Stoneham Mountain Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
01/06/2012 04:08 pm ET
The Huffington Post
Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Stoneham, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
Stoneham Mountain Resort, located just 20 minutes from Quebec City, Canada, offers trails that cater to skiers of all levels. The mountain is found in a valley, protecting skiers from the wind while offering exceptional skiing conditions. The resort has come a long way since its inception in the 1960s, offering lodging, food, day care and an Arctic Spa Zone. Stoneham offers nighttime skiers the largest network of lighted trails in Canada.
Stoneham boasts an elevation of 2,075 feet with a 1,380-foot vertical drop. The average annual snowfall measures 165 inches and Stoneham's snowmaking capabilities are 86 percent, guaranteeing prime powder conditions throughout most of the ski season. Stoneham Mountain Resort spans three mountains, with the longest trail measuring two miles. Trails are offered for all levels of skiers, from beginners to experts. Stoneham is generally open from late November through early April.
Trails And Lifts
The 39 trails located at Stoneham range in difficulty with 27 percent for beginners, 21 percent for intermediate skill levels, 37 percent for advanced skiers and 15 percent for expert skiers only. Skiers and snowboarders reach the top of Stoneham's trails on one of eight lifts: four ground lifts, two quad chairs, one double chair and one high-speed quad. The three terrain parks at Stoneham offer an area for extreme skiers to hone their techniques and beginning freestylers to get their bearings on the rails and jumps. Stoneham also lights 19 trails over 180 acres for skiing under the stars.
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The Snowboard Jamboree occurs in February at Stoneham Resort. Each year, "high skills" and amateur events are held for snowboarders. The best in the sport compete for Snowboardcross, Half-pipe and Parallel Giant Slalom LG/FIS World Cups. The event typically draws a crowd of spectators. After the competition, skiers and guests can enjoy Stoneham's network of outdoor hot tubs near the bar area to soak away the day while they enjoy a cocktail.
A basic lift ticket at Stoneham costs $54 for adults, $45 for seniors, $40 for teenagers and $25 for children. Season passes start at $269 for adults and $249 for children and college students for night skiing only; daytime season passes carry an additional fee. Stoneham's Telus Winter Sports School offers a variety of classes that range in price from $51 to $289, depending on age and type of lesson. Rental equipment is available from $7 to $56, depending on gear needed and the length of the rental.
Stoneham prides itself on the apres-ski experience at the resort. Stay right at the resort in one of Stoneham's condos or hotel rooms. After a day on the slopes, wearied skiers can head to a restaurant or bar for a drink and meal with friends and family. For some relaxation and rejuvenation, check out Stoneham's Arctic Spa Zone for a soak in one of several hot tubs. Nearby Quebec City has plenty of options for additional dining, shopping and lodging.
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