Head for the Hills

Skiing & Snowboarding in Québec's
Eastern Townships

An Abbey with a mountain behind it
An Abbey with a mountain behind it

Photo: Mathieu Dupuis / Tourism Eastern Townships

Photo: Mathieu Dupuis / Tourism Eastern Townships

Dotted with pretty little towns and chockfull of delicious food and wine, the Québec region known as the Eastern Townships is irresistible any time of the year.

In the winter months, it becomes a haven for snow enthusiasts, with four distinct ski and snowboard destinations within a short drive of each other. Each mountain has its own vibe and all are in close proximity to the Township's many great farm-to-table restaurants and local producers.

The joy of the Townships is that there's no need to rush — come for a few days and enjoy the hills, the food, and the company.

Skiers are lifted up in a ski lift

Photo: André Rider/Tourism Quebec

Photo: André Rider/Tourism Quebec

Bromont

Less than an hour from Montreal, Bromont is home to the most popular, and therefore the busiest, of the four Eastern Townships ski mountains.

Bromont, montague d'expèriences is a 450-acre resort with 144 trails spread over 7 hillsides, with runs available for all ski levels. Part of the mountain is illuminated for evening skiing.

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experiences

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experiences

Ski mountain illuminated at night

Photo: Jean-François Hamelin

Photo: Jean-François Hamelin

Snowy mountain hill with ski tracks

Photo: Facing Waves / Tourism Quebec

Photo: Facing Waves / Tourism Quebec

A woman helping a child snowboard

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experience

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experience

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Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experiences

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experiences

Ski mountain illuminated at night

Photo: Jean-François Hamelin

Photo: Jean-François Hamelin

Snowy mountain hill with ski tracks

Photo: Facing Waves / Tourism Quebec

Photo: Facing Waves / Tourism Quebec

A woman helping a child snowboard

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experience

Photo: Bromont Montagne d'Experience

Bromont also offers Alpine Touring, which is an uphill skiing component that allows those with special equipment (skis fitted with climbing skins) to ski up the mountain before descending on one of the marked slopes. In Bromont, there are 12 uphill trails to try and you can even reach the summit of Mount Brome.

Skiers are lifted up in a ski lift

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Owl's Head

You can't get much more scenic in the Townships than the view from the top of Owl's Head. Ski down one of the resort's 50 trails while admiring the beautiful panoramic views of Lake Memphremagog and the Saint-Benoīt-du-Lac Abbey in the distance.

The resort is home to the fifth-highest skiable summit in the province, with a vertical drop of 540 metres. Owl's Head also offers Alpine Touring, as well as fat biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Photo: Sebastien Larose

Photo: Sebastien Larose

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

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Photo: Sebastien Larose

Photo: Sebastien Larose

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Photo: Destination Owl's Head

Included in Destination Owl's Head's 109-acres of skiing terrain are 15 runs that are perfect for beginners. In an attempt to cater to as many needs as possible, the resort also works closely with Fondation des sports adaptés to offer a program for people with reduced mobility.

Skiers are lifted up in a ski lift

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Sutton

Mont Sutton is famous for its glade skiing and for good reason. Nearly half of its 60 trails are set in glades — that is trails in wooded areas — with runs for many different skill levels.

Once you're up on the mountain, the downhill options are seemingly endless thanks to the 204 trail crossings. Choose your own magical forest adventure with each run.

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Bernard Brault

Photo: Bernard Brault

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

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Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Bernard Brault

Photo: Bernard Brault

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Photo: Mont Sutton

Mont Sutton also has three Alpine Touring trails that give climbers access to off-track slopes. And the best part about skiing on Mont Sutton is that it has its own microclimate with lots of snow so it is like skiing through a winter wonderland.

Skiers are lifted up in a ski lift

Photo: Corporation Ski Golf

Photo: Corporation Ski Golf

Mont Orford

If you're looking for height, you can't beat Mont Orford, which boasts the highest skiable domain in the Eastern Townships (the fourth highest in the province).

The ski resort is located inside the Parc National du Mont-Orford and houses 62 trails on three mountains and a large uphill skiing network for those who enjoy Alpine Touring. You'll even find shelters at the summits.

Photo: Alexandra Racine

Photo: Alexandra Racine