Last month’s Monday Mad Addict’s featured skiing with the aide of buses as an unconventional lift system at an mid-1980s version of Le Massif’s Charlevoix region of Quebec. This month we stay in the same era and go further east to St-Octave de l’Avenir in the Gaspé Peninsula for a unique Eastern heli-skiing experience.
Taken from the brochure:
In the heart of the Gaspe Peninsula in eastern Quebec, the Chik-Chocs rise from the sea to 3750 feet only ten miles away from the shores of the gulf of St. Lawrence. Only 450 miles from gateway Montreal on the Trans-Canada highway, the Chik-Chocs offer spectacular helicopter skiing from early March to late May on excellent snow conditions similar to Mount Washington but with a vast skiing terrain covering many square miles.
– Appalachian Mountain Chain, Chik-Chocs mountains, dozens of runs within a 5-mile radius.
– Altitude: Up to 3750′ vertical drops from 1000′ to 2700′ longest runs from 3,000 to 15,000 feet.
– The Chik-Chocs are a serie of mountains reaching above timberline. There are runs of all types, steepness and length. The Chik-Chocs provide for many tree runs as well as large snow bowls and glade skiing.
– There are slopes and bowls for intermediate, advances intermediate, expert and super expert skiers with super conditioning. Difficulty will vary according to season selected: deep powder in March, either powder or hard corn snow in early April, and ideal spring conditions from mid-April to late May.
– 240 to 360 inches due to the proximity of the sea (Gulf of St. Lawrence) only 10 miles away from prevailing winds which also influence snow fall.
Brochure is from 1986 and operations lasted a couple of years at the most. Issues with wind and weather made it difficult to operation.