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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ski Quebec’s Powder Stash

The skiers-to-snow equation leans toward the white stuff at Le Massif, a recently modernized sleeper resort just east of Quebec City.


Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu  

1. Where to Stay

Collapse into four-poster beds at Auberge La Maison Otis (from $152 per person, including breakfast and dinner), a classic Quebecois inn at the center of Baie-Sainte-Paul, the closest town to Le Massif. Get a double shot of warmth by requesting rooms 4 or 5, each with a double whirlpool bath within feet of the fireplace.

Tap your inner fur trapper at Chalets Le Genévrier (sleeps five from $110 per night), a seasonal campground with 35 furnished chalets beside a frozen trout stream, just five minutes from Baie Sainte-Paul. Each Scandinavian-style post-and-beam cabin comes with a full kitchen and enough cords of wood to keep the fireplace crackling all night.

Let the valets hold on to your skis at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (from $157), a grand hotel perched on a cliff above the St. Lawrence River just under an hour’s drive from Le Massif. Though suites are loaded with non-necessities like grand pianos and bidets, even standard rooms are plenty luxe, with plush robes, feather-top duvets, and massive pillows.

Published on Dec 12, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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