Boreal Glide XC Ski Trail
Opens Oct. 27 in Montmorency Forest
Quebec's Montmorency Forest is boasting a season launch of Oct. 27 for cross-country skiers via its Boreal Glide trail, now in its fifth year. The two- to 2.5-kilometre trail made with artificial snow claims to be exclusive in the Northeastern region of the continent, and is similar to the renowned “Frozen Thunder” trail at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, which opens in mid- to late October as well.
Located 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Quebec City, Montmorency Forest (operated by Laval University) is the world's largest research and educational forest, and claims to have the longest cross-country ski season in the province and averages six metres (20 feet) of natural snowfall annually. Normally open from December to March, this past season, skiers were there on last weekend of April, says Julie Moffet, operations coordinator.
The Boreal Glide trail is created using thousands of cubic metres of artificial snow prepared since February 2017 and then stored under tons of wood chips throughout the summer. In the fall, snow cannons also contribute to the overall volume and quality of snow.
The Boreal Glide welcomes regular clientele as well as skiers from American and Canadian university programs and ski clubs of all calibre. Overnight accommodation is available for up to 150 visitors, including fireplace-equipped lounges, entertainment theatres, classrooms and a cafeteria.
Montmorency Forest offers a total of 57 kilometres of trails – 41 kilometres of Classic and 16 kilometres of skate – many of them challenging, as well as snowshoe trails. For more information, visit www. foretmontmorency.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org or 418-656-2034.