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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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

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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.  


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1132 feet
​Trails ​42
​Total Number of Lifts
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteStoneham

Photos of Stoneham

Mont Chilly

Overview

Mont Chilly is located just north of Fort-Coulonge, in the Pontiac region of Western Quebec. The drive along highway 148 from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau takes about 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive on the Ontario side and cross the Ottawa River at Portage du-Fort.

Mont Chilly calls itself a "Micro Resort". The vertical drop is 430ft (130meters) with seven runs that have a consistent fall line. The runs include three glade trails and a steep double black bump run. Think of it as a mini Mad River Glen.

The hill is serviced by a single T-bar hand built by Larry Hernberger. The lift pulls you 800ft up in under 8 minutes.

The Hernberger family have owned Mont Chilly since its opening in 1966-67. This is truly a family run endeavour with three generations of the Hernberger family involved at Mont Chilly, from Larry, to his son Rick, and his son Kurtis.They alone operate the hill with the occasional volunteer and a single ski patroller. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain features seven trails, each with a good amount of alternative routes to take. Starting from the left you have a single long green run (#1) then a mix of blue and black that run across the hill with a blue glade, a double black glade, a double black bum run (#4) think Camp Fortune's Heggtveit back when it was not groomed. On the far right of #4 is a steep double black glade (#5) that drops through a natural hard wood canyon and finishes at the bottom on #4. This is the most challenging trail and features loads of natural features and will hold powder for weeks after a storm.

Generally, the hill is only open on weekends but will open on some holidays like March break or Family Day. People should either call or check Chilly's Facebook page for opening updates. The Mont Chilly website is not actively updated. Hours are 10am till around 4pm with lift tickets costing $25 for adults and $20 for children and students. Keep in mind that 10am is a rough start time so there is no need to rush to the hill. These days the kitchen is rarely open so bring a lunch. There is also no bar. However, there is a rental and repair shop in the basement of the small lodge.The hill rents newish carving skis, retro straights skis from the 80's and 90's, snow blades and a couple snowboards.If you are looking for the newest ski tech you're not going to find it. A full package rental will cost you about $20, helmets are an extra $5.

Please keep in mind that Mont Chilly does not have any snow making equipment and grooming is very basic and only done when needed.With no snow making the season will generally start very late like late January or early February unless they have a great snowy start to the season.The last weekend is sometime in April. In 2018 the last weekend was April 21-22nd.


Unique Features

Real snow, steep pitches, glades and retro charm.While other resorts in the area groom the trails flat and perfect which generally equals boring Chilly likes it natural.Be ready for fresh snow, bumps and clumps. Another unique feature of the hill is the glade skiing which for Western Quebec resorts is a rarity. Run # 2 is a blue trail that is lightly gladed and has some natural and man-made jumps. This is a favourite for young park focused skiers. #3 is a black diamond glade and #5 is a long steep glade for experts only.

The best thing about Mont Chilly is that everything about it is focused on the skiing! You would be hard pressed to find another ski hill that is still stuck in in the 1960's.


Why visit Mont Chilly?

Mont Chilly is recommended for people who want to ski like its 1967 again.Powder hounds will also be into Chilly as it generally only opens on weekends and holidays, so a big week of snowfall will leave the hill covered in POW!

Staff and patrons are friendly and talkative. You will meet people and talk! Wow what a concept when people on other hills are glued to their phones on the lifts.

Chilly is also a draw for Telemark skiers because of the snow and natural terrain.

People into flat groomed to perfection trails may want to stay away as Mont Chilly likes it natural. Snowboarders should be warned that the hill is only serviced by a T-bar.

At $25 a lift ticket for real snow and steep pitches on hill that is never busy Mont Chilly is a great bang for your buck.


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Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​430
​Trails ​7
​Total Number of Lifts
​1
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​0
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMont Chilly Facebook

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Mont-Sainte-Anne

Overview

Mont-Sainte-Anne, located about 40 minutes from Quebec City, is a world apart from the rest. The mountain, the views of the St. Lawrence river, the facilities, and the challenge offered by the ski trails are truly ahead of the competition.

The mountain features 71 trails, with 20 trails open for the highest vertical (2050 feet) night skiing in Canada. Signature trails like La Crete offer breathtaking experiences, with views unlike anywhere else. The lifts too are unique, including the only bubble quad chairlift (the other at Stoneham) in all of Quebec.The base of the mountain is well laid out, with the basics, the main lodge and cafeteria, restaurants and bars, and lodging. The Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne hotel is located immediately at the base of the main gondola, giving true ski in and ski out luxury. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Mont-Sainte-Anne has a north and south side, as well as a small side dedicated to natural skiing (not groomed).

The south side, is the main side of the mountain with the highest vertical drop at 2050 feet. Served by several lifts, most notably the Étoile Filante gondola and the Express du Sud bubble quad chairlift. The west half of the South side has the expert terrain, which provides some of the most challenging terrain east of the Rockies in Canada, many containing bumps and moguls, and others groomed. Classics are La Crete and the S and Super S trails, providing excitement and thrills to experts and hardcore skiers. The expert zone also has it's own detachable quad chairlift and a separate chalet near the edge of its summit, providing impressive views of the river and surrounding region.

Moving towards the east of the mountain's south side, the trails become more intermediate and beginner. Some classics include Le Gros Valon, and the Pichard (which even has a sugar shack located half way down). At the base of the mountain is the ideal beginner zone, consisting of two magic carpets, one of which is the longest in Canada, in a zone separate from all other trails and skiers.

On the north side, accessed by either riding the Gondola or the Express du Sud and Tortue chairlifts, there are more advanced, intermediate and beginner trails. This side has about half the vertical drop of the south side, however, thanks to its orientation, tends to have better snow conditions, and in fact it is the first and last area of the mountain to open and close each year. The only downside is that the north side offers no night skiing. One trail which is really fun is the Enchanted Forest. It is a glade beginner trail, suitable to most skill levels, reasonably sloped with a fairly long length. A great way to experience your first glades on skis or snowboard.


Unique Features

Night skiing is truly a level above the rest here at Mont-Sainte-Anne. The vertical drop offered is unmatched in Canada, and really makes for an exciting experience. The trails take a good amount of time to descend, and when combined with the views of twinkling lights below and the sheer size of the night skiing terrain available, leave you completely satisfiedand definitely exhausted by the time the lifts have shut down for the night.

Located just below the summit of the mountain is the summit chalet, offering meals and drinks throughout the season. During spring skiing, the outdoor terrace is open and always features a fun, warm ambiance with music and BBQ.

The bubble quad on the south side is very unique at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and is only 1 of 2 in Quebec (the other located at Stoneham). This lift give a quick easy ride up the mountain typical of a chairlift but provides the comfort and shelter of a gondola. Wind, snow and the cold are a thing of the past once the bubble comes down to surround you.

Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne is the full resort hotel located at the base of the mountain by the Gondola. Featuring hotel rooms, suites and condos, a spa and restaurants, as well as meeting rooms and convention space, the Chateau takes ski-in ski-out lodging to the next level with style and comfort. There is even a general store in the lobby, perfect for picking up ready made meals to heat up in your room or suite.

Mont-Sainte-Anne also features a small little pedestrian village area at the south base, with shops, places to eat and hang out. 


Why visit Mont-Sainte-Anne?

No visit to the Quebec City region is complete without a visit to Mont-Sainte-Anne. Here is a mountain that offers an excellent selection of terrain for all skill levels and desires.The mountain stands out thanks to its snow quality and conditions, to the variety of trails, to the well designed lift network that brings you to the various areas quickly and efficiently, and also works well to keep you where you want to be on the mountain.The snowmaking and grooming are perfect, producing an enjoyable surface to ski on throughout the day. Add to this the perfect lodging options and you can quickly see that Mont-Sainte-Anne is ready to elevate your skiing experience to new heights. 


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​2050
​Trails ​71
​Total Number of Lifts
​9
​Gondolas​1
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​4
​Official WebsiteMont-Sainte-Anne

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Mont Tremblant

Overview

Mont Tremblant is located in Québec's Laurentian region, and is commonly referred to as the Disney World of Skiing. The ski resort is most known for its large and expansive pedestrian village located at the base of the mountain, featuring hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment. The mountain itself offers 102 trails, spread over 4 sides of the mountain, making it the largest ski mountain in Quebec. Tremblant also has the second highest vertical drop for skiing in Québec, allowing for long descents, with all levels of trails offered, including plenty of glades.

The mountain has 14 lifts, that include 6 high speed detachable quads, and 2 gondolas, giving a quick and efficient ride back up the mountain. The Grand Manitou, the large summit chalet, offers meals and great views while taking a break. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The South Side is the main side of Tremblant and the first side you will typically see when approaching the mountain. Here you will find the pedestrian village at the base and the majority of the parking facilities. From the parking base, a quick 2 minute ride on the open-air Cabriolet gondola lift will whisk you to the ski base, and the main lifts. Trails on this side offer incredible views of Lac Tremblant and the Pedestrian Village below. The main beginner trail, Nansen can be found here. It is the longest trail on the mountain at 6km in length. Popular intermediate trails like Beauvallon and Alpine again provide stunning views of the region, while offering plenty of speed and excitement. In general the South Side has trails for all skill levels but mostly towards easy and intermediate. For more advanced and expert skiers, trails like Taschereau, Kandahar and Erik Guay will definitely please thrill seekers thanks to their sweeping terrain and plenty of fall-line pitches. The main snowpark "Adrenaline" is located underneath the Flying Mile chairlift, complete with large jumps, and a wide array of boxes, modules and rails.

The North Side is the second main access point to the mountain. It also contains parking and a base chalet, however they are located within steps of the ski lifts, providing a more direct access. Standout trails on this side include Supérieur, Expo (which is a venerable wall of moguls) and Duncan.

The Edge is the natural side of the mountain. More savage and gladded than the rest, these trails are highly enjoyed due to their variety of tree skiing and ungroomed trails available. Served by a single slow quad chairlift, you can be assured great times on these trails all day long.

The Versant Soleil is the sunny side of the mountain, features long top to bottom cruiser trails. Of particular note is the Refuge, located about ¼ the way down the Laurentienne trail. This log cabin serves light meals by a fireplace and is a cozy spot to take a break while on the mountain. Toboggan and Tapecul trails are some of the best and most enjoyable intermediates on the mountain, with amazing views along the way. The base of this area features the Casino de Mont Tremblant, as well as a few additional lodging options. The base of the Versant Soleil and Casino link to the village of the South Side by means of a gondola lift. 


Unique Features

There are several unique features of Tremblant.

The first and most noticeable is the pedestrian village located at the base of the South Side. Here you will find dozens of hotels and condos, restaurants and bars, shops and boutiques of all kinds and variety. Everything is within walking distance, and so you can park when you arrive and access everything easily. To make things even better, an open air gondola, known as the Cabriolet transports visitors quickly from the base of the village to the top. All year long, thematic events, and shows take place in the many squares of the village, from music festivals to shows and competitions, there is always something to see and experience.

The Grand Manitou is the summit chalet located at the top of the mountain. It gives guests excellent views of the surrounding region and provides the perfect stop for lunch and a break from the slopes. You can also grab a meal or drink at the cafeteria and bar.

The mountain's South and North Sides are divided in two, the lower and the upper half. As a result, there are ski lifts that go from the base to the summit as well as half mountain lifts that bring you from base to mid, and mid to summit. This allows you to enjoy your favorite trails without having to return to the summit or ski all the way to the base. This is also of great benefit at the start of the season when only the upper mountain is open. 


Why visit Mont Tremblant?

Mont Tremblant offers everything for a perfect ski vacation, or even the perfect day on the slopes. From the largest ski mountain in the province of Quebec with skiing on 4 unique sides, to the pedestrian village at the base of the slopes, to the large variety of restaurants, bars, entertainment and lodging, Tremblant has everything you need to have a perfect time in a mountain paradise. When you are skiing you are treated to impeccable trails and views all around the mountain. From groomed cruisers to more natural mogul and glade trails, the variety is very large, and the trails are very long. When taking a break or for après-ski, the choices are virtually endless, from the summit chalet "Le Grand Manitou" to the pedestrian village filled with a unique variety of restaurants, the choices are certainly endless. Finishing off the day in comfort, the many hotels and condos available are just a few steps away from the trails, shops and restaurants. Come out and enjoy one of the most beloved ski destinations in North America.


Trail Map

South Side & Versant Soleil
North Side & The Edge

Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​2116
​Trails ​102
​Total Number of Lifts
​14
​Gondolas​3
​Chairlifts​8
​Surface​3
​Cabriolet​1
​Official WebsiteTremblant

Tremblant - Pedestrian Village Map

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Bromont, montagne d'éxperiences

Overview

Bromont, montagne d'éxperiences, is a very unique ski resort, located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, only an hour away from downtown Montreal. Bromont offers over a hundred trails on 7 sides of the mountain. The sheer number of trails, and possibilities to descend the mountain are overwhelming. Bromont also offers the largest night skiing domain in North America, with 7 sides illuminated on certain nights for skiing under the stars, occasionally well past midnight. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Once the skiing starts, even beginners will feel safe and welcome. Bromont has a unique beginner mountain called Mont Soleil, separate from the main mountain. A magic carpet and a quad chairlift welcome the novice skiers on its easy and intermediate trails. There are even beginner glades to try and enjoy. These trails are also surrounded by many mountain side homes and condos.

Moving beyond Mont Soleil, you are next met by the Versant du Village, the main side of Mont Brome, which presents the highest vertical drop at Bromont of 380 meters. Trails here offer challenges for all skill levels, from the World Cup trail, to Cowansville and Brome, there is definitely something to enjoy by all. The mountain has a unique summit area, where three of the main lifts meet. The summit, while smaller compared to Tremblant or Mont Sainte-Anne, has a unique feeling in that you do feel like you are at the top. The descents start as soon as you get off the chairlift. You can easily see 360 degrees around the area, spotting other ski mountains in the distance, sometimes even as far as Vermont. Looking at the trail map, you quickly realize that most trails are named after Canadian cities or towns, as well as the USA and beyond. The challenge is to conquer the trail named after your home town or city. The Versant du Village is served by two parallel lifts, providing access to the summit. The first a hybrid combination lift (6 passenger chairlift and 8 passenger gondola), and the second a quad chairlift.

There are 5 other sides to Bromont, which include the Versant du Midi, Versant du Cote-Ouest, Versant des Cantons, Versant des Épinettes and Versant du Lac (which features its own base lodge and parking facilities). Each one offers something different, from more glades, to natural snow, from trails that are straighter, to others with many turns and dips. Combined with world class night skiing, you have unlimited choices to explore, day or night.

The Versant des Épinettes is the best kept secret of the mountain. The trails here are unlike the rest, with lots of turns and slopes, several in natural snow. Many trails give you views of the other summits of the mountain, and make you feel like you are in Europe, as the resort is truly expansive.


Unique Features

From the well-designed service buildings, including the restaurants, bars and lodges, and the sizable parking lots, the base area is ready to meet your needs.

Bromont even brings the night skiing experience to new heights, during "Les Nuits Blanches", lifts close at 2am, and the evening is filled with parties and themed events.

Bromont is known for its snow conditions and grooming. Twice a day, the majority of the trails are groomed. This ensures that the slopes are in top condition for the night skiing crowd, who often suffer at other resorts. The Corduroy, as the snow is often referred to, is made to perfection, and maintained with elaborate grooming strategies. Most main trails are re-groomed throughout the day, ensuring good conditions day long and also for those arriving at night. Bromont guarantees their ski conditions, meaning that if you aren't satisfied within your first 30 minutes, you can go back to customer service and they will exchange your lift ticket for a future visit to the resort.


Why visit Bromont?

The staff is friendly, the services are well thought out, everything speaks with a clear direction in mind, offering skiers and snowboarders the best experience on the mountain.

Overall, Bromont is worthy of its reputation. Offering world class skiing on a large variety of trails for all skill levels. The snow and conditions are proof that constant care and maintenance enhance the enjoyment and experience. Also, don't forget about the many events throughout the year, including the "Nuits Blanches" evenings, and you have a winner! 


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1263
​Trails ​141
​Total Number of Lifts
​9
Hybrid Lift (6-Chair /8-Gondola)​1
​Chairlifts​7
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteBromont

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Mount Pakenham

Overview

This family friendly mountain is widely known as one of the premiere institutions of learning how to ski and snowboard in the province of Ontario. "It All Starts Here" is Mount Pakenham's motto, and it quickly becomes clear why. Thanks to many lifts and trail choices, as well as a fantastic ski school, all ideally suited for beginners, Mount Pakenham has everything to ensure a beginner's experience on snow is the first of many to come.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain has 10 trails, for all skill levels, including some glades, and a terrain park. The mountain is laid out and setup, in such a way to ensure everything is available to have a proper progression while you learn, from a first time beginner to an advanced skier. From magic carpets and a rope tow at the base of the mountain, to the summit chairlifts, everything is made simple, accessible and comfortable.

The main trails have plenty of smaller trails crisscrossing throughout, in other words, each trail has different paths you can take. Even the more challenging trails have ways to descend that allow you to avoid several of the steeper sections. Beginners and novice skiers will certainly feel a sense of accomplishment here, as they will not be overly limited by where they can go. Instead they will find themselves exploring the mountain without exiting their comfort zone.


Unique Features

The chalet, recently renovated and expanded, has a warm mountain lodge feel to it that you will find very welcoming. From here you can see most of the main trails as they all lead back to this area. This creates a sense of security for parents warming up inside, allowing them to keep an eye on their loved ones while they continue to ski or participate in lessons.

Once the ski boots come off, more fun awaits at the snow tubing area. With an outdoor fire pit, perfect for parents to stay warm while the kids go sliding, the tubing area is an activity loved and enjoyed by all in the family. The mountain also offers cross-country trails and snowshoeing. Truly something for everyone, and anyone who enjoy the winter!


Why visit Mount Pakenham?

From great programs at the snow school, to a happy dancing mascot who loves giving kids high-fives, Mount Pakenham is without a doubt the perfect place for any family to come together and enjoy the snow, as well as a highly recommended option for those being introduced to the world of skiing and snowboarding, thanks to its many ski school programs and terrain ideally suited to learn and progress.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​280
​Trails ​10
​Total Number of Lifts
​7
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​4
​Official WebsiteMount Pakenham

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Mont Cascades

Overview

Mont Cascades is located in the Gatineau mountains, about 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa. While its main vocation is a ski resort in the winter, in the summer the mountain transforms into the region's Mountain Waterpark, featuring some of the exciting lineup of Ottawa based Proslide. The mountain offers trails and terrain ranging from beginner slopes in a dedicated ski area with it's own lifts, to advanced and race level slopes.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

Mont Cascades is made up of 2 mountain faces, each having a different orientation to the sun. The beginner trails and intermediates are found on the main side, served by 4 lifts (Quad, 2 doubles and a magic carpet). The more expert terrain is on the other side of the mountain, served by a triple chair. All the trails have a constant slope to them, meaning you won't find yourself on a trail that has a flat section. Several of the intermediate trails, most notably Promenade and Facade have rolls and knolls in the slope, making it quite enjoyable to descend and carve. Alouette (located near the double chairlift), is a fun intermediate, with many rolls and turns, in a quieter part of the mountain.

Views from the mountain are spectacular. From the summit of the main quad chairlift, you can catch glimpses of nearby mountains, and the Gatineau river, as well as downtown Ottawa and Gatineau off in the distance.

There are two lodges, located at the two different bases of the mountain. The main lodge, is a brown and red wood building, which is fairly spacious and cozy, while remaining rustic. It offers a perfect view of the mountain, and you are able to see people descend the entire length of several of the trails, located in front. The World Cup lodge, on the other face of the mountain, operates mostly on weekends and holidays. Hosting it's own parking, this lodge allows you quick access to favorite trails.


Unique Features

Mont Cascades is a nice ski resort, that has trails to suit all skill levels. Of particular mention is the beginner's area, served by a small double chairlift and magic carpet. It is separate from the main mountain, so beginners will feel more secure. It offers a good progression from a small slope and magic carpet to a slightly longer and more inclined trail, reached by a slow double chairlift. In our opinion, we believe it to be very well designed and see it as a very ideal environment to first experience the world of skiing.

For those seeking thrills and tricks, Mont Cascades features an impressive progressive snowpark, occupying one and a half trails of the mountain. The park is huge, filled with features, modules and rails that are designed to take advantage of the contours and unique aspects of the slopes.

In collaboration with Hot 89.9FM, Mont Cascades features skiing till midnight on select days of the season, with an après-ski that is not to be missed in the main lodge, with DJ, party and fun.

Mont Cascades also features many options for lift tickets, ranging from 2, 3 or 4 hour passes as well as full day or night. Several factors combine to make Mont Cascades a perfect choice for your ski outing and adventures.


Why visit Mont Cascades?

Mont Cascades offers great trails for all skill levels, on two mountain sides. From your regular cruiser trails such as Promenade to the more exciting and twisting slopes like Hogan, you are sure to find your fill. Between the large snowpark, to the two chalets, to the Friday midnight skiing and the many lift ticket price points, Mont Cascades is ready for you to visit and discover.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​540
​Trails ​20
​Total Number of Lifts
​6
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​4
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteMont Cascades

Photos of Mont Cascades

Calabogie Peaks

Overview

Calabogie Peaks is the highest vertical drop for a public ski resort in the province of Ontario. The mountain islocated approximately an hour from Ottawa, and offers 24 trails, 30% beginner, 45% intermediate and 25% advanced/expert, served by 2 quad chairlifts, and a magic carpet for beginners. The resort is also the only mountain in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais that has ski in/ski out lodging, located right in the base area.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain is split into two distinct sections. To the right, is the Solar Express, serving mainly the beginner and intermediate terrain. Many of these trails have multiple ways to enter, as well as when you leave. At Calabogie, the options are there, making for an interesting mountain to explore, as you can create your own descents in many cases by combining different trails. To the left is the Lakeview chair, showcasing the best views from the mountain, and offering more of the advanced and expert trails. From this summit, you can easily access any of the trails on the mountain. Located in the middle is the Face of Tiger, one of the most prominent steeps in the province, a definite source of adrenaline and excitement for those seeking thrills.

The mountain also offers a large beginners bowl area for new skiers and snowboarders, served by a long magic carpet. This zone is completely separate from the main skiable terrain, creating a safe atmosphere and environment in which to learn and practice.

While the mountain contains a fantastic selection of trails, here are a few that stand out. Buckshot, an advanced trail, that isn't overly challenging but has a very fun drop half way down, is worthy of several repeat runs. O'Brien's Fancy is another enjoyable advanced trail, with several drops and steps as you progress further down the mountain. Barret Chute and Face of the Tiger, are intermediate to advanced trails, located at the bottom between the two chairlifts. They provide great views of the region below and the Calabogie lake, but end with a surprising drop into the final stretch.


Unique Features

There is a warming hut at the summit of the mountain, next to the Lakeview chairlift. Inside you can find light snacks and drinks, and a wood burning fireplace for heat. With large windows, you can get great views of the region.

Lodging options are plenty, with over 60 rooms available in a variety of forms. The Calabogie Hotel (Dickson Manor), offers traditional hotel rooms and suites, as well as all the expected amenities including a bar, restaurant and pools. Condo units are another option. All lodging is located at the base of the mountain with the benefit of skiing in and out.The staff at the mountain are all very friendly and courteous. The lodge is modern, clean and functional.


Why visit Calabogie Peaks?

A visit to Calabogie Peaks is highly recommended. For those living in the Ottawa / Gatineau region, located within an hour or less of the city, and at about half the time or less to the Laurentians, you will find a great mountain that features the highest vertical drop in all of Ontario. You definitely experience the big mountain feel, as the terrain is quite vast, offering a wide variety of trails, with plenty of features. Attention to detail and quality are two things you will clearly find in abundance when visiting Calabogie Peaks. The impressive snow-making system, constantly being upgraded, makes wonders in little time, transforming the Dickson Mountain from green to white and always helping to guarantee great conditions.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​780
​Trails ​24
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteCalabogie Peaks

Photos of Calabogie Peaks

Mont Ste Marie

Overview

Mont Ste Marie is a true skier's mountain. Offering double the vertical drop of any ski area in the Outaouais region with over 1200 feet.

Bob Sudermann, owner of Mont Ste Marie, often says to "Make it a goal to ski the vertical of Mount Everest in one day at Mont Ste Marie... 28 runs". Thanks to the two high speed detachable quads, you definitely can accomplish this feat. Lift lines are virtually non existent.

Mont Ste Marie offers some of the best expert terrain in the region, with trails such as Betsy and Formidable, both double diamond walls. They are equally impressive to see as they are to ski. Most trails afford great views and vistas of the surrounding region, even allowing a glimpse on a clear day of Mont Tremblant off in the far distance.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The resort is comprised of two mountains, Vanier and Cheval Blanc. They are connected by ski trails, as well as a small tram that goes from the base of Vanier to near the base of Cheval Blanc.

Vanier mountain offers primarily beginner and intermediate terrain. At the base of this mountain is a snow-cross course, appropriate for most skill levels. It is complete with banked turns, bumps and jumps, allowing many to experience for themselves the thrill of this new Olympic sport.

Cheval Blanc has intermediate and expert terrain, including the signature trail of the resort, Dustin Cook. From the top of Cheval Blanc, you can go off to the side from the top of the chairlift, through a little clearing in the trees, where you can again take in the impressive views offered by the summit, as well as see the neighboring Vanier mountain.


Unique Features

For the skiers from the Ottawa/Gatineau region, is there an advantage to visiting this mountain? Many! First is proximity, at only 1 hour from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, this makes it half the distance and time to the Laurentians. The price, again almost half that found at other large mountans. The lift lines, virtually non existent, so say goodbye to the endless waiting, occurring everywhere else. For a mountain this size, offering terrain such as it does, Mont Ste Marie is a shining beacon in the region.

The main chalet at the base of the mountain is spacious and fully featured. Complete with a bar/resto, a cafeteria, the rentals and boutique; it offers all the essentials for a great experience. During special events or simply to enjoy the sun, the large outdoor terrace gives you front row seats to enjoy the action on the slopes.

For the more adventurous skiers, powder seekers, a new development on the south side of the mountain is for you. The Versant Sudermann, is an all natural ski trail, offering a vertical of over 1300 feet, with natural pristine snow conditions. This trail provides amazing views during your entire descent. This side is only open on select days, when the ski conditions are perfect. It is reached from the top of Vanier mountain. Once at the bottom, you won't find a chairlift, instead a shuttle bus will bring you back to the main side of the mountain. All of this combines to ensure great conditions that last.


Why visit Mont Ste Marie?

Overall, it really can't be stressed enough that Mont Ste Marie is a true skier's mountain. The terrain, the views, the advantages you will have visiting here, all make it the perfect choice to experience skiing at its best, unhampered by the common frustrations found elsewhere.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1318
​Trails ​21
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMont Ste Marie

Photos of Mont Ste Marie

Ski Vorlage

Overview

Ski Vorlage is located in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, about 30 minutes away from downtown Ottawa. This ski resort is one of the most family friendly ski areas in the Gatineau mountains. Just visit the mountain and you will see the difference. You will find plenty of young families, kids, and adults, who want to enjoy the sport of skiing. Ski Vorlage also pays special attention to grooming, ensuring a nice corduroy white carpet on which to learn, carve and enjoy.

Ski Vorlage has a vertical drop of 140 metres, spread over 17 trails, with 13 open at night. The mountain has 3 double chairlifts, a t-bar and a magic carpet.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

You will find a great variety of trails, from beginner to expert. The trails all have a constant incline to them, so you won't find any flat sections.

For the absolute novice, La Pente Douce is the easiest trail in the beginner's area, and definitely the best choice to do your first turns and learn the basics. The trail is very gently pitched and sloped. This section is completely separate from the rest of the mountain creating a safe atmosphere to learn and enjoy. Next to this trail, is Sun Dance, which provides a nice progression once you master La Pente Douce. There are three ways to go down this trail, all geared towards improving your skills, in order to prepare a beginner for the rest of the mountain. The beginner's zone also features a magic carpet and learning slope, for the first time beginner.

At this point, you can progress to the Blue or Green chairlifts, or the t-bar. Trails such as Birch Valley, Look Out, or Cote des Neiges are nice smooth intermediate trails. Some of the best views are from the top of Look Out and Snow Dance, giving you a view of the Wakefield village and the surrounding region. Many trails have lots of turns, and rolls, making them quite interesting and fun.Golden Trail, which is accessed from the top of Birch Valley, is another nice intermediate, narrow with some rolls, leading you to the final steep pitch of Cream Puff. There is even a gladed trail, Maple Run, allowing you to experience the excitement of skiing between the trees.

More advanced skiers will enjoy Chien Chaud, a narrow trail with several steeper pitches, culminating with a very steep wall. Carnaval and Chute, seen on the ride up the Blue chairlift, are two other expert trails to master, leaving Headwall as the ultimate goal to conquer.


Unique Features

Vorlage is known for its family atmosphere and environment. Children and families looking to begin their experience on snow will feel safe and secure, thanks to Vorlage's ski school and gentle terrain that's perfectly suited for learning. The beginner slopes are served by their own lift and on their own separate part of the mountain, free from fast skiers and worry.

The main lodge has a large outdoor terrace on the upper level, the perfect place to relax and soak in some rays, especially in the Spring, while enjoying the classic spring ambience. The resto-bar area offers a more relaxing table and chair setting, offering a quieter and more relaxing place to rest.

For those looking to have a longer stay, Wakefield village is just a short walk away, and offers several lodging options, from auberges, to bed and breakfast to hotels. The village also offers lots of après-ski options, with many restaurants and bars.


Why visit Ski Vorlage?

Vorlage is highly recommended especially to young families with kids, looking for a positive and safe environment to learn and enjoy skiing. It has the perfect beginner terrain for new skiers/snowboarders, as well as intermediate and advanced terrain, offering an excellent progression for learning or just having a great time out on the slopes. Come ski the difference, at Vorlage!


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​430
​Trails ​18
​Total Number of Lifts
​5
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteSki Vorlage

Photos of Ski Vorlage

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1312
​Trails ​33
​Total Number of Lifts
​2
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​1
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteMassif du Sud

Photos of Massif du Sud

Killington

Overview

Killington Mountain is the second highest peak in the state of Vermont at 4,236 ft. Situated a few hours from Boston, Montréal, and New York City, this mountain makes for a popular weekend trip. Known as the Beast of the East, Killington offers some of the best terrain on the East Coast with 6 peaks and 155 trails. Of the trails, 28% are easier, 33% more difficult and 39% most difficult. With 73 miles of skiable terrain you're bound to find your next favorite trail.

Since Killington gets an average snowfall of 200 inches per season and has an elaborate snowmaking system covering over 600 skiable acres, they tend to have one of the longest ski seasons of the surrounding mountains. In the 15/16 season they closed on May 28th and the 16/17 season made it all the way until June 1st. 


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

For beginners, Snowshed and Ramshead Mountain will offer the best trails for that ability level. Both these mountains are mainly green trails with some great blues as well for those who have mastered the greens. On the weekends Snowshed slope will be very crowded so I suggest sticking to the side trail, Yodeler. Snowshed and Ramshead both offer learn to ski areas served by a magic carpet. On Ramshead Easy Street is a great long and winding run for beginners. And once comfortable on Easy Street, Header is a great next step as a moderate blue where one can really pick up some speed.

For those of intermediate ability, Snowdon Mountain, Skye Peak and the top of the Killington Peak will offerma wide variety blue runs. On Snowdon Mountain, both Bunny Buster and Chute offer people the ability to ski straight down and back onto the Snowdon Quad which services this peak. On Skye Peak, Cruise Control is a great run for those who have just graduated from the greens and enjoy a nice wide trail. Once one feels comfortable on Cruise Control and bumps, Needles Eye is a great next step. This run offers steeper terrain and by the afternoon has some nice bumps to practice technical skills. On the Killington Peak, Great Northern is a great blue run that traverses over to Snowdown Mountain and covers a great amount of terrain. For those wanting a great warmup run, Rime, Reason and East Fall are nice short runs serviced by the North Ridge Triple. This area is usual not too crowded and offers people the ability to get their ski legs ready for the day ahead with moderately steep terrain and a more narrow profile.

For advanced and expert skiers, both Bear Mountain and the Canyon offer more challenging terrain. Outer Limits (double black) on Bear Mountain is known as one of the steepest slopes on the East Coast and after a run down this slope ones' quads will be feeling the workout! Wildfire is a great alternate for advanced skiers who aren't quite ready for Outer Limits but want to experience big bumps and steep terrain. The Canyon, accessed by the K1 Gondola or the Snowdon Triple offers the most black diamond terrain. Once in The Canyon, the Canyon Quad will feed everyone back to the top of this area. Escapade, Cascade and Double Dipper all offer challenging, narrow and steep terrain and are usually not too crowded. East Fall is a great warm up run for the Canyon which is relatively wider.

Finally for terrain parks, the Stash on Bear Mountain is where all the best features are. However, these features can be advanced so for those looking for a beginner park, Timerline, Astroland and the Easy Street Progression Park on Ramshead Mountain offer moderate features to train on. 


Unique Features

Killington Mountain features 6 lodges which all offer ski services and food. One of the best lodges is the Peak Lodge found at the top of the K-1 Gondola where people can get gourmet burgers, pasta and sandwiches and eat with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Throughout the mountain one can find small snack shacks to fuel up with Gatorade, small snacks, chips, or hot dogs to power through the end of the day.

At the bottom of the mountain after a day of skiing/snowboarding there is a great après ski scene at the Umbrella Bars located at both the K1 Lodge and Snowshed lodge. For those that make reservations, there is an old ski lift motor room that has been turned into the Motor Room Bar atop Bear Mountain. And for those starving after a long day of skiing/snowboarding, they can make a reservation to be chauffeured to the Ledgewood Yurt off the side of the Snowshed Slope.

Killington has also featured FIS Women's World Cup racing events for two years in a row. They held both a slalom and giant slalom event on the Superstar trail and over 20,000 people showed up to spectate. Mikaela Shiffrin competed in both events both years and came away with wins each time. The atmosphere during the World Cup should not be missed!


Why visit Killington?

Killington is one of the premiere mountains on the East Coast with over 1,500 skiable acres. Not only does the mountain offer great terrain and views of the Green Mountains but it has the whole ski mountain package. Great food, drinks, and a ton of fun spots down the Mountain Road. And the truly passionate skiers/snowboarders will be able to hit the mountain all the way into June! There are also plans to build a massive downtown village which will rival villages found at mountains like Mont Tremblant.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​3050
​Trails ​155
​Total Number of Lifts
​21
​Gondolas​3
​Chairlifts​13
​Surface​5
​Official WebsiteKillington

Photos of Killington

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.  


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Bretton Woods

Sommet Edelweiss

Overview

Sommet Edelweiss is located in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, and is a 30 minute drive from Ottawa, once you have crossed the bridge into Quebec. Edelweiss presents the second highest vertical drop in the Gatineau region. The mountain features 20 trails, served by 3 quad chairlifts, one of which, the Edelbahn Express is a high speed detachable. A magic carpet is set up in the beginner area.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The mountain has a unique form to it, shaped like an amphitheater, with all the trails ending in front of the main chalet. This is perfect for families, as you can always count on everyone ending up in the same general area after each run. Easy beginner trails are found to the left and become intermediate and expert trails as you move further to the right of the mountain, making it easy to know where you should and shouldn't be based on your skill level.

For beginners just starting, there is a separate area at the base of the mountain, served by a magic carpet lift, allowing you to learn the basics without fear of faster skiers crossing your path. The main beginner slopes, Easy Street and Chemin des Bois are among the longest at Edelweiss. They offer very interesting descents right from the summit and are complete with plenty of turns and twists and intersections between one another. Next to the beginner trails is Yodeler, which features the mountain's snowpark. The snowpark is a top to bottom trail filled with a variety of rails, boxes, and modules, as well as jumps of different sizes and profiles. Next is the intermediate trail Zoomer, located underneath the main detachable quad chairlift. This trail promises plenty of speed, along with a stepping profile. Continuing farther, is Strief and Olympic, among the steepest trails at Edelweiss. Their difficulty on the second half varies depending on whether you descend on the left or right-hand sides. Finally at the far right is Shotgun, a classic trail that zig-zags its way down, culminating with a rather surprising drop at its end. 

Unofficially, there are a few small glades to discover, located on the left side of Chemin des Bois.


Unique Features

Sommet Edelweiss has several unique features. The first is the amphitheater shape, where all trails end by the main chalet. With the exception of the Meister 4000 chairlift which only serves the beginner trails, all the lifts give access to the entire skiable domain, giving you options to avoid crowds if one lift is busy. The profile of the ski trails ranging from beginner on the far left and working up to expert as you move across to the right. Edelweiss also contains a snow tubing park, served by a magic carpet lift. The trails are long and several are quite steep, providing another way to enjoy your day on the slopes, even with those who don't ski or snowboard.


Why visit Sommet Edelweiss?

Sommet Edelweiss offers several features that allow it to differentiate itself from the other ski areas in the region. The trail network is easy to navigate due to the shape and profile of the mountain which gives access to almost the entire mountain from any lift and allowing each trail to end in the main base area. The trails are all among the longest and the mountain offers the 2nd highest vertical drop in the Gatineau region. The two beginner trails, Easy Street and Chemin des Bois offer plenty of intersection between each other, allowing you to carve out several unique variations during your descent. With night skiing across all but one trail and staying open on Sunday nights, Sommet Edelweiss has what it takes to make your time on the slopes memorable and exciting.  


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​656 feet
​Trails ​20
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​3
​Surface​1
​Official WebsiteSommet Edelweiss

Photos of Sommet Edelweiss

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​1150
​Trails ​44
​Total Number of Lifts
​4
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​2
​Surface​2
​Official WebsiteMount Abram

Photos of Mount Abram

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​350
​Trails ​8
​Total Number of Lifts
​3
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​0
​Surface​3
​Official WebsiteCochran's Ski Area

Photos of Cochran's

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Whaleback Mountain

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.  


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Mont Orford

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.  


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Mont Sutton

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Owl's Head

Camp Fortune

Overview

Camp Fortune is the closest ski mountain to the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, at only a 15 minute drive away. The mountain features a wide variety of trails, spread over 3 distinct mountain sides. Each side offers something different, from family atmosphere, to more challenging steep and higher speed trails, to long intermediate cruisers, Camp Fortune has it all, with 25 trails, 13 of which are open for night skiing, served by 8 lifts, consisting of 4 quad chairlifts and 1 triple. The mountain also features 2 base chalets, offering options for where you want to start and end your day.

Located in Gatineau Park, Camp Fortune offers great ski conditions all season long thanks to snowmaking coverage on almost all trails.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

The Valley is the main side of Camp Fortune, and is home to the large main chalet and all the services of the mountain. As its name implies, this area is formed inside a Valley with skiing on three of its sides. Starting with the Pineault sector, you will find the main beginner trails as well as the snow park. Clifford sector has beginner to advanced trails, and are also very popular for race trailing and competitions. Two magic carpet lifts can be found at the base of this area. Finally, the Alexander t-bar side offers a more retro skiing experience, with no snowmaking and operating only on weekends and holidays.

The Meech side of the mountain features two trails, both intermediate in difficulty. Paradis, the longest trail at Camp Fortune, offers several constant pitches over the course of its descent. North American is more of a natural snow trail, frequently left ungroomed, allowing bumps and moguls to form. Despite only having two trails, the lift lines on Meech are always short to non-existent, even on weekends.

Skyline, the third side of the mountain is actually the first you pass when driving to Camp Fortune. This side has a small chalet, offering lighter snacks, meals and drinks. Skyline features the most challenging and expert terrain, with the highest vertical drop. Heggtveit, a double diamond, offers consistent fall-line skiing from top to bottom. Other trails such as Canadian and Bud Clark, offer steep drops and high speed, culminating into a bowl shaped area near the bottom where most trails converge. Sparks, the sole intermediate trail, winds its way down around the outer perimeter of Skyline, and offers plenty of turns and action. The best views can usually be found on Skyline thanks to its orientation towards the city.

There are a few gladed trails spread across the mountain, ranging from intermediate to expert. To the side of Marshall you will find a glade that is relatively tame, while on Skyline passing just under the chairlift, you will find one that is narrow and steep.


Unique Features

Camp Fortune offers the longest ski season in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Consistently the first to open mid-November with the Pineault trail and the last to close with the Skyline side of the mountain, usually mid to end of April.

The mountain features two chalets, offering options for where to park and start your day. Skyline is the first you pass as you arrive and if you are the type to put on your gear and setup outside your car, you may be better served parking here as the lot is much closer to the lifts and fills up less than the other side of the mountain. For all the services offered or if you are coming as a family, then the Valley side is your place of choice. The lodge is spacious, offering views of the beginner areas.

The three sides of the mountain make Camp Fortune very unique in the region. With different orientations to the sun, you can surely find snow conditions and sun exposure to your liking any day you visit. From the more bustling family oriented side of the Valley, to the quieter and more natural slopes of the T-Bar, to the more challenging and advanced Skyline, to the long cruisers of Meech, each side is unique and gives Camp Fortune a mini-resort feeling all over.

Camp Fortune's proximity to the city, at only a 15 minute drive away, makes it an ideal choice for skiing after work in the evening. With all the main trails lit for night skiing, the fun lasts until 10pm, Monday to Saturday.


Why visit Camp Fortune?

Camp Fortune's mountain layout offers something for everyone. Whether you want a quiet day on the groomed slopes, to a more adventurous time on the steeps, or lessons for your family and children, Camp Fortune is the place for you. Each area offers something unique and different from the rest, while all remaining easily accessible to enjoy and discover. 


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

​Vertical Drop (feet) ​590
​Trails ​25
​Total Number of Lifts
​Gondolas​0
​Chairlifts​5
​Surface​3
​Official WebsiteCamp Fortune

Photos of Camp Fortune

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Mont Gleason

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.


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

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

Photos of Mont Bellevue

Mont Blanc

Overview

Mont Blanc is the second highest ski resort in the Laurentians. Situated about 75 minutes north of Montreal in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, QC, they offer a remarkable amount of variety. Catering from beginner to expert, and from young to young-at-heart, everyone is bound to find something that appeals. 42 trails are spread across 3 mountain faces, and are served by 7 lifts, consisting of 5 chairlifts and 2 magic carpets.

Situated in the Laurentian "snowbelt", Mont Blanc receives, on average, 300 cm of snow each year. To ensure optimal conditions at all times, snowmaking covers 85% of skiable terrain, and state-of-the-art grooming machines ensure consistency, regardless of the weather or temperature.


The Mountain and the Ski Trails

 

The Mont Blanc side is the main side of the hill, and houses the large, multi-function chalet. Offering the widest range of variety, this side features everything from the Yodel, an easy trail that winds its way around the side of the mountain, to the Géant, a wide giant-slalom trail with a good pitch, perfect for high-speed carving. This side also offers glades of different levels such as the Max and the Foret Magique, as well as steep, narrow trails like the Couloir. The main magic carpet area, serving the ski school as well as the general public, is located here.

Mont Faustin, the second and central side of the hill, is loved for its long, wide, cruising-type trails. Pitches are generally consistent, and the beginner trails, namely the Suisse and the Panda, are perfectly suited for learning the fundamentals. Trails like the Lynx and the Renard are steeper, and offer consistent pitches allowing for uninterrupted turns. On this side, skiers will find a trio of the hardest terrain on offer: the Tigre, Cougar, and Sous-Bois. Mont Faustin allow houses the "SnoZone" snow park, and there is a secondary magic carpet and learning area at the base. In the afternoon, this side has great sun exposure.

Moving over to the third peak, Mont Blanc Nord is a retreat for advanced skiers. It offers only intermediate and advanced terrain, and is the perfect place for high-speed carving or mogul skiing. There is a variety of trails on this side, ranging from wide cruisers (Chateau, Guy McCann) to moguls (Beaujolais), and glades (Chianti). After a big snowstorm, the hill leaves many trails on Mont Blanc Nord ungroomed, and there are multiple trails with no snowmaking, which is great for people who prefer more natural conditions. This side also offers beautiful views of the Tremblant region, perfect for a family photo shoot.


Unique Features

Located at the bottom of the Mont Blanc side, the main chalet features many services setting it apart from other ski hills. The beautifully-renovated cafeteria is large and has an endless list of meal options, and the indoor pool, hot tub, and spa is a great way to end the day. "Jungle Magique", a large indoor play center, is a much larger version of something you'd find at McDonalds, and offers hours of fun for kids. There is also a large bar, which often has live entertainment for après-ski on Saturdays.

At the top of Mont Faustin lies everybody's favourite hang-out spot, the sugar shack! Opening in February, it's a great place to hang out, enjoy the fire and your tire-sur-neige, and soak up the atmosphere.

Unique to Mont Blanc is their many different lodging options. In the main building at the bottom of the Mont Blanc side, visitors will find the Auberge. Featuring hotel-style rooms, guests have access to the pool area and Jungle Magique, and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning. Situated on the Mont Faustin side, the Village Mont Blanc consists of modern ski-in, ski-out condos housed in many buildings. Owned by individual investors, they are available either for nightly stays, longer-term arrangements, or for purchase. These condos are considered the more luxurious option, and guests have access to all of Mont Blanc's services, plus an outdoor pool and hot tub in the summer, as well as a private beach and lake.


Why visit Mont Blanc?

Bigger than most places in the Laurentians, and with three distinct mountain sides, Mont Blanc has a resort feel without the crowds and the cost of Tremblant. They also offer great variety: there is something for everybody, regardless of age, interests, or ability. Lastly, Mont Blanc presents the perfect environment and facilities for families. The ski school and giant play park ensure that kids are educated and entertained, and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere appeals to families of all ages. Where Mont Blanc differs, however, is that their vast and varied terrain ensures that parents won't get bored!


Trail Map


Mountain Stats

Vertical Drop (feet) 660
Trails ​42

​Total Number of Lifts
​7
​​Gondolas
0
​Chairlifts
5
​​Surface
2
​​Official Website
Mont Blanc

Photos of Mont Blanc


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