POURQUOI: It’s like Europe, but you can drive there from East Coast cities. Welcome to the heart of Quebec, where most people will happily oblige your pathetic Franglais but speak English as a backup. This distinctly Frencher-than-France culture is proud, delicious, and a lot of fun. The skiing’s pretty awesome too.
CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE: Head west. The mountain gets steeper as you do: La Super S has 1,300 feet of vertical over a mile. Dive into the perfectly thinned forest of La Brunelle, which starts off steep and then mellows and opens. And don’t let the T-bar-only access scare you away from the West Side. It will be you and the locals tracking the powder in the afternoon.
APRÈS: Five minutes from the base, Microbrasserie des Beaux Prés has the best beer in the area.