Quebec is garnering a growing reputation for skiing and snowboarding and offers a slight different proposition to its’ western counterparts.
Quebec is unmistakably and unsurprisingly French influenced. This is a feature that is apparent in the development of the ski resorts in the region and something that distinguished the Quebec ski experience from the distinctly North American experience of BC and Alberta. Although not perhaps as renowned as the slopes in the West of Canada, Quebec offers a high standard of skiing and snowboarding to increasing numbers of winter tourists.
Around Montreal itself, a bustling city with an overt European feel lie the ski resorts of Mauricie. Just a short drive from the city, the resorts of Vallee Du Parc, Mont Carmel and Saint Matthieu les Cantons. This offers an ideal winter break for those with a passing or casual interest in skiing and those looking to combine a refined city break with an Alpine skiing adventure.
Further a field, the Southern area of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has an abundance of mature and established slopes. The resorts of Mont Lac Vert. Mont Bleu and Mont Fortin offer the usual heady mix of exciting challenge on the slopes as well as relaxed and refined après ski.
Quebec City like it's counterpart to the south, also offers substantial options for the ski enthusiast. A short trip out of the city will lead you to the resorts of Saint Raymond and Relais-Lac-Beauport. Again, the option of combining a winter sports holiday with a city break emerges with the area surrounding Quebec.
Quebec, as with any region of Canada is expansive. The centres of Quebec City and Montreal are the main gateways to the region with international airports in each city bussing in tourists from around the globe. Getting around Quebec is relatively straightforward and skiers will find an abundance of chartered transport to the ski resorts to support the public transport system. Quebec, like much of Canada, is a picturesque area and one which should be explored in depth. The most appropriate way of getting around for those looking for the full Quebec experience is by car. Car hire in Quebec is abundant, with most of the major rental firms maintaining a presence in both Quebec City and Montreal.
Although Quebec may not be quite as well established as a ski destination as it's neighbours to the west of Canada, the region has a growing reputation as a ski destination. With an obvious French influence to the region, those who prefer a European style of ski and après ski as opposed to the uniquely North American feel of BC and Alberta, skiing in Quebec just might provide the ideal tonic.
Michael is a keen writer living in Edinburgh. Michael's Website: Taxis Belfast