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Massif du Sud - April 22, 2018


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I had been thinking of skiing one more day and earlier in the week I was looking at the remaining available options in the province in which to go, and Massif du Sud was starting to look interesting. A buddy of mine texted me the next day, and was wanting to go out himself to end the season, and he told me that he was going to Massif du Sud and well they say the rest was history. We left Sherbrooke at around 6:30 for the drive out there. Massif du Sud is about an hour or so Southeast of Quebec City, or about a touch over 2 1/2 hours from Sherbrooke. We arrived at the mountain just after 9am to beautiful sunny skies and the temperature was around +2 degrees. By arriving early this gave us plenty of time to wind down from the drive and to get ready for the day. We got our tickets and headed out for lift opening at 10. The Quad, and the Poma for the beginners area were operating. These are the only 2 lifts at Massif du Sud. The conditions were fantastic. The trails were well covered with absolutely no bare patches nor any ice patches anywhere. Actually I have not seen snow like this so late in the season! The trees at the summit were white as if it was the middle of winter and even the glades were open with plenty of snow. There were groomed and non groomed trails to choose from, and there was a wide variety to choose from.

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The warm up runs were down the Familiale, a Green easy trail, a very nice cruiser that takes you out and around the farthest left side of the mountain, looking uphill, and the Villageoise another nice Green easy trail. After that it was onto an Intermediate trail, le Promenade. The conditions early were still a touch firm in the shaded areas and were starting to soften up in the sun exposed areas. 

The upper and middle sections of La familiale:

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la Villageois:

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Lower section of la Promenade:

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By noon the trails had softened up and we were skiing some classic mashed potato type snow with soft bumps that you basically would ski through. Nice soft turns that made you work a little harder as the day went on. There was a decent crowd that came out to enjoy the sun and the skiing. The wait at the Quad was no longer than a couple of minutes. We had a bit of a late lunch to avoid the rush. A classic poutine and cheeseburger was the choice. Sorry no pics. Then it was out for some more turns to burn off what I ate.

the Olympique and the Grand Allee:

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Later in the afternoon the conditions were still amazing and trails were well covered. The sun was nice and warm, and I was just a touch overdressed, but nothing that was unbearable. I could have lost one more layer but I just opened my jacket a touch more and let the breeze from skiing take care of the cool down. There was a soft breeze riding up the lift. I did not ski the glades as I am not a glade kind of skier but boy did they look nice though.

The Bi-Polaire Glade:

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I ended up skiing until 3:15 as my legs were screaming they had had enough so the last run of the day was another trip down la familiale. As I said earlier, the conditions were fantastic and I haven't seen spring conditions like this in a longtime. The temperature by now was +8 degrees. My buddy skied a bit longer to get some extra runs in and we met up with a group of his friends for a few well deserved cold ones on the balcony out front of the chalet to celebrate the end of our season. The views here are really spectacular, and from Massif du Sud you can see the trails of Mont Ste-Anne across the St. Lawrence river in the distance. Everyone I met today was quite friendly. I really enjoyed my day here and I definitely would like to come back here again sometime.

Here are some extra scenes from the day:

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The beginner's area with the Pomalift: 

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The trails of Mont Ste-Anne in the distance: 

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Great report Paul. The Massif du Sud looks amazing to ski. I've never been but I have heard a lot of great things about the terrain, slopes and glades offered. I was always under the impression it catered more to the advanced/expert crowd than something for everyone, but your report cleared that up for me once and for all.

The views are very reminiscent of Mont Ste Marie and Tremblant from your pictures. 

Which other mountains would you compare the Massif du Sud to in terms of terrain and overall experience?

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Yes the Massif you are probably familiar with is Le Massif de Charlevoix which is famous for the views and the parking and chalet at the summit. 

Massif du Sud is fantastic skiing as well but smaller. One chairlift and all that but the snow is legendary. 

To answer your question, yes two different places. 

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Shane, I have skied at a fair bit of different areas in the past few years but to be honest, I am having a hard time to compare MDS to other areas I have gone to. One thing in comparison that might put it in perspective a bit is to compare the trail map from MDS to the one from Pin Rouge in the Gaspe in the sense of the ratio of easy trails to expert. MDS has more easy trails where Pin Rouge only has 1 or maybe 2. Pin Rouge would have a few more intermediate trails where MDS has one or two. Even though I have not skied at Pin Rouge, I think it would be a pretty close comparison on paper. 

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Guest Benoit

The conditions were fantastic all year. Hope we get one more weekend there. And the chairlift has been running well this year too. Unstoppable!

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Just a little tidbit on Massif du Sud. On their Facebook Page they announced that they had received a total of 743 centimetres of snow this past 2017-18 season. Converted into feet that makes roughly 24.4 feet of snow! I guess this is the place to go for a powder day after a dump. Maybe next year.

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