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Backcountry Skiing in Quebec - Chic Chocs, Parc de la Gaspesie.
February 16 - 21, 2018
Advanced to Expert Skiing
$995.00 all inclusive

Video from 2017 AMG Chic Choc Trip


Rock the Chocs! Skiing in the Chic Chocs is a great place for the novice backcountry skier and the seasoned veteran alike. The variety of terrain coupled with the easy access makes for a great ski destination. Runs average 200 - 400m in length allowing several laps to sometimes be done each day. Our itinerary is flexible and the aspects are varied allowing us to find the best snow available on any given day. Typical descents include the Hog's Back, Champ de Mars, Mont Blanche, Mont Lyall and Mont Vallière de Saint Real or possibly a foray over to the Murdochville area. After a strong day's effort, relax in a sauna, catch a massage, or have a toast at the Gite du Mont-Albert. Okay we will let you check your messages there as well via WIFI. The quaintness of the Quebecois culture coupled with the remoteness really gives the Gaspe a unique feel. It’s where the mountains literally meet the sea.

Why go?

  • Quebec's Chic Choc mountains are a true winter paradise with easy to access backcountry ski tours for a variety of ability levels
  • Fine tune your backcountry ski skills and avalanche skills
  • With an average snowfall of over 7 meter a year, a good snowpack is almost a certain guarantee
  • Because you can.


  • Includes four days of spectacular backcountry skiing and 5 nights lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, transportation to and from Bangor, ME
  • professionally guided by AMGA trained or certified ski guides
  • Lodging in a warm, modern roadside huts with electricity, wood heat and shared bathroom / hot showers.
  • Trailheads within short 20 minute drive from hut
  • Ratio: maximum of 4 clients / guide
  • All group and emergency gear provided.

Sample Itinerary

Feb 16, Day 1 - Travel from Orono, ME to Chic Chocs. Get settled in. Short gear check ski warm up.
Feb 17, Day 2 - Head out to Champs de Mars for some fun ski touring. This is a great warm up where we can refresh avalanche rescue skills and ski touring skills all while getting multiple laps in on some great terrain.
Feb 18, Day 3 - Go to Mont Blanche-Lamontagne for a longer tour and some nice open skiing with great views of the Hog’s Back and Mont Albert.
Feb 19, Day 4 - The reward of great tree skiing is worth the longer approach into Mont Lyall. Some of the best glade skiing on the east coast. Feb 20, Day 5 - The Hog’s Back is a classic peak in the Gaspe. Nice open faces, some cool glades, and great long runs like the Grand Couloir give us many options to play.
Feb 21, Day 6 - Depending on our legs  and snow we can do a variety of different tours. Exploring Mont Vallieres de St Real or heading back to Champ de Mars or the Hog’s Back are a great way wrap up the trip.


Jon Tierney, IFMGA Mountain Guide (Owner, Lead Guide) and/or Al Mandell (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3) and/or Dick Chasse (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3).



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