ski school to make a detour to the Rossignol Experience Center and try out Rossignol ski or snowboard equipment. You can rent basic equipment as well as specialized equipment such as powder skis, cross-country skis for telemark skis.

RETAIL THERAPY

There are limited retail amenities at Le Massif, more focussed on gear and equipment which can be found at Le Massif de Charlevoix’s Rossignol boutique, which carries the very latest gear and apparel for top overall performance on all types of terrain. Whether you’re a skier, telemarketer or rider, Rossignol lets you express yourself to the max, and live the mountain experience in all its intensity.

 

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THINGS TO DO

At Le Massif, the focus is on the outdoors:

  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Snowshoe
  • Nordic Walking
  • Ice-skating
  • Experience a thrilling 7.5 km-long sled ride

Take a day off the mountain and visit the region:

  • Explore Québec City – 1h15
  • Enjoy a cultural immersion in the quaint villages of Baie St Paul (30 min), Isle aux Coudres (1h20), La Malbaie (1h)
  • Québec City
  • Ice Valley in Hautes-Gorgesde-la-Rivière-Malbaie
  • Saguenay Fjord
  • Montmorency falls
  • Gourmet tours, just a few ideas.

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APRÈS SKI

Apres Ski at Le Massif

The Massif is the region’s go-to-place to enjoy unique outdoor events. Be it for winter enthusiasts or outdoor sports lovers, there is something for everyone, every level, every taste.

 

Every Saturday, join the party at the Le Grand Duc pub at the Summit Chalet for unforgettable après-skis during the Carlsberg après-ski DJ party where the word party truly takes its full meaning.

 

Take a break between runs and drop into The Base Cafe and the pub Le Chouenneux for a light lunch, and refuel with pasta, panini, crêpes and more. Located at the base, the cafeteria and the pub are open during the holidays, Spring Break and every weekend during the busy periods.

 

For a quick, tasty meal on the go, unclick your gear and head indoors to the Café du coin located in the Summit Chalet. This sandwich shop features a varied menu and fast service so you can head back out to the trails in a flash.

Summit cafeteria

If your tummy is calling out for something more substantial, then head to the Summit Cafeteria to savour delicious cuisine with no fried foods, generous serving sizes and countless menu options! The local French chef and his team enjoy creating pastries, charcuteries and a wide range of daily specials right before your eyes.

 

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