At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the...
At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion.

Hiking - Luskville Falls Trail - Gatineau Park

The Luskville Falls are located about 30 minutes from downtown Gatineau. With easy access by car, simply take Boulevard des Allumetières, until it turns into route 148 and follow that. After about 15-20 minutes, the road will switch into a divided highway, and the exit will be one of the first gravel roads to the right shortly after. Follow the road and turn left and you will arrive at the falls trail. The area is peaceful yet quite busy with visitors, as the trail is fairly popular to hike. A bit of forewarning, the trail is fairly steep, but nothing too challenging. Good footwear is recommended as most of the path is on rocks of various sizes and shapes.Beginning the trail from the parking lot, you head slightly downwards, then begin your ascent. The full hike up is approximately 300+ vertical metres. As you hike, the path follows a rocky path, almost in the form of stairs. Not long after the beginning, you see the base of the majestic falls up close. The flow of the water ...
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April 22-23, 2017

Magnum at Mont Orford, last weekend (now closed) - Photo by Paul Giddings.

Another great spring skiing weekend is upon us. With the milder weather and the sun coming back out in full force, the skiing is expected to be unforgettable. Last weekend saw the season end at many mountains. Of notable surprise is Mont SUTTON who announced their closure earlier this week. While many who were present the previous weekend seemed to feel they were still good for another weekend, it was sadly not meant to be. The take away from this is that the weather and snow become so volatile at this time of year that mountains can only sustain the snow for so long before they have to call it quits. Click here for the list of mountains still open for skiing in Quebec and New England. Sommet Saint-Sauveur is now the only mountain open in eastern Quebec with the closure of SUTTON. The rest are located in the Quebec City region and moving west from there. For those near Ottawa and Montreal and the Eastern Townships, the mountains in New England present good options to Sommet Saint-...
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Easter Break with spring rates at Mont SUTTON

Mont SUTTON is already in Easter break celebrations mode. Many have already started their holiday on this Thursday April 13th: a perfect excuse to enjoy one of Easter's top destinations this year! Skiers and snowboarders can now enjoy the slopes at spring rates: $45 + t. for adults and $25 + t. for every other category (students, seniors…). What's more, children under 5 years old ski for free at all times at Mont SUTTON! These springs rates will allow everyone to enjoy the sunshine forecasted in the next few days along with spring skiing on a still good cover of snow and many activities. BBQ at the bottom of the hill, Live Music Friday with Madmoiselle, contestant on La Voix, Easter arts and crafts, decorated Easter egg hunt on Saturday, free maple taffy on snow on Sunday… and an Easter surprise at the bottom of the hill all weekend! ​Source : ​Mont SUTTON

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. to be Acquired by Affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW), a leading North American mountain resort and adventure company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a newly-formed entity controlled by affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C. ("Aspen") and KSL Capital Partners, LLC ("KSL"). Under the terms of the merger agreement, Intrawest stockholders will receive $23.75 in cash for each share of Intrawest common stock, representing a total valuation of approximately $1.5 billion including debt obligations to be assumed or refinanced net of cash at closing. The transaction was unanimously approved by the board of directors of Intrawest. Following the execution of the merger agreement, stockholders representing a majority of the voting shares of Intrawest delivered a written consent approving and adopting the merger agreement. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2017 and is subject to certain closing co...
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April 8-9, 2017

With another weekend of classic spring skiing upon us, let's take a look at what one can expect. While many regions, notably Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal, received 50+mm of rain over the past few days, some mountains did receive some fresh snow rather than full on rain. The situation is even better around Quebec City were mountains there received 10-20cm of fresh snow instead. For those that received alot of rain, they were proactive by closing during the week to preserve the ski conditions for the weekend. With expert grooming, the trails should be in great shape for the weekend as the sun comes out and softens out the snow. However you look at it, the poor weather will come to an end overnight, setting us up for some more great spring skiing for the weekend. Last weekend saw several closures but there are still plenty of mountains operating. As always, it is recommended to check your favourite mountain's website or to call ahead to confirm opening hours and lift ticket prices, as man...
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Camp Fortune will be open this weekend, April 8-9

Open this weekend! We will be open this weekend with 3 chairlifts and 12 runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Come out and ski or ride this weekend! Our goal for this season is to be skiing over Easter weekend but with this wonky weather it's too early to say for sure so enjoy it while you can. Webcam Conditions Hours and late season ticket prices Fortune Cup Pro Race Join us on Sunday for the Fortune Cup Pro Race.First Prize is $1000 cash!This Race is an open event for U16 up to masters racers, FIS Racers, or anyone who thinks they can be the King of the Mountain. Enter today by emailing The spectator area is always a great place to spend the afternoon cheering on the competitors and spending time with ski friends. Event Info Surf Side Says The final snowboard jam of the year is this Sunday. Join us for "Surf Side Says", a laid back jam session brought to you by local skate/board/surf shop Surf Side. Admission is a non-perishable food item or a small donation for those in ...
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Spring skiing, arts and crafts and terrace for Easter at Mont SUTTON

Beautiful days of spring skiing are here! Lots of snow, family activities, Live Music Friday, BBQ at Chairlift II… everything will be there for a successful Easter weekend at Mont SUTTON! To celebrate Easter on the slopes, everyone is invited to let their creativity flow while doing free arts and crafts on Friday April 14th and Monday April 17th. The weekend will also start with a certainly stunning performance from Madmoiselle at Bar Le Tucker for one of the last Live Music Fridays of the season. On Saturday April 15th, young and old will be invited to identify the 5 decorated Easter eggs hidden on the slopes. A draw will take place among all the participants, and three lucky winners will go back home with a sweet treat. On Sunday April 16th, free maple taffy on snow will be given to all, letting them fulfill their craving for sweets between two runs! Under the sunshine, skiers and snowboarders are intived to enjoy not only the great snow cover, but also a BBQ at the foot of the hill ...
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Blue Mountain Announces April 9 as Last Day of the 75th Season

Blue Mountain Resort has announced Sunday, April 9, 2017 as the Resort's closing day of its 75th ski season. Blue will have 3 trails open for skiing and snowboarding along with a walk up freestyle park open this weekend, weather and conditions permitting. Blue opened for the winter season on December 11, 2016 and as of April 9, Blue Mountain will have had 116 days on snow. Thanks to 307cm of cumulative snowfall this winter, the milestone season included great ski conditions along with anniversary celebrations and events. Of note was the Celebrate 75 winter festival in January which included a fundraiser that raised $22,000 for the Blue Mountain Special Olympic team, and the Audi FIS World Cup Ski Cross which showcased Ontario skiing on the world stage. "It is always bittersweet at the end of a ski season," says, Dan Skelton, President and COO at Blue Mountain. "It has been a very memorable winter at Blue but we are ready to switch gears and ramp up for the coming summer season." A sele...
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$110 Million Bear Mountain Revitalization Project Planned for Summer 2018 at Vermont’s Killington Resort

Vermont's Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, has partnered with Killington, Vermont-based Ottauquechee Realty Advisors, LLC to revitalize the resort's Bear Mountain base area and South Ridge through a two year development plan. Total project costs for the Bear Mountain Revitalization Plan are estimated at $60-70 million with a resulting retail value of $110 million once construction is complete. Phase 1 of the Bear Mountain Revitalization Plan, called "Base Camp at Bear Mountain" is expected to begin in summer 2018 with the construction of 6-7 multi-family buildings estimated to cost $45 million, plus a major remodeling of Bear Mountain Base Lodge (keeping the original footprint), the installation of a fixed grip quad chair lift on Killington's South Ridge, and on-mountain improvements for skier flow including bridge and tunnel work. On-mountain improvements are expected to cost approximately $8 million total. "This Bear Mountain Revi...
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Mount Snow Extends Season Through April 16th

With natural snowfall from Winter Storm Stella and Theseus, paired with snowmaking operations in March, Mount Snow is pleased to announce it will extend its operating season through April 16, 2017. Having received 115 percent of its average annual snowfall total so far this season, the mountain expects to offer skiing and riding on all four mountain faces, including more than 100 features over at Carinthia Parks for as long as the weather cooperates. "Our snowmaking push in March and three feet of late season snowfall has made for some of the best late-season skiing in recent memory," said Kelly Pawlak, general manager at Mount Snow. "We are excited to offer families the ability to celebrate Easter on the slopes and take part in our Easter Egg Hunt, including a golden egg good for a 2017/18 Peak Pass." Spring is always a special time at the mountain, full of corn skiing, forgiving bump runs, and soft landings in Carinthia. It's a time to join with friends and family and celebrate the s...
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Killington open for final day of skiing on June 1st.

Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont is the only mountain still offering lift serviced skiing in the East.  We made it skiers and riders, we'll be skiing in June. Thursday, June 1 will be the final day of lift-served skiing and snowboarding this season and lift tickets will be FREE! The Superstar Express Quad will turn from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. but get here early because we'll be handing out June 1 commemorative t-shirts at 8:30 to the first 250 skiers and riders in line. There will be music provided by DJ Dave and refreshments available at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar. Don't miss this exciting opportunity, it's the first lift-served June Skiing and riding in 15 years. Please note that we will not be pushing snow to the load and unload of Superstar Express, so guests will be required to walk to and from the lift and carry equipment on the chair. There may be additional walking required as the snow melts throughout the day.  Details:
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Vail Resorts Plans to Add Stowe Mountain Resort to the 2017-2018 Epic Pass Providing Unlimited, Unrestricted Skiing at Stowe and the Best of North America

The Epic Pass will offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe, plus the best of North America, subject to the closing of the acquisitionEpic Local Pass will offer the best value at $639, which includes 10 days at Stowe, subject to the closing of the acquisitionPurchasing the Epic Pass now through Sunday, April 9, guarantees the lowest price combined with the most benefits Vail Resorts announced today that the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the closing of the acquisition. Purchasing the 2017-2018 Epic Pass now through Sunday, April 9 ensures that skiers and snowboarders will lock in the lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six discounted lift tickets ("Buddy Tickets") for family and friends. Stowe will be the newest resort among 45 of the world's most iconic mountain destinations to be offered with the Epic Pass (subject to the closing of the acquisition) – which includes t...
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March 25-26, 2017

​The official welcoming party for Spring happened just a few days ago yet the snow is holding on better than past years. March brought with it almost as many mild days as cold days. Virtually all mountains are still operating, many with all trails open. While the current picture looks promising, we are quickly approaching the time that many mountains call an end to their season, snow or not. The following weekend of April 1-2 will mark the end of the line for many. Beyond that date, those that continue will begin reducing their schedule to just weekends. What does this mean for you... well there is no time to ski like the present. Conditions are great, the temperatures are warming up, the snow is softening out, moguls are slowly forming... all the ingredients for a great time out on the slopes. In our March Break deals article, Jake mentions two great tips to keep in mind for this time of year to increase your bang for your buck. - If you have a season's pass at any ski hill in Quebec,...
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A Fun-Filled Spring at Mont SUTTON

Spring is officially here! Its arrival promises beautiful spring skiing days and sunny après-skis on Bar Le Tucker's terrace. Mont SUTTON is shifting into spring with several activities planned over the next few weeks that will allow skiers and snowboarders to take full advantage of the sunny spring days. On Saturday, March 25th, Yooners, a kind of ski bob/sled hybrid, will be back! Spaces are limited and will have to be reserved the morning of the activity, which is free to all season pass holders or anyone with a valid ski ticket for that day. The ever-popular Snow on the Beach will make its return on Saturday, April 1st! The event is celebrating its tenth edition this year and is sure to be remembered with its beach party après-ski that will have skiers dancing under the palm trees. From April 14th to 17th, Mont SUTTON will be celebrating Easter on the slopes. For the occasion, arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and sugar on snow (free on Sunday) are sure to entertain families all...
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March 11-12, 2017

After a relatively long period of mild weather and rain, this past week showed us that winter is still here. The temperature was for the most part cold, often hitting -20'c with the windchill factor. This did have the benefit of allowing several ski mountains to restart their snowmaking operations, providing a fresh layer of snow and helping ensure they can extend their season into the spring. The 14 day long range forecast looks fairly promising for spring skiing. No rain is shown in the forecast, and the cold temperatures will end around the coming Friday. Daytime temperatures then will be a few degrees above freezing and at night will be just below. There may also be some snow by next weekend as well. At the moment, the weekend promises to be sunny with some clouds, and temperatures around the -15 to -20'c. Bundle up, it's still cold but will most likely be one of the last cold ones for the season. The majority of ski mountains are fully open, with their groomed trails, although you...
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February 25-26, 2017

Photographed at Stowe Mountain Resort.

It was a mild and warm week to say the least. The weather on more than one occasion was appropriate for opened jackets or just sweaters. Despite all this, reported ski conditions are still very good, little to no ice with fast and soft snow. The snowpack in the city is dramatically melting away but the snow on the ski trails is holding out well thus far. As a welcome bonus, the mountains are also less busy meaning more runs during your time out on the slopes. And now the bad... It has been raining all day, with alot more to come on Saturday. There is always the possibility that the ski mountains will receive some snow, but the fact that it is quite mild all but rules out this chance. Still it is best to remain surprised, weather conditions can be vastly different from the city to the ski mountains. To cut this long story short, if you do plan on getting on the slopes this weekend, aim for Sunday, the weather will be alot more favorable for having a good time than Saturday. Check out so...
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Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont

Jeff Wise/Stowe Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that on Feb. 17, 2017, it entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts' first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company's network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas. This acquisition brings together Vail Resorts, the world's leading mountain resort operator, with AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE), a best-in-class real estate developer, who share a common vision for the long-term success of Stowe Mountain Resort as the premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast. Vail Resorts is acquiring all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket off...
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February 11-12, 2017

I will start with some good news. Fresh snow is in the forecast. Many regions, primarily around Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond, will see a possible 25cm of snow by Monday. The rain earlier in the week didn't have much effect on the mountains, so rest assured that ski conditions are still extremely good. As is custom each year, the majority of snow making in Quebec has come to an end. Hydro Quebec imposes higher charges and rates for electricity after January 31st for ski mountains making snow. Still, there are some who continue regardless, like Sommet Saint-Sauveur, who always want to position themselves to be able to offer skiing well into the spring season, and beyond all other mountains in the province of Quebec. You should be able to expect ski conditions to be more or less the same as they have been for the past month, which is nothing short of incredible. So much so that I personally have a tough time deciding which ski outing was my favorite so far this season. Still if you are...
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January 28-29, 2017

Another great ski weekend is in store for skiers and snowboarders. The return to colder weather means that are once again where they were at a few weeks ago. Mountains everywhere are promising a great weekend ahead. The weather should be colder than the past week and feature some snowfall to varying levels, depending on location. Expect overcast conditions, meaning a firm base and nicely groomed trails to enjoy. Keep an eye out for mountains with chalets or warming huts at their summits. These are the ideal spots to enjoy a relaxing moment away from the slopes and near a fireplace. If you are interested in trying out something new for a change, head to mountains that offer other activities beyond skiing. Some offer alpine luge (Sommet Saint-Sauveur), luge sleds (Le Massif  and Vallée du Parc), while others still offer skiing until midnight and beyond with great electric ambiance and thematic events. Still, if you wish to enjoy the slopes on skis, perhaps a ski demo is visiting nea...
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January 7-8, 2017

Mont Ste Marie

This weekend is all about finishing the holidays in style. After two weeks off from work (hopefully), there is still time to enjoy one of the greatest winter past-times and sports with family and friends before the regular daily routine resumes. Luckily for us all, the mountains are in superb shape. Conditions couldn't be better at this time of year. Most mountains are fully open or quickly nearing 100%. While the rain experienced earlier this week was rough in the city, most mountains experienced significant snow fall accumulations instead, some reporting over 15cm of fresh snow. For both Saturday and Sunday the weather will be good, with Sunday being the slightly cooler day to ski. Some regions like Ottawa-Gatineau may receive a light snowing of around 1-2cm over the weekend, just enough to give a soft covering to the slopes. Regardless of where you visit, the important thing is to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to check your favorite ski mountain's webs...
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December 31, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Photo Credit : Tremblant facebook page

Here we are, another year about to end, and another about to start. The many ski resorts and mountains have their own traditions to mark the turning of the calendar into the New Year. Pyrotechnic shows of fireworks, or more traditional torch light descents down the dark mountains are but two ways mountains celebrate this special occasion. I strongly encourage you to check your local mountains websites to see what they have planned for New Years Eve so you can be a part of it. This past week started with some wet weather, in the form of freezing rain and ice, that did all to spoil the frenzy of boxing day and possibly some time out on the slopes. Now a handful of days later, we have received 10-15 cm of new snow with more on the way over the coming days. This season has not lost any momentum and continues to surprise with great weather, perfect snow, and nearly 100% open ski mountains. The Quebec City region has definitely been spoiled most and conditions there are among the best, follo...
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December 17-18, 2016

Photo : Mont Sutton facebook page

With one week to go before the Christmas holiday break, the weather has become cold and in some places frigid rather quickly. Ski resorts everywhere are busy working their snowmaking magic, cranking out piles of snow with each passing hour. As this is arguably the most important time period for a ski resorts revenue, they do all they can to maximize open terrain, and gain your visit. What this means is skiable terrain is now in the period of rapid expansion, and we will see many mountains approaching 100% opened terrain over the coming days and week. Adding to this is a snowstorm about to touchdown, most notably in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, as well as Southern Ontario, which will see approximately 15cm of snow depending on location by Sunday. Montreal will see slightly lower amounts of accumulation. Speaking of Southern Ontario, Blue Mountain and Mount St Louis Moonstone are both nearly 50% open. In the Laurentians and Montreal regions, Sommet Saint-Sauveur h...
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December 3-4, 2016

Photo : Mont-Sainte-Anne facebook page

Another fall weather week has come and gone. Some regions were treated to rain and mild temperatures, while others had ideal conditions for snowmaking and were able to perform miracles. Such was the case at Mont-Sainte-Anne who are opening Saturday with 37 trails, the most in the past 40 years on opening day. This makes up more than 50% of their skiable terrain. Elsewhere in Quebec, more mountains are beginning their season: Le Massif de Charlevoix, Le Relais, Mont Blanc, Ski Montcalm, Mont Édouard, Mont Saint-Mathieu, Mont Comi, Stoneham (opened Friday night), Val St-Come and Vallée Bleue. These mountains join already open Sommet Saint-Sauveur, Mont Tremblant and Camp Fortune. While the start this season may have been a bit slower than usual, the weather forecasts for the week ahead show a return to sub-zero temperatures, which will give the needed boost to many other ski areas in their efforts to open in the days to come and the following weekend. Skiable terrain ...
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Ski season is here Saturday at Camp Fortune

​Ski season is here! Camp Fortune opens this Saturday. Grab your skis and boards and join us for our opening day: Saturday November 26. Pineault will be open with machine made snow. We are committed to offering you the longest season possible and will be the first ski hill in the Outaouais to open. Hours of operation: Saturday November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday November 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. We will continue making snow and open more runs as soon as we can. We are working 24 / 7 when the weather allows. Source : Erin Boucher, Marketing - Camp Fortune.

Tremblant kicks off new Ski Season tomorrow with 15cm of Fresh Snow

​​This Thursday November 24, with mountain ambassadors Erik Guay and Jasey-Jay Anderson in attendance,Tremblant is kicking off its 2016-17 slide season, with over 180 hours of snowmaking since the start of operations, and 15 cm of fresh snow since last Sunday. At 8:30 am, 4 trails resulting in one upper-mountain run on each the North and the South sides will be open to skiers and riders, served by the Express Gondola, TGV, Lowell Thomas and Cabriolet lifts. Skiers and snowboaders will have to use the gondola to get to the summit and back at the South base. The mountain operations team remains focused on freeing up more terrain as soon as possible so that by late weekend, 7 trails should be open. View Snow Report for latest updates. ​Source : Annick Marseille, Public Relations Advisor, Tremblant