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Activities & Events

Backcountry & Off-Piste

For backcountry and alpine touring enthusiasts, we provide access to over 15 km of skiable terrain beyond the confines of the ski resort, nestled in the stunning mountains of Charlevoix, Quebec. These trails cater to those who favour alpine touring, splitboarding, or off-piste skiing with skins (snowshoes are also permitted for snowboarders).

Off-piste skiing area: The ascent trail is open for alpine touring. However, off-piste sectors 1 to 5 are currently not recommended. Please check our website for the latest conditions.

Earn every turn with backcountry touring

To access the alpine touring trails, you must sign a waiver and pay a daily access fee of $31 + tax. This provides you with a single lift ride via chairlift or gondola for quick access to the backcountry terrain. Alpine touring passes are available for pickup at the customer service offices at the Summit Lodge or Base Lodge. 

To obtain access, you must complete our Alpine Touring Waiver for every day of touring. Paper versions are also available at the customer service office. This waiver is designed for your safety, should you require emergency search and rescue.

Alpine Touring
  Single ride up (chairlift or gondola)  
Daily access


Season pass



Note: For everyone's safety, no alpine touring passes will be issued after 2:00 p.m..

Terms and conditions

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Touring lesson

Take a lesson with a certified mountain instructor to learn all the secrets of backcountry touring at the Massif de Charlevoix. Are you a backcountry beginner? We have all the instruction and rental equipment you need to get started safely.


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Off-piste Area

The off-piste area is located on Mount Liguori, north of the resort. There are three summits, 800 m, 550 m, and 425 m, all accessible with backcountry skins or by bootpacking. To access this area, you must have your alpine touring access pass or a valid lift ticket.

Liguori 800 is accessible via the Camp-Boule area, at the very start of La Fortin. You’ll see a sign with a map of the area. Liguori 550 is accessible at the base of the Camp-Boule chairlift. Liguori 425 is accessible via the bottom of Zone 4, in Leguori 550.

Trail Map

Alpine Touring Information

The Mont à Liguori area is located outside of the Le Massif Ski Area boundary. Terrain is not maintained or managed by Le Massif. A valid day lift ticket is required. Never ski / ride in this area unless you are prepared for wilderness survival. If you decide to ski / ride in this area, be advised that it is not patrolled. You are responsible for your own actions, your own rescue, and the cost of your rescue (minimum fee $250), should you require help. Experts only. Extremely steep, narrow terrain. Unmarked natural obstacles exist throughout. 

  • Carry a cell phone or radio
  • Wear helmet and goggles 
  • Always tour in groups of 3+; never venture into the backcountry by yourself
  • Look before exiting the woods
  • Avoid this area after 2:00 p.m.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult

The ascent trails are marked with blue and white rectangles, as follows, or with blue ribbon:

blue ribbon for off-piste skiing and boarding in alpine

Suggested Routes

From the base
Name Ascent Start Finish Elevation Estimated time Difficulty Level
La Promenade / La Crête 5.75 km Bottom of La Charlevoix Summit Maillard Sector 680 m 3 h

Promenade: easy

Crête: very hard

Le Chalumeau 4.85 km * New marked trail
Base of the gondola - Ascent in the Basilic bike trail - Crossing of the L'Ancienne ski trail - Ascent in the off-piste sector - Crossing of the La Racine trail - Ascent in the L'Aventurière hiking trail
Summit of 550
(off trails 4-5)
666 m 2.5 h Easy to very hard


From the Summit
Name Ascent Start Finish Elevation Estimated time Difficulty Level
Le Lugeron 3.75 km Sledding reception Summit of Liguori
(off trails 1-2-3)
145 m 1 .5 h easy


From the bottom of the Camp-Boule Chairlift
Name Ascent Start Finish Elevation Estimated time Difficulty Level
Accès Liguori 550 0.82 km Bottom of the Camp-Boule chairlift Sommet 550
(hors-piste 4-5)
100 m 20–30 min easy
Accès Liguori 800 2 km Bottom of the Camp-Boule chairlift Summit of 800 (off trails 1-2-3)
or back to the summit lodge
338 m 1 h very hard


Waiver for season pass holders/day ticket holders

It is essential to complete the waiver, even if you already have a season pass or regular day ticket. This allows us to increase safety services and provide search and rescue in the event of an emergency.

Safety notice

  • Travel only on designated routes on the map. Respect signs, wildlife, and the environment.
  • Respect the Mountain Code of Conduct at all times.
  • Never descend an uphill access trail. Plan your descent in advance. Enter / exit the backcountry terrain via our open trails or designated off-piste areas. 
  • Depart alpine touring trails no later than the respective closing times of the resort.
  • Make sure you are physically fit and have appropriate clothing, food, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of first aid and related equipment is an asset.
  • The conditions, the temperature, and the difficulty of the terrain can vary. Ask our staff or get a guide, if needed.
  • Do not venture into the backcountry alone. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a fully charged cell phone; a GPS app is an asset in case of emergency.

* Le Massif reserves the right to charge a fee (minimum $250) for any request for assistance or evacuation outside of its operating hours, on marked and open trails or off-piste areas.