Originally Posted by lungdoc
- you should try Ontario (or slightly better and close to me Ellicottville NY but still only 750' vertical.
Um, from Montreal to Ellicottville is a 9 hour drive. For a 750' hill that will be packed. I live 45 minutes outside of Montreal. For day trips, Sutton, Owl's head, or Jay, depending on which has gotten the most snow lately. All are easy day trips.
Laurentians - I grew up there, not a lot of good options. I personally do not like Mont Tremblant as it does not have enough variety and is not a well designed layout.Plus, it is way overpriced. Mont Blanc is okay (at best).
Maybe check out some of the lesser known hills up in St DOnat, La Reserve is aimed at the expert skier, 1000' vertical and usually empty. They also have cat skiing off the back side of the mountain when they have fresh snow. I think they charge $10/run on top of your lift ticket, but I have never tried it. La Reserve is an easy day trip from Montreal.
If you can go overnight, Le Massif is a 3 hour drive, maybe 3 and a half. One of the best hills in the Northeast and they do have back country skiing. It is really difficult tree skiing, but the Quebec version of backcountry and a lot of fun. I advise this hill to everyone who asks me for ideas for ski trips. The only downside is a lack of onsite lodging.
The Chic Chocs are wide open backcountry, but in the winter you are looking at a 12 hour drive from Montreal. Not really something you could do over a weekend, more of a week trip.
If you have any questions about any of the hills around here, let me know as I have skied every single last one of them, along with a whole bunch that no longer exist!