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Best bang for the (Canadian) buck out of Montreal?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Son #2 going to McGill in the fall.

Snowboarder.

What are your favorite areas beside Tremblant (and Jay Peak)?

Pros and cons?

Thanks.

post #2 of 14

Stowe draws a lot of people from Montreal. It is also considered a good mountain for snowboarding because it doesn't have any major runouts or flat spots.

post #3 of 14

I've enjoyed skiing at Owl's head.  No border crossing.  Don't know what it's like from a snow-boarder's perspective, but I seem to recall you could carry a good speed down most of the runs I was on.

post #4 of 14

I haven't skied that part of Canada, but I've also heard good things about Le Massif. It looks like a beautiful mountain perched up over the river, the skiing/snow is supposed to be good, and I think it's cheaper than bigger destination resorts like Tremblant. It's in Quebec, but not sure how close to Montreal.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
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I've enjoyed skiing at Owl's head.  No border crossing.  Don't know what it's like from a snow-boarder's perspective, but I seem to recall you could carry a good speed down most of the runs I was on.



 

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

I haven't skied that part of Canada, but I've also heard good things about Le Massif. It looks like a beautiful mountain perched up over the river, the skiing/snow is supposed to be good, and I think it's cheaper than bigger destination resorts like Tremblant. It's in Quebec, but not sure how close to Montreal.


Really far away.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Skied Owl's Head on a day trip from Jay.  Nice Vista of Lake Memphremagog, fast and icy.

Saw the 30 or so buses coming from and going back to Montreal.

Easy border 25 years ago.

post #8 of 14

From Montreal:

 

Best big city to access the best skiing on the East Coast.

 

My favorites (although not a boarder and might not like the same type of things as your son):

 

1. Stowe (2 1/2 hours) - fall line (good bang if he guess a student pass, if not forget it).

1. Sugarloaf (3 hours) - fall line

1. Whiteface (under 2) - fall line - A few deals exist.

 

Smugglers' (under 2) - great mountain with good deals to be found.

Jay Peak (under 2)

Sutton (90 minutes)

Tremblant (90 minutes) - T66 pass.

Sugarbush (2 1/2 hours)

Ste-Anne (3 hours)

Le Massif (3 1/2 hours) - best views, big vertical, some flats.

* I would mention MRG, but your son isn't on skis. 

 

Plus you have a bunch of smaller hills without 60 minutes from the city.

 

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

What is a T66 pass?  Any comments on affordability for a college student...?

Thanks

post #10 of 14

Tremblant is good, however it all depends what your son likes. Some people hate the place plus I'm not a fan of this Disneyfied ski area. You should look at the areas under 2 hours from Montreal for passes. However he can also do some day-tripping. They are a few buses that leave on weekends daytrips.

 

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Originally Posted by John J View Post

What is a T66 pass?  Any comments on affordability for a college student...?

Thanks


I'll copy & paste thje info, before they update their website.

 

http://www.tremblant.ca/tickets/ski-pass/t-66/index-e.htm


 Price per person, royalty and taxes extra. $249 until November 3rd, 2010. $319 after. Discounts apply to a day ticket at regular price upon presentation of the T-66 Card. Limit of one (1) day ticket per day. Must live in areas where the postal code begins by G, H, J or K, an id card with address and picture is required. Valid for the 2010 - 2011  ski season. Non transferable and non refundable.

 

Postal codes are for addresses in all of Quebec and Eastern Ontario (Ottawa).

 

 

 

Ski up to 66 days with the T-66

 

If value is what you're looking for, than look no further than the T-66!

50 weekdays and 16 weekend days. Plus, savings on all non T-66 days:

  • 40%* off lift ticket from Monday through Thursday
  • 25% off lift ticket on Fridays and Sundays
  • 5% off lift ticket on Saturdays
  • Bonus - Receive a free 60-minute private training session at Énergie Cardio
  • Direct to Lift option available

 

 

Watch the calendar in the link above...they placed Saturday-Sunday at the end of the row. Most of the days are early in the season, but $250 when they lift tickets are in the 70-80 range is a good deal.

 

 

Student Pass

 

The pass for full time students aged 16 to 29 year old is back. For less than the cost of 4 lift tickets get UNLIMITED access to 95 trails, over 1000 snowguns, snow parks, legendary Après-Ski and much more! for $399 + tx.

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all.

Merci.

 

Patrick, yes i am wondering about Tremblant and a WalSki type feel....

I figure the kid will find something he likes out there.

Who knows maybe studying will get "in the way".

And then he can throw water on his dorm window in

February and watch it freeze before it reaches the sill.

If Tremblant has a Mt. Snow feel, he'll probably find

other places.

post #12 of 14


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by John J View Post

Thanks to all.

Merci.

 

Patrick, yes i am wondering about Tremblant and a WalSki type feel....

I figure the kid will find something he likes out there.

Who knows maybe studying will get "in the way".

And then he can throw water on his dorm window in

February and watch it freeze before it reaches the sill.

If Tremblant has a Mt. Snow feel, he'll probably find

other places.


I'm pretty he will. Montreal is a great place (okay, I'm biased, it's my hometown). Access to the best skiing in the East all within a 3-4 hours radius. That means Montreal to Whiteface, down to Killington and everything north, through the I-93 areas and the Presidential range to Sunday River and Sugarloaf all the way to Quebec City and Le Massif. There isn't much outside that radius that is of much interest in the East in my opinion (with the exception of some backcountry further East).

 

Check the list I did before, if he wants a pass...all the areas that I mentioned within 2 hours makes perfect sense to have a pass. However he might enjoy it more in moving around. When I was in High School in the early 80s there were a bunch of ski clubs and transportation to the ski areas.

 

I've heard good heard some good things about these guys (Ski Express) https://www.express-ski.com/index.php (found their website, but it's only in French)

 

Here is a list of places where they traveled to last season. It's often the same price or cheaper than the actual lift ticket.

 

  • Jay Peak
  • Killington
  • Massif
  • Mont Tremblant
  • Mont-Sainte-Anne
  • Smugglers' Notch
  • Stoneham
  • Stowe
  • Sugarbush
  • Whiteface

 

post #13 of 14

There are a bunch of smaller, closer, cheaper, less crowded, lower key ski areas on the road up to Tremblant. If he wants to get out and ride for a couple of hours on a daily (or near daily) basis one of those might be appropriate.  Tremblant will be a 3 hour round trip from Montreal, so it's more of an all day commitment, as are all the other "name" resorts.

 

Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to ski any of them other than Mt Blanc.  I like Mt Blanc a lot - about 1000' of vert, three separate peaks, uncrowded, very low key, etc.

 

 

 

If Tremblant has a Mt. Snow feel, he'll probably find other places.

 

Tremblant makes Mt Snow seem like a quaint mom & pop operation. 

post #14 of 14

2nd Mont Blanc as a cheaper less crowded alternative to Tremblant.  I can't remember much more about it, other than as Walt noted, is smaller than Tremblant; it was so long ago (I skied there in the '60swink.gif).

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