A special ski train in Quebec makes stops at all the slopes across the Canadian province. YNN's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Getting suited up early for a ski day doesn’t typically include a layer of panache. So leave it to the Quebecois to glamorize that winter routine.
The weekend ski train to Le Massif in the Charlevoix region of Quebec departs at sunrise for gastronomic first tracks - train tracks, that is.
The moving feast is just as impressive, as the passing scenery is worthy of rubbing sleep from your eyes.
For most of the two hour trip, which I took courtesy of Quebec Tourism, the train hugs the frozen St. Lawrence River, chock-a-block with chunks of ice that look like they won’t melt until June.
The train practically deposits you inside the Gondola at Le Massif, a mountain with views of the St. Lawrence so close, you can nearly reach out and touch.
Just for kicks, I took a stab at rodeling down the slopes, aka luge, in what turned out to be a literal five-mile crash course.
The train offers an extension to the foodie town of Baie Saint-Paul with an optional overnight at the buzzy new Hotel La Ferme. Built on former farmland, hit the hay in style and dine on exquisite local cuisine.
After ducking into an art gallery in town, it's time to board the train at the hotel’s station before it stops for skiers at Le Massif on the way back to Quebec City.
The day ends with an après ski experience filled with gourmet tapas deliciously in sync with the Canadian sunset.
The roundtrip ski train is $99 for adults, $79 for kids.
Other rates apply to the Baie Saint-Paul extension and the hotel stay.