Alpha – Le Valinouët, QC

This late ’80s Poma quad services a large expansion separate from the main ski area.
View from the summit.
Return terminal up top.
Upper station seen from below.
Upper part of the lift line.
View down.
The entire expansion is intermediate terrain.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower line.
The first five towers.
View up at tower 5.
Towers 1 through 3.
Looking up at tower 3.
Lower station overview.
Lift line.
Portal tower 1.
Drive bullwheel.
An Alpha named Alpha.
The entire lift is more than 4,000 feet long.

7 thoughts on “Alpha – Le Valinouët, QC

  1. Andy October 19, 2022 / 5:34 pm

    I love the look of the nice consistent fall line of this lift. Makes one want to go visit on a uncrowded powder day. Again no snow making pipes seen. I hope places like this survive the next twenty to thirty years. (I decided I wanted to behave like Donald M. tonight and put my name on the comments page of a bunch of Quebec resorts. :)

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    • Peter Landsman October 19, 2022 / 5:36 pm

      This resort claims to be one of only two in Quebec with no snowmaking. They don’t say what the other one is.

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      • James October 19, 2022 / 10:40 pm

        I’m curious, do you try to talk to folks from each ski hill you visit? You must meet so many fun characters. Many of those in rural quebec speak only French! Is that where the info on retired lifts comes from, along with the stats and such?

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      • Myles Svec October 20, 2022 / 6:24 am

        I believe the other ski area with no snowmaking is Do-Mi-Ski as you can see no snowmaking pipes in your photos. That area of Quebec also gets a lot of natural snow so it does not need to rely on snowmaking.

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        • awconrad October 20, 2022 / 11:28 am

          They claim an average of 236″ per year and last year they reported 363″

          So yeah, I think that’s enough natural snow

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      • Sam Shirley October 20, 2022 / 8:26 am

        I can’t believe that this is true. Baie-des-Sables doesn’t have snowmaking, and I can’t imagine there aren’t others.

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  2. Andy October 19, 2022 / 5:47 pm

    Having started my skiing life in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in the late 1960’s, and later skied hills near Quebec City, I have special fond memories of Quebec and its ski hills. Brave on the resort builders to install medium size chair lift ski lifts in the mid 80’s without snowmaking to back up potential crappy winters or to fix infrequent ice storms that trash a weekend or two of skiing a year..

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