Whether on skis or on a snowboard, come take advantage of our magnificent terrain! With 26 trails that will challenge all levels of rider “Le Parc Régional de Val-D’Irène” will satisfy winter sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
With its 100% natural snow, everyone will find their fix. Groomed trail lovers will fall in love with its beautifully groomed long runs with amazing views. For the tricksters, our Snow Park will offer plenty of rails and jumps. Powder hounds will have an amazing domain of ungroomed trails, glades and for more experienced riders the north side of the mountain boasts some of Eastern Canada’s steepest natural terrain. For adventurers that wish to explore the backcountry, “La Zone Blanche” will offer some accessible backcountry.
During the 2015-2016 season a new snow park was put in place. Three consecutive hits as well as numerous box and rails are present.
Instructors are available to offer lessons that allow riders to progress and learn new tricks. In 2016, our snow park was named lone of Quebec’s 7 snow parks to visit by Vifa Magazine.
If you wish to explore our backcountry zones that are ungroomed and almost natural, less than 2kms west of our chairlift the “Zone Blanch” will deliver with its south facing slope that boasts a substantial snow accumulation.
- Slope angle of max. 35degrees on the summit
- 3 Chutes with approx. 170m of vert
- This backcountry zone is unpatrolled, ungroomed, un marked and kept very natural
Warning: Evaluating the potential risks and backcountry access in this zone are “at your own risk”, this zone is not patrolled. Please be safe and use your judgement!
- Main access point: via chairlift, follow trail # 1 (La Familiale) approx. 1.5km or also accessible via the XC ski trail the departs from the main lodge approx. 2.1km
- Return from Zone Blanche is easiest via XC ski trail
- There is a skin track that is accessible from the bottom of the zone blanche that provides access to summit (skins or snowshoes are a must)
- To access this zone, users must report to ticket office to advise departure to and return from Zone Blanche. This not only for your safety but also helps us keep statistics of this zones usage to promote further development.
Rules and Regulations
- You must register with ticket office before leaving for the Zone Blanche. There is no cost for this, it is for your safety. You must also advise ticket office upon your return from the zone. For those who wish to access from (La Familiale) you must register with ticket office by calling 418-629-3450 ext 1050.
- You must carry a fully charged cellular phone
- Backcountry gear (first aid, warm clothes, avalanche gear) and knowledge on how to use gear properly is a must
- This zone is adapted for skiers/snowboarders with an expert level
- Minors must be accompanied by an adult
- Helmet is Highly recommended
- Please do not adventure into this zone after 2:30pm
In case of emergency contact reception desk at lodge at 418-629-2450 ext 1050. If search and rescue operation or extraction of zone is needed all victims will be charged a $ 250 minimum for rescue.
Due to the angle and orientation of the slope, this terrain can be prone to avalanche dangers. A small avalanche can push you into a forested area and cause trauma due to collision with trees and rocks! If you do not have the proper avalanche gear or knowledge please stay out of this zone!
The following signs indicate a high avalanche risk:
- Recent avalanche activity
- Large snow accumulation within last 24 hours (over 30cms)
- Stong winds that can form wind packed snow on slopes exposes to wind
- Higher temperatures more than 0°C or rain
- Cracking noises or fractures zones around your skis or snowboard