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Will The Euro-Style All-Inclusive Ski Vacation Finally Catch On In North America?

Skiers on this side of the pond have proven resistant to Club Med’s all-inclusive ski vacation concept, but the tide might be changing.

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If you’re like most Americans, you don’t associate the all-inclusive vacation with skiing. Mexico and Caribbean, with sandy beaches and swim-up bars? Sure. But the best most of us can hope to do on a ski vacation is a complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Little-known fact: Club Med operated two North American ski locations, bringing the all-inclusive ski vacation concept to American skiers from from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s. The first one opened in 1981 at Copper Mountain, Colo., and was joined by the Club Med Crested Butte in 2000. By 2006, both were shuttered, proving that North American would not be the cash cow for Club Med that its nearly 20 Alps locations would grow to become. 

But this winter, the Paris-based brand returns to North America, debuting its first Canadian resort, Club Med Québec, scheduled to open on Dec. 3. (The country reopened to full-vaccinated Americans on August 9.) The 300-room all-inclusive, four-season mountain resort will be slopeside at the province’s Le Massif ski resort, a small but surprisingly challenging area offering the most vertical feet east of the Canadian Rockies.

Club Med Quebec exterior
Club Med brings its all-inclusive ski vacation concept back to North America this season at its first Canadian property, Club Med Québec, located at Le Massif. Photo: Club Med Québec

So what will an all-inclusive ski vacation look like? At Club Med Québec, guests get a bracelet upon check-in that serves as their access point for everything they want to do. Loaded onto that bracelet are their ski rentals, lift tickets, meals, access to off-slope activities, kids’ club, and more. In other words, you don’t have to pull out your wallet every five seconds, which is a huge perk.

As for the property itself, the new Club Med features an Exclusive Collection space, which means that top-shelf designers were brought in to make the space unique and true to its respective destination. (Other Exclusive Collection spaces include Punta Cana and Cancún.)

The Club Med Québec will feature five restaurants and bars, including fondue and raclette at Terroir & Co. made with the province’s famous local cheeses; the intimate Le Chalet for the authentic Quebecois cuisine; and Bar Le Météore, where the shows and entertainment for which Club Med is known will take place nightly.

Club Med Quebec suite
Guest rooms at the new Club Med Québec enjoy a designer’s touch and great views of the St.Lawrence River. Photo: Club Med Québec

There’s also a huge spa and fitness center with a 25-yard heated pool overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The Sothys Spa will specialize in Nordic-inspired treatments and wellness products.

When guests aren’t skiing Le Massif’s 400 acres—55 percent of which is rated advanced or expert—traditional Quebec winter activities are on tap, from ice-skating and dog sledding to visiting local sugar shacks and strolling the historic cobbled streets of old Quebec City.

Also worth noting about Club Med’s all-inclusive ski vacation concept: It’s pretty darn reasonably priced. For rates as low as $160 per person per night, you get pretty much everything: lift tickets, rentals, all meals, most activities—even ski lessons and guided skiing. You do the math. And enjoy leaving your wallet in your guest room—pretty much unheard of any ski trip we’ve ever taken.

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