When you type “Val Saint-Côme” into the Google Maps site, it finds the resort at the end of Rue Val Saint-Côme, with an accompanying descriptor: “Relaxed mountain resort for skiing.” Google nailed it on the head.
The 37 slopes of Val Saint-Côme (or is it Saint-calm?) are operated by a staff of salt-of-the-earth, outdoorsy types who by nature bolster the calm atmosphere. Any stress you carry begins to dissipate on the short but scenic journey from Montreal.
The concrete melts into a landscape of seasonal jade begging to be biked and hiked, which then transforms into a multicolored canvas of fall foliage that gives way to the generous cover of winter—an average 300 cm/season of generosity. And so much room for activities.
The adventurous spirit is innately drawn to Saint-Côme’s outdoor playground, evidenced by the return of the annual FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in 2018, which further fuels the honest motivation in upholding the standards of these world-class facilities for the local zealots, experts, and experts-in-training making turns. Equally as meticulously maintained are the two terrain parks that seem to exist solely to make you smile so big it hurts.