Le Massif is a ski resort located in Quebec Canada, about one hour north of Quebec City. It has the largest vertical drop in Eastern Canada, 307.6 skiable acres of terrain, and 52 trails. It receives an average annual snowfall of 212 inches, almost twenty feet! The lift infrastructure includes one high-speed gondola, three high-speed quads, and two smaller beginner lifts. I have been to Le Massif two times and it is an amazing mountain! I consider it to be in my top three favorite places I have ever skied!
All Mountain Terrain: 8/10
Le Massif is not a very beginner-friendly ski resort. They have a pretty nice learning area, but they only have one green circle that goes the whole way down the mountain. With only one true beginner trail it might get boring for new skiers. I would recommend any beginners to try Mont Sainte Anne first before going to Massif.
Le massif is a great hill for intermediate skiers! There are many different blue trails that run all over the mountain. Runs like La Bouchard and La Gagnon are fairly steep, usually groomed, and will offer a good experience to any skier!
Le Massif offers spectacular advanced terrain! For some nice groomed steeps, check out L’Ecore and La Fenomene near the Malliard lift. For some fun tree skiing, head to the Camp Boule lift. For some challenging moguls, try runs like La 42, Le Mur, and La Pioche. The advanced terrain at Le Massif will appeal to many skiers of all sorts of levels.
I found Le Massif to be slightly lacking in terms of extreme skiing. Some of their double black diamonds are pretty challenging, but they do not seem to give you the adrenaline rush that you get from skiing other double blacks. They only really have one extreme trail: La Charleviox – a triple black diamond! This is commonly regarded as one of the most challenging trails in all of Canada, and is sometimes used for training by the Canadian Olympic Team! The main problem is that it is almost never open to the public. I was talking to a local while on the chairlift and he claimed that it had never been open for four years! This is pretty unfortunate as I would have liked to try it sometime.
Snow Quality: 10/10
In terms of skiing in the East, you are not going to get any better than Le Massif! With nearly 20 feet of snow annually, this resort get plenty of snow. Le Massif is also father north than most other eastern resorts, so the snow is preserved for longer. When I was there we had a massive nor’easter blow in and dump 2 feet of snow! The next day was absolutely insane! Le Massif without a doubt has the best snow quality in North America east of the Rockies!
Le Massif provides absolutely breathtaking views of the St Lawrence and surrounding area! It almost seems as if you are skiing right down into the water! The views provided by this resort are a great reason to come here, even if you do not ski.
Unless you come on a nice weekend, you usually will not have to wait very long to get on the lifts. On certain days the gondola line does tend to get pretty long, but this is easily avoided by taking one of the three other chairlifts instead. I have ran into minor lines at this place, but nothing compared to other resorts in Quebec such as Tremblant.
Terrain Park: 6/10
I am a bit of a beginner when it comes to the terrain park, but I do like to go in it to try stuff out. The terrain park here was not very impressive at all. It runs parallel to the bunny hill, and only contains about 15 features. It it has some decent jumps and rails, but definitely not the reason to come here.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Le Massif is an incredible resort that you should seriously consider visiting. I had a phenomenal time here and would suggest it to any intermediate to advanced skier looking for both a challenge and a fun time!