Le Massif, QC Conditions Report: Great Groomers With Even Greater Views

Liam Abbott | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Ripping down La Cabaret with the St. Lawrence River in the backdrop. Image from Liam Abbott.

Brought to you by 10 Barrel Brewing

This conditions report is from Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

The Winter Break crowds have left, and the mountain was ours. Today’s skiing at Le Massif de Charlevoix was a blast with quick, fun, hot laps on all of the runs with a perfectly groomed natural base.

I skied from the opening chair until the end of the day, racking in just over 32,000′ (9750m) vertical today—the most for me this season. Although Le Massif only had 17 runs open, the lack of crowds made them ski great right until the end of the day, and they were spread out over most of the mountain, allowing you to ski different sections at a time. Today, my personal favorite was La Petite-Rivière, which was sparely populated, allowing you to rip down the mountain top to bottom.

Flying down La Simard. The clouds started to clear up at the end of the day, offering views down to the Camp-Boule Express. Image from Liam Abbott.

Out of the seventeen runs open, sixteen of them were groomed while the other one, La Dufour, had a lot of bare patches and rocks exposed in between the moguls. If you weren’t in the mood for groomed runs, you had a better shot of skiing some moguls on the side of either La Bouchard or La Grand-Pointe.

Skiing some nice moguls on the side of La Grande-Pointe. Image from Liam Abbott.

Visibility was poor at the top in the morning, but the bottom half of the mountain skied fine, with the top half improving throughout the day. Regardless, the views of the St. Lawrence river were still spectacular and lack of sun prevented the snow from getting sun-baked.

Weather Outlook

Le Massif is still trying to recover from the torrential downpour they experienced over Christmas, in which they received more than 3” (100mm) of rainfall, explaining why they only have seventeen runs open in January. Regardless, the weather looks good for the snowmaking team to continue working through the next week. Temperatures will stay below freezing, but unfortunately, no significant amounts of snow are forecasted in the next week.

14 day weather outlook for Le Massif de Charlevoix as of January 5th 2021. Weather and graphics provided by The Weather Network.
Le Massif de Charlevoix snowfall totals for this season as of January 5th 2021. Image courtesy of Le Massif de Charlevoix.
Snowmaking continued today on La Bordage. Image from Liam Abbott.

Handling of COVID-19 Guidelines

Another thing that Le Massif should be applauded for was their handling of COVID-19 guidelines. Each lift had a designated staff member directing traffic and making sure people were wearing masks and social distancing properly. Ample space was also provided for people to take breaks both indoors and outdoors at a variety of locations throughout the mountain.

Le Massif offered the best conditions I have experienced so far this season in Quebec, and as the winter progresses, they will only get better. As the mountain continues with snowmaking operations, runs like La Coulée and La Bordage should be open fairly soon, with more to come.

View of the Grande-Pointe Express. Short lines with well-marked signage and social distancing measured made for a safe and comfortable experience. Image from Liam Abbott.

Related Articles

Got an opinion? Let us know...