By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're thinking of taking the kids on a ski trip. We're willing to drive but not fly. Any ideas on where?

A: Quebec is packed with winter sensations, boasting every kind of winter event imaginable. One of the all-time favorite activities is skiing and as of late snowboarding.

Situated in the Charlevoix region an hour away from la belle ville de Quebec, a triple-treat awaits skiers and snowboarders. Ski resorts, Mont-Saint-Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif have teamed up to provide "Carte Blanche," a three-area pass allowing visitors a chance to build their own ski package by choosing where they want to ski each day.

Over at Mont-Saint-Anne, the kids can explore a snow castle that is a new addition this season, snowshoe along snow-covered trails, or take in the views along Canada's largest cross-country ski facility.

With a small French-Canadian village at its base and the joie de vivre served up in local cuisine, the Stoneham Mountain Resort is a perfect getaway to mellow and breathe in the crisp cool breath of old man winter. Night skiing is very popular here. Services include babysitting, a sports school with over 100 instructors for private or group lessons, and ski and snowboard rentals. Ask about the "Kidz Island" program for the little ones.

Le Massif is unique in many ways. With the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies, Le Massif is immersed in beauty as the mountains envelop the St. Lawrence River. With Carte Blanche, visitors staying in nearby hotels can use the Winter Express shuttle to get to the mountains.

Where do you stay? There are over 12,000 accommodation units in the region from which to choose. Carte Blanche packages range from two days through seven days.

For more info on the Carte Blanche Pass, call toll-free 1.888.FUN.2.SKI


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