Here is a deal that I have looked into if you are an individual that would like to support the "Indy" ski areas, and not wanting to go with the Ikon or Epic pass this season. It is the Indy Pass that gives you 36 independently operated ski areas by offering a pass that allows you 2 daily lift tickets to each of the 36 areas, giving you the potential for 72 ski days. The pass is at $199 USD at the moment. Some of the areas include Bolton Valley, VT, Suicide Six, VT and Magic Mountain, VT just to name a few of the closer areas to Quebec residents. The pass offers areas in the East, Midwest, and Western regions. Pat's Peak, NH, Catamount Mountain on the NY/Mass border, and Greek Peak, NY that could be of interest for Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario residents , in terms of travel times. If you are someone who wants to commit to 3-4 trips to anyone of these areas, it might be something to look into. With the ever rising costs in daily lift ticket prices, this might make costs a little easier.
Example Based on Weekend Ticket Rates:
Magic Mountain, VT = $74.00 USD
Bolton Valley, VT = $79.00 USD
Suicide Six, VT = $75.00 USD
Total for the 3 lift tickets = $228.00 USD. This is just an example if you purchase each ticket at the above mentioned areas on a walk up basis to the ticket window. The Indy Pass is $199.00 USD, you save $29.00 USD. Sure with this example it is a small savings, but a savings nonetheless.
The more you use the Indy Pass, the larger the savings. You ski more at the included areas, the more the savings would increase. Of course do your research based on your skiing habits, how many times you will go to any one of the areas, lift ticket specials that you might find online, are you a mid-week skier or a weekend skier etc. You may find this may be your savings to some great skiing at great Independent ski areas. Also take into mind the daily exchange rate in making your decision on if this pass is right for you. Of course like any other pass available out there, it depends on your skiing habits. are you a weekend warrior who is out as much as you can , or the causal skier who only skis a few times a season. You may find a pretty good deal here, it all depends on you and your skiing habits. Please read the details on each area you may want to ski as there may be some restrictions on peak periods during the season. Some may have restrictions while others may not.
Here is the link to get all the info needed on the INDY Pass:
Interesting. You don't hear much about these Northern Ontario ski hills. There is also Antoine Mountain in Mattawa, which is about a hour from North Bay. I wonder if Mattawa subsidizes the hill? I'm going to try and get up there this winter.