Mont Ste Marie
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Visitor reviews for Mont Ste Marie Ski Resort
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April 09, 2013
Gary MacDonald from Canada
Mont Ste-Marie is the only real mountain skiing in the Ottawa area. It has almost twice the vertical as the next highest area resort but it's only half an hour beyond Edelweiss and Vorlage.
Lift lines are modest or non-existent. Both Mont Ste-Marie's mountains have detachable quads and snowmaking.
Black runs on the Vanier side (Carol Ann, Exhibition, Tornade) are reasonably challenging, but the real challenges are to be found on the Cheval Blanc side. Vanier, however, has a couple of blue runs (Serenade and Bellevue) that low intermediate skiers will really enjoy. Grooming is both regular and pretty good. Quite frankly, I love the place.
(Though I just wish it was easier to get to the Cheval Blanc side from the main lodge. The little bus is a pain.)
The lodge has individual padded chairs upstairs (!), a great view of the hill, a small cafeteria with very good prices and a bar with frequent live music evenings. Staff are great and always helpful.
Mont Ste-Marie has a very flexible season's pass structure that caters to just about every skier. For example, you could get a 2013/2014 weekday pass for $149 - if you bought it in March 2013.
Thumbs up for this great resort!
February 28, 2011
Andrew from Canada
By far the best hill in the Ottawa Valley, Mont Ste Marie is twice the hill of any of the nearby slopes. Customer service is exemplary. Examples: my son's snowboard binding broke, and he was given a snowboard for the rest of the day, free. My daughter's boot also broke the next week, and the same treatment was offered.
My 5 year old booked a lesson, and then baulked when the time came, and was given a refund, no questions asked.
February 22, 2010
Albert from Canada
Wanted to try alternative to Cascades & Edelweiis. Drive is noticably further; Mont Ste Marie is at the limit of where I want to go for a basic day of skiing.
Although hill is higher & runs longer, most run choices have a significant flattish ski-in and ski-out component so "ski-able" portion is about the same as smaller hills closer to the city. Getting to/from the "other side" is awkward but do-able. Grooming was good the day we were there.
Side note to MSM (Mont Ste Marie) management - if you're going to offer a promotion, don't leave the customer feeling cheated. Presented a 2-for-1 coupon for a few of the passes I was buying. The normal posted weekday rate was $36 but they charged me the $43 weekend rate with some gobbly gook about it being a special. Right, a "special" for all weekdays all season long.
Overall, good day but no better than the closer hills.