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Massif Du Sud

Postby kingfield » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:33 pm

Just got back from Winter Carnaval in QC...but had Massif du Sud as a bucket list item

Skied it Friday...skied Mt St Anne on Saturday ...but loved MdS so much skied it today on the way back to Maine. It's about an hour and change NNE of St Georges for those of you who know the route from Sloaf to QC...

the short:

The tree runs... the tree runs ... the tree runs...buried in feet of snow... so much freaking fun.

the long:

Think one expansive, wide tree run beside each regularly trail/run... top to bottom. absolutely wicked fun.

tight, steeps, cliffs if you want them ... wider spaced trees/rippers if you want those. endless lines to choose from in each glade... all runs dump down to ONE quad. and many of the tree runs have very little run out to the lifts except the ones on the right side of the mountain...and even those are only a very small fraction of "cross haul time." a couple glades start at the top of the lift and dump right at the lift house... and no lift lines worth discussing.

extraordinarily well thought out and obviously maintained during the off season (they're not bushwhacked after thoughts.)

there was clear intent in their design of each... I will post pictures tomorrow and you can clearly see what I mean.

Wide open inviting "family" glades...to pitchy steep...cliffs, natural features and every line and pitch in between.

Their claim is the best glades in Quebec...and having been to all major areas in Quebec I agree hands down... and having been over to Jay many times, MdS easily beats theirs in terms of time from lift line to in the glade and overall fun factor and it's somewhat closer and easily fits into a QC weekend.

it skis a lot bigger than it looks but I can imagine that if you're into tearing down groomers on your race skis it wouldn't seem like it. They do have a very steep open run that we did ...it was over in the "extreme sectur" ... easily as steep as white nitro and perhaps a bit longer - but full of snow and bumps 8>)

They're only open on Fri/Sat/Sun...which means all that snow they got from last weeks dump sat untouched until we showed up on friday... they also get a lot of snow from some orographic features...not unlike Jay. So if its snows during the week it sits untouched until friday.

Pros:
If you're dying to get your glades fix like I was (since our Jan shitshow) it def works. Great vibe, nice people, good beer / bar, cheap lift tix - $63CAD ... think this upcoming weekend when silvers are on pass blackout... also only 1 hr from Quebec City...so easy drive in to make a weekend out of it.

Cons:
In the middle of whodathunkit QC...and its an odd angle from sloaf drivewise. not many services around the parc area. lift not det high speed etc. last 1/3 of lift can be a little breezy (something we know nothing about).

will post pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Massif Du Sud (treeporn as promised)

Postby kingfield » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:14 pm

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as you can see most of the trees within the glades had all of their lower limbs removed/maintained as compared to the same trees along the edges... making it somewhat safer for those of you fashionable types who like your puffy jackets :P

there are a few youtube vids out there as well if you want moving pictures at this place...but I dont gopro.

just beautifully laid out, well maintained, expansive, long and fun... and I forgot to mention and shown ... nice/welcoming/inviting entrances too...as in yes...they really want you to enjoy these glades... this in response to someones comment early today regarding the entrance to brackett being totally f'd up which I could not agree more with. (does anyone else enter thru the top of ripsaw like I do and forego the roller coaster of rocks, roots, bodies, loiterers and other BS under and along that signage?)

I dont post here often / only read everyday and therefore cede street cred to the frequent posters... but I'm a loaf fanatic of 15 yrs ...and am proud as hell to say I'm a loafer over any other east resort... but when I see "hills" like this in Westhell QC that are open only 3 days a week (with old shitty handpainted signs) bringing totally solid A-game glades like this to their patrons that are every bit as good (and dare I say longer) as the flashy glitzy promotion of brackett and cat rides etc etc...well lets just say I give them a ton of credit for hustle and execution with obviously fewer resources...but I digress.

enjoy.
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Re: Massif Du Sud

Postby adamwilkins » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:07 pm

Nice!!

I had a similar experience at Val D'Irene a couple weeks back--absolutely blew my mind!
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Re: Massif Du Sud

Postby Pow on the Mao » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:13 pm

great review and pics. i'm a QC fan and i'm bashhful to say i had no idea this place existed. the wife and i will go to MSA and Le Massif (charlevoix) over winter break when we are blacked out every couple of years, but this is on my must-ski list now. thanks. not sure the relationship between the two, but le massif had an incredible glade zone similar to brackett. also well signed and varied in terrain. all brand new doppylmeyr lifts too. looks similar. very cool.
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Re: Massif Du Sud

Postby b632 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:41 am

Wow, nice report. I’m in! Can you skin up on the days it is closed??
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Re: Massif Du Sud

Postby kingfield » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:56 pm

I'm not sure if they allow skinning on closed days...although we did see a few very competent freeheelers...

I would imagine if you cobbled together your very best french and phoned them up they'd be happy to tell you...in french :)

I do know that they advertising heli / cat skiing among the nearby peaks...(20 peaks total) ... you can find the vids on youtube. There's even another vid of folks going thru their glade runs on the ski bikes ... so perhaps there's some tolerance for more adventurous activities.

The area is also a designated regional natural park area... here's the link that advertises the park in general (separate from the the ski area) ... the facility/center for the park is right down the road from the ski area and we saw lots of folks with xcountry skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles etc etc.

http://massifdusud.com

I know I had a good time when after a week I find myself pining to ski it again. It would make a perfect fri/sat or sat/sun trip with an overnight...as long as you brought your beer and food in... as there's not much to speak of re services etc.
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