CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATION EXPERTS

Mont St Anne

Mont Sainte Anne Skiing at a Glance
Summit Elevation 2,625′
Vertical drop 2,050′
Acres 547 acres
Trails 71, 42 miles on 3 different sides plus glades, Chemin du Roy longest trail – 3.6 miles
Night skiing on 19 trails – 9 miles total, the biggest vertical night skiing in Canada
9 lifts totals including 1 high speed base to summit Gondola, 4 quads
Birth 1966

Want ski the great white north with spectacular water views? Mont Sainte Anne is the place for you. Just 25 miles from Quebec City in the Laurentian Mountains, Mont Sainte Anne has great skiing spectacular views of Quebec City and of the mighty St Lawrence Seaway.

Mont Sainte Anne is ideal for an eastern Canadian ski vacation, it has plenty of terrain, 2,050’ vertical, a base to summit gondola and high speed quads that flank this three-sided ski mountain.

Our favorite trail at Mont Sainte Anne is the FIS sanctioned La Crete – a race trail from the summit with extraordinary views and a sustained pitch of 40-degreesand. For bumps,  La S and Super S are long legendary bump runs. Mont Sainte Anne is also host to fun terrain parks and beautiful glades – Le Forêt Noire, La Belle et La Bete,  and La Forêt Enchantée. The longest trail at Mont Sainte Anne is Chemin du Roy – a leisurely 3.7 mile run.

Lunch with a view in the splendid lodge – Chalet La Crete, the panorama is spectacular looking back at Quebec City and out at the St Lawrence River. Try the Quebec specialty – poutine, French fries with gravy and cheese curd, then ski it off with more fun runs

Mont Sainte-Anne has one of the best ski and snowboard schools, Ecole de Sport Neiges, in Quebec with lessons for all abilities plus son mountain daycare for the little ones.

Ski La Pichard trail to the Cabine a la Sucre for maple syrup on snow – a sweet Canadian treat.

Mont Sainte Anne ski village is just the right size, with après ski bars like Le Brez, a few shops, and lodging at the ski in/ ski out four diamond Château Mont-Sainte-Anne. The Chateau Spa offers a range of beauty and health treatments, a wonderful outdoor hot tub plus an indoor pool.

Apres ski at Mont Sainte Anne, send the adventurers out for night skiing while you have an aperitif. Some evenings the Chateau has a DJ or music in the lobby by the big open fireplaces, or go to La Brez for a view of the slopes. Ski some more, on the highest vertical night skiing in Canada. 19 trails are light for skiing, or you can enjoy watching from a sloe side bar or restaurant.

Mont Sainte-Anne’s ski terrain is served by the gondola and high speed quads that flank this three-sided mountain with 67 trails covering 465 acres and 42 miles. It gets busy on weekends and holiday, so go midweek to enjoy Mont Sainte Anne’s hearty 2,050’ vertical drop almost to sea level (the summit is 2,625′).

Mont Sainte Anne’s ski village is perfectly compact, you can walk (or ski) to everything, a few ski shops, après ski bars and restaurants including the Bistro Nordik inside the Hotel, and Le Brez which serves excellent wood fired pizza , beef or cheese fondue and local Quebecois cuisine.

The Chateau Spa in the hotel has you covered with a range of beauty and massage treatments. Our favorite après ski ritual is simply soaking in the two outdoor hot tubs.

Try dog sledding, Nordic skiing on 200-kilometers, ice skating, all these Quebec winter adventures can be arranged by the Chateau concierge.

For fireside fondue, you can ski or walk to Le Brez in Mont Sainte Anne’s slope side village – its cozy and casual with a great view of the ski mountain.

More snow adventure at Mont Sainte Anne, we suggest dog sledding, Nordic skiing on over 200 kilometers, , ice skating, a visit to Hotel de Glace Ice Palace during Winter Carnival,  or the Montmorency Falls on Route 138- a dramatic waterfall 30 meters higher than Niagara.

Quebec City is just a half hour away, if you prefer to stay in the beautiful historic city of Quebec City at the swank Hotel Le Germain Dominion or the famous Le Château Frontenac, dine and party in Vieux Quebec and commute to the ski slopes by day.  Only 25 miles away, you should explore this magical medieval city, but not having to drive to skiing each morning has its rewards – like riding first gondola to the summit. Those first runs off the top with views of the St Lawrence Seaway and of Quebec in the distance are priceless.

Ski Le Massif as well, a half hour north of Mont Sainte Anne to complete your luxury ski vacation in Quebec. During your luxury ski and stay at Chateau Mont Sainte Anne, you should drive a half hour north to ski Le Massif, the best Quebec ski resort in our reviews, reached by ski train.

Mont Sainte Anne and nearby Stoneham are sister resorts of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies along with Lake Louise, Fernie, Nakiska and Kimberly in Western Canada.

Chateau Mont St Anne

The key to a luxury ski vacation is to be slope side, to toast après ski without having to drive anywhere, to fall asleep to the twinkly lights of the groomers on the mountains, and to wake to the view of the slopes and fresh tracks just steps away. In Quebec, Mont Sainte Anne has the perfect on mountain hotel, the Chateau Mont Sainte Anne.

Château Mont-Sainte-Anne is four-star, with a five star location, right at the base of Mont Sainte Anne’s slopes. In fact it’s the only ski in ski out hotel here. The ski lockers are a short stroll in your ski boots to the gondola and ski school. Ask for a room in the Nordik Studios which have been completely redecorated in a modern alpine style. These rooms are spacious and offer a couch, mini- kitchen and espresso machine for your morning coffee. Most ski and stay packages at The Chateau include a full buffet breakfast in the main dining room with a view of the slopes. Children stay free with parents here.

Chateau Frontenac

We love Quebec City for a ski vacation – it’s the best of both worlds, amazing history and nearby ski hills. Staying at the 1893 Fairmont Château Frontenac is the best of Quebec, this fairytale like castle is perched above the St Lawrence, within the fortified old city, Vieux Quebec.

Le Chateau Frontenac is in the heart of the best sights of Quebec City, and just 30-minutes to skiing at Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham, 40-minutes to Le Massif. This Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is among The Top Ski Hotels in Canada, even though it isn’t on mountain, its magnificent!

Arriving in Quebec City, you can’t miss the dramatic copper spires of the landmark Frontenac castle along the icy St. Lawrence River. Its like Hogwarts from Happy Potter. The stone entry archway to the Château features the coat of arms belonging to the Count of Frontenac, the hotel’s namesake and Governor of France during the 17th century. This epic five star hotel towers over Quebec City’s historic citadel, within the stone ramparts of the largest remaining fort in North America. The remaining walls encircle a 3 mile perimeter of Vieux Quebec.

Inside the famous Chateaux hotel, a grand lobby leads to stone and mahogany corridors of beautiful boutiques and galleries. The Frontenac has many lovely lounges and restaurants, you never need to leave the confines of this historic castle, but you will want to, to explore and to ski.

Costumed bellmen assist you in finding your room within the maze of 18 floors and 611 rooms of every shape and size. Request a larger suite in one of the spectacular window lined circular turrets, and ask to be Fairmont Gold for special concierge level services.

Go ski at Mont Sainte Anne or Le Massif by day, just 30-40 minutes away, by car or the daily hotel shuttle, and return to this luxe castle for an evening in this elegant French city, with hundreds of great cafes, bars, boutiques and historic sights.

The Club Frontenac and Moment Spa is the modern aspect of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, on the sixth floor historic hotel, perfect for an après ski Jacuzzi or massage.

Go during Winter Carnival in February to see how Quebecois celebrate winter, snow and their long cold season with ice sculptures, ice palaces and an ice hotel, icy canoe races on the river, monthly long outdoor concerts, parades and parties. Tres bien! Wait till you see the mascot Monsieur Bonhomme, who resemble the Michelin man, except for his jaunty red sash.

Yes, Quebec is a French speaking city, so enjoy the après ski, the joie de vivre, and l’aissez faire attitude in this proud historic city. The modern slopes nearby are your adrenaline action packed aspect of your vacation, staying at the luxury Frontenac Hotel is the icing on the proverbial cake.

We highly recommend a Quebec City winter vacation for history, luxury lodging at Fairmont Frontenac, great French food and atmosphere, and fantastic skiing nearby at Le Massif and Mont Sainte Anne.

Another ideal Quebec lodging destination for ski and stay packages is Le Germain Dominion in Place Royal, sister hotel to the Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix at Le Massif.