Ski la Réserve is a place to experience freedom, enjoy pure thrills and have unlimited fun. Here, skiers
and surfers of all ages unite to share the same passion.
The resort offers a magnificent setting and exceptional landscapes with, among other things a fantastic
view on Ouareau and Archambault lakes. Thrills are guaranteed for experience sliders and beginners alike.
This section is devoted to beginners and is a wealth of useful information to help you make your first steps a real fun experience.
It’s best to wear several layers of clothing. This allows you to take one layer off if you get warm, put it back on if you get cold, or keep them all on.
Your clothing should meet 3 criterias: it should keep you warm, keep you dry and protect you from the wind.
Your first barrier against the cold is your underwear. In addition to keeping you warm, they must be breathable to wick away perspiration. There are two types of material for ski underwear, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
To keep you warm up more efficiently, you will need to add an intermediate layer to your ski suit.
The Polartec reference
The undisputed star of the fleece jacket is the Polartec brand, widely used by manufacturers. This material meets all the criteria that are expected of a ski jacket:
Again, the choice of your ski jacket will depend on your skier profile. From the least insulating to the most insulating, you will be able to choose:
For a better comfort and an optimal protection, we also advise you to choose with the following characteristics:
Whatever the board sport you practice, you will need a pair of tailored ski pants. Again, we will focus on the impermeability, breathability and thermal insulation. However, there are some differences depending on the discipline:
To keep your hands in your pockets during your stay, put on a pair of gloves or mittens to keep your fingers warm.
Socks are just as important in your outfit as your ski underwear. Avoid using cotton socks or overlaying several pairs of socks (risk of squeezing the foot) and instead favor the purchase of a good pair of ski socks. In addition to keeping you warm, they will make your ski boots more comfortable.
When it’s cold, our body loses heat, especially by the head. Hence the interest of isolating well to not be cold. For this, there are once again several solutions:
For more information ask the Shop at 819 424-1373 ext.226
Quick-drying long underwear containing polyester (or polypropylene) wicks away moisture. Avoid cotton if possible. This
fabric absorbs moisture quickly and offers no insulation. Underwear should cling to the body.
Over the top of your underwear, wear a polar fleece sweater, or one with a roll neck, made of synthetic fibres.
Chose a weatherproof jacket that will block the wind, and one in wich you can move easily.
Like your jacket, choose pants that are weatherproof and will block the wind. The bottons of the pant legs must be wide enough to cover your ski or snowboard boots. Don’t try to tuck your pants into your boots – this will cause problems with circulation and uncomfortable chafing on the calves.
Avoid Jeans or any other fabric that absorbs water
Choose socks that are thick, long and soft. Once again, choose synthetic material rather thant cotton. Avoid wearing more than one pair of socks, as they can block your circulation and make your feet cold.
Wear waterproof gloves or mittens. If you really feel the cold, consider purchasing glove liners, under mitts or hand-warmers**: they’ll provide a little extra warmth.(** on sale at the ski shop)
A helmet is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. It protects your head and keeps it warm too. When needed, a balaclava will protect your face from cold.
It is preferable to wear ski goggles. They provide you with better vision at all times, no matter what the weather conditions are.
The Customer Service representatives are there to help you choose the package that suit you best.
There are several options to choose from: Private lessons, group lessons or “Initiation” packages.
When planning your first activity, we recommend that you contact the Mont La Réserve Ski & Surf School at least 24 hours in advance to book you lessons. Please call our toll-free number: 1 877 424-1373, ext. 233, or send an email to: email@example.com
For beginners, we recommend the following packages: “Iniski” (skiing initiation) or “Inisurf” (snowboarding initiation). These packages will give you an idea of the basics of sliding at a very good price.
They include :
At Mont La Réserve, lift ticket give you free access to the snow tubing slopes.
Plan to arrive at the resort about 30 to 45 minutes in advance of your lesson time. Arrival times may vary depending on numbers.
The rental shop is on the ground floor. Go down the stairs and turn left.
Once in the rental shop, you’ll need to fill in a rental form and give it to the clerk with your proof of payment (cash slip provide by Customer Service or the Ski & Surf School)
The rental shop clerks will help you choose your equipment and adjust it to your size and weight.
You may leave your own boots at the rental shop, but we also offer the option of renting a locker for the day for $ 6.50 plus taxes. Mont La Réserve is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Come to the designated area to meet your instructor. The instructor will usually be waiting for you at the Ski & Surf School.
Once the lesson has ended, you may continue to practice on the beginner’s slope or take advantage of our snow tubing slopes.
The runs for beginners are marked with a green circle. Mont La Réserve offers superb areas for beginners, with wide, gentle slopes that are well maintained. At the end of you lesson, your instructor will tell you wich runs you’ll have most fun on, depending on your skill level.
We offer a discount for the second visit, to allow you to continue your instruction and to gain confidence.
For your own safety, and for people around you, we invite you to read the Mountain Code of Conduct, applicable in every resorts in Quebec.
Be vigilant and respectful of the code of conduct.
It’s your responsibility.
Have fun – safely!
Ski la Réserve recommends wearing a helmet for sliding sports. A helmet is mandatory in the snowpark, for youths 12 years old and under who take any lesson with the Ski & Surf School, and for all youths and adults enrolled in racing or free-style programs with the Ski & Surf School.We invite all skiers and surfers to learn about the benefits of wearing a helmet. The basis of everyone’s safety, and their prime obligation, is to ski and surf in a controlled, responsible manner.
Information and bookings
|Customer Service:||819 424-1373, ext. 221|
|Toll-free:||877 424-1373, ext. 221|
|Ski School:||819 424-1373, ext 233|
|Toll-free:||877 424-1373, ext 233|
Take Highway 25 N, drive 30.1 km to reach the QC-125 N/QC.
Drive 2.2 km on the 125N and then turn left onto the QC-125N (sign for Sainte-Julienne/Rawdon/Saint-Donat).
Continue on the QC-125 N for 67.6 km and then turn left onto chemin du Mont La Réserve. Drive 400 m to reach the ski lodge.
Take Highway 15 N towards Laval/saint-Jérôme.
Drive 88.3 km and take Exit 89 Saint-Donat for Route 329; turn right towards St-Donat.
Then drive 31.4 km on Route 329 N until you reach the junction with Route 125 Sud (QC-125S) Turn right, drive 2.5 km and then turn right again onto chemin du Mont La Réserve. Drive 400 m to reach the ski lodge.
Parking at Ski La Réserve is free. When the resort is very busy, a parking attendant will tell you where to park. Otherwise, choose the parking space you want and then walk to the ski lodge.
On the ground floor you will find:
Rental Shop (You will need to visit the Customer service counter first)
On the First floor you will find:
Customer Service counter (ticket counter) and the Ski School counter
Cafeteria with fireplace
On the second floor you will find:
Bar with fireplace