The goal of the winter element of the Grand défi is to introduce young people from all over to the pleasures of cross-country skiing, and to encourage them to be more active during winter.
All winter long.
The offer is for all primary schools in Quebec, and all children 12 years and under.
Participating cross-country ski centres welcome Quebec primary schools and children 12 years and under for free. Children have access to the ski trails as well as full equipment rental including skis, boots and poles.
Interested schools can register by clicking on the link for the centre of their choice.
Cross country skiers can go to the Chalet des sports at 200 Côte de la Mer, Notre-Dame-du-Portage
Free trail access for everyone. Children aged 12 and under can borrow equipment for free. Adults can rent equipment for $10.
Trails are open during the week from sunrise to sunset. Please note that Chalet des sports (to rent or borrow equipment) opens at 3 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 418 605-9252 or visit their website
To register a school group for a winter sports class, contact [email protected] or call 418-873-4150 or 418-873-2133.
Les enfants de 12 ans et moins qui veulent profiter de l’équipement et de l’accès aux sentiers gratuitement peuvent se présenter au 50, rue Dansereau, Pont-Rouge . Please note that their is currently no equipment rental.
For more information, visit http://www.centredansereau.com.
Involvement of partner centres
The program’s partner centres are committed to welcoming Quebec elementary schools and children aged 12 and under for free, at all times. The centres will lend equipment (cross-country skis, boots and ski poles) and help schools by offering winter sports classes.
Want to become a partner centre ? Email us at [email protected].
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some centres may have changed their rental policies. We encourage you to check with the centres directly ahead of your visit.
Whether you’re a teacher or parent, this document has all the information you need to organize a cross-country skiing orientation day with the kids. Discover handy tools and tips for learning the basic skills you need for this exciting sport.
Learn how to cross-country ski by downloading these posters, which outline the basic skills.
Alex Harvey, world champion cross-country skier, and Pierre Lavoie, cross country skier and cofounder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie.
Ski centres that would like to partner with the La Petite Expé program must agree to welcome Quebec elementary schools and children aged 12 and under for free, at all times. The centres will lend equipment (cross-country skis, boots and ski poles) and help schools by offering winter sports classes. In return, the Grand défi will provide partner centres with some needed equipment.
Vous souhaitez avoir plus de détails? Téléchargez la fiche explicative qui présente les conditions ici . Vous désirez devenir un centre partenaire ? Pour poser votre candidature afin de devenir centre partenaire, remplissez ce formulaire.