The goal of the winter program of the Grand défi is to introduce young people from all backgrounds to the pleasures of cross-country skiing and to encourage them to be more active during winter.
Participating cross-country ski centers welcome Quebec primary schools and children 12 years old and under. Children have free access to the ski trails as well as full equipment rental including skis, boots and poles.
All winter long :
The offer is for all primary schools in Quebec, and all children 12 years and under.
Desjardins helps La Petite Expé reach more kids.
More skis are being distributed throughout Quebec and Ontario thanks to the precious support of Desjardins.
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 418-822-4501.
Les enfants de 12 ans et moins qui veulent profiter de l’équipement et de l’accès aux sentiers gratuitement peuvent se présenter au 120, rue des Saphirs, Boischâtel, QC, G0A 1H0
For more information, visit https://www.boischatel.ca/loisirs-culture/ski-raquette.
Les groupes qui désirent s’inscrire pour une classe-neige peuvent envoyer directement leur demande à [email protected] ou appeler au 418-848-2417.
Les enfants de 12 ans et moins qui veulent profiter de l’équipement et de l’accès aux sentiers gratuitement peuvent se présenter au 24, rue Pied-des-Pente, Lac-Delage, QC, G3C 5A4
The ski center’s role
Ski centers that would like to partner with La Petite Expé program must agree to welcome Quebec elementary schools and children aged 12 and under for free, at all times. The centers will lend equipment (cross-country skis, boots and ski poles) and help schools organize their winter sports classes.
Grand Défi’s role
In return, the Grand défi will provide partner ski centers with cross-country skis, boots and poles.
Would you like more details? Download this flyer to learn about the partnership’s terms.
2022-2023 Season - Classic Cross-Country Ski
Please note that all of our classic cross-country skiing equipment has been distributed. Let us know if you are interested to become a partner ski center and we will consider your application for an upcoming participation.
If you are interested in becoming a partner center, we invite you to fill out this form. We will analyze your request as soon as possible and contact you by email to inform you of the decision.
Whether you’re a teacher or a 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 to learn the basic skills you need for this exciting sport.
Learn how to cross-country ski by downloading this guide and this poster, 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.