Charlotte 21 December, 2023

The Québec City area: Three exciting mountains, one incredible city

The Québec City area is a must for winter sport lovers.  Great skiing, European charm, sensational dining, accommodations galore, a fun and festive atmosphere—you’ll find everything it takes for an exciting winter getaway. Québec City’s rich cultural heritage and ideal location make it a skier’s paradise, with three local mountains that offer abundant snow and superb mountain and St. Lawrence River views. 

Mont-Sainte-Anne: A river at your feet  

Located just 40 minutes from downtown Québec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne is a magnet for adrenaline junkies looking for adventure. The resort has runs for every level, but caters especially to advanced skiers, who can safely push their limits on exhilarating expert terrain with some of the highest vertical in Eastern Canada. Mont-Saint-Anne is also renowned for its spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Breathtaking scenery awaits you at the summit, with the river stretching out at your feet as you carve your way down the slopes. With 71 trails on 3 different faces, Mont-Saint-Anne has one of the longest ski seasons in the province. And that’s not all: it also boasts the highest vertical drop for night skiing in Canada, and offers plenty of other winter activities, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right from the base of the mountain.  Each run on the highly varied terrain is a visual treat in itself. 

Stoneham: The perfect après-ski experience 

Nestled in a horseshoe valley, Stoneham Mountain Resort has a wide range of skiable terrain for winter sports lovers,  with a hybrid mix featuring a variety of vertical drops and difficulty levels. Stoneham enjoys an excellent reputation for its carefully groomed runs, three snow parks, and night skiing, with a mix of trails tailored for everyone from beginners just getting their start to experts eager for a challenge. After a fun day in the snow, enjoy some well-deserved R&R with family or friends in one of well-appointed rustic chalets close the base of the mountain. If you’re in the mood to party, stay for après-ski, check out the local microbreweries, or stop in at the Quatre-Foyers Bar at the foot of the mountain. Feel more like relaxing? Treat yourself to a visit at the Sibéria spa? Stoneham is much more than just a ski area: it’s an invitation to experience the magic of winter in the heart of nature, just 25 minutes from town.  

Le Relais: Something for everyone 

Le Relais in Lac-Beauport is a long-time favorite with families. This affordable ski area has a variety of trails for all levels, and its perfectly groomed slopes make it a great place for beginners to get their ski legs. Imagine 33 trails, 1 alpine hiking trail, 5 glade runs, 7 lifts, and 3 snow parks, all just minutes from downtown. What more could you ask for? Night skiing fans will be thrilled to know that nearly 85% of runs are lit.  After a day on the slopes, you can wind down in friendly surroundings, sample local cuisine, warm up by the fire, or even head out for a night on the town. Le Relais embodies the warm spirit of Québec’s winter in all its splendor.

A ski trip to the Québec City area is your ticket to great skiing, delicious local cuisine, and a vast array of convenient accommodation options to choose from. It’s about celebrating over a beer at a local craft brewery into the wee hours of the morning. It’s about experiencing the area’s storied history and soaking up its rich culture. It’s about breathing in the mountaintop air as you get ready for your run, and doing it all over again after you reach the bottom. Québec City is all that—and so much more. 

New: And if you ever get the urge to try North America’s largest indoor downhill skiing simulator, Québec City has that too. Skiing without a lift in a controlled environment at 20 degrees Celsius? Why not give it a try!  

Plan your mountain getaway in the Québec City area today.

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