Video: Riding Quebec's Newest Bike Park Blind with Christina Chappetta & Jason Lucas - First Impressions

Sep 14, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  
Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.

First Impressions: Le Massif
Words & Video: Jason Lucas // Photography: Gabriel Gakwaya




Just over an hour east of Quebec City lies Le Massif de Charlevoix - Quebec's newest lift-accessed bike park. With 800m of elevation to play with, Le Massif de Charlevoix already has a strong baseline of trails but they have big plans to double what's on tap for next year. Christina already had the pleasure of sampling some of the goods last fall, but this time brought Jason along to show him around. Follow the two as they make their way down Le Massif's network blind.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
No shortage of views on the way up Bus Jaune.

Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Sometimes you just need to stop and soak it all in... before dropping in.
Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.

Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Histoire Sans Fin or The Neverending Story is the best bang for your buck on the mountain. With endless corners, rollers, and flow this one is a must-hit.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Once you're warmed up, Whipette is a great trail to get a bit more airtime with larger jumps and rollers.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Gros Boeuf is a newly opened double black tech trail that features steep rolls and tight switchbacks.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Basilic, which is essentially a downhill pumptrack, is an insanely fun way to end a lap. In the distance, you can see the under construction Club Med which will be completed this year.


Mountain biking with Christina Chappetta and Jason Lucas at Le Massif de Charlevoix near Quebec City.
Bonsoir, Le Massif



Le Massif de Charlevoix mountain biking trails






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50 Comments

  • 9 0
 It'll be interesting to see what they add in the upcoming seasons. I'm hoping for more natural stuff in the trees; most of what is there right now was clearly machine built. And hopefully they get some rain - I visited a few weeks ago and it was a massif dust bowl with holes and braking bumps the entire way down.

But its definitely a very cool spot and something different from MSA!
  • 19 0
 Honestly the Quebec City area is getting a regional network to rival any destination location:

- Mont Ste Anne
- Le Massif (not big yet, but will get there)
- Sentier du Moulin
- Valle Bras du Nord
- Empire 47

Not to mention the huge number of small/medium sized places like Mont SM, etc.! And 2 hours down the road is Bromont, Sutton, St-Sauveur... etc. It's MadNeSS!!
  • 7 0
 @bishopsmike: absolutely agree. Having lived in Quebec region and close to BC's North Shore, would say that Quebec region is at least as attractive as BC, but in different ways.
  • 2 0
 @pirati: Yeah agreed, Quebec has so many good biking options. And while the mountains aren't the Rockies, there is still quite a bit of elevation and an excellent variety of terrain.

The only downside to riding in Quebec I find, is that almost everywhere has a trail fee of some sort. BUT, the trails are almost always worth that cost as they are built well, with good facilities etc etc.
  • 4 0
 It was really rad to ride the newest trail, Gros Boef, because it was quite different that the rest of the trails. Much techier with some rock slabs as well. Goes to show they are keen to keep investing and growing the trail network. We lucked out with a rain shower one day and that made the dirt pretty perfect.
  • 2 0
 Great to see this develop - buddy of mine from Montreal swears by the skiing there - I guess they get a decent amount of snow and it can be very good.
  • 2 0
 @bishopsmike: Very envious of what Quebec City locals have to work with ! The trail building in the area is on a whole different level !! Can't wait to make a visit some day down the road!
  • 5 0
 @Canadmos: I was there a month or so ago as well, have the same thoughts as you. There is SO much potential at Massif, they have a lot of vert, really good gradient for a bike park, and clearly they are investing in making it happen. The first few blue flow trails are fun but not really super interesting for advanced riders, however they have so much space there and such cool natural terrain that I could easily see it becoming a legit world class bike park within a couple of years.

I also actually encourage the trail fees - places like SdM are amazing, and I like that they have paid trailbuilders to do maintenance. Having seen a number of places around the world where a bunch of money is invested (often by local governments) to build trails then the location never gets funding again, it often ends up with a ton of totally shitkicked, poorly maintained trails. BC seems to have done well with local clubs managing it, but it's usually still some unpaid volunteers building it. No dig, no ride etc fair enough, but many people are busy enough that getting out for a ride is an achievement in itself, and would rather just pay someone else to do the digging.
  • 2 0
 @pirati: As someone who lives on the 'Shore, it would take a lot to get me to leave - but if I had to - and particularly if I had to leave BC, the area around Quebec City would be very high on the shortlist for sure!
  • 12 0
 do sunglasses really look like this again? I already lived through the 80's once.
  • 2 0
 I wish I still had my original Oakley Pilots.......
  • 1 0
 I love them so much haha possibly my most beloved piece of kit, glasses that actually keep dirt out of my eyes
  • 7 0
 To anyone riding the east side of the North America, this place is a must. Granted, there's not a ton of technical trails and double blacks, but it’s an absolute pleasure to go down a hill at Max speed for 25 minutes. And there is enough variety to make it a really fun day... Bonus! It's actually super affordable, the staff is nice and the chairlifts are fast! A little personal recommendation, if you plan on riding le Massif, check out the little down at the bottom of the hill called Petite-Rivière-Saint-François right on the Saint-Lawrence. (you need good brakes on your vehicle, that hill is long and steep) There’s a camping/ coop called Coopérative de solidarité l’Affluent www.laffluent.com. Super cool spot to stay at on your trip. Enjoy the East mes amis... and don't fear the French Smile
  • 3 0
 The poutine alone is worth the trip
  • 5 0
 Man.... honestly didn't think I could hate Ontario anymore than I do and then Quebec adds another lift access park. I need to reevaluate my entire life.
  • 4 0
 With all the posts lately showing these incredible rigs allowing paralyzed riders to ride again I read this caption and was ready to have my mind blown. Cool bike park tho.
  • 4 1
 Jason and Christina! It was great to meet you on the day of the shoot, both of you are real class acts... and pretty decent riders Wink Thanks for showcasing the region and kudos on the enjoyable video.
  • 3 0
 Great to meet you and thanks for the kind words!
  • 1 0
 Thanks so much and it was lovely to meet you, as well as so many other riders, while we were visiting.
  • 2 0
 I live in Toronto,Onterrible. Sucks that Blue Mountain permanently closed down their DH trails while seems like everywhere outside of Onterrible are increasing the number of trails & opening new bike parks.

Respect to Horseshoe, appreciate their efforts & I'm glad they are open but its nothing like these other bike parks.
  • 3 2
 Please get Ben, Tom and Jason to read out the french trail names after a few beers and post. It was Like you where speaking gibberish Jason, A for effort, gave me a good laugh. The trails suck in the east...and we aren't enduro bro...don't come here.
  • 1 0
 We beileve you, dont get me wrong I'm sure theres fun trail in your area but it's still far from a "bike destination" like BC/pnw. Dont need to play that localism game. Wink
  • 1 1
 @ybsurf: I forgot to mention the biting insects: May blackflies, june mosquitos and july august deer flies. They are so big they can actually pull off wearing Pit Viper shades. This a "bug destination" not a " bike destination"
  • 3 0
 Christina is a wizard! How did she save herself from those crashes? It's unblievable to me! Also , did you see those cornering shot?! They look great!
  • 2 0
 Great to see Quebec’s investment in riding. I’d love to see a little more information on best places to stay etc. It’s a 10 hour drive from Toronto, so we would need to stay and make a trip of it.

Otherwise great.
  • 1 0
 Glad you enjoyed the video! We did a fun trip last fall and rode loads of spots. Worth the trip. Link here to get some inspiration on places to stay www.pinkbike.com/news/destination-showcase-ride-quebec-city-part-1-portneuf.html
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome!I wish We had the chance to get more bike parks/trail centers near Madrid or really any other big city in Spain. Our politicians are years light of Canadians,they only know corruption and how to steal any money it is near their pockets.
Investing in MTB stuff is non existent thing here,Madrid council is a f*cking bad taste joke,like most of them in Spain.
Young people had little or no chance to ride MTB,park,pump track or whatever in a decent well thought place for free.
We had tons of mountains & good bikes,but no chances to build a good bike park.
  • 3 0
 Looks wicked cool, excited that the sport is growing so fast! Hope I can visit this place
  • 5 1
 I have an unreasonable amount of hate for goggle-glasses.
  • 9 0
 I assumed they were a favorite among Bostonians still rocking mullets.
  • 4 0
 Great vid. Enjoyed. Will check that place out next season !
  • 2 0
 I did a few of these trails during this year's Québec Singletrack Expérience (quebecsingletrack.com). The flow trail is so long and of high quality.
  • 2 0
 Quebec trail builders: Let's name this trail after a mythology creature, a snake that kills you even if you only look at it!
Christina and Jason: THE BASIL TRAILLLLL!!!!
  • 2 0
 Appreciate anyone's efforts to build up a new bike park in our awesome country. Cheers to Quebec!
  • 2 0
 Christina’s riding is actually satisfying to watch. Excellent cornering and pop!
  • 2 0
 That honestly looks like paradise
  • 2 0
 It looks tropical at times! I couldn't believe we were still in Canada
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: That's about to change sadly. Our depressing autumn is on our doorsteps.
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: I moved to Montreal from the Uk and have struggled with that. It's like being in the friggin jungle over here.
  • 1 0
 Yea it’s too bad they had to ride it blind
  • 2 0
 Hey guys, the 90s called. They'd like their glasses back.
  • 2 1
 why is the video unavailable?
  • 2 0
 C'est pas du romarin...
  • 1 0
 Christina putting them baby shovels to work in pic 11
  • 1 0
 Bike park and open face helmet?
  • 1 0
 Can’t presenters ride a trail without making weird noises anymore.
  • 2 1
 ….she’s back. Lol
  • 1 1
 AHHHHH AH AHHHHHH AHHHH AH AHHHHH AH AHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • 2 2
 Is this not offensive to blind people?
  • 1 0
 I read your comment and I'd like to say, I am blind, and maybe a little? But that's OK.

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