La Pente à Neige, a winter playground that opened two years ago, will be unveiling several new features this season. Located at Ignace Bourget Park near Angrignon metro, the aim is to encourage families to take part in winter sports.
This year, the park is introducing new slopes for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Amateur skiers and snowboarders will now have access to an intermediate-level slope approximately 130 metres long (twice the size of the original) that will have an old-fashioned T-bar lift.
The park will also boast the longest tubing hill on the island (300 metres long) with a magic carpet lift to bring people to the top of the hill.
As in previous years, there will be free slide zones for younger visitors, as well as inexpensive skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids aged 3 and up, teens and adults. Equipment rentals are available on site. The park also offers activities such as snowman-building, treasure hunts, and access to a heated yurt and a restaurant. It is scheduled to open Dec. 21 and stay open until the end of March.
La Pente à Neige has a financial aid program for low-income families, which gives them discounted lessons and passes. A crowdfunding campaign launched Sept. 24 for two months will help low income families avail themselves of all the park has to offer. La Ruche, a local non-profit crowdfunding platform, will match every dollar donated to the campaign. To donate, visit laruchequebec.com/projet/reve-pente-neige-6422.
For more information, visit penteaneige.ca.