Stoneham, Quebec, Canada
Stoneham is a resort that emphasizes fun, whether on the slopes or in the restaurants and bars.
Stoneham is just 20 minutes north of Québec City. As you near the mountain, don’t be fooled. The resort is much larger than the few trails you see directly ahead. Thirty-two trails stretch across three mountains. The emphasis here is not on how big the vertical drops are (they range from 1,140 to 1,380 feet), but on how much terrain the connected mountains deliver.
Known as more of a family resort, Stoneham has terrain from double-diamond glades to leisurely cruisers. Advanced skiers on multiday vacations will soon want to escape to Mont-Sainte-Anne or Le Massif. Kids will find a lot of activities to keep them occupied. And terrain park addicts will have met their match.
Situated in a sun-filled, wind-protected horseshoe valley, Stoneham attracts locals when the temperatures drop or the wind howls. The emphasis here is on having fun, whether on the slopes or in the restaurants and bars. Don’t let the very English sounding name of the mountain mislead you; Stoneham is trés French, with many of its patrons speaking only French (most mountain personnel are bilingual, however). But that’s good news, because as one regular Stoneham skier puts it, “The French know about food, and they know about fun.”
Sixty percent of the mountain is open for night skiing, and that includes a lighted halfpipe and snow-tubing area. With its party reputation, a visit for the nighttime skiing (because you’d have to stop for some refreshments afterwards) is a must for anyone on a ski vacation to the Québec City region.