Mont-sainte-anne nordic centre
Cross Country Skiing, fat biking and Snowshoeing
(418) 827-4561 ext 408
300 rang Saint-Julien, St-Ferréol-les-Neiges , QC, Canada
Superlatives are all one hears for the Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-Country Centre located in Beaupre, Quebec. It is known for picturesque and diversified network of trails and exceptional snow conditions. With 200 km of trails groomed for classic skiing through the Laurentian forest, this center is the largest in Canada, second only to California's Royal Gorge in North America, and not to be missed just for the "joie de ski" Canadians exude on cross-country trails. Skating skiers will find 191 km groomed for them. A state-of-the-art Prinoth Huskey grooming machine provides the best trail conditions.
If you're an intermediate or beginning cross-country skier, don't be intimidated by the large numbers of obvious and very athletic-looking experts skiing here. The Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-Country Centre has plenty of trails for all abilities. A choice of varying length trail loops make it easy to adjust your outing to your ability and stamina. Daily hours are 9-4 and on the weekends Mont-Sainte-Anne trails open at 8:30 AM. Snowshoers have 7 trails (37 km) with 3 heated shelters along the trails.
The trail fees are $30 for adults and $23.00 for skiers aged 13-17. Trail fees for kids aged 7-12 are $18, skiers that are 65 or older pay $26 and kids that are 6 or younger, ski for free. Half-day trail fees are less and begin at 1:00 PM. A unique pricing option is available for families where 1 or 2 adults and any number of dependant children aged 7-17, all living at the same address can ski for a total of $64 per day and $47 for half day. Snowshoe trail fees are $12 per day for adults; $11 per day for all others (6 and younger snowshoe for free). A family can snowshoe together for $25 per day. There are 7 loops and 26 km of trails for fat biking with 2 rustic shelters located along the trails for a rest.
XC rental equipment is $22 per day for classic, and for kids aged 7-12 rentals are $15 per day. Skating equipment has one price of $28 per day or $26 for half day. There're no skate ski rentals for under skiers aged 13. There are multi-day discounts for rental equipment. Snowshoes are $17 per day for all ages. Fat bike rentals are $30 for 2 hours; $45 for ½ day at noon, and $60 for all day. For reservations for rentals call 418-826-3153.
Lessons are available for individuals at $40 for an hour for one person, $30 for each skier in a two person class, $25 per person in a 3 person class, and $20 per person for 4 or more skiers in a class. The two person class is an extra 15 minutes and the 3 or more person classes are an extra 30 minutes. For reservations for lessons call 418-827-4561.
The area's base lodge Saint-Julien Lodge has an extensive ski school, a small cafeteria, a waxing room and a cross-country ski boutique with rentals, which include a baby glider to pull along your youngster if you choose not to leave him or her at the Alpine area day care.
In partnership with the Pierre-Harvey National Training Center, Mont-Sainte-Anne, the local municipality and private donors a new 4.9 km multi-purpose track of varied terrain profile for athlete training including roller skiing will be constructed and be available for use from May to November (or when it first snows).
There are 5 heated shelters along the trails, 2 of which have lodging facilities. A day trip for the not-faint-of-heart is the trek along the powerline (Sentier du Versant Nord) to the base of the north side of Mont-Sainte-Anne Alpine area. Though it's about a 7 km trek, all uphill, the reward is the superb scenery along the way and a nice lunch at the Chalet du Versant Nord. And then there's skiing downhill all the way back to the base lodge. A shuttle is available between the cross-country and alpine centres.
Be sure to take the time to look for animal tracks along the trails—they are numerous and varied.
Lodging opportunities at the cross-country area include the unique B&B, l'Auberge du Fondeur (418-827-5281; 800-463-1568) right on the trails, or the Ruisseau Rouge and St- Nicolas shelters along the trails. These rustic shelters each can accommodate up to eight skiers and are equipped with a wood stove so skiers can cook their own meals. Reservations are required (418-827-4561, ext. 408) but there is no charge for their use with purchase of a two-day or more ski pass. There are 3,000 beds located within a 5 km radius around the mountain and 11,000 rooms in the great Quebec City area. Mont-Sainte-Anne is only 50 miles from Quebec and there are transportation shuttles available. The Nordic Centre is 8 km east of the alpine ski area on Route 360 in the village of Saint-Ferreolles-Neiges. CCSAA member .