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Owls Head, Sutton, Orford, or Bromont??

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Will be up at Jay this week. Skiing Burke, Bretton Woods, Jay Peak, and.....one of the Township areas. ANy suggestion which one....like all sorts of skiing......trying to get my daughter to some different areas, she is an expert skier so anything goes..........thx.
post #2 of 11
Owl's Head used to be a nice place to ski, but Jay Peak has it beat. I haven't been there lately though.
post #3 of 11
Not sure if it still exists, but Owl's Head used to have a deal on Tues and Wed for $15.00 lift tickets. It's not huge, but good for a day with nice views of Lake Mephremagog. Close to Jay also.

Sutton skis big for it's modest size with many groomed/gladed runs through trees and rocks-very pretty if the coverage is good.

If you are a passholder at another mountain be sure to bring it-Jay gives discounts if you show it when you buy your ticket. You will need to go to the service counter.

Have fun-Jay's a great place.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ghost & John V. Thx very much for the advice...

we are blasting off at 1pm for the long drive from PA....Skiing BUrke or Bretton Woods Monday, the one we don't ski on Monday on Tuesday, Backcountry near lake willouby and looking for gear for my daughter on Wednesday, Jay on Thursday, Either Owl's Head or Sutton on Friday, and Jay on Saturday. Willl follow up with a trip report after it is over.
post #5 of 11
If their is precipation in the air Sutton get's the most snow in the micro climat where it is located...... One of the best expert terrain in Québec.....Beautifull under snow, best glades in the east.....

On a sunny day Owls head as a view of it's own....nice large runs....

Bromont's got the best condition on dry spells.... they groom again with 4 Bombardiers in the afternoon.... And they have a lot of new lifts and trails....good mountain for carving....

These are somes the mountains I use to ski when living and growing up in Québec.... My favorite is Sutton.......A must see...and ski specially after a storm.....:

Have Fun !
post #6 of 11
If you can find a Carte Blanche, you can get 20% off Owl's Head and Sutton with it.

Sutton has better snow and more runs. The glades at Sutton are great. The mountain is laid out along a ridge and there's about 50 runs down.

Owl's Head has slightly longer runs, and is steeper, but the snow isn't as good and there isn't as much variety. However, the view of Lake Memphramagog is incredible. You'll also never wait more than five minutes for the lift, even on the sunniest days.
post #7 of 11
I ski mostly in the Townships and know those places well.

Owl's Head is my home mountain. It has some nice, long cruisers and the views are incredible. Pretty much everywhere you would want to ski is accessed by a high-speed lift. However, it does lack a certain degree of challenge. There are a few narrow steeps but they're short. And there are some woods but not a ton. It's really a mountain for sticking to groomed. But groomed is nice there.

Orford to me is nothing special. It is also mainly groomers, with come pretty steep cruisers and long runs. It's nice but lacks a bit of charm in my opinion.

Sutton is a lot more natural, with more natural obstacles such as trees and rocks in trails and few groomed highways. It would be incredible after a good dump but somewhat limited during dry spells. It's also less groomed than the others. It's shorter than Owl's Head and Orford.

Bromont has really nice, rolling cruisers without being all that steep. Their snowmaking is top-notch and grooming is impeccable, done a couple of times a day. They have recently added a ton of terrain so there's lots to explore. It's a sweet place to crank some turns on groomed.

It really comes down to your preference and conditions. Owl's Head and Sutton are both relatively close to Jay whereas the other two add about 1/2 an hour or more to your drive. None of these mountains have a really good, balanced mix of terrain. If you like trees, go Sutton and consider the other three if you like groomed.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Alex, Whistler Pow, and D(C)...........

Appreciate the information and your insight into the Township choices in front of us...sounds like w e can't go wrong. We skied Burke today(monday) ....bright sunshine...about 1" of new snow dusted from the mid station to the top. Really enjoyed the mountain....there was basically no one there until 11am...we skied in the glades and never ran into another skier all day! On the trails we would see one or two skiers max per run. Checked out Kingdom Trails(one of our favorite summer spots for mtn biking) while we were there. Enjoyed a nice dinner at the Freight house in Lyndonville after the day...Headed to Bretton Woods tomorrow. Ski On!
post #9 of 11
The wheater forcast for Sutton is calling for snow Wednesday and Thursday and sun and clouds for Friday..... I check their web site and it's a bit icy right now.... but any descent amount will soft things up....

I remember 20 years ago anytime it would snow me and my uncle would leave early and get first track....it use to open at 8am, you can drive to parking lot 7 and be in the best part of the mountain right away, shorter runs but challenging terrain at a higher elevation....

Timing is looking good....
post #10 of 11

Apologies for reviving an old thread.

 

Which one of the mountains mentioned below will provide the best experience for a family of recreational skiers during this march break?
 

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Originally Posted by D(C) View Post

I ski mostly in the Townships and know those places well.

Owl's Head is my home mountain. It has some nice, long cruisers and the views are incredible. Pretty much everywhere you would want to ski is accessed by a high-speed lift. However, it does lack a certain degree of challenge. There are a few narrow steeps but they're short. And there are some woods but not a ton. It's really a mountain for sticking to groomed. But groomed is nice there.

Orford to me is nothing special. It is also mainly groomers, with come pretty steep cruisers and long runs. It's nice but lacks a bit of charm in my opinion.

Sutton is a lot more natural, with more natural obstacles such as trees and rocks in trails and few groomed highways. It would be incredible after a good dump but somewhat limited during dry spells. It's also less groomed than the others. It's shorter than Owl's Head and Orford.

Bromont has really nice, rolling cruisers without being all that steep. Their snowmaking is top-notch and grooming is impeccable, done a couple of times a day. They have recently added a ton of terrain so there's lots to explore. It's a sweet place to crank some turns on groomed.

It really comes down to your preference and conditions. Owl's Head and Sutton are both relatively close to Jay whereas the other two add about 1/2 an hour or more to your drive. None of these mountains have a really good, balanced mix of terrain. If you like trees, go Sutton and consider the other three if you like groomed.


 

post #11 of 11

I was up at Sutton and Bromont a month ago. I have not been to Owl's Head or Orford.

 

Sutton struck me as a very old school ski area. The lodge is outdated and most of the lifts are slow, though they have a couple quick ones. Their focus is clearly on glade skiing and their snow making is less than stellar. All considered it was a very fun, but short, mountain to ski if you like glades. Just don't expect a modern mega-resort.

 

Bromont is just about the opposite of Sutton. Bromont is basically the biggest suburban ski area I have ever seen. It is located about an hour outside of Montreal, and they have the most night skiing terrain I have ever seen. It is modern and has lifts running everywhere. The buildings and lifts are painted in 1970s clown colors, but the paint is clearly new. Just plain odd. Their snow making was much better than Sutton. Once again I would not call it a mega-resort, but rather the mountain that everyone from the city and suburbs hits up on the weekend.

 

Honestly if you are considering these areas then I strongly recommend you drive the extra 20 minutes south and go to Jay Peak. It has much better snow and skiing then the rest. It is also THE place to be now that they have their new hotel, ice haus, and indoor water park!

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