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where to ski in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

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I am fleeing the states and heading up to the Eastern Townships on Quebec this weekend to avoid the holiday crowds. I am staying in Lac Brome. Where would you suggest going given the limited snow cover?

 

Options (pick 3):

- Bromont

- Sutton

- Owl's Head

- Orford

- Jay

 

I am very likely to go to Jay on Monday. My concern is picking two of the ones in Quebec. Given the weather this year I suspect that all of the glades / natural areas will be all but impossible, but I could be wrong. Owl's Head seems at first glance to be the next best bet. Please give your advice!

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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post

Given the weather this year I suspect that all of the glades / natural areas will be all but impossible, but I could be wrong.


I think you might be pleasantly surprised by how much snow there is. Still, go someplace with more snowmaking. I don't know which one that is.

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You could just stop at Stowe and have some really good glade/wood skiing. Was up there yesterday and the coverage was incredible. You might even find some untracked if you work it a bit i.e. knock the branches out of your way.  There is very good snow up in the woods.

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Lower mountain at Jay was a rock today.  Groomed, rained on then frozen up.  It's an unfortunate way to start the holiday weekend.

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I've skied Sutton and Bromont. Owl's HEad is on the lake with a rep for nice pitch, cheap, but can be icy.

 

Sutton is just a great, fun small hill - really a great time. They don't groom most of the mountain, so it's bumps and trees mostly. Lots of character and fun. Bromont is more high speed lifts, snowmaking, run, run, run. 

 

I've never been able to get a handle on the rhythm of Jay - something just doesn't appeal to me on the way the runs are cut. Sutton, while much smaller, just flows and is a ton of fun. Think Snow. 

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We went to Sutton today. The coverage on the natural terrain (which is most of it) was very thin but soft due to a couple inches of fresh wet snow. More than a few bare spots and rocks. It was beautiful today, but it is going to be tough skiing in a couple of days.

 

I highly recommend the place if you're looking for narrow trails, awesome glades, and ungroomed terrain.

 

Stay away if you like fast lifts, modern facilities, grooming, or snow making. This is old school skiing and everything looks like it is from the 1970s.

 

The bottom line is that I would definitely return if the snow is fresh and soft. We had a lot of fun. I really like the fresh snow on top of bumpy, thin cover. It forces you to stay on top of your game and is very fun.

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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post

We went to Sutton today. The coverage on the natural terrain (which is most of it) was very thin but soft due to a couple inches of fresh wet snow. More than a few bare spots and rocks. It was beautiful today, but it is going to be tough skiing in a couple of days.

I highly recommend the place if you're looking for narrow trails, awesome glades, and ungroomed terrain.

Stay away if you like fast lifts, modern facilities, grooming, or snow making. This is old school skiing and everything looks like it is from the 1970s.

The bottom line is that I would definitely return if the snow is fresh and soft. We had a lot of fun. I really like the fresh snow on top of bumpy, thin cover. It forces you to stay on top of your game and is very fun.

Great choice! How was Jay?
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