Mar 11, 2010

Ski resorts near Montreal: spring skiing season is here!

The days are sunny and balmy, yet most ski mountains in Quebec still have plenty of snow and all their trails open. This is the best time to ski!

There's always the famous Mont Tremblant, Quebec's top ski resort. But you could also go skiing at one of the smaller ski resorts, like Mont Sutton, Mont Orford  or Sutton, all three in the Eastern Townships region, just Southeast of Montreal.

Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant: 94 pistas, vertical drop de 645 metros. 1000, chemin des Voyageurs, tel. (514) 876-7273

Fairmont Tremblant : 3045 chemin de la Chapelle, tel. (819) 681-7000
The most famous of the hotels, built in 1997 to resemble a castle (pictured below). Ski in, ski out.

Le Westin Resort & Spa : 100 Chemin Kandahar, tel. (819) 681-8000 (pictured below)
French-style rooms with gas fireplaces, many with kitchenettes. Heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Great Japanese restaurant.

Aux Truffes: 3035, chemin de la Chapelle, tel. (819) 681-4544
The best for typical Québec fare done in a high-end style.

Le Cheval de Jade: 688 rue de Saint-Jovite, tel. (819) 425-5233
In the nearby town of St. Jovite, a traditional French restaurant.

O clima no Le P’tit Caribou (1000, chemin des Voyageurs, tel. (819) 681-4500)
For years, it's been THE place to go for drinks and flirting.

Spa Nature Le Scandinave : 4280, montée Ryan, Tel.: (819) 425-5524
Gorgeous nordic spa with several outdoor baths.

Mont Sutton

Mont Sutton: 53 trails, 460 meter vertical drop ( tel. (450) 538-2339,

Auberge le St-Amour: 1, rue Pleasant, tel. (450) 538-6188
Very cute B&B in the town of Sutton.

Auberge West Brome: 128, route 139, tel. (450) 266-7552
Bigger inn, out on a country road. Most rooms have kitchenettes.

Le Mocador Bistro: 17, rue Principale Nord, tel. (450) 538-2426.  Great little bistro....Sutton is best known for its glades skiing, through the trees:

and it also has a cozy bonfire at the top of the mountain:

Mont Orford

Mont Orford: 54 trails, 540 meters vertical drop, 4380, Chemin du Parc, Tel. (819) 843-6548

L’Ancestrale: 200 rue Abbott, tel. (819) 847-5555 (pictured below)
Cozy bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown Magog.

Hôtel Chéribourg: 2603, chemin du Parc, tel. (819) 843-3308
A big hotel, a tad generic, but very close to the mountain.

Lady of the Lake:125 chemin de la Plage des Cantons, tel.. (819) 868-2004
Nice bistro right on lake Memphremagog.

Manoir Hovey: 575 chemin Hovey, tel. (819) 842-2421
The fanciest hotel in the region, part of the posh Relais&Châteaux association

Restaurant L'Expresso: 1691 chemin Rivière Aux Cerises, tel. (819) 843-7320
Cute little Italian bistro serving large plates of pasta.

And here, a video showing spring skiing at Mont Orford, last week!

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