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I started skiing around 1980 with my elementary school program that would bring us up to the now defunct Glen Mountain near Knowlton in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I wasn't warm to the idea of skiing at first but thanks to my grade 4 teacher, I am glad that she convinced me to go. The Glen ended up being my second home on weekends and days off from school for the winters to follow. I worked at Owl's Head for 12 years as a liftie in the winter months, and in the hotel during the summers and kept my connection to skiing. When I left Owl's Head in 2001 for a career change, I left skiing behind as well until 2012 when I rediscovered a new found passion for the sport. I enjoy discovering new ski areas, and I am a bit of a ski lift "nerd" at the same time. There is nothing more stress relieving to me than riding a chairlift and putting my two feet on skis at a ski hill for the day. My other interests are photography, music, hiking, and ski history.

Tenney Mountain Resort

Overview

Tenney Mountain Resort is a two and half hour drive from Sherbrooke, three and a half hours from Montreal, and two hours from Boston. Conveniently located 15 minutes from Interstate 93 near the town of Plymouth, New Hampshire it makes the mountain is very easy to get to. There are 45 trails served by 3 lifts, a Double, and Triple chair, with a Platter lift for the beginner's and tubing area. The vertical at Tenney is 1400' with 110 acres of skiable terrain. Snowmaking covers 85% of the mountain. The chalet houses a large seating area with fireplace, and plenty of places to sit. You can even relax on two corner sofas by the fireplace during your break. There is the Backcountry Bar and Grill located in the chalet for food, drink, and live entertainment. There is no ski shop or rentals at the mountain, however in town you can get rentals from Plymouth Ski and Sports at a reasonable rate, and there is no ski school for lessons just yet. Tenney Mountain just recently re-opened after an 8-year closure. There is tubing available served by a platter lift for those looking for something to do other than skiing. Lodging is available in Plymouth, and nearby towns for those on overnight and weekend ventures.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The trails here at Tenney are not what you would normally find at most ski areas. There are no super highways, yet the main trails are still large enough to make wide turns. The mountain is more catered to the Intermediate and Expert skier, as majority of the runs are rated at these skill levels. Trails like the Morning Glory, Shooting Star, Edelweiss, Dandelion, and Venus Fly Trap just to name a few, are the Intermediate cruisers, while the Hornet, Sweet William, and the Sunflower are the major single Black Diamond trails. There are narrow winding trails that criss-cross the mountain that make the variety of trails to ski quite interesting. Tote Road, Half Moon, Roller Coaster, and Tiger Lily are nice Intermediate trails while a narrow Expert trail, The Scamper has a challenging pitch near the exit of the trail as you enter on to Hall's Meadow. Tenney features some interesting fall lines, and soft rolls, and knolls on most trails. There is a beginner's area with platter lift located on the lower sector of the mountain with two trails, This Way and That Way.


Unique Features

What is unique about Tenney Mountain Resort are the trails themselves. They are laid out in such a way that they are fun to ski in any direction you go, and you have a beautiful view to go along with it. There is a large brook that flows down the mountain that a few of the narrower winding trails have bridges to cross. You wouldn't normally find that style of trail at many other ski areas. One unique feature here is that Tenney Mountain was once a lost ski area. The mountain had been closed for several years, and the trails had started to get overgrown. With the grace of current ownership, the trails have been cleaned up, smoothed out, and the growth has been cut back. The mountain has come alive again.


Why visit Tenney Mountain Resort?

If you are looking to turn back the clock a few years and would like to experience some old school New England skiing with no frills, a wide variety of interesting terrain, and no huge line ups, then Tenney Mountain Resort is the place to be.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1400 feet
​Trails ​45
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​1
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Stoneham Mountain Resort

Overview

Stoneham Mountain Resort is located 25 minutes North of Quebec City just off Autoroute 73 before you enter Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier heading towards the Saguenay. There are 42 trails and glades. 19 trails are available for night skiing. The division of difficulty is 19% Easy, 26% Intermediate, 38% Single Black Diamond, and 17% Double Black Diamond. At Stoneham, there are 3 fixed grip Quad Chairs, and 1 detachable Quad lift with bubbles for those cold windy days. 2 Magic Carpets serve the beginner's area. There are 3 Snowparks with a variety of modules and bumps for those into stunts and jumps. The snowparks are different in their own way by level of experience, one Easy for the beginners with beginner jumps and modules. The second is an Intermediate park, and an expert park for the most experienced, all located in different areas on the mountain. There is also an Olympic style half pipe, the only one in the Province of Quebec. In the chalet, you will find the cafeteria with ample seating to take a break or to have a bite to eat. There is a full boutique with rentals, daycare services, and ski school at Stoneham. Other activities include skating right at the base of the mountain, and snowmobiling nearby on various trails. Located at the base of the mountain is the Condo & Hotel Stoneham for lodging. There is a selection of other lodging options in the area for overnight and weekend stays.

The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The vertical at Stoneham is 1132 feet. There are 3 sectors that make up the mountain, the first served by the Eclipse Quad, and the L'Alize Quad. In this sector is the learning area with 2 Magic Carpets. There is a nice easy cruiser trail, the Pionniers that is located on the left of the L'Alize Quad. To the right, La Chouette is the other easy trail. This where you will find the Expert Parc XL Snowpark along with the half-pipe. This makes up the lower part of this sector. Further up this sector served by the Eclipse Quad is where you will find the more difficult terrain. The Blondeau, and the Rock & Roll are 2 of the Single Black Diamond runs that test your skills along with La Bossue a moguls trail. The Double Black Diamond l'Urubu glade is accessible from the Blondeau. For those looking for an easy way down, the Randonnee is a nice easy cruise that crosses over to the middle sector, and then the rest of the way back down is by the Laurentienne trail.

The Tempete Express is a detachable quad with bubble covers that serves the middle sector where you will find a nice Intermediate cruiser, the Cantons, and the easy Laurentienne trails. The Caribou, Wapiti glades are accessible from the Petit Champlain. Other Intermediate glades, the Orignal and l'Abiche are accessible from the Randonnee trail. If you are looking for something more challenging, the Jacques-Cartier, the Stoneham, and the St-Adolphe are the single black diamond trails, and there are glades, the Sapiniere, and the Boreale to work the legs.

The Aurore Boreal quad serves the third area which is considered the expert only area, with Double Black trails like the Monstre, the Bomba, Dube, and the Zipper. The easiest way down from the top would be with the Intermediate trail, La Grande Viree. The two glades in this sector are the Chute and the JP Auclair. To access this area from the middle sector is by the Laurentienne over to the bottom section of the Grande Viree. To head back to the chalet from here the Grande Viree to the bottom of the Laurentienne would be the route.


Unique Features

A unique feature at Stoneham is the detachable quad lift, the Tempete Express which features bubble covers for those cold and windy days. The mountain also is home to Quebec's only Olympic style half-pipe. If you have an eagle eye, from the Rock & Roll trail, one can make out the trails of the defunct Mont Hibou Ski Area that are slowly disappearing. 5 minutes away in the nearby village of Stoneham there is a specialty bakery, and a micro brasserie where you can buy different styles of beer. There is a major grocery store for supplies should you need anything during your stay. You are just a short drive away to the city where there are a lot of other attractions, restaurants, and a host of other activities to keep yourself and the family occupied.  


Why visit Stoneham?

If you should happen to be visiting Quebec City, and looking to get away for a ski day, Stoneham is just a short drive North of the city. Lovely scenery can be seen from the summit of each sector. The mountain has everything that you are looking for. Easy cruisers right up to the most challenging expert glades and trails.  


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1132 feet
​Trails ​42
​Total Number of Lifts
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​2
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Massif du Sud

Overview

Massif du Sud is located near the community of St Philemon about an hour and a half drive Southeast of Quebec City, or 3 and a half hours from Montreal, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec. Here you will find 33 trails and glades with a vertical drop of 1312 feet, served by a fixed grip Quad Chair and a Pomalift. There are 6 Easy, 2 Intermediate, 9 Single Black Diamond, and 2 Double Black Diamond trails. Of the 14 glades, there is 1 Intermediate, 5 Single Black Diamond, and 8 Double Black Diamond descents to choose from. There are 2 snow parks available with a variety of modules with different degrees of difficulty. If you are looking for some bumps, they have 3 mogul trails. There is also 20kms of snowshoe trails, 2 of which are accessible from the summit. They have a full boutique along with rental shop on the ground level with the ticket desk and lockers. Main level you will find the cafeteria with ample space to sit and to have a bite to eat. The bar is also on the main level. There is seating on the upper level as well. If you are looking for lessons, there are qualified ski instructors to help you hone your skills, or to help get you started for the first time. There is lodging available at the mountain or nearby for an overnight stay.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain is in such a geographic location where they receive an abundant amount of natural snow where the average annual snowfall is about 600 centimetres. They do have snowmaking to get the season started, with 4 cannons and 12 perch snow guns. The mountain is known for is deep powder in the glades. There is 99 acres of glades available along with 127 acres of ski trails. All but 1 of the glades at Massif du Sud are classified as difficult to extreme. The ski trails have plenty of room to turn. They do have some narrower trails as well. The Familiale, the Villageois, and the Mistrale are the nice easy cruisers. The Promanade is the intermediate cruiser. If you are looking for a little more difficulty, the Olympique, the Panoramique, and Grande Allee just to name a few, are excellent choices. Those looking for some extreme steeps and bumps, the Suprenante, and La Cloche are for you. There is an excellent variety of difficult glades to choose from as well. The Bipolaire glade is one of those glade runs. There is a beginner's area served by a Pomalift that is available for those wanting to practice their skills without having to worry about being in the way of the more experienced skier.


Unique Features

One of the main features here at Massif du Sud is the glades. With their geographic position and weather patterns that dump on average of 600 centimeters of snow annually, this allows them to stay open and accessible a little longer during the season than at some other areas. After a dump of snow, the glades are some of the best to be had. The views from the mountain are some of the most beautiful around. On a clear day, you will be able to see the trails of

Mont Ste-Anne and the St. Lawrence River off in the distance.


Why visit Massif du Sud?

Even though the ratio of trails at Massif du Sud tends to lean towards the more experienced skier, they do have beginner trails, and even a sector with a dedicated lift to enjoy. If you are looking for some challenging terrain and glades, Massif du Sud has what you are looking for. After a snowstorm, this is the place to go to in search of those early morning powder runs.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1312
​Trails ​33
​Total Number of Lifts
​2
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​1
​Surface​1
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Bretton Woods

Overview

Currently the largest ski resort in New Hampshire, Bretton Woods is about a 3 ¼ hour drive from Montreal, with majority of the drive via autoroute to Magog and then South to the U.S. border where you will continue on Interstates 91 and 93 into New Hampshire. The mountain is located just a few minutes past the village of Twin Mountain on Route 302. At Bretton Woods you will find 62 trails with 35 glades for your enjoyment served by 10 lifts, 4 High Speed Quad Chairlifts, 1 fixed grip Quad in the Learning Zone along with 2 Wonder Carpets, 1 Triple Chair, 1 Double Chair, and the Stickney Glade T-Bar. Snowmaking covers 92% of the available terrain on a 1500 foot vertical. 5 trails and 2 lifts are open for night skiing on most Fridays, Saturdays, and Holiday Period during the season. There is also a variety of other winter activities here such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, dog sledding, skating just to name a few. There is lodging on site at the Bretton Arms Inn, the Lodge, the Town Homes at Bretton Woods, or at the luxurious Mount Washington Hotel a few minutes away.  


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

There is a large variety of trails for the beginner right up to the most expert skier. Bretton Woods consists of 3 summits; Rosebrook, Stickney, and West Mountain. Most of the easier and intermediate trails are in the Rosebrook area, where the more challenging glades are found on the West Mountain area, and some on Rosebrook. The Learning Zone is in a separate area just to the left of the chalet where there is a fixed grip Quad chair and 2 wonder carpets. A nice easy area away from the fast-paced skier. There are some intermediate level glades on the Mount Stickney area served by the Telegraph T-bar. There are some nice easy cruisers like The Ben trails just off from the Bethlehem Quad chair. The Ben trails are Bigger Ben, at the top of the lift, Big Ben which is the middle section, and Ben to take you back to the bottom. Rangeview is another nice cruiser that is under the Zephyr Quad chair. Fabyan's Express, Crawford's Blaze, No Regrets, Oscar Barron's, and the Panorama/2 Miles home trails are some of the nice intermediate runs, and for the experts you have the Waumbek, Bode's Run, the Zealand and the Snake. In the chalet, you have the ski rentals and repair shop, on the lower level. On the main floor is the Customer Service desk, boutique, and the Lucy Crawford's Food court to grab a quick bite to eat. There is plenty of seating to find a place to take a break. At the mountain, there is also the Latitude 44 Restaurant found just off the top of the Bethlehem Quad chair, and the Slopeside Restaurant and Pub as other options. For later dining, there is the Mount Washington hotel and the Bretton Arms Inn.

Unique Features

The views at Bretton Woods are just breathtaking from just about anywhere on the mountain. On a clear day, you can see the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit of the mountain. In the valley below is the view of the luxurious Mount Washington hotel. There are many activities here other than just skiing. The area is a 4-season resort with many options for the family to enjoy. Across the highway from the mountain is Fabyan's Railway Station, that is the end of the line for the Conway Scenic Railroad that runs from North Conway through the Crawford Notch in the summer months. Nearby is the Mount Washington Cog Railway that will take you from the valley to the summit of Mount Washington on an old-style cog railway system. At the summit of the Zephyr Quad is Chutters on the Mountain, a candy shop should you have a craving for some sweets while skiing.  


Why visit Bretton Woods?

There is a wide variety of activities offered at or nearby the mountain for everyone to enjoy winter or summer. The scenery here is extraordinary from any location on the mountain. If you are looking for easy cruiser trails, or a challenge with some steeps and glades, Bretton Woods has what you are looking for. Also, Bretton Woods has been voted Number 1 in the East for grooming, and has held the top 2 spots in the East for snow and grooming in the past 5 years.  


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1500 feet
​Trails ​97
​Total Number of Lifts
​10
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​7
​Surface​3
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Mount Abram

Overview

Mount Abram is a medium sized family ski area located near the town of Greenwood, Maine about 2 and half hours from Sherbrooke, or 3 hours and 45 minutes from Montreal. The mountain offers a great variety of terrain for the beginner right up to the expert skier. There are 4 lifts serving 44 trails and a 1,150 foot vertical. There are 2 double chairlifts, 1 t-bar, and 1 beginner Magic Carpet. The trail ratio is 10 Easy, 21 Intermediate, and 13 Expert trails. There are 2 chalets, one located at the Main base of the mountain, and another located over on the West side of the mountain. The West side is mainly occupied by beginners and families wanting to have a safe place to ski, out of the way of the busy main base area. Most of the ski lessons are given in this area. The West side has 1 of the double chairlifts, and the Magic Carpet, while the Main base area is served by the other Double chair and t-bar. Hours of operation are from 9am to 4 pm Thursday to Sunday, and open for the week of Maine school vacation. They also offer a tubing park served by a surface lift.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Mount Abram offers a great variety of trails for all levels of skier. Some of the easier trails like Hay Road, Skyline Drive, and Mahoosuc Meadow would be found on the West side sector. The Intermediate and Expert terrain would be found at the Main base area. Nice cruisers like the Roundabout, Upper Easy Rider, and the Dudley Doo-Right are found here, and more difficult trails such as Rocky's Run, Fearless Leader, and the Lower Fractured Fairy Tales cater to the Expert skier. In the Main chalet you will find the cafeteria, bar, and ski school desk, and located in a separate building nearby is the rental and repair shop along with the boutique. There is a separate ticket booth outside beside the chalet to pick up lift tickets. You can purchase a full mountain lift ticket, or you can get a ticket for access to the West side only. There is a shuttle that runs between the Main base and the West Side Lodge for those who wish to use it. At the West Side Lodge there is the Daycare, Playground, and seating for families who bring their lunches. Both areas are served by older Hall double chairs, one affectionately called the Way Back Machine is found at the main base, and the other Hall double named the Skyline Chair is at the West Side location. The Ski Patrol are located at the summit of the Way Back Machine Double and at the base right beside the Main Chalet.  


Unique Features

A very unique feature about Mount Abram are their 800 or so solar panels that cover an acre of the parking lot in the back. The energy that this "solar farm" produces offsets the majority of the mountain's electricity use. The chalet is heated with a wood pellet heating system. 2 E/V chargers are available behind the chalet for those with electric vehicles. They are dedicated to a Green Energy program and sustainable practices to provide energy to operate the mountain and to cut back their carbon footprint. They have a Low E snowmaking system that only requires 20-25% of the compressed air that a traditional snowmaking system would require to convert a given unit of water to snow. There is a special feature on their website that goes into more detail about the program.


Why visit Mount Abram?

If you are in the area, or should you be skiing at nearby Sunday River and would like a break from the crowds and rat race of a larger resort, Mount Abram would fit the need. The views from the summit of the mountain are beautiful in any direction you look, while at the same time, reducing your carbon footprint left behind by skiing at a "Green" ski area.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1150
​Trails ​44
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​2
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Cochran's Ski Area

Overview

Cochran's Ski Area is a small local family hill located just outside the town of Richmond, VT about a 2 hour drive from Montreal along Autoroutes 10 & 35 and Interstate 89. It boasts 3 surface lifts, 1 t-bar, rope tow, and a handle tow called a Mighty Might. There are 8 trails to ski, 4 Easy, 3 Intermediate, and 1 Expert on a vertical of 350 feet. Snowmaking covers 66% of the skiable terrain. The hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday from 3-6 pm, Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday's from 9am to 4pm. They offer an afterschool ski program to children in the nearby neighboring towns and including Richmond on a 9-10 week schedule. Most, if not all skiers here are young families and children learning how to ski for the first time, and right up to the young aspiring racer going through their paces with the Cochran's race program. The hill hosts weekly races and is a training area for 8 local high schools, and shares the hill with 800 school children from elementary school programs.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Cochran's is a small area that has been a cornerstone in the Richmond area since the 1960's when it began as a backyard rope tow area by Ginnie and Mickey Cochran for their children and locals alike. The main lift here is a 1,600 foot t-bar that brings you to the top where you find the expert Race Trail to the t-bar's left, and to the right, the I-89 and Route 2 intermediate trails, the short expert pitch The Face, and the easy Elbow trail. At the base, the Mighty Might handle tow is to the right looking uphill, where the beginner's area is located. There is the chalet where you can grab a quick bite to eat, pick up your lift ticket, or to have a break to warm up with a hot chocolate. The rental shop is situated in the chalet as well. You will find the walls lined with a rich history that is Cochran's. Racing pinnies, trophies, and some old photos are proudly displayed. There is surely a family-friendly atmosphere that can be found here at Cochran's.


Unique Features

The unique feature here at Cochran's is their mission; No child will be denied the opportunity to ski or ride. In 1998 the hill became a registered non-profit organization providing area youth and families with affordable skiing, snowboarding, lessons, and race training. The ski hill is rich in racing history starting with the Cochran family themselves, and they continue the tradition of providing an area for the locals that Mickey & Ginnie Cochran began all those years ago.


Why visit Cochran's Ski Area?

Skiing at Cochran's, you are not going to be skiing a major resort. You are skiing in an area that is so rich in local ski history that you can feel it. By skiing here, you will contribute to a non-profit organization that provides locals with an affordable place to go to, hopefully for years to come. What this hill lacks in size, they sure make up for it by having a huge heart and giving back to the community.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​350
​Trails ​8
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​0
​Surface​3
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Whaleback Mountain

Overview

Whaleback Mountain is located right on Interstate 89 near the community of Enfield, New Hampshire, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Sherbrooke, and just over 3 hours from Montréal. The mountain offers 30 trails and glades of different levels of ability, served by 4 lifts, which include a double chair, T-bar, and magic carpet lift, and a handle tow. The trails here are named in a whale and sea theme, such as the Dorsal, Flipper, Davey Jones' Locker, and Jonah's Revenge just to name a few.

Snowmaking covers 12 of the 30 trails and night skiing is offered on those same 12 trails. Operating hours at Whaleback are Tuesday and Wednesdays from 2-8 pm, Thursday and Fridays from 1-8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 9-4, closed Mondays unless there is a holiday, or during a holiday week. There is a full-service chalet along with a pub. The hill offers an after-school program for the local kids, and they offer private and semi-private lessons through the ski shop. Rentals can be booked through the shop as well. They have an uphill skiing and riding policy here at Whaleback and one must check in at the chalet or with the patrol to find out if uphill travel is permitted on that day. When uphill travel is permitted you must obtain a free pass prior to accessing the facility. There is no charge, but a tax-free donation to support their non-profit organization is appreciated. Whaleback is owned and operated by the non-profit Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation (UVSSF).


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

There is a good variety of trails and glades for the beginner up to the expert. Whaleback has 8 beginner trails, 11 intermediate, 6 single black diamond, and 5 double black diamond trails with a 700 foot vertical. The learning area is served by the magic carpet and handle tow for beginners. The T-bar serves some beginner and intermediate slopes, and the double chair will bring you to the summit to access a nice variety of trails. There are some nice cruiser trails such as the Spout, which is an intermediate/beginner trail, the Bougainvillea, another intermediate, both with snowmaking, and the Upper and Lower Ivory trails, with natural snow alone on the upper section, and snowmaking on the lower section. If you are looking for more difficult terrain, the Upper Face has some bumps, while the Blowhole and the Jawbone should suit your needs with some steeps. The glades on the mountain, The Barnacles, Kracken, and the Y.O.O.Y.M are rated at a single and double black diamond level, great for those who like to ski the trees and who seek a challenge. The ski patrol is stationed at the top and bottom of the mountain for quick assistance. In the chalet, there is plenty of room to sit and take a break or to have lunch from their food service area. Upstairs is where you will find the pub for an après ski beverage, and rental shop is located in a separate building beside the chalet.


Unique Features

What is unique with Whaleback is that they are owned and operated by the UVSSF, the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation, a registered non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide affordable skiing to area residents. The key to the long-term success of the UVSSF and Whaleback relies on fundraising so that they can maintain and make improvements to their area. The access to the area is very easy. Whaleback being situated right by the highway gives the mountain great visual exposure. You can't miss it while driving by.  


Why visit Whaleback Mountain?

If you are looking for a change of pace from the larger, more expensive crowded resorts to a calmer, relaxed smaller ski area with small lift lines, Whaleback is the place to go. While there, you will be contributing to the success of a group that has the vision to keep this area alive, and for them to keep offering affordable skiing to the local community for years to come.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​700
​Trails ​30
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​1
​Surface​3
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Mont Orford

Overview

Mont Orford, the highest mountain of the "Big 4" of the Eastern Townships in terms of skiable vertical terrain, is located a little over an hour from Montréal, just minutes from Autoroute 10. A total of 44 trails and glades are waiting for you served by 8 lifts; 2 Quad chairlifts, a Triple chair, Double chair, a 6 seater/gondola hybrid, and 3 Magic Carpets. Orford consists of 3 summits, Mont Orford, Mont Alfred-Desrochers, and Mont Giroux. There are 2 faces on Mont Giroux, known as Giroux North and Giroux East.

In the main chalet you will find the Groups and Client Services counter and seating area on the main floor. Upstairs on the second level is the cafeteria, and two halls, Salle Giroux and Salle Alfred-Desrochers. The daycare and Slalom Pub are also found here in the main chalet. Lift tickets are purchased at the windows outside. In the secondary chalet, the Boutique and Rental shop along with the ski school are located here. Lodging can be found at the base of Giroux East for guests staying over. Snowmaking covers 85% of the mountain. Summer at Orford, you will find hiking, and an 18 hole golf course. Shopping, lodging, and restaurants can be found in the nearby town Magog, 10 minutes away.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

With Orford having the highest vertical of the 4 main Eastern Townships resorts, it also has a wide variety of trails and glades to choose from. From the summit you have access to an easy trail named the 4km. This is a very nice long winding cruiser for the beginner, and makes for a great start to the day. Also from the summit you have the Grande Coulée, a superb intermediate cruiser that extends off the back side of the mountain looking out over Orford Lake and winds its way around back towards the east and ends at the bottom of the Maxi, a single black diamond trail and the bottom of the Triple chair known as the Rapido Triple. From here you would head down to the base of the main lift, The Hybrid, a 6 seater chair with a gondola cabin after every 3 chairs. The Trois-Ruisseaux is another popular trail leading from the summit that crosses the face of Mont Orford and heads down towards the base of the mountain. There are some challenging glades and some great steeps found here. Two of the three Magic Carpet lifts are found at the bottom of this sector.

The Alfred-Desrochers area of the mountain is accessible by a double chairlift from the base of the mountain off to the right of the Hybrid lift. This section features mostly intermediate trails and a few easy trails on all natural snow. There is no snowmaking in this sector of the mountain. A few of the trails are groomed and some are left alone creating a good challenge. It's a great area to escape to if you like to ski a little "old school".

The Mont Giroux area of the mountain offers 2 faces, East and North, both serviced by their own fixed grip Quad chair. Giroux North is accessed from the base of the mountain to the left of the chalet and Hybrid lift. There is an excellent choice of trails here from the beginner to the expert skier. The Jean-Davignon is an excellent intermediate trail along with some easy trails like the Famillale, la Pente Douce and Petit Coulée, and there is the Magnum, a single black diamond run, just to name a few. Giroux East is accessible from the summit by taking the Giroux North quad and at the top veer to your left and you will be on your way via the Slalom trail, a very nice intermediate cruiser. Under the quad is the Sherbrooke, a single black diamond run. There are some expert glades here, of which two bear the names of a couple well known Quebec skiers, Lloyd Langlois and Nicolas Fontaine. When you are ready to head back to the chalet, at the top of the Quad you can keep to your right and head down the Magnum, or to your left a choice of access to the Jean-Davignon or the Famillale for an easier way back to the chalet. One would find access to the lodging at the base of Giroux East.


Unique Features

One of the unique features found here at Orford would be the Hybride chair/Gondola lift. For every 3 chairs on the lift line, you would find a Gondola cabin that would come in handy on those colder breezier days. Some may refer to this type of lift as a Chondola. The views from the summits of each sector are pretty amazing. At the top of Mont Orfordheading down the 4km trail, you would find a spectacular view of Owl's Head and Lake Memphremagog, and Jay Peak Vermont. From the Grande Coulée you can see the Lakeside trails at Bromont. The views of Mont Giroux North and East, and Alfred-Desrochers are pretty amazing as well. Last but not least, if one keeps an eagle eye open, you can still find remnants of the past. A few old cement tower bases of the old double chairs on Mont Orford, or on Giroux North leftovers of an old t-bar can be seen.  


Why visit Mont Orford?

If you are looking for easy or intermediate cruisers, challenging steeps, or glade skiing, all of these can be found at Orford. At the end of a long day, one can find an after ski drink at the bar in the chalet, restaurants to have something to eat, or a place to rest all nearby within minutes. With its proximity to the Autoroute, travel from the city to the mountain can be just a little over an hour away to spend a glorious day with the family.  


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1933
​Trails ​44
​Total Number of Lifts
​8
​Gondolas​1
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​3
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Mont Sutton

Overview

Mont Sutton is located about 115 kilometers east of Montréal, a drive of about an hour and a half along the Eastern Townships Autoroute and Route 139 that leads right into the heart of the town of Sutton. A turn onto Maple Street and follow your way up to the end. They offer a great variety of trails and glades to choose from for the beginner right up to the extreme expert skier. At Sutton, there are 60 trails, of which 29 of them are glades, serviced by 10 lifts, 3 Quadruple chairlifts, 6 Double chairs, and a Magic Carpet lift. Snowmaking covers 60% of the skiable terrain. Services at the mountain include bar, full cafeteria, locker area, daycare, rental and repair shop, and Boutique all located at the base of the mountain. There are 4 chalets on the hill to take a break, warm up, or to grab a quick bite to eat. Summer activities at Sutton include hiking and a bike park right out front of the Boutique. They offer rentals of an assortment of mountain bikes. In town there are a variety of restaurants and boutiques to visit. There is something for everyone here.

The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Sutton is well known for truly some of the best glade skiing around. There are glades for the beginner where the trees are well spaced for them to experience this style of skiing for the first time right up to the expert glade skier. There are 3 glades off the backside of the mountain near the summit that eventually lead back to the western side of the mountain near Chair 1 West. These glades are double black diamond expert only and there are signs at the entrances of these glades advising of their degree of difficulty and what to expect when skiing them. There are actually 3 glades that are rated at triple black diamond extreme; the Crocodile, Etonnoir, and the Bou-Bou. The Alleghany trail is a very popular Intermediate cruiser that begins from atop of Chair 7 and runs across the top of the mountain and then heads down to Chair 2. It continues on past this point as a green beginner trail to access Chairs 1 and 1 West. You will notice on their trail map that the beginner and majority of the Intermediate trails and glades are located in the areas of Chairs 1 West to Chair 3. The more difficult trails and glades are located in the areas of Chairs 4 to 7. You will find their snowpark located on the Mohawk trail with different types of modules and bumps. There are 4 chalets located at different areas on the mountain. The base chalet is referred to as the Altitude 400. There is another at the top of Chair 2, Altitude 640. Chalet Altitude 520 is located at the base of Chair 5 where there is additional parking available on busy weekends, and at the summit, Chalet Altitude 840 situated at the top of both Chairs 4 & 5. The Family Zone is located by the Main Chalet, serviced by a double chair and Magic Carpet. The Boutique is located literally steps away from the bottom of Chair 2, in its own building beside the Main Chalet. They stock a wide variety of popular brands of ski equipment and accessories to choose from with a very knowledgeable staff to assist you. The rental and repair shop is located downstairs from the Boutique. After a day of skiing, the bar is located not far away in the upper level of the base Chalet, and lodging is just moments down the road with a variety of restaurants to have something to eat.  


Unique Features

There are few features at Sutton that are very unique which gives the mountain an atmosphere that you don't always find at other areas. One of them is the Archway over the entrance to the bar's terrace. The bar is known as the Tucker Bar, as in the Tucker Sno-Cat. The archway at the top of the stairs is made from the old steel lags that have seen the end of their usefulness on the machines, only to find a second life by greeting you at the entrance. Sutton has a large fleet of older Tucker Sno-Cats that are still in use along with a fairly new Prinoth Bison and an older Bombardier BR-400 for maintaining the main trails. The lift infrastructure at Sutton is unique in a way that all of the double chairs in service are the older lattice style tower Mueller chairlifts. This gives you a feeling of going back in time to the early days of Mont Sutton. Most of these double chairs have been around since the beginning, with some being transferred over from nearby defunct Mont Echo by helicopter. An example of this would be Chair 5 which was the former main lift at Echo. All of these lifts are carefully maintained to make sure they are in optimum operational condition.  


Why visit Mont Sutton?

At Mont Sutton, the glades are where it's at. They offer some of the best glade skiing around and are well known for it. The glade trails at Sutton represent almost 50% of their trail count. There are long and short cruiser trails, some nice and easy runs, and a wide variety of steeps to enjoy. Sutton has an excellent variety for everyone to enjoy, and very easy to get to.  


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1500
​Trails ​60
​Total Number of Lifts
​10
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​9
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMont Sutton

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Owl's Head

Overview

Owl's Head is located on the shore of Lake Memphremagog in the Municipality of Potton about an hour and a half drive East of Montréal along Autoroute 10 towards Sherbrooke. The mountain offers 50 trails and 10 glades serviced by 6 lifts; 4 Quad chairlifts (3 detachable and 1 fixed grip), 1 double chairlift, and a beginner's Magic Carpet lift. Snowmaking here covers 90% of the trails to keep them at their best. Owl's Head offers a wide variety of trails for the beginner right up to the expert skier. Accommodations can be found right at the base of the mountain at the Auberge Owl's Head, located at the main chalet. The Auberge is currently being renovated and should be ready for sometime in 2019. There are other accommodations nearby to stay at for the time being. Details are available in their website for other ideas on where you could stay. Summer activities include hiking, marina with boat rentals, boat slips for day visitors and residents who own properties at the mountain, and a magnificent 18 hole golf course with large clubhouse with dining room, and proshop


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Owl's Head offers a ski terrain of 30% Easy, 35% Intermediate, 15% Difficult, and 20% Extremely Difficult trails to choose from. There are 10 glade trails with a wide variety of difficulty. Cindy's Slip, Nice & Easy, Panorama, and Chouette are some of the easier trails for the beginner to start off with, serviced by the Baby Quad and high speed detachable Black Quad chairlift to practice their skills. The Iniparc learning zone with the Magic Carpet is located behind the chalet. You can find some nice Intermediate cruisers such as Lilly's Leap and Centennial accessed from the Main Quad, and on the lakeside, the Upward Trail is another nice intermediate cruiser. More difficult trails such as the Kamikaze, Allée, Upper Standard, are found in the area of the Main Quad, along with the very difficult Newport Express, Grande Allée, and Korman's Dive. The Colorado offers you moguls and a very steep section referred to as the Wall. The Blue Double chair operates on weekends and during the school breaks, usually frequented by the racers training on the Shady Lady.

In the Chalet, referred to as the MTN HAUS, you will find the ticket counter, ski school desk, day care for the little ones, boutique on the main floor. On the upper level you'll find the cafeteria to refuel on soups, daily specials, and usual fast food fare, or to have a quick break. The Bar is located on the upper level that would be accessed by a set of stairs leading up from the main level, or by the outside. You may order food in the bar to go along with your beverage. Lockers would be located on the basement level along with the ski patrol room with an entrance from the side of the building where the Baby Quad is located.

Owl's Head is currently undergoing some major changes, renovations, and improvements to enhance the skier experience.


Unique Features

At Owl's Head, you will find some of the most spectacular views in the region. From atop of the Main, Black, and Lake Quad chairlifts, or from the top of the Blue Double Chairlift, the scenery is just amazing on a clear sunny day. Just up the lake, you will see the steeple of the monastery at St. Benoit-du-Lac. In the valley below the mountain in the hamlet of Vale Perkins you will come across an extremely popular landmark, Jewett's General Store, where you can pick up a few groceries, treats, or something to drink on the way home. It is a very special place in the hearts of locals and weekenders who frequent the mountain and region.


Why visit Owl's Head?

At Owl's Head, you will find some of the most fantastic views from almost anywhere you are on the mountain. From the top of the Main Quad, right down to the Lake and Black Quad, and points in between, you won't be disappointed. If you are the mood for a nice day of cruising on some long easy or intermediate trails or looking for some challenging expert trails or glades, you will find them here. After a long day of skiing, you won't need to go far to find an après ski beverage, dinner, or a place to sleep. If this is what you are looking for, then Owl's Head is the place for you.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1608
​Trails ​50
​Total Number of Lifts
​6
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​5
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteOwl's Head

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Mont Gleason

Overview

Mont Gleason is located in the community of Tingwick, Quebec, roughly a 2 hour drive from Montreal along Autoroute 20 heading towards Quebec City. There are a number of ways to get there, with the simplest route taking Autoroute 20 to Route 955 (Exit 210) to St Albert, and then down to Warwick. Mont Gleason offers a great variety of trails for the beginner right up to the expert skier. There are 21 trails and 10 glades available, served by 2 quadruple chairlifts, and 1 double chairlift. There is also a learning area that is served by a magic carpet lift. Snowmaking covers just over 90% of the mountain, adding to an average annual snowfall of 176 centimeters, making for great conditions. Night skiing is offered at Gleason. Gleason also has a ski/boardercross trail to go along with their snowpark with a variety of bumps and modules.

The mountain also contains a tubing park with a choice of 5 different lanes with varying degree of steepness. You will also find just over 7 kilometers of marked snowshoeing trails heading up and around the mountain. There is an uphill policy for those who wish to skin up the mountain as well, with a couple of routes that you may take, specifically designated for this activity.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The trails at Mont Gleason are not all named. There are 7 Easy trails, 10 Intermediate, and 4 Difficult. The glade trails all have varying degrees of difficulty as well. There are 3 mogul areas, one located on the upper pitch of the Ling, the other on the Pierre Ling trail, and a third on the old t-bar lift line which is now a trail appropriately named the T-Bar. The snowparks and their modules can be found on trails 4 and 4b. There is a variety of different rails, boxes, and jumps to please the snowboard and ski acrobat. The ski/boardercross trail is found on the Victoriaville trail located under the Laurent-Lemire quad chairlift with banked curves and mounds.

The chalet houses the rental shop with a separate outside entrance, cafeteria, daycare, locker area, a separate seating area for those who bring their lunches with them, client services/ticket desk, and a recent extension to the chalet that is home to the Wiski Pub. 74 places are available to sit and enjoy a bite to eat or an apres ski beverage. Breakfast is available as well from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The entire mountain can be accessed from both quad chairs even when the double chair is not operating. When accessing the trails to the left of the quad chairs, they all lead back to the chalet with a connection pass sloped enough to get you back to the quads without too much effort. Trails to the right and underneath both the quad chairs lead directly back to the liftline. The uphill access at Gleason for those who wish to skin up, would be via a designated trail. There is an area for the little ones, named the Gaudreau Enchanted Forest, an easy glade run that is accessible from the Gaudreau trail. The learning area for beginners can be found to the left of the double chair, separated from the main area, giving those learning how to ski a safe environment. All trails are groomed for optimal conditions.

Unique Features

There are a few unique features that can be found at Gleason. A nice feature here are two outdoor fire pit areas with seating. One located by the chalet, and the other by the bottom of the Laurent-Lemire quad lift. These are nice areas to relax after a few runs, or to bask in the sun on a nice warm spring day. Also there is the round Summit Log Cabin Chalet. Inside you will find enough place for 60, and in the middle of the chalet is a round open pit fireplace by which to warm up. You can get light meals, drinks, and soups here as well.


Why visit Mont Gleason?

At Gleason, skiing is affordable. They offer a 4 hour ticket as well as full day lift tickets. There is a nice variety of trails for all levels of skier. The learning area is away from the main trails for the beginner to practice their skills without being afraid to do so. There is something for everyone here from the tubing area for the family looking for a day out, to the avid snowshoe fan, and alpine skier. The environment that this area offers is very family oriented whether you ski or not. All outdoor enthusiasts are welcomed here.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​666
​Trails ​31
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMont Gleason

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Mont Bellevue

Overview

Mont Bellevue is a small community ski area located in the heart of the City of Sherbrooke, about 150 kilometers east of Montréal, a drive of just over an hour and a half to get there. The mountain offers great terrain for the beginner and intermediate skier. 11 trails are available serviced by a fixed grip Quadruple chairlift, along with a Pomalift, and beginners Magic Carpet. Snowmaking covers the entire mountain to ensure optimal coverage and to offer the best conditions possible. Night skiing is offered on all 11 trails from Monday to Saturday. The hill closes at 5pm on Sundays.

Mont Bellevue also offers a few kilometers of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with equipment rentals possible for these activities through the rental shop. There are a couple of tubing runs as well serviced with a handle tow, and a skating rink is available behind the chalet. Hiking is also available during the winter months on marked trails. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The trails at Bellevue are numbered and not named. 5 of the 11 trails are Intermediate and 6 are Easy, and are truly well groomed for the best conditions. There are no Black Diamond trails and no mogul trails at Bellevue, but on trails 5 and 6, you will find the snow park and its jumps and modules. The majority of the skiers are young children, teens, and young families from the area. The chalet houses the Boutique with the ski lesson registry desk, rental and repair shop, and locker area on the first level. The ticket office is on the main level as well, but tickets are purchased from the windows outside. Upstairs you will find the cafeteria and sitting area. The cafeteria offers the usual fast food, hamburgers, hot dogs and soups to refuel with.

Out front of the chalet you will find the Pomalift which will swiftly bring you to the top of the mountain and will give you access to all the trails. When you keep to your left, you will access the trails available that will bring you back to the chalet, or if you keep to your right, you will access trails that will lead to the bottom of the Quad and the snowparks. There is a traverse trail off of trail 3 that will lead back to the Chalet and Pomalift. In front of the Chalet you will also access the Magic Carpet lift that runs parallel to the Poma.

The tubing area is situated alongside the chalet in its own section and consists of 2 runs, and a handle tow to pull you up to the top, or a walkway for those who like to walk up. Tickets for the tube area are available at the ticket windows outside where you get your lift tickets.


Unique Features

One truly unique feature to Mont Bellevue is the illuminated cross that sits atop of the mountain that towers over the lift operators building, and can be seen for miles around. When you arrive in Sherbrooke along the Autoroute, you will see it and all you have to do is follow your way there. The view at the top of the mountain is one that looks out over the city and Lac des Nations, a small lake located in the middle of town.

On Wednesday night it's Ladies Night when the ladies ski free for the evening. Friday is Polar Bear Night where you can ski for the evening for $7 and Saturday Night is Men's night where the men ski free for the evening.

There are quite a few options for lodging in Sherbrooke to choose from within minutes from the mountain should you be coming in for an overnight stay.

There is a two-tier pricing structure at Bellevue. Residents of Sherbooke with proof of residency will ski for a bit less than non-residents. Even with this pricing format, your lift ticket will still fall a bit under $20 for a full day adult lift ticket for a non-resident.


Why visit Mont Bellevue?

Being that it is the smallest area around, and doesn't offer any Expert terrain, Mont Bellevue offers the beginner an excellent opportunity to practice their skills within a safe environment and not worry about being crowded doing it. The intermediate skier will also be satisfied here as well. It is a great area to go to after a day at work or to head to after supper for a couple of hours of skiing. It offers skiing at a very affordable price and you won't be breaking the bank doing so.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​269
​Trails ​11
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​1
​Surface​2
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