Mont-Sainte-Anne is one of several popular ski destinations in the province of Quebec and where you find the highest ski hills in the country east of the Canadian Rockies.
Located a half hour east of Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne gives skiers the opportunity not only to visit the unique, beautiful and historic capital of Quebec but to immerse themselves in a part of Quebec that is "more French" than Montreal. Don't worry though, English is widely spoken at the mountain.
What's to Love about Skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne?
- Especially good for families: Well-run ski school with lots of instructors, abundance of interesting and varied beginner and intermediate slopes - even from the summit
- Ski-in, ski-out accommodation at Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne
- 67 runs are accessed by 10 lifts, including one gondola and two high-speed quads.
- Good mixture of terrain, including trees and glades with minimal grooming as well as well-groomed wide open runs. This makes Mont-Sainte-Anne a good choice for skiers who range in ability.
- Enjoy views of Saint Lawrence River from mountain.
- Relatively long ski season for Eastern Canada (generally November to May)
- Night skiing - Mont-Sainte-Anne has the highest vertical when it comes to night skiing.
- A ski shuttle links Mont-Sainte-Anne to Le Massif, the other most popular ski hill in the area. Other regional ski resorts include Stoneham and Le Relais.
- Beautiful, historic Quebec City is a half hour away. Take a guided tour to break up ski days and definitely have a meal in this city full of fine and delicious French food (at any budget). Regular shuttle service is available between Quebec City and Mont-Sainte-Anne.
What to Know about Mont-Sainte-Anne:
- Expert skiers generally give the edge to nearby Le Massif as the more challenging ski resort.
- With no base village, like at Mont Tremblant, north of Montreal, the aprés ski scene is not happening at Mont-Sainte-Anne; the lack of night life tends to keep the 20s something crowd at bay.
- Besides a few restaurants right at the mountain, dining and entertainment options are pretty limited in Beaupré.
- If you're used to a West Coast ski climate, Quebec's may hit you as harsh. Temperatures can regularly dip to -20℃ (-4℉) in winter.
Not a Skiier?
- Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, dog sledding, ice canyoning, and tubing are all activities that can be arranged by your hotel or Mont-Sainte-Anne.
- The town of Beaupré is famous for its double-spired Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, attracting thousands of pilgrims each year. Guided tours, masses and concerts are regularly open to the public.
- Quebec City, steeped in history and European in flavour has a well-preserved old town that is beautiful and fascinating to visit.
Where to Stay:
- Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation: Read our review or check hotel rates with Travelocity.
- Chalet or condo rentals are available in the Mont-Sainte-Anne area.
- Many hotels in Quebec City offer shuttles to and from Mont-Sainte-Anne. Check Quebec City hotel rates with Travelocity.
Tips for Visiting:
- Quebec gets darn cold. Be sure you know how to dress for cold weather.
- March Break in Quebec is often earlier than in Ontario and some other Canadian provinces. Great deals and less crowds when Quebec March Break is over.
- Look into a ski package that allows you a ski day at a neighbouring resort, like Le Massif.
- If you are driving to Mont-Sainte-Anne, be sure your car is ready for the snow. Snow tires may be necessary.