At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the...
At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion.
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Spring Break fun at Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham


Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resort teams have prepared a variety of activities at the mountain, for some Spring Break family moments to enjoy winter sports and the great outdoors. From March 2nd to 18th at Mont-Sainte-Anne and from March 3rd to 11th at Stoneham, skiers of all ages will have a good time with the proposed programs and save a lot with the lodging packages. AT MONT-SAINTE-ANNE Spring Break opens at Mont-Sainte-Anne with the Fulllmoon Descent on March 2nd. This magical experience consists of going down a ski slope with headlamps in the moonlight. Starting at 9:15 pm, the activity only requires a ski ticket and one functioning headlamp per participant, and is accessible to everyone, even children. Activities for this long school holiday will continue from March 3rd to 18th with the return of the popular candy bar that made a splash last year, at the summit. Each day offers a different thematic activity, as well as animation and inflatable games at the mountain bas...

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March Activities for the whole family, at Tremblant


For students across Canada, the month of March is synonymous with Spring Break ‒ also a high point in the season for a number of families who get out and enjoy winter at its best, at Tremblant. Here is a quick overview of our activities lineup: Super Demo Days ‒ Saturday March 3, discover top ski and snowboard gear and accessory labels at Tremblant, at the last Demo Day of the season. Everyone is welcome to try out 2018/19 equipment at this exclusive Tremblant reveal.Québec Spring Break ‒ March 3 to 11, the SnowSchool is hosting a wide variety of family-friendly programmes while in the pedestrian village, a mountain of activities takes place free of charge. Among other happenings, meet Toufou the mascot and join Tremblant's Crazy Games, complete with street hockey and volleyball. Later on Place Saint-Bernard, disco dance under the stars at an outdoor Saturday Night Fever theme party, live with DJ. Ontario Spring Break ‒ March 10 to 18, both tall and small enjoy an exciting lineup of ac...

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School Break at Mont SUTTON: close to a month full of activities


At Mont SUTTON, school break means winter family fun! Whether it's for a day or the complete break, Mont SUTTON is the dedicated place to make the most of winter fun. The diversified program offered from February 17 to 25 and from March 3 to 18 will please families without a doubt. Everything is in place for unforgettable ski-vacation with your family! Daily dose of fun for the entire family Every day during the school break, Mont SUTTON has scheduled activities for the whole family! Here are some of the activities not to be missed: Family Tour with an Ambassador GuideOlympiads on snowFun skientific activitySlackline testsGraffiti on helmetsGames on snow: bean bag game, tic-tac-toe, memory gameTreasure hunt on the trails for the family – gift baskets to be won!Animation and friendly competitions in the snow parkAprès-ski with live music at Bar Le TuckerSki demos with Boutique Expérience SUTTON ($)Maple taffy on the snow ($)New snow sport on the slopes: Yooner. A first in Canada! This s...

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Leslie McLaughlin - (Laurentians)


I took my first ski lessons in Moleson, Switzerland at age 8, while living in Lahr, Germany. Returning to Ottawa in 1987, I continued learning with my dad at Vorlage, and through school at Edelweiss until I was 16. After that, I moved to Winnipeg (where it's very flat), and then pursued my academic studies after returning to Ottawa, where I also became a fusion bellydance instructor. As a result, I skied only twice between 1994-2010, the second instance of this being to teach Danny Fresh of Bad Company (BC Recordings, UK) to ski during a 2001 Ottawa tour date! Once I'd completed most of my MA, I picked up right where I'd left off (with my Munari rear-entry boots and 1993 K2s!) at Camp Fortune, which became my beloved home mountain for many years. I skied nearly every day after work, and started travelling to other mountains. In 2012 I learned about Whistler's gaper weekend and my love of skiing and costuming came together (thanks for that, bad santa joe!)! I combined my love of skiing ...

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Matteo C - (Ottawa-Gatineau)


I started skiing 8 years ago at the age of 10, and since then have kept pushing myself to improve as my interest in it grew. My love for the mountains does not stop at skiing; I've enjoyed hiking and exploring nature since I was a toddler! I'm nowhere near a professional skier, but I have had the pleasure of skiing at many large mountains such as Okemo, Tremblant, and Whiteface. I hope to showcase my skiing adventures through Slope Edge in the East, and hopefully in the near future, out West!

An outdoor Valentine's Day at Mont SUTTON


Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and Mont SUTTON plans to celebrate it the right way. Every year, couples, families and friends are invited to share an original moment on the slopes at this time of year. On the menu, from February 9 to 14: love seats, contest to win a Tucker Sno-Cat ride, promotions perfect for two, heart hunt and more! Original activities For a change in the choice of activities on Valentine's Day, outdoors lovers will have the chance to celebrate on the slopes. Celebrations will start on Friday February 9 with a Live Music Friday with Mégane Cyr, and the Grand Marnier pink sangria will be $25 for the occasion. Starting Saturday February 10 until Wednesday February 14, the lucky ones who will sit on a "love seat" in the chairlift II will get a Hershey's treat and a comfortable ride! On Sunday February 11, families are invited to participate in the heart hunt. The hearts will be hidden in the trails close to the main chalet. Three lucky ones will take back home ...

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Tremblant’s Erik Guay, Jasey-Jay Anderson, Brittany Phelan & Valérie Grenier ‒ all on road to PyeongChang 2018


Yesterday, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Alpine Canada Alpin officially announced the names of athletes representing Team Canada in skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place February 9 to 25. It is now confirmed: 4 of Tremblant's own ambassador athletes are on the road to PyeongChang. Here is a cameo of each. ERIK GUAY | Alpine Ski With 3 gold medals and 21 podiums, Erik is no doubt one of Tremblant's finest ambassador athletes, and a highly decorated Canadian racer on the World Cup alpine ski circuit. Nursing a back injury on January 11, Erik officially confirmed he would be competing at his 4th Olympic Games, in PyeongChang. JASEY-JAY ANDERSON | Alpine Snowboard Tremblant's hometown boy and 2010 Vancouver Winter Games parallel giant slalom snowboard gold medallist Jasey-Jay is a highly revered veteran in the global snowboard community. Driven by sheer willpower, he is setting out to fulfill his dreams again, at his 6th Olympics, in PyeongChang. BRITTANY PHELAN | Ski Cross...

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Mikaela Shiffrin: The New Face of the Ikon Pass


We are proud to announce that U.S. Ski Team's Mikaela Shiffrin has joined forces with Alterra Mountain Company as an investor and is helping launch the Ikon Pass as an Ambassador. The Ikon Pass is North America's premier pass for Winter 2018-2019 that offers skiers and riders access to 23 iconic destinations, and a like-minded community with a passion for the mountains. Reigning World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is an icon in her own right. She was the youngest woman in U.S. history to win a World Championship and the youngest athlete in history to win an Olympic slalom gold medal. To date, she has one Olympic gold medal, three FIS World Ski Championships gold medals, and 41 FIS World Cup victories. Next month she will head to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. "Mikaela has spent her entire life on the slopes, and shares a love of the mountains that mirrors the passion behind the Ikon Pass," said Erik Forsell, Alterra Mountain Company...

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Introducing the Ikon Pass: Uniting North America's Premier Mountain Destinations


Welcome to the New Standard in Passes. One Pass. 23 Destinations. Alterra Mountain Company announces its 2018-2019 pass product, the Ikon Pass. North America's top mountain destinations have joined together to offer skiers and riders the Ikon Pass uniting 12 destinations from Alterra Mountain Company and 11 premier destination partners. The Ikon Pass gives skiers and riders the opportunity to access nearly 50,000 skiable acres of unique terrain across the continent, with pass privileges that range from full unlimited access to a set number of days that vary by destination. From a week long vacation to unlimited days, the Ikon Pass was built with the guest in mind, to provide the best experience possible. With 23 destinations, in nine states and three Canadian provinces, the Ikon Pass is the gateway to a like-minded community, enduring memories, and the most iconic destinations in North America. The Ikon Pass is a collaboration of seven industry leaders - Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen...

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Announcing Alterra Mountain Company: A Family of 12 Iconic Mountain Destinations in North America


The joint venture of affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company that curated 12 premier destinations in North America, now has a name. Announcing Alterra Mountain Company, a new destination group that is changing the landscape of the mountain resort industry. Alterra Mountain Company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado is comprised of 12 destinations, including the world's largest heli-skiing operation. Alterra Mountain Company was created when affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, owners of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Henry Crown and Company purchased Intrawest, Mammoth Resorts, and Deer Valley Resort in 2017. "Alterra Mountain Company is made up of unique mountain destinations, each with a personality and spirit that has delighted visitors for generations. Our vision at Alterra Mountain Company is to protect and enhance what makes each destination special, inviting guests back to their favorite mountain, and enticing them to visit new destinations on their bucke...

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Tremblant hosts 4th Festival Rando Alpine presented by Smartwool : What's New


This February 2-4 2018, the 4th edition of the Festival Rando Alpine Tremblant presented by Smartwool is sure to attract experts and beginners alike here share the trails all weekend long, and enjoy a string of activities and new happenings as exciting as they are authentic. What's New in 2018 Festival Passport ‒ Only $44.99, the passport delivers deals on gear rentals as well as clothing, accessory and select boutique purchases, and provides access to most weekend activities and happenings with a discount on the Festival's Traversée nocturne dinner. The big bonus? It includes a Tremblant alpine touring season pass, valued at $39.99.Tadāsana Pō Climb ‒ A tiered climb for ladies only with Les Vieilles Pō, a grassroots alpine ski touring club that call the Laurentians their playground.Free Climb with Simon St-Arnaud ‒ Advanced skiers are invited to set out and explore gorgeous backcountry terrain ‒ and get back to the very essence of the sport.Festival Dinner ‒ Now open to all, including...

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January is Learn to Ski and Ride Month at Sugarbush


As part of the National Ski Areas Association's efforts to increase participation in skiing and snowboarding, Sugarbush Resort has teamed up with Vermont's local chapter, Ski Vermont, to offer ski and ride lessons in January for as low as $49. During January's Learn to Ski and Ride Month, beginners can purchase Sugarbush's $49 first-timer lesson, a First-Timer-to-Life-Timer three-lesson program, and a new fourth add-on lesson that awards first timers with a pair of skis or a snowboard. The $49 first timer lesson is a two-hour group lesson that includes rentals, instruction, and a lift ticket, offered every day during the month of January except Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Sugarbush's award-winning First Timer to Life Timer Program offers three consecutive group lessons which include rentals, instruction, and a lift ticket, and then awards participants with a FREE All-Mountain Season Pass. New this season, first timers can add a fourth lesson for $99 where, upon completion,...

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Mount Snow Presents New Après Option: Canned


Mount Snow is pleased to announce the opening of the newest addition to its legendary après ski scene, Canned. Canned, which opens on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018 will feature a wide selection of craft beers and ciders from all over Vermont. Unlike other bars and restaurants at Mount Snow, Canned will serve only beer and ciders produced in Vermont that are distributed in cans, hence the name. In addition, it will offer a variety of food options that complement the canned fare, including: salty Bavarian pretzel sticks with beer cheese, and sweet pretzels with cinnamon and maple dipping sauce, as well as daily specials. "While people come here for the skiing first and foremost, craft beers and ciders have become a huge draw from our guests, and especially those brewed right here in Vermont," said Michael Giorgio, director of food and beverage at Mount Snow. "Canned will offer the opportunity to try everything from old favorites to harder-to-find and limited-run craft brews and ciders, so it wi...

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Sommet Edelweiss


Sommet Edelweiss is located in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, and is a 30 minute drive from Ottawa, once you have crossed the bridge into Quebec. Edelweiss presents the second highest vertical drop in the Gatineau region. The mountain features 20 trails, served by 3 quad chairlifts, one of which, the Edelbahn Express is a high speed detachable. A magic carpet is set up in the beginner area. The Mountain and the Ski Trails The mountain has a unique form to it, shaped like an amphitheater, with all the trails ending in front of the main chalet. This is perfect for families, as you can always count on everyone ending up in the same general area after each run. Easy beginner trails are found to the left and become intermediate and expert trails as you move further to the right of the mountain, making it easy to know where you should and shouldn't be based on your skill level. For beginners just starting, there is a separate area at the base of the mountain, served by a magic carpet lift, all...

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Good resolutions for 2018 at Mont SUTTON


As the end of the holidays approaches, the weather looks promising with new snow on the forecast while the skiable domain is already 100% open at Mont SUTTON. Even if the arctic cold intimidated some of the most sensitive to the cold, many skiers decided to hit the slopes, enjoying a warming break close to one of the different fireplaces found in the mountain lodges. The important quantities of snow forecasted will allow to continue the season in a good way! The sceneries were splendid for the holidays! 2018 resolutions With every beginning of a new year come New Year's resolutions. Mont SUTTON has a solution for those who would like to put physical activity at the top of their priorities this year: the Monday season pass or the Friday season pass at only $171 + t. What's more, many activities will let skiers enjoy winter even more at Mont SUTTON. From January 9 to February 15, skiers over 50, men and women will each have their own $25 days: Club 50 + Tuesdays, Suits & Ties Wednesd...

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Alpine Touring at Mont Rigaud


An Alpine Touring area on designated trails is accessible up to the summit to allow you to practice Nordic skiing* with your climbing skins, snowshoeing or « Fatbike ». *Alpine Touring trails are not suitable for cross-country skiing. A daily access ticket ($10) or a season pass (starting at $62) is mandatory to access the designated trails. Access to the chairlift requires a separate access ticket or pass. Snowshoe and « Fatbike » rental available (limited quantity). TRAIL INFORMATION Approximate distance: More than 8 kilometers (roundtrip) Skill Level: Easy Take only designated trails; climb or descend during the opening hours of the mountain. Mont Rigaud reserves the right to charge a fee of $250 or more for any request of assistance outside of its opening hours. In case of emergency, dial 911. Download the Guide des pratiques responsables Vélo Québec IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogs are allowed on the Alpine Touring area. However, for the safety of our customers, by respect for others and the ...

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


From the SlopeEdge team to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

New Lift at Stoneham - Santa offers the ÉCLIPSE to skiers as a Christmas gift


This Saturday, on December 23rd, Santa Claus himself will deliver the Éclipse to Stoneham Mountain Resort's snow lovers. This new lift, a new fixed-grip quad chairlift with a loading conveyor belt, replaces the double lift La Bordée and the T-bar Le Chinook, respectively 50 and 32-year-old equipment. This investment will increase the speed of the ascent for this area, modernize the facilities of the mountain and better serve the skiable terrain, to the delight of skiers and snowboarders. The construction was announced last June by Stoneham and was delivered on December 14th by the manufacturer Doppleymayr, after 7 months of hard work and close collaboration. Since then, Stoneham has been running a few tests and staff trainings to make sure all its teams (operators, mechanics, ski patrol, etc.) are familiar with the new installations and procedures. The lift has been operating part time for the past week and will continue to do so until its official inauguration on December 23rd. The sk...

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Snow-covered holidays at Mont SUTTON


Mont SUTTON is ready to welcome skiers for snow-covered holidays! With already 37 trails open, and more to come in the next few days, skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy amazing conditions while participating to the many different activities on the program for the holidays. An excellent start for 2017-2018 Since mid-November, Mont SUTTON received more than a meter of snow. The cold snaps of the last weeks were ideal for snowmaking thanks to all snow guns, including the new ones (a part of close to a million dollars invested in the snow making system in 2017). The combination of natural snow and manmade snow allowed Mont SUTTON to quickly open a vast skiable domain before the holidays. The number of trails open will probably be even more important during the holidays for the great pleasure of skiers and snowboarders. Picture taken on December 17, 2017 A first in Canada For an original and different winter activity, families will now have the chance to try the Yooner on the slo...

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Killington Resort Adds Ski Bikes to their Winter Lineup


Vermont's Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and a POWDR company, is the only Vermont ski resort to offer ski biking, another adventuresome way to experience the mountain, for experts and beginners alike. Also referred to as snow-bikes, ski bike rentals and instruction are available starting December 22, 2017 at the Killington Snowshed base area. "Killington partnered with the legendary and locally-based Alpine Bike Works to bring this thrilling combination of skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking to the resort and we're excited to offer this given our guests' growing participation in mountain biking," says Tracy Taylor, business development manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. "We've been investing heavily in our summer mountain bike program over the last five years and have seen tremendous growth since then. Ski biking gives those who love to bike the opportunity to try it out on the snow." "A ski bike is a bike frame with ...

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Les Sommets: winner of the Platinum Partner Awards


Les Sommets proudly confirms that it has received the prestigious Platinum Partner Awards for a second year in a row. The Award is given by SNOW Operating each year to a North American ski resorts, highlighting their work and efforts to introduce new skiers and snowboarders to the sport. Each year SNOW Operating gives their Platinum Partner Awards to the partners that they feel are doing the best in executing on TBL (Terrain Based Learning Area), embracing the philosophies they adhere to at SNOW Operating and pushing the status quo on improving the beginner guest experience. Based on the resort's audit scores and initiatives like the La Boîte à Ski, they feel that les Sommets are among their best and most forward thinking partners. That is why they chose to honor les Sommets once again this year. "We are incredibly proud to be working with the les Sommets resorts. Not only are they among the best at executing on the Terrain Based Learning methodology, but each year they push the bar hi...

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Four sides and 60 trails available by the end of the weekend at Tremblant!


Recent snowfall combined to perfect snowmaking temperatures will allow the 4 sides of the mountain to open by the end of the weekend with a total of 60 runs! First tracks, ice rink and a few alpine touring trails will also become available this Saturday. See all the details on the Tremblant blog! Source : Annick Marseille, Relations publiques – Tremblant

Reaching new heights at Les Sommets : All the ski resorts join the fun


All ski resort of the group les Sommets joined the fun and launched their 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 9. Sommet Morin Heights, Sommet Olympia, Sommet Gabriel, join Sommet Edelweiss, which opened on December 1st, and Sommet Saint-Sauveur, which was the first ski resort in Quebec to open their trails this winter. Reaching new heightsIn addition to offering more than 29 snowy trails last weekend to all ski and snowboard enthusiasts (the number of trails will grow quickly), the Laurentians ski resorts enriched their offer in order to reach new heights this winter. Each ski resort will have something new to improve the skier's experience on their trails and lodges.More than $2,5M have been invested in the 5 ski resorts during the last few months. With a snowy terrain wider than ever this time of year, Sommet Saint-Sauveur will improve the customer experience with new chic and modern restrooms, a « one-stop shop » allowing the new skier to evolve between the ticket counter, le...

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Holiday Cheer for Everyone, at Tremblant


Already bustling with skiers, Tremblant's wonderful playground proposes an exciting holiday programme for the whole family from December 23 to January 5, with a pedestrian village brimming with that magical holiday feeling marking end-of-year celebrations. On foot or on skis, kids and grandparents can all discover loads of options to fulfill their every wish. Whether indoors and away from Mother Nature's possible grumblings or in the great outdoors, the to-do list is full of fun activities and entertainment: La Famille Grelot – December 23 to 31: A feisty family of elves merrily roams about the pedestrian village, filling it with song, dance, music and acrobatics.Meet Toufou the Mascot – December 23 to January 5: Both tall and small are invited to gather round Tremblant's famous mascot for a hug, or an autograph.Santa is Coming – December 24: The Holiday Parade begins at 3:30 pm on Place des Voyageurs and winds its way over to Place St-Bernard, where the beloved Santa will be handing o...

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Vail Resorts Announces Plans for Historic Investment and New Gondola at Whistler Blackcomb to Further Enhance the Guest Experience for the 2018-19 Season


Vail Resorts, Inc. today announced that the Company plans to make an historic investment of CAD$66 million (USD$52 million) at Whistler Blackcomb this season focusing on three new lifts at the heart of the resort. This transformative investment features the addition of a new gondola on the Blackcomb side of the mountain, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades, providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. The plan also represents the largest single-year capital investment program in the resort's history, and the Company's decision to accelerate the mountain improvements included in the Renaissance plan, while deferring consideration of the new water park. A new 10-passenger gondola will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend from the base to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, terminating adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which transports guests to and from Blackcomb and Whistler. Upon completion, the new gondola will offer guests a more c...

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