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Address

1350, rue Principale
Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, QU G0A 2L0
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Overview by Gerry Wingenbach

Consider the romantic 45-minute drive from Quebec City to the 350-year-old fishing village of Baie-Saint-Paul, where the twisted architecture looks lifted right off a Normandy postcard, as the ideal entrée into the world of rural French-Canadian skiing. On the edge of this ski town, the sun shimmers off ice floes that drift along the St. Lawrence River, Canada's equivalent of the Mississippi. And behind town, a sweep of dark forest leaps up above the valley. The place exudes an intoxicating air of culture, history, and wild beauty.

But what's here for a skier? Above the ice-clogged river and way off the radar of most skiers and snowboarders is an extraordinary ski area called Le Massif. Its three summits yield the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies. In length, the heroic, snowbound runs sizzle down more than two thigh-burning country miles.

For the most part, the slopes are a French translation of joy, with snow riders cleaving to the mountain and drinking in the panorama of this raw corner of Quebec resting at the northern end of the Appalachians. The area is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and at first blush the untouched loveliness of the scenery may impress you more than the piste.

The resort itself is arranged from top down, with the parking lot at the top; you ski down to the lifts. Every run boasts a grand view of the St. Lawrence River, and when you get to the bottom, there are seldom lift lines.

Magnificent Le Massif is the site of Canada's National Alpine Skiing Downhill Training Center, where the best racers in the country come to face their fears, gain hard-won competence, and, in the end, see if

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Price
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Average Snowfall
248 Inches
Skiable Acreage
162
Vertical Drop
2526 feet
Terrain:
15% beginner, 30% intermediate, 20% advanced, 35% expert
Number of Runs
52
Number of Lifts
5
Season
December to April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Le Massif, CA

Current Conditions:
Unknown, 71 F
Forecast:
Wed - Cloudy. High: 71 Low: 51
Thu - PM Showers. High: 64 Low: 43
Fri - Sunny. High: 70 Low: 50
Sat - PM Light Rain. High: 70 Low: 60
Sun - Rain. High: 66 Low: 55


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Last Updated: April 20 2014 07:00 PM


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