At the beginning of the 60’s, over twenty ski amateurs from the Québec City and Trois-Rivières business districts invested some 300 000 $ to put together three ski trails and two ski lifts [T-Bar and double chairs] at Stoneham. More than forty years later, the realization of their dream was transformed into a ski resort with an international reputation for all-level skiers, day like evening.
The site was finally chosen by Walter Moisan who noticed, in the horseshoe shape of Stoneham, incredible qualities for this “snow hole”. Snow falls abundantly and remains there, offering ideal ski conditions. At that time, should it be pointed out, one did not yet speak about snowmaking. The geographical situation of the site offers exceptional snow conditions and protects skiers from the wind, in addition to offering a fabulous decor.
The company knows a stable growth until its acquisition, in 1979, by the businessman Marc Blondeau, owner of the shoe manufacture of the same name. After eight years, Stoneham’s developments get ahead of Tremblant, Orford and Sutton resorts. The ski resort becomes owner of the entire valley, comprised of six mountains based on a 2,300-acre territory.
Mr. Blondeau exploits about half of it. It is also under its impulse that new establishments are built including a hotel, shops, condominiums and a new welcome centre.
Stoneham Tourist Resort gained international recognition in 1984 with the first ever Freestyle Ski World Cup, followed by several other high caliber competitions. The sublime consecration comes in 1993 with the presentation of two events of the World Cup (slalom and giant slalom). The best riders in the world are at the rendez-vous.