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Le Massif De Charlevoix: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

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A skier cuts into freshly groomed trails at Le Massif, as the mountain is known to locals.
A skier cuts into freshly groomed trails at Le Massif, as the mountain is known to locals.

Le Massif de Charlevoix 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 Le Massif de Charlevoix, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

Known as "Le Massif" to locals, Le Massif de Charlevoix is located northeast of Quebec City in Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois. To make the 43 miles easier to traverse, the resort built a special tourist train service to bring ski enthusiasts to the mountain. Although it is the only resort in the area, Le Massif also draws in skiers and snowboarders because it is known to have the highest vertical drop in eastern Canada.

The Mountain

With the season starting in late November and ending in early April, Le Massif has a total of 406 acres of skiable terrain. The summit's altitude is 2,645 feet, while the vertical drop is 2,526 feet. Located on the south side of the mountain, the longest, steepest and most difficult run, Le Charlevoix, runs more than three miles long with a pitch of 64 percent. Annually receiving 22 feet of hard-packed and loose granular snow, Le Massif is also capable of producing its own snow when necessary.

Trails And Lifts

Best known for its competition-friendly trail Le Charlevoix, Le Massif proudly boasts 53 trails, 15 percent of which are tailored to beginners. The other trails are designed for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers. To get skiers to the top of the mountain, Le Massif has six lifts, which include one pulse gondola, two high-speed quads, one platter-type lift, one novice conveyor lift and one high-speed detachable quad. In addition to downhill trails, the resort has jib parks, rodeling trails and access to off-trails.

In The News

Le Massif de Charlevoix occasionally hosts competitive downhill and Super G skiing on its steepest trail, Le Charlevoix. When Le Massif isn't flooded with international expert skiers, it makes headlines with its director, creator of Cirque du Soleil. Daniel Gauthier purchased the mountain at the turn of the century, and since then, has strived to create an eco-friendly resort. Promising an energy-efficient resort, Gauthier has already opened a local year-round farmer's market and a tourist train service from Quebec City.

Cost

The cost for an adult lift ticket is $67, but there is an additional charge of $3 for a chip card, which helps identify skiers on the lifts. If a skier or snowboarder forgets his gear, Le Massif rents out equipment. For a complete set of adult parabolic skis or a snowboard, the cost is $35. Offering three different skill levels, group lessons for children and adults are available with prices starting at $69. These packages include a two-hour lesson, a lift ticket and equipment rental.

Apres-Ski

Believing in convenience, Le Massif de Charlevoix offers lodging accommodations at the base and summit of the mountain. To make the stay more comfortable, the mountain is dotted with restaurants and pubs. At the summit, patrons can visit Le Coteilleux Summit Pub, while at the base, Le Chouenneux Base Pub is most popular. Serving local nutritional foods ideal for skiers and snowboarders, Chef Guy Bessone operates Mer et Monts Restaurant.

WATCH: Le Massif De Charlevoix

Enjoy Le Massif's trails with scenic views of the Saint Lawrence River.