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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

We'll be going to Montreal sometime during March Break and I thought about using the opportunity to also take the kids skiing on a mountain more interesting than the Southern Ontario hills we usually get to go to.

 

I looked at resorts within a couple of hours drive from Montreal and narrowed the list to the following Quebec resorts: Ski Bromont, Mont Orford, Mont Sutton, Owl's Head, Tremblant

Also, there are some resorts across the border, which require a longer drive (2-3 hours), in Vermont (Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Mad River Glen, Burke mountain , Sugarbush) and NY (Whiteface Mountain).

 

What mountain would you recommend for a family of advanced-beginner to advanced-intermediate skiers that would like a fun day on a good variety of mostly easy and intermediate trails, minimum "dead time" (waiting for lifts) and reasonable snow conditions for mid-March.  We did ski on Tremblant several years ago and enjoyed it but the wait times were longer than we cared for.

 

Thank you for your advice!

 

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post #2 of 14

I have skied Tremblant that same week and it is very crowded.  Jay is a good choice for your family with lots of fun and interesting beginner and intermediate terrain and plenty to challenge your more advanced skiers.  Nothing in VT is crowded that week.  Whiteface is slightly more crowded then than VT due to being closer to Ontario, though it will not be nearly so busy as Tremblant.  I have never skied the eastern township mountains so cannot comment there.  Stowe is big , has wide variety, and is also kind of pricey.  Bolton is a smaller mountain that attracts a lot of locals from Burlington, VT. You can find places in Burlington that sell lift tickets for Bolton for a very attractive discount.

Sugarbush is another very good option...big area, with a wide variety of skiing for all abilities.  Have a great trip!

post #3 of 14

You could also go North and ski Mont Saint Anne or Le Massif. It may be a Quebec March break and the lines will be busy everywhere.

post #4 of 14

The Ontario break brings many, many families east.  I think Tremblant gets the bulk of them but we were up at Ste Anne and Le Massif last weakend and there were plenty of folks from Ontario there as well.  FYI Ste Anne is about a 3 hour drive east and a bit north from Montreal and has tons of snow.

post #5 of 14

Le Massif is another 30 to 45 minutes past Ste Anne. 

post #6 of 14

Try Sutton, about 1 to 1-1/2 south of Montreal on the Canadian side.

 

post #7 of 14

Sorry, forgot to post the web link.

 

http://www.montsutton.com/en/home  Part of the Eastern Townships

 

I skied this as a young adult and the skiing was great.  We skied there on March break  2 years in a row,

 

Still not very well know, just doesn't advertise as much. Its on the Canadian side of Jay Peak (not sure if they still exist).  Sorry can't compare it to Tremblant as I haven't skied there.

 

If memory serves the Double Blacks are correctly rated.

 

 

 

 

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all those that replied, I really appreciate your advice!
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by NSskier View Post

You could also go North and ski Mont Saint Anne or Le Massif. It may be a Quebec March break and the lines will be busy everywhere.


Actually, I cannot.

 

This is not a ski trip, the boss wife declared it to be a family trip to Montreal and I was lucky to persuade her to set aside some time to let me take the boys skiing.

Which means that I get less than a day to drive there, ski, get pooped (I am a very "intermediate" skier) and drive back *awake*.  A 3.5 to 4 hour drive each way (from the hotel in Montreal) is out of the question, period, I don't get to argue.

 

After 2 decades of marriage you learn to choose your battles.

 

So it's either stay on the Canadian side and go to: Ski Bromont, Mont Orford, Mont Sutton, Owl's Head -- 1:15 to 2 hours drive

Or cross the border to: Jay Peak, Smugglers' Notch, Whiteface Mountain -- 2 to 2:30 hours drive

 

7 options to choose from.

 

Thanks again,

Alex.

 

post #9 of 14

Since the abilities in your family are lower-ish, don't bother with Vermont, it's really not worth it for the most part.  Higher skill levels will appreciate those resorts far more because of the terrain, but you won't get to experience that level.  It'll be a waste for the most part at your level and needs.  There's plenty in Quebec that will satisfy your cravings, particularly since you're coming from Southern Ontario (where, if you don't mind me asking?  Chicopee, Glen Eden?).   Quebec will seem HUUUUGE to your family.  Tremblant will be a zoo, don't bother.  Bromont is usually day trippers, wide range of stuff for your ability.  Sutton is good too but it's also more geared to tree lovers, which likely isn't your focus with (younger?) kids.

 

Bromont is probably your best bet for your stated needs.

 

Just remembered: Mont Blanc is another option.  Just south of Tremblant, cheaper, less crowded, closer to Montreal.  Not nearly as huge though.

 

 

Oh, and your legs will be DEAD by the end of the day. Quebec vertical is a whole lot different than Southern Ontario vertical.  And after your 2 decades of marriage, you might angle for a good massage afterward. Pick your battles, right?  wink.gif

post #10 of 14

I think I'd say Sutton.

post #11 of 14

Whiteface is in my personal opinion the best ski resort in the East. Their conditions are good right now and crowds are very minimal almost all the time. They just got hit with a massive storm dumping 16 inches and more is on its way tonight. So conditions will be great for this season.........

But the mountain is just unbelievable for skiing when you are going up the summit quad you feel like you are out west with the size. Huge range from learning to Expert (Slides, which should be open since it`s March, and glades, just opened today and are amazing.) From top to bottom you can spend 20 minutes going down. But the gondala whisk you right up again. 

All and all the shear vertical and variety make it amazing.

 

That`s were I would go smile.gif

post #12 of 14

There are a whole series of nice smaller resorts on the way to Tremblant. I have not been to many of them but a good one I have visited is Mont Blanc within a half hour of Tremblant. It is a nice friendly mountain with some good terrain and small crowds right on the main road. (113?).

post #13 of 14

Owl's head is nice.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the late reply, didn't get any notification...


Hi Gunnerbob, thank you for your reply!

 

> Since the abilities in your family are lower-ish, don't bother with Vermont, it's really not worth it for the most part.  

 

I agree.

 

> There's plenty in Quebec that will satisfy your cravings, particularly since you're coming from Southern Ontario (where, if you don't mind me asking?  Chicopee, Glen Eden?).

> Sutton is good too but it's also more geared to tree lovers, which likely isn't your focus with (younger?) kids.

 

St. Louis Moonstone.  We're doing the 8-week program in the winters.  The kids get 2 hours of instruction then another 1.5 hours with me until the lifts close at 4:30.

The 10yo already negotiates slopes that I hesitate to and the 7yo is making progress.

 

> Bromont is probably your best bet for your stated needs.

 

It also seems the closest drive.  The question is, will it have reasonable conditions next week?

 

> Mont Blanc is another option.  Just south of Tremblant, cheaper, less crowded, closer to Montreal.  Not nearly as huge though.

 

Well, "huge" is the attraction, isn't it?

 

> Oh, and your legs will be DEAD by the end of the day. Quebec vertical is a whole lot different than Southern Ontario vertical.

 

I fully expect them to be :)

 

> And after your 2 decades of marriage, you might angle for a good massage afterward.


Then my arms will get tired as well :)

 

Thanks again for your help!

 

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