Overview of Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec
Written by Jack Lee
Mont Sainte Anne is located 25 miles from Quebec City in the Laurentian Mountains - noted for spectacular views of the nearby French Canadian city with excellent skiing overlooking the mighty St Lawrence Seaway.
With 66 trails covering 527 acres and 42 miles, Mont Sainte Anne has a hearty 2,050-foot vertical drop. Mont Sainte-Anne’s base to summit gondola is a great lift, along with two high-speed quads that flank this three-sided ski mountain. From the summit you can ski in all direction or visit one of two splendid lodges including Chalet La Crete, the panorama is spectacular looking back at Quebec City and out at the St Lawrence River.
Mont Sainte Anne offers lots of great ski terrain, groomed trails like FIS sanctioned La Crete - a race trail with extraordinary views and a sustained pitch of 40-degrees and, La S and Super S are long legendary bump runs. Mont Sainte Anne is also host to fun terrain parks and beautiful glades - Le Forêt Noire, La Belle et La Bete, and La Forêt Enchantée. The longest trail at Mont Sainte Anne is Chemin du Roy - a leisurely 3.7-mile run. Sainte Anne's signature base to summit gondola is an impressive lift that accesses much of the popular terrain, from the top you can drop off the backside and ski a secluded t-bar on the West Side with natural snow and no one around. The North Side is served by a high-speed quad and features several intermediate cruisers plus a few fun glades - this northern exposure section stays open latest in the season with quality snow. The South Side gets a new high-speed quad for 2014, Le Panorama Express. It's good to see some of Mont Sainte Anne's older ski lifts getting upgraded here since Le Massif, a half hour north has invested many millions in its ski resort. Mont Sainte-Anne does have one of the best ski and snowboard schools, Ecole de Sports Neiges, in Quebec with lessons for all abilities plus son mountain daycare for the little ones.
At the base of Mont Sainte Anne is a small but fun ski village with après ski bars like Le Brez, shops, and lodging at the ski in/ ski out four diamond Château Mont-Sainte-Anne. The Chateau Spa offers a range of beauty and health treatments and an outdoor hot tub and indoor pool.
Mont Sainte Anne offers night skiing on 19 trails of the highest vertical night skiing in Canada. But après ski at Mont Sainte Anne's bars and bistros may be even more fun than continuing to ski into the cold, dark night without the benefit of the fantastic daytime view, in our opinion Winter activities at Mont Sainte Anne also include dog sledding, extensive Nordic skiing on over 200 kilometers, indoor swimming, ice skating, a visit to Hotel de Glace Ice Palace – constructed entirely out of ice each winter, or visit the Montmorency Falls on Route 138- a dramatic waterfall 30 meters higher than Niagara.
Skiers can also opt to drive the half hour and stay in the beautiful historic city of Quebec City at the swank Hotel Le Germain Dominion or the famous Le Château Frontenac, dine and party in Vieux Quebec and commute to the ski slopes by day.
Be sure to ski La Pichard trail to the Cabine a la Sucre for maple syrup on snow – a sweet Canadian treat. For a fireside fondue lunch or dinner, you can ski or walk to Le Brez in Mont Sainte Anne's slope side village - this on mountain restaurant makes our Top 10 Ski Resort Dining list.
During your Quebec ski trip to Mont Sainte Anne, you should drive a half hour north to ski Le Massif as well. Mont Sainte Anne and nearby Stoneham are sister resorts under Resorts of the Canadian Rockies along with Lake Louise, Fernie, Nakiska, and Kimberly in Western Canada.
I love this mountain me and a group from Rhode Island take a trip every year. They have the sick Hits and the Boxes are unreal. Great weather and People and PArty
Skiing is top notch, and Quebec City is, without a doubt, the friendliest and most interesting ski town we've been in. But it's much more than a ski town...