Saint-Sauveur, QC, September 21, 2018 – Always keen to provide its clients with an optimal winter experience, les Sommets has made substantial investments in Sommet Saint-Sauveur and versant Avila in preparation for the 2018-2019 ski season. You will find below a description of new services and features to expect this winter; details and photos are contained in the appendix.
When it came to investments in Sommet Saint-Sauveur, no stone was left unturned in our quest for the best – and all for the enjoyment of snow-sports enthusiasts.
New snow line and addition of 48 powerful new snow guns
Latest-generation snow groomer with a more eco-friendly engine
One Mercury ski tuning robot (skis/boards)
La boîte à ski, a new, permanent building
New garage for the lift maintenance crew
versant Avila at Sommet Saint-Sauveur has also seen some major upgrades:
Complete renovation of the sanitary facilities in the main pavilion
Addition of two new yurts for snow tubing guests
Les Sommets continues to distinguish itself with programs tailored to clients’ needs and an array of unique services.
New long-term snowboard rental program
Two new Snow School programs
And lastly, as of spring 2019, we’ll be starting work to replace Sommet Saint-Sauveur’s Atomic lift, which has served us faithfully for 34 years. It will be replaced by a heated lift that seats six passengers. This new feature is included in the additional investments of over $10 million* earmarked for 2019-2020. Proud of its status as a leader in the ski industry, les Sommets Group continues the tradition of offering the very best snow sports to its clients. True to our mission of promoting healthy outdoor activity, we look forward to the upcoming opening of the 2018-2019 season.
Stay tuned for details and visit us at sommets.com!
Description of new services and features for 2018-2019
Long-term snowboard rental program – Visitors can now rent snowboard equipment for the entire season for kids between the ages of 3 and 9; the new program starts on October 5, 2018. Starting December 22, the same terms will also be available at versant Avila. This new program allows kids to use new or nearly-new boards and enjoy the exciting sport of snowboarding all winter long.
Two new Snow School programs – This season, we’ll be offering snowboarding lessons for the very young (ages 3 to 5), in groups of two or three students. For older kids (ages 6 to 17), there will be the “SNOPRK les Sommets” course – a 25-day skiing or riding program for students who want to improve their snow park skills. The program, which includes a Christmas camp, will be offered at all five Sommets ski centres in the Laurentians.
Snow line and snow guns – Over the summer, Sommets Saint-Sauveur focused on a complete overhaul of one of its main snow lines near the Red Bird run. The new line has been buried below frost depth, which will enable a more efficient, on-demand water supply at all times. The system, which is fully automated and remotely controlled, will include 48 new snow guns known for energy efficiency. The upgrades represent an investment of $1.7* million.
Snow-grooming machine – We’re adding a new vehicle to our fleet. Boasting a more eco-friendly engine, the new groomer will help us maintain the ski runs more efficiently and with a smaller environmental footprint. This is an investment of $400,000.
Ski tuning robot – Sommet Saint-Sauveur is the proud new owner of a Wintersteiger Mercury ski-tuning machine with three modules. An investment of close to $300,000, this high-tech unit will allow us to offer guests fast, cutting-edge ski maintenance. This Mercury automated service is the only one of its kind in the Lower Laurentian region.
La boîte à ski – After a successful trial run last winter, Sommet Saint-Sauveur will proceed this fall with the construction of a permanent ski shop near the L’Étoile lift. The new, heated building – an investment of $300,000 – will be dedicated to ski and snowboard rentals. The concept is designed to simplify the experience for new skiers and riders; after picking up their ski or board boots inside the main pavilion, clients will be directed outside to get their poles, skis or snowboard.
New garage – The lift maintenance crews will have a new building in which to house parts and specialized tools. A doubled surface area and relocation closer to the snow-grooming machine garage will prove very convenient for our terrain staff. An investment of $300,000.
New sanitary facilities – After renovating the bathrooms in the main pavilion at Sommet Saint-Sauveur last autumn, we set our sights on revamping the ones at versant Avila. When the 2018-2019 season opens, clients will enjoy the new facilities, which are similar to those at Sommet Saint-Sauveur in their contemporary, spare design.
Two new yurts – New winter tents (called yurts) were inaugurated last winter for snow tubing visitors at versant Avila. Two more yurts have been added for this year, for a total of four of these intriguing structures.
Recent improvements to other Sommets centres
Many improvements were made over the past 12 months. Here is a quick overview:
Complete redesign and renovation of sanitary facilities, including a family restroom.
New client experience reception area and rental space (complete renovation of main floor)
Inauguration of the six “freestyle” learning areas where skiers and riders of all calibres, from beginner to expert, can use a variety of features and terrains.
The summit of the south side of the mountain now boasts its own sunny patio, the O’Connell terrace. This rest area offers among the most spectacular views of the region’s snow-capped Laurentian peaks.
Addition of a terrace for parents at the foot of the snow school run.
Complete overhaul of the Sommet Olympia bar. The Côte-des-Neiges resto-bar has been renamed Resto-bar KOZAK.
Sommet Morin Heights
Sommet Morin Heights also undertook a complete renovation of its bar and renamed it Resto-bar alpin Kicking Horse.
Upgrades to the ski school run, the magic carpet and the snowmaking system.
2017-2018 = 3.1 million*
2018-2019 = 4.4 million*
2019-2020 = 10 million* +