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.
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.
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.
In a village dense with fun, skiing isn't always the primary attraction.
Editor's Note, October 2009: The following story first appeared in February, 2005. Since then, the construction of the Versant Soleil village is well under way, anchored by Loto-Quebec's new Casino de Mont-Tremblant. Also, the commuter trail mentioned in the opening paragraphs does indeed have a name: Voyageur.