Le Massif: François Piché
Le Massif — Upon arrival, it’s evident that this riverside resort is set apart from the pack: once guests park, they can access runs near the summit, which overlooks a wide expanse of the Saint Lawrence River, some 2,500 feet below (in fact, Le Massif has the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies). Our Le Massif Travel Guide is your ticket to the area's 48 interconnected trails and glades. Set beneath three distinct peaks (which are blessed by abundant snowfall), there’s a run for every experience level (with about 20 percent of pistes designated for beginners, and the rest divided fairly evenly between intermediate and expert levels). For the 2008/2009 ski season, the resort added four new gladed trails for experts and one reserved just for kids. Speed-demons flock to Le Charlevoix, a 64-percent grade, FIS-sanctioned downhill course, while snowboarders grind-out on the recently expanded terrain park. Note that ski season in Le Massif lasts roughly from December to early April.