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Legacy 1934: Girls Gone Wild

Legacy 1934: Girls Gone Wild

Enticed by popular learn-to-ski weeks and a glamorous nightlife, single women converged for many years on Gray Rocks, Que., which opened with a ropetow in 1934.

For girl-meets-boy skiing, there was no better place than Quebec’s Gray Rocks.

If you were single, the ingredients of a successful ski trip for generations of skiers were a big lodge with communal dining, a bar that was open past midnight, talented ski instructors, dancing, good-looking girls and handsome fellas...and, oh yeah, reliable snow. For years, no resort fused these qualities better than Gray Rocks, in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. It succeeded even though its 620-foot vertical was dwarfed by nearby Mount Tremblant’s 2,000 feet.

Where Now: Mont Tremblant, Que.

Where Now: Mont  Tremblant,  Que.

Tremblant’s 2,116 vertical feet boast steeps off the summit as well as mellow glades and groomed cruisers, all with views of the Laurentians or Lac Tremblant.

This Eastern Canadian crowd-pleaser has added a second base village—with another still to come.

Published in SKI's December 2009 issue

The monsters I’ve created—twin 15-year-old daddy’s girls—are getting pretty hard to impress. It’s not their fault: I’ve dragged them to nearly every resort in the East, where they’ve stayed in the nicest hotels and dined in the best restaurants. Still, I can’t help wanting them to enjoy our family ski trips. So this year we’re heading further afield: Mont Tremblant.

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Dec 04, 2008

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Twenty years before the official opening of Mont Sainte-Anne as a resort, it hosted the Canadian Alpine Skiing Championships.

The event highlighted the mountain's potential, and it simply seemed natural that a major resort would eventually come into being. Since officially opening, Mont Sainte-Anne has hosted seven World Cup Alpine events, eight World Cup or FIS snowboard events, and two major international cross-country championships. Ten of its trails are FIS-certified for slalom and/or giant slalom; one for downhill.

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