When the days are cold, and there is snow all around, it is not the time to just sit idle on your comfy chair. Instead, it is the time when you go out and ski on the pure white balls of ice. Located in the Mountain Orford National Park in Eastern Townships region of Quebec, in Canada, is the mountain and ski resort area commonly known as Mont Orford. Mont Orford is the highest skiable mountain in the Eastern Townships.
With an average snowfall of about 140 inches per year, Mont Orford is an ideal place for all the ski and snowboard lovers. Mont Orford is known for having a large skiable area of about 244 acres which is almost 94 acres bigger than most of the average ski resorts. The snow score of this mountain is four.
Base Elevation: 856 feet
Summit Elevation: 2789 feet
Vertical Drop: 1932 feet
There are about 44 trails in total and nine lifts. These lifts include one gondola ride, 2 four seated surface lifts, one triple chairlift, three double chairlifts, and two surface lifts. This place is a perfect spot for all snowboarders and ski lovers. This place is next to heaven for all those who love snow and the sports related to it. And best of all, the place is well-connected with all the neighboring towns and cities, making it one of the best places to visit quite easily. This is one of the major reasons why the place attracts a lot of people every year, especially during the winters.
The resort is located in the western part of the United States, and is a ski resort that finds itself located in the Colville National Forest in Stevens County, Washington. It is at a distance of 10 miles (16 km) east of Chewelah and 42 miles (68 km) north of Spokane which makes it readily available from the highways connecting these towns.
The resort lays claim to a lift-served vertical drop of 1851 feet. The base at 49 degrees north ski resort is at an elevation of 3,923 feet (1,196 m) from the sea level while the highest peak is located at an altitude of 5,774 feet (1,760 m) on Chewelah Mountain, which gives a vertical drop of 1,851 feet (564 m). The resort experiences an annual snowfall of about 301 inches.
The vertical elevation of Mont Orford is about 1794 ft, the base elevation reaches up to 1000 ft, and the summit
elevation rises to 2798 ft. Three parking lots are also provided. Parking lot P1 is free on weekends.
About 207 acres of land is available for snow making. The longest run provided is of 1 mile. There is one terrain park also in Mont Orford.
The tickets for Principal chalet also known as the Black Roof are available at the end of parking space P1 to the right of the entrance to the site.
The Secondary chalet also known as the Red Roof consists of Surf School, Holiday Centre as well as several shops. Equipment can be rented from the Holiday Centre. The shop area which is located in secondary cottage consists of various sports articles and also bike ski shop.
There are a number of lifts in Mont Orford. These include the Hybrid Gondola, Magic Carpet 6 (ORFORD), Magic Carpet 8, and Triple (Rapido). Apart from these, there are several other lifts as well such as that in Mount Giroux North, Mount Giroux East, and Mount Alfred Desrochers.
Mount Giroux north contains quad Giroux North and Magic Carpet 7 (GIROUX). Mount Giroux east contains quad Giroux east. Moreover, Mount Alfred DesRoschers contains double Alfred Desrochers.
The tracks are divided into four categories that are easy, difficult, very difficult, and extreme. There are about 21 easy tracks which account for 34% of the total track. There are two under growths too. The difficult tracks are 16 in number which is 26% of the total. It also has three undergrowths. A total of 8 tracks is leveled as very difficult ones. It accounts for 13% of the total tracks with zero undergrowth.
Beginners of all ages have access to about three magic carpets in total. Of the nine lifts, five go down the slopes of three summits.
The skiing and snowboarding are spread out over three mountain summits namely Orford, Desrochers, and Giroux.
A number of lodging options are available for the guests in Memphremagog region who come to enjoy the snow sport in Mont Orford. These lodgings include hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and various cottages as well.
Estrimont Suites and Spa is one of the best hotels in this area. The location is breathtakingly beautiful, and the service provided by this hotel is also excellent. Other good hotels include Cheribourg Hotel, Escape 4 Saisons, Manoir Des Sables, Jouvence, Centre de Villegiature, Hotel du Parc Orford, Motel de la Montagne, Gite du Domaine de la Pomme d’Api, Auberge de la Tour, and Au Gite de la Maison Hote.
Several guest houses are also available near Mont Orford ski area. These include Gite du Domaine de la Pomme d’Api, Auberge de la Tour, Au Gite de la Maison Hote, Au Chant Du Coq, and Auberge du Centre d’Arts Orford.
All these lodgings are available at an affordable price with necessities. These are fully equipped with various facilities keeping in mind the comforts of the guests. Apart from this, for the convenience of the people, these are located not very far away from the skiing and snowboarding area.
Also, there are several food courts near the Mont Orford ski area. For those who get tired of the exhilarating and exhausting sport, they can stop at any of these food courts and grab a bite to regain their lost energy. Be it a quick lunch or a hearty meal, Mont Orford is ready to serve all. The Bistro, Slalom Pub, and the Cafeteria contain a variety of meals for the skiers.
There are about a variety of programs provided by the Mont Orford ski and snowboard area. Of these programs, the Nursery School is the famous one. In this program children of 2 to 6 years of age groups are provided with a number of activities such as DIY stories and array of other games. A nap in the afternoon is also planned for younger children so that the parents may ski freely while leaving behind their children in careful hands.
There is a five days carnet, a complete day program, and a ten days carnet as well. The prices differ from program to program. Layers, wet towels, slippers, shoes, spare clothes, outdoor clothing and boots, comforter, and nap accessories are also included in this program.
There is a School of Gliding as well which contains children’s programs, adult programs, private lessons and introductory packages, children’s camps, Orford Academy, Parent Zone, etc.
Clubs and events
The Mont Orford ski clubs aim at bringing the skiers together through its various competitions. The Orford free riders club is a club which is open to all skiers and snowboarders. The Acrobatic Ski Club is for developing the skills of the skiers and for teaching them new techniques of different bumps and jumps.
A variety of events is also a part of the well-developed plan of Mont Orford. These events are mainly Holidays In The Mountains on the occasion of “Temps des FETES a la Montagne,” Demo presented by Smith, Demo presented by Volkl; Demo presented by Dynastar, CAA-Quebec day; Demo presented by Salomon; Demo presented by Blizzard, American Release, and several such interesting things.
Now if Quebec is providing you with such an interesting and thrilling place, then there is no chance of saying a no to it. Such beautiful places are not present everywhere, and Mont Orford ski area is one such place. With its thrilling ski and snowboarding activity as well as several exciting events, lessons, programs, and such beautiful scenery, Mont Orford is certainly a perfect place for all snow and nature lovers along with the adventure-crazed people. The lodging facilities make it even more convenient and famous. It is a hub of snow related activities.
Overall, the Mont Orford is a good place to be at, thanks to its amazing services and top quality winter sports facilities on offer. Go ahead and book the tickets for this beautiful place which is certainly a delight to the eyes as well as to the soul. Grab the passes and get ready to have fun in the snow of Mont Orford. Because with so much on offer, you cannot afford to miss out on all the fun and thrill here. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, visit Mont Orford soon and enjoy a truly mesmerizing time here. Have fun!
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