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SKI SHOW PRESS RELEASE

19 October 2012

QUÉBEC – SKI NEWS 2012-13

Québec is not only one of the most accessible places to visit in Canada, just under 7 hours flight from the UK to Montréal, but also this year it has a number of HOT NEW Winter ideas on offer, including a new hotel added to the Le Massif development……

Ski and scenic train and NEW hotel opens
The Le Massif de Charlevoix train is a rail cruise that operates year-round.

Le Massif’s £190 million pound development includes the new scenic rail cruise train, running on a refurbished historic rail line along the shores of St Lawrence River from Montmorency Falls just outside Québec City to La Malbaie and Baie St Paul, as well as stops at Le Massif resort to enable skiers to enjoy time at the resort.

NEW for this winter, the £40 million Hotel La Ferme is now open marking a key phase in the development project of Le Massif in Québec. This new 145 room hotel built on the site of a historic barn in Baie St Paul, an artist village by the St Lawrence River, is in the middle of Charlevoix an hour or so east of Québec City.

The spectacular Le Massif mountain resort in Charlevoix rises from the banks of the St Lawrence River and was created by one of the original co-founders of the Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Gauthier. It is fast becoming a new all-season resort, with new hotels and facilities and a whole new ski area. www.lemassif.com

Ski prices
Frontier Travel is offering packages with return Air Canada flights to Québec City, 6 nights in the Manoir Victoria, the Le Massif ski train day return from Québec City and one day’s lift pass and ski rental at Le Massif. The price starts at £1,065 per person for travel January-March 2013 – book before end of September Tel: 020 8776 8709 
www.frontier-travel.co.uk.

Tremblant – best prices in North America

This Winter Crystal’s best prices for ski holidays in North America is to Tremblant in , from £695 per person and it’s just under 7 hours flight from the UK.

Tremblant (www.tremblant.com ) is regularly voted the number one ski resort in Eastern North America by US ski magazines. It has spent over £630,000 on improvements to the mountain for this winter including new snow-making equipment to ensure it can offer longer seasons.

Tremblant has over 90 ski runs and is managed by Intrawest – who also run Whistler. It has high speed lifts, a great ski school and ski crèche, a colourful Québecois style pedestrianized village with lots of restaurants for all budgets and a range of non ski activities from zip lining, to snow shoeing, or ice climbing to dog sledding. The ski school takes extra care of children, such as providing each child with ‘’ FLAIKE ‘’- a personal GPS enabling them to track their day’s adventures online – where they skied, how far, how fast and more.

Tremblant is just an hour and a half from Montréal where the new Snow Village www.snowvillagecanada.com/ will open in mid January with its ice hotel, bar, chapel for weddings and New York skyline – or head to the great restaurants, bars and nightlife in this chic and stylish island city – all major operators include hotels in Montréal.

Book now for the best prices and choice with www.crystalski.co.uk/tremblant
See www.tremblant.com for the resort that year on year wins awards as Eastern North America’s best downhill ski resort.

Packages
Crystal’s holiday price of £695 per person includes flights from Heathrow to Montréal, transfers, 7 nights’ bed and breakfast at The Country Inn & Suites in Mont Tremblant, Canada, including all airport taxes departing 23 Jan 2013. www.crystalski.co.uk Tel 0871 971 0579.

Inghams also offers a great price from £860 per person staying 7 nights in the 5 star Fairmont Tremblant with flights and airport-resort transfers. It includes breakfast and also two ski lift passes for the price of one – departures December 2012. Visit www.inghams.co.uk Tel 01482 79 11 11.

Visit Québec City and ski just 30 minutes away!

Stay in 400 year old Québec City, the only walled city in North America, and visit the Ice Hotel, just a few minutes from the town centre. Go for a drink at its ice bar, an overnight stay or get married in the architect designed ice chapel with the help of the Ice Hotel’s own wedding planner. www.hoteldeglace-canada.com/

Then pop over to the city’s (very) close ski resorts:
Mont Sainte Anne is just 40 minutes from Québec City and features 66 runs, three snow parks and three sides to the mountain. It has extensive night-skiing and the highest vertical drop for night skiing in the country. This resort also offers the largest network of cross country trails in Canada (213km) and a range of other benefits such as a children’s centre for youngsters from 6 months old, ice skating, dog sledding and ice canyoning amongst its many activities. http://www.mont-sainte-anne.com

Stoneham, a short 20 mins drive from Québec City, has a ski in/out hotel on site – the Hotel Stoneham. In addition to lots of night and day skiing with 39 runs, it offers snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice canyoning, winter paragliding, skating, a ski museum, good food, spa and nightlife. There are ski passes available for the two resorts together. Visit www.mont-sainte-anne.com
and www.stoneham.com for more information.

Undiscovered – the Chic Chocs mountains in the Gaspesie Region offer
the best backcountry adventures in Eastern of North America.

Beginners to experts can enjoy the remote and beautiful eco Chic Chocs Mountain Lodge at 615m altitude. Explore the backcountry in complete isolation, or with an experienced mountain guide provided free by the Lodge. It offers the chance to climb 1000 metre peaks and ski slopes of deep pristine powder snow, off piste. The choice of activities ranges from Alpine touring on skis with imitation skins mixing cross country, climbs and downhill skiing; Meta skis which offer mountain skiing with a snowshoe-like experience or select the NEW Split Board, designed to split into two skis in telemark fashion for climbing but becomes a snowboard to surf the downhill powder.

Owl’s Head ski resort in the Eastern Townships
Staying in Montréal this year and fancy heading to the Eastern Townships just outside Montréal? If so head to Owl’s Head – a lovely local resort with some 50 trails, a slope slide massage clinic to relieve the day’s ski aches. This charming resort has invested over £60,000 in its snow making system over the summer and it offers an SBX (Boardercross) zone. http://www.owlshead.com/fr/ecole/club-elite-snowboard-sbx/

For more information on Québec visit www.bonjourQuébec.co,uk
Ends

For media enquiries, photos and other story ideas on Québec contact:
Caroline Corfield-Rose at Core Communications Ltd.
Tel 01923 839 375, E-mail caroline@corecommunications.co.uk.
Or contact Josephine Wiggall Lazarus and Liza McAvoy: Destination Québec UK
Tel 020 7924 8030, e-mail: dquk@destinationQuébec.co.uk

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