From Our Editors
Going Up The Mountain
Riding the chairlift up one of Mont Ste Marie's[twin peaks—Vanier Mountain and Cheval Blanc—it's hard not to be awestruck. Panoramic views of the foothills, lakes, and buildings greet visitors as they ascend, turning the ride into just as much of a thrill as the trip back down.
But it's not just the staggering scenery that attracts veteran skiers and snowboarders to the mountains. The privacy of the landscape is a second important draw. Free from overcrowding, it's easy to steal a moment alone before the descent, and savor the sensation of standing a whopping 1,250 feet above your surroundings.
Going Down The Mountain
Mont Ste Marie's verticals are, unsurprisingly, the highest in the region. That's especially true of the newest run on the south face of Cheval Blanc, Sudermann Ridge, a high-speed 1,325-foot dive designed for expert skiers and even-more-expert belly-sliders.
Routes besides that one are hewn into the north faces of the peaks and cater to a mix of skill levels. In general, Vanier Mountain is the more beginner-friendly of the two peaks, with long trails known for spectacular views and a relaxed pace. Total novices can even learn the ropes at the mountain's snow school, which hosts classes for ages four and up. Cheval Blanc, on the other hand, challenges more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Here, guests can brave Betsy, a double black diamond route that has earned awards for its breathtaking steeps.
Mont Ste Marie also adds to nature's formations with obstacles of its own. Its ski and snowboard cross center pits visitors against banked turns and rollers, whereas its terrain park encourages tricks on rails, pipes, and jumps.