Skiing in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: Rates up, but cheaper than average

Many ski resorts in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean will increase their prices for the season this winter, but remain cheaper than average.

The increase is between 5 and 15%, which, despite everything, leaves prices below the provincial average, which is sometimes between 20 and 30%.

“People who come from outside make us realize this by telling us that it’s really not expensive here! We really increased to the minimum of what we could,” exclaimed Stéphane Leblond, who works at Le Valinouët station, north of the City of Saguenay.

Marie-Laure Fillion, originally from Quebec, will spend her first winter in Saguenay. She is ready to see the differences in rates between stations in the region and those in Quebec.

“I know it’s more expensive at Mont Sainte-Anne or the Massif than here,” she laughed.

Even before consulting the discounts, Ms. Fillion has already anticipated savings. “From 200 to 400 dollars for the season,” she said with a broad smile.

Le Valinouët, Le Mont Edouard and Le Mont Lac-Vert resorts have adopted similar price increases, from 5 to 15%. Gasoline, electricity or labour, these stations are also dealing with cost increases. The goal: find a way to be profitable without alienating customers.

“We want to remain accessible for families,” said Frederic Blouin, who works at Mont Edouard, in L’Anse Saint-Jean.

The situation of Mont Lac-Vert, in Hébertville, is special. The station had announced a slight increase last spring, even before the decision to invest $600,000, among other things, to improve evening lighting. The daily rate increase is approximately 10%.

“It’s not a big bite,” agreed Jean-François Dionne, who works there.

But already, users of this site can expect greater increases in the winters of 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

“We will not go up to 50% because it would be exaggerated, added Mr. Dionne. I think we have to take it gradually.”

To maintain constant traffic, ski resorts rely on various packages, available on their online ticket office. Packages that not only allow you to circumvent the increases, but above all to take advantage of substantial discounts.

“It’s a way of ensuring that our less crowded beaches allow us to attract customers,” said Frédéric Blouin.

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Skiing in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: Rates up, but cheaper than average