Le Massif Stats: Summit: 2,645' Vertical Drop: 2,526'
Ski Acres: 307, 52 Trails & Glades,
Longest Run: 3.17 miles
7 Lifts including two gondolas and 3 high-speed quads
Le Massif is located in Eastern Canada, 20-minutes North of
Mont Sainte Anne and
45-minutes from Quebec City. This ski resort is relatively new (opened in 1980), and really worth the trip - owned
and operated by Daniel Gauthier - the former Cirque du Soleil president. Le
Massif has the highest vertical, 2,526-feet, East of the Canadian Rockies, and
extraordinary views of the St. Lawrence River - in fact you feel like you are
skiing into the river below from many of the well-pitched trails. See our
Le Massif photo gallery.
One of the coolest aspects for Le Massif is that you start your day at the
summit and ski to almost sea level, the most vertical East of the Canadian
Rockies at 2,526'. As fantastic as the view is from the
2,645-foot summit, it gets better and more dramatic as you ski down toward sea
level and The St Lawrence Seaway and River - the proximity of the blue water adds to the excitement of the
Le Massif in the 80-90's had no lifts and you reached the summit by bus and skied
down. Today Le Massif offers incredibly swift lifts, and base and summit day lodges, so you can start your
day at the top or bottom of the ski resort where the train station is located
(yes, you can take a train to the slopes from Quebec City and the nearby town of
Baie St Paul). Both beautiful day lodges at Le Massif serve
delicious haute cuisine and awesome views - not your typical ski area base lodges
- in fact there are no greasy fries, fast food or soda on the menu - everything
is local and freshly made. Le Mer et Monts restaurant, which means the sea and
the mountains, at Le Massif makes our
Top 10 Ski Resort Restaurants
list. Le Massif's beautiful summit chalet is also home to a Rossignol boutique - their
exclusive ski and clothing shops.
Le Massif ski lifts are modern and well placed, the entire ski resort has seen
much investment in the past decade, $230 million - Canadian dollars. In fact, the Canadian Ski Team now trains
here on the steep custom designed “La Charlevoix” trail. Le Massif also has a 7.5
km sled run for rodeling, also called La Luge, on a natural snow base at the ski resort
which is an absolute rush, great views, serious vertical as you descend
23,960' and 2,483'vertical, and very exciting on a traditional wooden rodel
sled. The likelihood of a crash is real, but the snow is pretty soft and the
adventure is a great deal at $35 for the two hour excursion. Our
review of Le Massif's Luge.
Lodging at Le Massif for skiers is at the new four star
Hotel La Ferme, in Baie-Saint-Paul,
which opened in 2012. Hotel La Ferme is Le Massif de Charlevoix’s newest hotel
complex offering 145 rooms (classic, superior, lofts and dormitories) in five
uniquely designed pavilions, The Main Building, Le Clos, Le Moulin, La Bergerie
and La Basse-Cour. A railway station provides train service from Québec City to the Hotel La Ferme along with service transit back and forth
to the Mountain of Le Massif.
On your travels back toward Quebec City, we recommend you ski a day at
Mont Sainte Anne as well.