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Ultimate Guide to Skiing the Eastern Townships

Skiing the Eastern Townships is the perfect way to spend a sunny winter day in Quebec province. Swoosh and carve down slopes of fresh powder and soak up the region’s stunning scenery.

Tips and Tricks for Eastern Townships Skiing

The L’EST GO Card is a great way to save on Eastern Townships ski adventures. Preload 2 to 8 days of skiing and use at 4 of the best ski destinations in the Eastern Townships. You’ll save 30% on 2 to 3 days of skiing, and 34% on 4 to 8 days, which is quite considerable, especially if you aren’t travelling alone.

The key to enjoying the slopes, if you’re a newbie, is to layer clothing, and wear boots with good tread. Winter jackets should be warm, but not too warm as the crispy wind will go through you and you’ll get colder, faster. The same rules apply for mittens/gloves, hats, and boots.

Are you ready to do some skiing in Quebec’s winter paradise?

Kids on a Chairlift - for a Ski Lesson - in Ski Resort - Bromont Montagne Dexperiences
Photo: Bromont, montagne d’expériences

Mont Orford Ski Hill

There are 43 trails and 19 glades to explore on Mont Orford. It’s one of the best places for Eastern Townships skiing, and winter hiking, too. Try uphill skiing, and enjoy spectacular winter views from summit shelters.

Ski runs range in difficulty from beginner to double black diamond. Check out the trail maps for alpine skiing, winter hiking, and uphill skiing here. There is a ski school for newbies, and a pub, cafeteria, and sandwich café for when you feel hungry. Alpine skiing lift tickets are 74 to 88 CAD per day. This is a L’EST GO Card ski destination.

Family in a Chairlift - in a Ski Resort - Mont Orford
Photo: Mont Orford

Owl’s Head Skiing Centre

Strap on a pair of skis or a snowboard and hit one of 50 trails or 11 glades available at Owl’s Head, including 4 family runs. Located south of Magog, this Eastern Townships skiing destination has runs ranging from easy to double black diamond.

Winter sports at Owl’s Head include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. Alpine skiing lift tickets are 64 to 89 CAD per day. This is a L’EST GO Card ski destination.

Skier in an Eastern Townships Ski Resort - Mathieu Dupuis - Google Voyage - Owls Head
Photo: Mathieu Dupuis, Google Voyage

Ski Bromont Resort

Start your skiing bromance at Bromont – it had to be said. One of the best Eastern Townships ski resorts, for alpine skiing and snowshoeing.

There are 9 snowparks to enjoy here, along with 141 trails (104 lit). Lift tickets start at 67 CAD. This is a L’EST GO Card ski destination.

Nuit Blanche nights are a tradition at Ski Bromont. Taking place a couple of times each season, the fun begins at 5 pm, with DJ sets and skiing until 1 am.

Couple Skiing in the Night - Bromont Montagne D'Experiences - Skiing the Eastern Townships
Photo: Bromont, montagne d’expériences

Mont Sutton

Minutes from the charming town of Sutton you’ll find Mont Sutton, an Eastern Townships ski resort bustling with wintery activity. Its glades are known as some of the best in Canada. There are trails for all skill levels here, 60 in total.

Families will enjoy the Family Zone, and for an added layer of fun, go in search of the wood sculptures scattered throughout the resort. A lift ticket is 89 CAD. This is a L’EST GO Card ski destination.

Powder Day - at the Ski Resort - Mont Sutton
Photo: Mont Sutton

Mont Hatley Park

There is 100 acres of powder waiting at Mont Hatley Park. It’s a go-to for alpine touring (mountain skiing), with 4 downhill and undergrowth trails and 2 climbing trails. You won’t find fake snow here, it’s always au naturel!

Daily access is 5 CAD and equipment rental is available at Vélo-Café or Le Coureur. Let the wintery microadventures begin!

Base de plein air André-Nadeau

In Sherbrooke, Base de plein air André-Nadeau is a community hub for outdoor activities. There is tubing and skating, as well as trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Trails are free to use, and cross-country ski equipment can be rented for 25.75 CAD for 2 hours. Fat bikes, wooden sleighs, and wheelchairs adapted with skis are also available.

Family have Fun - with False Skis Activity - in Base de Plein Air Andre-Nadeau
Photo: Base de Plein Air André-Nadeau

Eastern Townships skiing is among the best in Quebec, and while a day of skiing is fun, a mini ski getaway is even better. Stay in a chalet or bed and breakfast. When you’re not on the slopes, spend time at a Nordic spa and discover the region’s food and drink scene. If you’re looking for an alternate region, check out Laurentians ski slopes!

Here are some other articles in the Eastern Townships that you might enjoy to help plan:

What to Do in the Eastern Townships and How to Organize Your Trip

Curious about how to spend your day in the Eastern Townships? Here’s a list of the top activities to consider adding to your plans:

Preparing For Your Trip

When I look for things to do in my destination, I always have a look at Viator, GetYourGuide, Manawa, Civitatis and sometimes even Expedia.

It’s first off a great way to find out what there is to do, but always a quick and easy method to book cheaply and efficiently with these renowned platforms.

Need a place to sleep? I find most of my accommodations on Booking.com but I also use Hotels.com for their rewards program (11th free night) as well as Expedia. When booking smaller places in Quebec, you might not find them here and need to contact them directly.

Looking for a cheap flight to the Eastern Townships through Montreal? Have a look on Cheapoair or Skyscanner I use regularly.

Once you’re there, rent a car to roam free with AutoEurope or RentalCars or hop on a bus around Montreal, Quebec, and surrounding cities with Busbud.

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About Author

Passionate about travel and food, Jennifer Doré Dallas is a freelance travel writer, author and creator since 2010. On top of this amazing Chasing Poutine blog, she also founded Moi, mes souliers in 2010 and she is the author/co-author of around two dozen Lonely Planet, Ulysse and Parfum d'encre travel guidebooks, in addition to having contributed to other books and hundreds of tourism and Web platforms, magazines, DMOs and Websites over the years. As a lecturer in Web writing and SEO for a Quebec college and consultant for various companies and DMOs, she loves combining technological advances with the classic beauty of words, and is a member of TMAC, SATW, NATJA and IFTWTA!

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