Bo­real Glide XC Ski Trail

Opens Oct. 27 in Mont­morency For­est

SkiTrax - - Out In Front - by John Sy­mon

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. fore­t­mont­, info@fore­t­mont­ or 418-656-2034.

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