“Where Fun in Always in Season: Your Key for ‘LA JOIE DE VIVRE'”
Like last week’s Mont Garceau, La Réserve is also located in the town of St-Donat in Lanaudière, next to the Laurentians.
In the late 1950s the Blackgrave Inn datng back to 1930 was demolished and replaced by the Hotel La Réserve. The D’Aigle family decided to explore the ski potential of the mountain opposite of the Hotel.
This week’s brochure was used around 1980, however it was probably used in previous years. Like a few others ski areas, it presents La Réserve as an all season destination. Here are a few passages taken from this vintage brochure:
WINTER AT LA RÉSERVE? What else but”LE SKI”! On our very own Mont La Réserve, second-highest mountain in the Laurentians! Our snowfalls are abundant.
We have no less than eight ski slopes. Ranging from beginner to challenging 1250 ft. drop expect runs.And we have three ski lifts(…). Restaurant and bar on the hill. Cross country trails.
La Réserve Lodge offers modern accommodations.
Skiing is the thing at La Réserve – But it isn’t everything – We have all the traditional winter sports for you to enjoy. Après ski? Mais oui, Superbe cuisine. Dancing till all hours.
SUMMER AT LA RÉSERVE is a breath of fresh air. Brisk, bracing, pine-scented air. 1400 feet above sea level.
SUMMER AT LA RÉSERVE is Lac Ouareau. Eight miles long. With an incredible beach for your detente.
La Réserve could be your special place. It’s one of Quebec’s most beautiful lodges.
A few years after La Réserve began, Mont Garceau was open across making it three ski areas in the vicinity of St-Donat. Jasper closed in the early 1970s and La Réserve was shutdown for a few years in the mid 1990s, but is now open again, offering an alternative to Mont Garceau.
sources: La Réserve, Zoneski