Between a cash crunch and not having enough time between work schedules and race schedules I’m thinking about doing a 4-5 day trip thru the townships and Quebec City. Im not going with the Ikon pass to save money so that frees things up considerably. I went back and read icecoastchefs bolg post and it sounds pretty good. Looking at a window in mid feb in the race schedule before Pres week.
I have a ton of ff and hotel points but can’t get flights on points during that time. I could get 5 nights in the Delta hotel or Marriott in Quebec City for free.
Some areas on my radar are orford, massif du sud, st Anne, and Le massif
QC is only a 4 hour drive so I’m not blowing vacation days traveling asi would if going to to SLC and I’d save on parking rental car and with the exchange rate its a good deal now.
How is it day hoping from QC? I’d be skiing during the week I think so crowds should be low. Orford I would do on way home I think but I’m not sure it’s worth it.
Any suggestions from those that have done this trip. It’s always been something I wanted to do
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We did in in 2001. It is easy to use QC as a base. There is very little traffic midweek to the ski areas. We stayed at the amazing Chateau Frontenac. It was about 30 minutes to Mt St Anne and less than an hour to the top parking at Le Massif. Stoneham is slightly closer, but we did not try Stoneham. Staying in QC allows for awesome food and nightlife if you want.
After google mapping it sud looks pretty far off the path
Massif du Sud is only an hour or so from Quebec City, highly recommended. Here's my original TR.
If you have an entire week, I'd break it up -- half based in QC, half based further north so you can ski these fun dark-horse ski areas Mont Edouard, Mont Grand-Fonds, and Valinouët (Matt's great report from last December).
Stayed in QC last feb break and hit MSA and Massif. Fantastic time at both. No crowds great coverage. Previous feb break did Sutton and jay. Hit Sutton weekday. Tried to hit massif sud spent night in hotel an hour away but it closed due to rain. Will try there again based on feedback here over the years. Reminder sud open Friday’s and weekends. Hit a Friday as the snow will be fresh
Check out liftopia. The close places are dirt cheap like owls head orford and bromont. Will hit these three in a single trip maybe this year. So cheap. Summitted owls heads in a spartan race a year ago. Definitely looks fun to ski a day from the top and bottom. Some steeps too. Quebec has do much to offer.