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6. Where to go Skiing close to Rawdon and Lac aux Sources;

People unfamiliar with Rawdon often ask me if there is any skiing nearby. I am glad to say there are 4 great hills close to Lac aux Sources. This spring break vacation I decided to try them all out with my 11 year old daughter Annie.

The vertical drops at La Reserves, Mont Garceau and Saint-Come are far greater than anything else in the Laurentians with the exception of Mont Tremblant. If you are a vertical junkie the North side of Mont Tremblant is a little over 1 hour from Lac aux Sources.

The Lanaudiere Hills aren’t nearly as crowded as other areas in Quebec. We only had a few line ups at Saint Come on Friday, but that day there was a provincial mogul competition. Our longest wait was 5 minutes. Otherwise we barely waited at all.

Each hill was unique in its own right and had their own distinctive charm, although all were family orientated. The resorts were crowd free and offered very good value in terms of ticket prices and reasonably priced cafeterias and great facilities.

percentage of runs
Distance trails green blue black snow parks chair lifts Vertical meters Notes
19 km 24 40 40 20 2 4 150 Small Hill on Steroids
35 km 35 28 44 28 2 4 300 World Cup! Night Skiing
61 km 33 33 13 54 1 2 305 Experts will really enjoy
69 km 37 40 30 30 1 2 305 Something for everybody

Montcalm

Montcalm is 19km from Lac aux Source just off highway 125 and less than 15 minutes away. Montcalm is a great hill for beginners and daredevils alike. Most skiers from Montreal may be familiar with Mont Rigaud. Montcalm is Mont Rigaud on steroids, with an extra 30 meter in vertical drop, offering several more ski lifts and runs including some very nice mogul runs as well as snow parks and jumps.  The mountain has three faces allowing you to find the right pitch on those wind filled days.

Montcalm had a completely revamped and modern ski lodge. The hill also has a snow tubing park for those of you who don’t ski. Great hill to take advantage of those bright sunny days, like Annie and I decided to do on Easter Friday, great day !

Annie on our favorite run Pitch, a great mogul run to practice on.

Val Saint Come

A world class facility 35 km away from Lac aux Sources or less than a 25 minute drive! Home of the Canadian leg of the World Free style Championships! Come see our Olympic Medalists, Kingsbury, Dufour-Lapointe sisters et.al. take on the world each year in February !

Annie and I were especially impressed with the ultra fast quad chair that whisks you up the mountain in no time. As it turns out Doppelmayr the world’d best ski lift manufacturer owns shares Saint Come.

Saint Come is the largest resort in the area with 35 runs and 2 mountain faces. The Mountain also has Night Skiing ! The Auberge offers fine dining for those special occasions.

The hill had some fun glade runs, a cool ski cross run a super long round about run and of course world class moguls.

The mountain also has world renowned ski school for families interested in competitive skiing with instruction available in English for those who live outside the province. The Canadian National Team does a fair bit of training on the hill.

Lac aux Sources residents who adore skiing will spend lots of time at Val Saint Come !

La Reserve

Annie and I tried out Mont La Reserves up in Saint Donat 61 km away from Lac aux Sources and about a 40 minute drive. The hill is suited to expert skiers thanks to its steep pitches, glades and plenty of moguls. We also noticed the hill had plenty or daredevils skiing down chairlift lines and bombing down the hill. 45 minutes from Rawdon. Worth the trip ! The mountain offers up a beautiful view of Lac Ouareau. The hills has a very long magic Carpet beginners will appreciate. The magic carpet also provides access to a well maintained tube park. We also noticed the hill maximized the 100 acres of terrain by putting in moguls wherever possible

For extreme skiers the mountains south side is a giant glade and offers the opportunity to ski down the mountain  in its natural state, the descent is 225 metres in deep powder.

La Reseve is a great hill for those skiers looking for a challenge !

Mont Garceau

Mont-Garceau is the highest mountain in the region with its 305-meter (1,000-feet) vertical drop.  People may remember the hill from the high school trip they may have taken there.

Is a great hill for intermediate skiers, but with some very moguls and glade runs for expert skiers. In terms of distance in kilometers Mont Gabriel is closer 65 km vs 69 km, however Highway 125 is a well built highway making Mont Garceau faster and easier to get too, the hill is also twice as big as Mont Gabriel. The mountain faces the South West allowing for maximum sunshine with   stunning views onto to Lac Archembault.

The hill is very wide offering different terrains and pitches for both intermediate and expert skiers.

We look forward to trying all four hills again next season, we just hope we get better weather than in 2014/15 season ! All 4 hills in the Lanaudiere region were well run and offered great value in terms of price to quality. So to answer the question is there skiing close to Rawdon and Lac aux Sources ? The answer is of resounding YES !

 

 

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