The 7 Best Ski Resorts in Quebec

The 7 Best Ski Resorts in Quebec- UPDATED 2020/2021
Jack Taylor
Written by Jack Taylor / Photos by Jack Lee
Last updated August 13, 2020
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Canada’s largest province enjoys a long history of skiing, with the first ski lifts in Quebec opening as far back as the 1930s. Since then the number of ski areas here has grown to over 70, so to help you pick the perfect Quebec ski destination for your vacation check our top seven resorts!

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Known for

Feels like you’re in a European ski town without the transatlantic airfare price tag

Highlights

  • Family-friendly resort just 90 minutes from Montreal
  • Excellent nightlife right next to the slopes
  • Diverse terrain suitable for all levels
  • Weekend crowds can be overwhelming

Closest airports

Montreal-Mirabel Intl. Airport - 64 mi (1 hour drive)
Montréal-Trudeau Intl. Airport - 86 mi (1.5 hour drive)
Picture perfect views over the Laurentian Mountains (Photo credit: Mont Tremblant Resort)

There are plenty of very good reasons why Mont Tremblant keeps being voted the top ski resort on the East Coast of North America. From the colorful alpine architecture in the pedestrianized village to the natural beauty of the Laurentian Mountains, this really is a picture-perfect winter destination. But what about the skiing? Over 100 expertly groomed slopes, three awesome terrain parks, and a professional ski and snowboard school to help you improve your skills. Gourmet restaurants, lively pubs, and fun family activities are all waiting for you, plus being just a 1.5 hour drive from Montreal makes it pretty easy to reach too.

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Historic ski mountain offering a long snow season and many winter activities nearby

Highlights

  • Fast and modern lift system
  • North-facing slopes stay in good shape during spring
  • Over 124 mi of cross-country ski trails
  • Ski village offers little for après-ski aficionados

Closest airports

Quebec City Jean Lesage Intl. Airport - 35 mi (45 minute drive)
The north facing slopes allow for great snow all season (Photo credit: Mont-Sainte-Anne)

Mont-Sainte-Anne has a distinguished skiing pedigree, beginning with hosting the Canadian Downhill Championships in 1947. Over the years the resort has expanded to open up almost 550 ac of skiable terrain and created one of the best rail parks in Quebec. Roughly 50% of the trails here are intermediate-friendly blues, but there are a few double black diamond chutes for advanced skiers too. Beginners can also get a taste for big mountain skiing thanks to the gentle La Familiale green trail running for 3 mi from the summit to base. Two Nordic spas to relax in, all-season paragliding, dog sledding, ice skating and a stunning basilica to visit are just some of the many activities you’ll find nearby. Expect plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including a ski-in/ski-out hotel, cozy alpine chalets, and spacious condos.

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Seriously steep slopes and stunning views of the St. Lawrence River at this mountain-top resort

Highlights

  • Challenging terrain for advanced skiers
  • Highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies
  • Exciting 8 km sledding run for non-skiers
  • Beginners and intermediates may feel out of their depth here

Closest airports

Quebec City Jean Lesage Intl. Airport - 57 mi (1 hour drive)
Ski above the clouds and down Le Massif’s advanced slopes (Photo credit: Le Massif)

Le Massif offers some of the most challenging terrain of any resort in Quebec, with over half of all the marked trails graded as only suitable for advanced skiers. You’ll find more than 100 ac of powder-filled off-piste to explore and guided backcountry tours are available for the adventurous. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can expect something different from standard ski cafeteria fare at the Summit Chalet with an ever-changing menu full of French-inspired dishes like delicious charcuterie and cheese boards. Modern condos offer river-view lodgings at the base of the resort, while at the summit there are mini-houses and chalets tucked away in the forest.

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Unique tree-covered skiing and an authentic alpine village that’s reasonably priced

Highlights

  • Features glades for skiers of all abilities
  • Natural micro-climate means more snow here than at nearby mountains
  • Tasty French cuisine available at the restaurants
  • Some antiquated ski lifts still in operation

Closest airports

Northeast Kingdom Intl. Airport - 38 mi (1 hour drive)
Burlington Intl. Airport - 67 mi (1.5 hour drive)
Ski between the snow covered trees at Mont Sutton (Photo credit: Mont Sutton Resort)

Mont Sutton began life as a family-run ski area back in the 1960s and has developed into a one-of-a-kind resort. You won’t find an abundance of wide open slopes here, instead the often narrow trails wind through the unspoilt forest and offer hundreds of interconnections with 45% of the terrain covered by glades. If you love skiing trees then Mont Sutton is not to be missed, but the resort’s Zone Famille also provides an excellent beginners area and learners park complete with its own dedicated lift. Between the base area and the nearby village of Sutton you can find everything from traditional inns and family condos to upscale hotels complete with a pool and spa.

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Reliable all-round ski destination with extensive snowmaking and a professional ski school

Highlights

  • Varied ski terrain linked across three mountain peaks
  • Meticulous grooming operation
  • Vast night skiing area
  • Slopes get busy in the afternoon and on weekends

Closest airports

Northeast Kingdom Intl. Airport - 64 mi (1 hour drive)
Montréal-Trudeau Intl. Airport - 62 mi (1 hour drive)
One of Ski Bromont’s exceptionally groomed runs (Photo credit: Ski Bromont)

Just an hour’s drive from Montreal, Ski Bromont is the biggest of all the ski resorts in the Eastern Townships region, with a total of 142 trails creating an impressive 450 ac of skiable terrain. What’s even more impressive is that 102 trails are covered by over 2,500 lights, creating an immense amount of terrain for skiing under the stars. Don’t miss the Nuits Blanches event held on select Saturdays throughout the season, the slopes are open until 2 am and the après-ski party goes on even later! There’s no shortage of ski-in/ski-out condos around the base area, plus more affordable hotels and holiday homes just a short drive away.

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Known for

Quiet ski slopes and unspoilt nature nestled within the Mont-Orford National Park

Highlights

  • Plenty of trails to challenge expert skiers
  • 17 glades to explore
  • Snowshoeing and uphill ski trails available here
  • Most accommodation is located away from the base area

Closest airports

Northeast Kingdom Intl. Airport - 41 mi (50 minute drive)
Looking over the spectacular views of Mont-Orford National Park (Photo credit: Mont Orford)

At 2,790 ft, Mont Orford is the highest lift-accessed summit in the Eastern Townships, and it’s also home to some of the steepest terrain. Luckily it’s not all double black diamonds trails from the top, with the Grande Coulée groomer offering a gentler way down the mountain. But if it’s unadulterated white stuff you crave, the entire Mont Alfred-Desrochers section of the mountain is left untouched so you can ski natural powder without leaving the resort boundaries. The four-star Espace 4 Saisons hotel is the only ski-in/ski-out accommodation available here, but in the nearby town of Magog there are far more options.

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Accessible ski resort offering excellent terrain parks and convenient slope-side lodgings

Highlights

  • Just a 20-minute drive from Quebec City
  • 86% of the ski area is covered by snow guns
  • Less pricey than other resorts in the region
  • Long lift queues can be a pain

Closest airports

Quebec City Jean Lesage Intl. Airport - 24 mi (33 minute drive)
Ski down to the village for après-ski bars and non-skiing activities (Photo credit: Stoneham Resort)

With 43 trails it’s far from the largest ski area in Quebec, but Stoneham offers a nice balance of terrain to keep all abilities happy. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will find plenty to keep them occupied in the three terrain parks dotted across the mountain, plus there’s even an Olympic halfpipe open to anyone talented or crazy enough to try it! Down in the base area you can enjoy a soak in a hot tub or a skate around the ice rink, both provided for free by the resort, and if it’s a party you’re after head to the popular après-ski bar Le Quatre-Foyers.

The 7 Best Ski Resorts in Quebec- UPDATED 2020/2021
Mont Tremblant
Mont Sainte-Anne
Le Massif de Charlevoix
Mont Sutton
Ski Bromont
Mont Orford
Stoneham
Mont Tremblant