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9 Quebec Ski Resorts with Traditional Hospitality and Indulgent Extras

By , October 19th, 2018

Feature photo courtesy of Québec Original

Of all of Canada’s territories, Quebec is made for magical winter experiences. Plenty of snow, lively carnivals, elaborate ice sculptures, and hearty winter food make it an ideal destination for your next skiing or snowboarding vacation.

At these nine Quebec ski resorts, you can sip on a glass of hot wine while marvelling at the tree-lined, postcard-perfect winter scenes. Hotels are located within close proximity of multiple trails for skiers and snowboarders. Many also offer restorative spa treatments, cozy furnishings like fireplaces and access to outdoor hot tubs and pools, so you can truly feel like you’re getting away from it all in La Belle Province.

 

9 Quebec Ski Resorts

A Cozy Home Away from Home

 Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont Tremblant Resort

As you warm your tingly toes in front of your in-suite fireplace at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont Tremblant Resort, contemplate which of the resort’s attractions will tempt you in the evening. Will you try your luck at the Casino de Mont-Tremblant, with live entertainment, or dine at one of the many local restaurants? La Forge, located behind the hotel, is a popular après-ski stop. It cooks up farm-fresh food, like smoked Cornish hen, to wash down with a warm pomme chaude (warm apple) made with Calvados brandy and honey wine.

Your one or two-bedroom suite comes with a full kitchen and separate living and sleeping areas to give you a home-away-from-home feel. A complimentary hot buffet breakfast is served at the hotel lodge to set you up for a full day of outdoor adventure on Tremblant’s 102 trails.

At the end of the day, breathe in that crisp Quebec winter air in the year-round outdoor hot tub or wind down in the hotel’s fully-equipped fitness centre. For families, a babysitting service is available so parents can enjoy a romantic date night while the kids are well looked after.

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Five-Star Frills

 Fairmont Tremblant

Just a 90-minute drive from Montreal, or two hours from Ottawa, Fairmont Tremblant is a ski-in/ski-out hotel in Mont-Tremblant’s quaint pedestrian village. It’s ideally placed to access the resort’s three snow parks and 755 acres of skiable terrain.

Feel the need to unwind after a day of action-packed mountain adventure? Massage therapists at the hotel’s Moment Spa use aromatic oils to complement treatments, leaving any muscle aches soothed and refreshed. Reinvigorate mind and body by alternating between the Nordic bath, set at 21°C, and the whirlpool bath at 40°C. If stepping in and out of the cold isn’t your cup of tea, sit back in the heated indoor pool.

In the evenings, there’s no need to put your winter clothing back on — simply stroll down from your climate-controlled room with its rustic-chic plaid blankets to one of the four on-site restaurants or bars. At the buzzing adults-only Axe lounge, share menu items with your companions, like the charcuterie platter or Quebec cheese selection. Accompany your choice with one of the tempting house-made cocktails, such as the Mademoiselle Gimlet prepared with elderflower cordial.

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A Contemporary Quebec Ski Resort at the Foot of Mont Tremblant

 Le Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant

Located in Mont-Tremblant’s pedestrian village, a four-minute walk from the Express Gondola, Le Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant offers a range of rooms and suites, all with either a practical kitchenette or full kitchen to make preparing home-cooked meals quick and easy. The village’s Magasin Générale grocery store is a one-minute walk from the hotel, where you can pick up your evening’s provisions and some of Quebec’s local craft beer to snuggle up with in front of your in-suite fireplace.

Want to dine out but leave your hats and scarves behind? Try the hotel’s Gypsy restaurant, which serves Spanish-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. Share tapas with friends or excite your palate with paella. The house-made sangria is an ideal accompaniment to the appetizing food. Be sure to leave room for a dessert like the crème catalane, a sweet, creamy Spanish flan. Reservations are required at Gypsy, so it’s best to book your spot ahead of time.

To warm up your muscles in preparation for skiing or snowboarding adventures on the 81.9 kilometres of mountain trails, use the bike machines or treadmills in the hotel’s 24/7 fitness studio. Afterwards, round off your day with a swim in the outdoor saltwater heated pool before sinking onto your pillow-top mattress for a restful night’s sleep.

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Traditional Hospitality in a New England-Style Ski Resort

La Chaumière de l’Anse

Admire the pine vanity and dried flowers in the private bathroom of your uniquely decorated room before heading out for a day of skiing during your stay at the welcoming La Chaumière de l’Anse. An easy six-minute drive from Mont Tremblant, this bed & breakfast’s free parking and ski storage mean you can avoid carrying heavy gear with you to and from your room.

Start your day with a complimentary breakfast — somewhat legendary among guests — which includes a large bowl of berries and yogurt, followed by an omelette with meats and croissants. It’s available to suit your schedule, whether you want to be the first on the slopes or prefer a leisurely morning. On your return to the B&B, sit and share stories with other guests in the communal lounge to the sounds of a crackling log fire.

There are plenty of dining options within a short drive or walk from La Chaumière de l’Anse. The refined French restaurant, Patrick Bermand, is a 15-minute stroll away — ideal for sharing a top-quality bottle of Bordeaux to accompany dishes such as filet mignon. If you have kids in tow, they’ll feel spoiled with a decadent meal from the children’s menu, like steak-frites and chocolate mousse.

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A Quebec Ski Resort with Classic Amenities in Eastern Townships

 Chateau Bromont

An easy one-hour drive from Montreal, Chateau Bromont is nestled in the striking Eastern Townships region at the foot of Mont Brome. This region has 141 trails and glades spread over seven slope sides, making it an ideal destination for locals and visitors seeking a traditional Canadian skiing vacation.

Sit back on your comfy bed in one of the hotel’s 166 rooms and suites or cozy up in the living area and listen to the crackling logs of the wood-burning fireplace. You can book a thermal experience at the Amerispa in the hotel building to invigorate your body with hot and cold treatments, like a relaxing eucalyptus-scented steam bath. Indulge tired feet with a pampering rub and go for the Frosted Passion Pedicure, which includes a warm pebble foot massage, gel treatment, and nail painting.

For dining, the hotel’s four Canards restaurant offers a high-end à la carte menu consisting of succulent dishes like slow-cooked lamb shank and Sablinoise Hen. More casual options are available from its terrace menu, including items with honey made from the hotel’s very own beehives.

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Modern-Rustic Comforts at Bromont

 Auberge Nuits St-Georges

The stately, red-bricked Auberge Nuits St-Georges bed & breakfast in Bromont is a brisk six-minute drive from the base of the mountain. With its welcoming fireplace and large, comfortable couches, the sunny living room instantly invites you to relax. Each of the suites is individually decorated: No. 6, for example, includes an inviting tan sofa with plenty of room to stretch out on after a day gliding down one of Bromont’s 102 runs.

Delicious food is just steps away from this B&B. Each morning, guests wake up to a three-course breakfast, which sometimes includes fresh blueberries picked from the garden. If you’re hankering after lunchtime crêpes, walk just a minute along Rue Shefford and you’ll find the charming restaurant Gaïa Resto Vegan. Carnivores can sizzle their own juicy steak on a hot stone at the nearby Le Macpherson Bistro Steakhouse, just two minutes by foot.

Post-meal, discover some local culture by taking a peaceful stroll through the Artêria gallery, a five-minute walk east. This neighbourhood gallery features a dynamic collection of artwork by a talented community of emerging and mid-career artists.

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Family-Friendly Quebec Ski Resort with Luxury Spa

 Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne

Sitting at the bottom of Mont Saint-Anne in the Beaupré region, Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne is a 40-minute drive from Quebec City or just over three hours from Montreal. Covering 73 kilometres on three sides of the mountain, the area has 71 trails for both beginner and experienced skiers and snowboarders in natural, tree-lined surroundings.

At the hotel’s Bistro Nordik, chef David Ruel prepares a healthy Scandi-inspired menu showcasing local products from the Côte-de-Beaupré and surrounding area. Try some of the popular items, like the grilled Quebec lamb or vegan pizza. Craving a late-night snack but don’t want to bundle up and go outside? Head down to the hotel’s Zebo café-gourmet convenience store for a quick treat or make yourself an energy-boosting snack using your in-studio kitchenette.

Families travelling with children will appreciate the hotel’s Games Room and separate Teens Room to keep active minds and bodies busy while parents indulge in the all-season hot tubs or fit in a few laps in the indoor pool. The on-site Spa Château Mont-Sainte-Anne offers a Chocolate Massage, so children aged four to 10 can feel as pampered as the adults.

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Stylish Tranquility at Manoir Saint-Sauveur

 Manoir Saint Sauveur

After skiing some of the 142 acres of exciting terrain and trying out a selection of Manoir Saint-Sauveur’s 40 trails, unwind with a cup of joe made with your in-room Keurig coffee maker at the Manoir Saint Sauveur. Lie back on the goose-down pillows with the glow of a snug fireplace to remind you why you love the winter season in Quebec. In your private bathroom, step into the therapeutic tub or let the warm water flow over you in the soothing rain shower.

Ready to eat? This hotel has three on-site restaurants. At Le M Steak Moderne, try a meaty feast like the carpaccio seared beef, or go for a more casual option at Le Boudoir which constantly updates its menu. Sit on brightly printed floral couches with friends to share dishes such as the Lebanese-Mediterranean platter, which includes authentic Middle Eastern nibbles like shish taouk, fattoush and kibbeh balls.

At the hotel’s Spa du Manoir, skilled massage therapists use aromatic oils and ancient Ayurvedic techniques to warm the muscles and soothe the soul. If you’re feeling adventurous, booking a treatment also gives you access to a cold basin and dry sauna.

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Rustic Charm and Cutting-Edge Amenities

 Le Germain Hotel & Spa Charlevoix

On the site of a former farm, Le Germain Hotel & Spa blends a rural vibe with contemporary architecture. Rooms and suites are scattered with modern furniture, while wood-panel accents bring things down to earth. For your early morning wake-up call after a refreshing night’s sleep on pure Egyptian cotton and bamboo linens, flick the switch on your in-room Nespresso coffee machine while you wash up in the heated-floor bathroom.

The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Le Massif, with glades sprawling over 307.6 acres in the stunning Charlevoix region of Quebec. If you’re travelling with a partner, rekindle the romance after a thrilling day of skiing some of the region’s 52 trails with a couple’s massage in the hotel’s Spa Nordique Le Germain. For a more stimulating experience, try the outdoor thermotherapy circuit and alternate between hot and cold baths as you look out over the snowy pastures.

In the two on-site restaurants, chefs focus on local, sustainable cuisine. At Les Labours, follow dishes such as Baie-Saint-Paul lamb with a selection of local Charlevoix cheese in the refined industrial décor. Round off your night with a lively session at Le Bercail, where a DJ plays classic favourite tunes on Fridays till late.

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