Gaining in popularity, skishoeing, also known as Hok skiing, with its shorter length and greater width skis, is a hybrid between snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. The skis were designed to make journeys in deep snow easier and faster, with less effort than with traditional snowshoes. A synthetic climbing skin was integrated to the ski for smooth ascents but still allowing the user to have fun on the way down. In really deep snow, it is like floating on a cloud!
Skishoeing is an activity that will please beginners just as much as more experienced skiers.
Massif du Sud regional park is a prime destination for skishoeing with its cleared maple forests, hilly terrain and exceptional snowfall. Three areas were developed in the park for skishoeing only, giving you the chance to go off-trail in the forest and to enjoy a few nice runs down the snowy hills.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
What to do in a blizzard?
A blizzard is a sudden snow and wind storm causing snow to be blown around and reducing visibility. This phenomenon is common in high altitude areas where the vegetation is rarer and the mountains more exposed
If you get caught in a blizzard or in blowing snow, here are a few tips to help you:
What to do if you are injured and cannot move?
In any case, never leave the signaled areas
What to do if you are lost?
In any case, it is preferable to wait for help rather than spending your energy going around in circles in the woods
Not quite ready to face this new discipline on your own? Join our guide to get a better undestanding of the sport! Massif du Sud regional park offers a 3-hour crash course on skishoeing, allowing you to get familiar with the equipment and the techniques to get up and down the hills!
Level : Easy/Beginner
Minimum age of participants : 9 years old
Where : Massif du Sud regional park (visitor center)
Average time: 3 hours, including explanations and approach
Elevation gain : 100 m
Equiment included : Skishoes and poles (you can bring your own poles if you prefer)
Price : 25,00 $ per person, equipment included
What to bring : Winter boots (with a good hold of your foot and ankle), ski goggles, clothing according to the day’s weather forecast, water bottle, whistle.
Dates : Check the calendar for the dates. If you are a group of 4 people or more and would like to have an introduction at another time, contact us at 418-469-2228 extension 101 to make arrangements.
Massif du Sud regional park reserves the rights to cancel the activity described above if the snow conditions are unsuitable. In that case, the park will contact you the day before the activity to change or refund your reservation.
Massif du Sud regional park is happy to partner up with Quatre Natures, to offer you a 2 days skishoeing excursion! This all-inclusive adventure will give you the chance to discover the park differently while working on your skishoeing techniques. Meet your guide at the visitor center of Massif du Sud regional park, where he will take care of everything, from teaching you the basics of skishoeing, to cooking dinner and even making sure your luggage gets to the cabin for your night in the park.
The perfect opportunity to forget about everything else and focus on having fun while safely working on your techniques!
Visit Quatres Nature‘s website to learn more about this activity or to sign up.