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Just a few months ago, Monday Mad Addict featured the unique Mont Alta which had fallen on hard times. The future was indeed uncertain for the quaint Laurentians ski area located in Val David. After 3 consecutive bad years, last season was finally a good snow season north of Montreal, however Mont Alta didn’t open in 2012-13 due to a number of circumstances. The long time owner Osward Lingat has recently put the ski area on the market, but something has happen in the last few months. Behind the scenes, some people couldn’t accept to let Mont Alta become just another lost ski area. In their eyes, Mont Alta is too unique, too special not to go everything possible to save it. But first, the mountain has to open for the coming season.

Taken from the Mont Alta website:

YES, Mont Alta will be in operation this winter (2013-14)! ALTHOUGH…

As many of you may already know, the Mont Alta is for sale, since March 2013. Our goal is to form a cooperative to acquire it, so we can preserve the mountain and its history! We are currently looking for investors who are willing to give time, energy and… money so we can all claim the land to be ours again! If you are interested into being part of Mont Alta’s rebirth, please fill in the following form. We will be in touch with you very soon.

Ski Mad World will also post more on the subject in the coming weeks.

Further information on the project on Zoneski : And what if we bought back Mont Alta?

In its 10 years of existence, the Quebec ski forum Zoneski has encouraged people to explore some of lesser known ski areas like Mont Alta. This week we feature the 2006-07 Mont Alta ski brochure that was produced with their help. Although Zoneski isn’t in the market to buy a ski area, it represents the Quebec skiing community and helping people get-together for this venture.

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Mont Alta is a special place. Here is what SBC Skier had to say about the Val-David ski area.

Mont Alta is the last vestige of the ski-wherever-you-damn-well-please attitude (…) no fake snow here, no grooming and no highway flattop. There are also no beautiful people, fake tans, or bad skiers. Off-limits at Alta is governed only by fear and inability. Jutting branches and rock cliffs are teaching tools, and come dump time, powder piggies line up for first tracks and snort to their heart’s content.

Source and further information :
Visage du ski: Oswald Lingat by Geneviève Larivière / Zoneski
And what if we bought back Mont Alta? by Christophe Deschamps / Zoneski
Qui a piqué la cloche du Mont Alta? by Geneviève Larivière / Zoneski

Monday Mad Addict’s Attic : Mont Alta, Québec

SBC Skier (Oct 2008) Mont Alta, Val David QC by Sandy Wolofsky
Point de Vue Laurentides (April 2013) : “Je ne suis pas un millionnaire” – Oswald Lingat, propriétaire du Mont Alta
ZoneSki (2013): Mont Alta, le chant du cygne
ZoneSki (2004-2013): Histoire des stations de ski du Québec – Mont Alta

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The future is uncertain for the quaint Laurentians ski area located in Val David. After 3 consecutive bad years, last season was finally a good snow season north of Montreal, however Mont Alta didn’t open in 2012-13 due to a number of circumstances. The long time owner Osward Lingat has recently put the ski area on the market.

A small piece appeared in SBC Skier on Alta back in 2008 which presented a good description of the place.

Mont Alta is the last vestige of the ski-wherever-you-damn-well-please attitude (…) no fake snow here, no grooming and no highway flattop. There are also no beautiful people, fake tans, or bad skiers. Off-limits at Alta is governed only by fear and inability. Jutting branches and rock cliffs are teaching tools, and come dump time, powder piggies line up for first tracks and snort to their heart’s content.

With an old double chair, people might think that not much has changed at Mont Alta. It ain’t really the case. Skiing started on the slope in 1952 under the name Mont Chevreuil and renamed Mont Alta in the 1970s. In the late 1980s the ski area had 22 trails with two chairlift included a quad and snowmaking. Hard times forced the owner to sell his quad chairlift and stop snowmaking due to the important hydro cost.

This week we presented a ski map that represents that era, vintage circa 1985-1995 which mentioned “22 runs, Snowmaking, Double Chairlift and Quad Chairlift” and indicates multiples parking lots. This map was still being offered, along with recent maps, during my visit in January 2007.

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MadPat’s TR : Mont Alta, QC – January 29, 2007

Source and further information :
SBC Skier (Oct 2008) Mont Alta, Val David QC by Sandy Wolofsky
Point de Vue Laurentides (April 2013) : “Je ne suis pas un millionnaire” – Oswald Lingat, propriétaire du Mont Alta
ZoneSki (juin 2013): Mont Alta, le chant du cygne
ZoneSki (2004-2013): Histoire des stations de ski du Québec – Mont Alta

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