Canada's First Club Med Ski Resort to Open in Quebec
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Canada's First Club Med Ski Resort to Open in Quebec

Club Med pays tribute to Quebec and its rich history of skiing with its first-ever skiing resort, the Club Med Quebec Charlevoix. This Four-Trident resort will be a delight to skiing fans and tourists alike by designing itself after the province and offering a wide range of winter activities from skiing classes to nordic walks. Settling in a province that arguably produces the best Winter athletes, let's look into this high-profile attraction.

Rejoice, Canadian skiing fans. Your very own ski resort will be opening courtesy of Club Med and it is already accepting bookings for its December 3, 2021 opening. The Club Med Quebec Charlevoix will be a beautiful ski resort offering breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and is perfect for both skiers and tourists alike.

First Canadian Ski Resort is a Treat for Skiing Fans 

This Four-Trident resort (equivalent to a four-star hotel) will offer all-inclusive passes including ski-in and ski-out access, ski and snowboard passes, and classes. And as Club Med's first foray into Canada, they want to do this right and pay homage to Quebec.  

“Charlevoix is known for its pristine beauty, warm hospitality, and charming culture,” said David Meyer, project director for Club Med North America. “Shaping Canada’s first Club Med within this region has been a complete privilege and we are looking forward to highlighting Charlevoix’s heritage and character within every facet of the resort, staying true to Club Med’s values of social responsibility and sustainable touristic development.”

The new resort will feature 302 rooms all with personalities inspired by Quebec. The Superior category rooms will have Quebec-inspired colours of winter white, blue, and yellow while the Deluxe rooms pay homage to the wooden floors and cardinal red and white colours of houses and barns in Quebec.

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Additionally, the resort's main dining area pays tribute to the different areas of Quebec from its lush forests to its rich fishing culture. The restaurant will also be serving signature French cuisine.

Skiing fans would be most interested in the unlimited access to apres ski activities as well as other wintery activities like snowshoe and Nordic walking and ice skating. 

The Club Med ski resort will be a luxurious addition to Canada and to Quebec, a province that has a rich history in skiing and winter sports. This includes siring several Olympic medalists in the Winter Olympics.

Canada's History with Skiing at the Winter Olympics

Skiing is one of the biggest sports for the Winter Olympics constituting nearly a quarter of all winter sports involved. There are six main skiing disciplines namely alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboard. Canada has achieved success in almost all of these sports.

In total, Canada has accumulated 50 skiing medals (snowboarding included) in total with 25 coming from freestyle skiing. Here is a quick look at the different skiing sports and Canada's history with them:

Freestyle Skiing

This is the skiing variation Canada has found the most success in thanks to the combined efforts of Quebec's own Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikaël Kingsbury who dominated the men's moguls and the Dufour-Lapointe sisters for the women. Freestyle skiing involves moguls, aerials, ski cross, superpipe, and slopestyle.

Since freestyle skiing became an Olympic sport in 1992, Canada has won at least one medial in every Olympics except for 1998. From 2014 to 2018, Canada won 16 total medals. Canadians have dominated Ski cross in particular with a Canadian winning the gold medal since its addition to the Olympics in 2010.  

Alpine Skiing 

Arguably the most prominent of the skiing disciplines, alpine skiing features events like downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom. Canada has finished with 11 medals in this event with four of them being gold, the latest in 1992 via Kerrin Lee-Gartner's downhill run.

All-time great alpine skier Nancy Greene also won two medals for Canada: a gold and silver both in 1968. In addition, she won two more gold medals at the World Championships in the same year.

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Cross-country Skiing

Originally contested in the first Winter Olympics in 1924, cross-country skiing also features the most events for skiing and the second-most overall in the Winter Olympics with 12. Among its events are the sprint, the 30 km pursuit, 15 km, 50 km, and 4x10 km relay.    

In 22 years of participation, Canada has managed three total medals with two being gold. Beckie Scott won Canada's first gold medal in 2002 in the 5km + 5km combined pursuit then Chandra Crawford added another in 2006 in the individual sprint.

Ski Jumping

One of the original three skiing sports in the Olympics, ski jumping has four events similar to the nordic combined. From 1924 to 1956, the contest involved jumping from one hill whose length varied with each edition of the event. In 19 tries, Canada has yet to medal in this event.

Nordic Combined

Another original skiing event, the nordic combined is a combination of cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Like cross-country skiing, it was contested beginning in 1924. It usually has three events: the 10 km individual normal hill, the large hill, and team. Canada has not medalled at all in this sport.

Snowboarding

Though technically not skis, snowboarding has been a popular sport since it was added to the Winter Olympics in 1998. With eight events like the parallel, half-pipe, and snowboard cross, Canada has produced 11 medalists with four of them claiming the gold.

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