Video: Ski & snow in Canada's Québec

Posted on: 04 November 2009 by Mark O'haire

Québec City is the crown jewel of French Canada and if you're coming for the first time, look out - there's simply no other place like it in North America.

The province of Québec has really put itself on the winter sports map in the last few years, with a wealth of new developments, eastern North America’s number one ski resort at Tremblant, and very easy access, less than a seven hour flight from the UK!

Mont Tremblant

Innovation at the Tremblant ski school, the Flaik system, launches this winter with most children in ski school fitted with a GPS armband that makes it possible to locate the children in real-time giving greater peace of mind for parents. In addition, it is possible to re-examine the day spent on the slopes at home seeing the trails the child has skied.

Mont Tremblant Resort will kick off the season with early winter’s hottest event, the 24h of Tremblant December 11-15. More than 1,000 skiers and riders will take up the slopes during the 24 consecutive hours, attempting to repeat last year’s extraordinary feat of raising $1 million (Canadian) for sick and underprivileged children.

Regularly voted number one ski resort in eastern North America, Tremblant offers 95 runs serviced by 14 state-of-the-art lifts, plus 18 acres of ramps, rails and jumps and an Olympic calibre Superpipe  You can also try your hand at the Winter Olympic sport of curling, as this video shows – so grab your brush!

Mont-Sainte Anne & Stoneham

Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham are just half an hour from Québec City and offer 98 runs between them, with a combined vertical drop of 3,428ft, 2,960 acres and spectacular views of the region.  A great way of checking out those views is on a sledge pulled by man’s best friend – check out this video to see the dogs in action.

Quebec’s Ice Hotel’s 10th Anniversary

North America’s only Ice Hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary this winter. Rebuilt every year, and made up of hundreds of tonnes of snow and ice, it provides an intriguing, unique and unforgettable experience. With snow archways towering over 5 meters tall and crystal ice sculptures standing by the warmth of the fire, North America's only ice hotel has made a name for itself worldwide and this videos shows why.

Just 30 minutes from Québec city, visitors can combine a stay at the Ice Hotel with time in Québec City, or stay another night in the Duchesnay resort itself where the hotel is situated, and enjoy a true winter adventure -go snowmobiling, dogsledding – or as this video shows, you can also try snow shoeing!

For more information on these and other winter activity holidays in Québec, visit the official Québec tourist board.

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