Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hitting the Slopes near Quebec

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hitting the Slopes near Quebec

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For a taste of Europe, without the hassle of a plane ride, head north of the border to Quebec. The moment you cross into Canada from the New York Thruway, everything is instantly French.

Even further north, Quebec City is a quaint European-like town, rich in history and culture, plus it's also close to the slopes.

Four ski resorts are within a short drive from Old Quebec, which still has fortified walls around its historic district, complete with cobblestone streets and a castle -- Chateau Frontenac, now a Fairmont Hotel--overlooking the massive St. Lawrence River, frozen in winter with mammoth-sized ice boulders for a magnificent view.

The views keep getting better as you head north up the St. Lawrence toward Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif.

Last week, I had the chance to get away and visit the Quebec region once again, skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne for the first time. The mountain offers ski-in/ski-out convenience with the recently renovated Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne, steps away from L'Etoile- Filante gondola that whisks skiers eight-at-a-time to the 2,625- foot summit quickly.

Whether you want to try the green-rated 3.6 mile Le Chemin du Roy trail, which wraps around the mountain, accessing more easy terrain, all offering spectacular views of the St. Lawrence or the black- rated south side, there is plenty of runs for all abilities. Altogether there are 69 trails on a 2,050-vertical-foot drop covering 44 miles on three sides of the mountain. The new high- speed Panorama Express quad accesses the Black Forest glade area and a series of steep, expert runs found along the ridge.

Family-oriented Stoneham was another new mountain for me and I was surprised at how big it was just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Seven lifts service the 42 trails, offering 19 miles on four mountains and a 1380-vertical-foot drop. There are 19 trails for night skiing, several terrain parks and expanded glades. …

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