The 10 Best Ski Resorts near Montreal

The 10 Best Ski Resorts near Montreal
Karl Sander
Written by Karl Sander / Photos by Jack Lee
Last updated August 18, 2020
Map View

If you're looking for a quick weekend escape from the city, this list is for you! While the skiing near Montreal may not compare to the big name resorts on the western side of the country, there are some great mountains to explore. With over 70 ski resorts in Quebec alone, we've handpicked the best resorts close to Montreal.

Map View

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)

Distance from Montreal- 89 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Ski down to Mont Tremblant's vibrant village (Photo credit: Mont Tremblant)

With over 100 slopes, a lively après-ski village and wide variety of lodging at the base, Mont Tremblant ticks all the boxes! It’s no wonder Mont Tremblant is so popular with the locals of Montreal. Thanks to its generous number of trails there is terrain for all abilities, including almost 50 black and double black runs. Countless non-skiing activities including tubing, snowmobiling and ice-fishing will keep the whole family busy! The charming car-free village boasts gourmet restaurants and vibrant pubs, giving off a distinctly European feel. Despite being expensive and located further from Montreal than other resorts, its lively village and exceptional skiing makes it worth it!

Map View

Known for

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)

Distance from Montreal- 186 mi (3 hour drive)

The north-facing slopes allow for a long ski season (Photo Credit: Mont Sainte-Anne)

From hosting the Canadian Downhill Championships in 1947, Mont Sainte Anne has significantly modernised its operations. These days they are more known for creating one of the best rail parks in Quebec, featuring exclusive ‘expert’ obstacles and a designated ski lift to serve the Snow Park. For those more into traditional skiing, roughly 50% of the terrain is intermediate, with the rest catering to beginners and advanced. Although they offer a variety of activities nearby including all-season paragliding, dog sledding and ice skating, there is not much in terms of an après-ski scene. Mont Sainte Anne is located further north from Montreal than the other resorts on this list. Nonetheless, you won’t be short of accommodation options at the base.

Map View

Known for

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)

Distance from Montreal- 208 mi (3 hour drive)

Looking over the St. Lawrence River (Photo Credit: Le Massif)

Situated on the stunning St.Lawrence River, this mountain-top resort is an experienced skiers dream! Over half of Le Massif’s marked trails are graded as suitable for advanced skiers and there are more than 100 ac of backcountry to explore. For non-skiers there are plenty of activities, including the gondola ride, sledding and even nocturnal sledding! Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can take a gondola ride and try the Sky fondue experience, or check out the delicious French-inspired dishes in the Summit Chalet cafeteria! Le Massif is the furthest from Montreal on this list, however, guests have the choice of accommodation at both the base and the summit of the resort.

Map View

Known for

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)

Distance from Montreal- 71 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Enjoy unique skiing between the trees (Photo credit: Mont Sutton) 

A unique resort with 45% of its 230 ac of terrain covered by glades, Mont Sutton offers narrow tree-covered skiing. Quoted as the best glades in Canada by many specialized ski magazines, there is tree skiing to be enjoyed by all ability levels. For parents wanting their own time to explore the mountain, the resort offers an excellent Daycare School for 2-5 year olds where they can take part in fun activities and learn to ski! There are a number of on mountain chalets for when you need to refuel, as well as lodging options at the base and in the nearby village of Sutton.

Map View

Known for

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)

Distance from Montreal- 53 mi (1 hour drive)

Extensive snow making creates great conditions at Bromont! (Photo credit: Ski Bromont)

A reliable all-round ski destination, Ski Bromont’s 450 ac of skiable terrain makes it the biggest of all the ski resorts in the Eastern Townships region. 102 of its 142 trails are lit up for night skiing, and during their Nuits Blanches event held on select Saturdays, the slopes are open until 2am. Not to mention, the vibrant après-ski party that continues even later! The terrain parks that cater to all progressions even have an ‘Experience Zone’ for toddlers to try out their first modules! With extensive snowmaking, a variety of lodging options and a professional ski school, visiting this resort is a must if you’re in Montreal. It’s also one of the closest resorts to the city.

Map View

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)

Distance from Montreal- 72 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Wide open groomers (Photo credit: Mont Orford)

Adventurous skiers looking for a challenge will love Mont Orford, where you can enjoy plenty of back-country skiing without leaving resort boundaries! Not to mention, the resort has some of the steepest terrain and the highest lift-accessed summit in the Eastern Townships at 2,790 ft. Not to worry, Mont Orford doesn’t just cater to experienced skiers! The Grande Coulée groomer is a great option for beginners and there is also a day ticket exclusively for the magic carpet, so beginners can avoid paying extra fees! The ski-in/ski-out accommodation available at the four-star Espace 4 Saisons hotel is a great option, however other lodging is a 10 minute drive away.

Map View

Known for

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)

Distance from Montreal- 175 mi (3 hour drive)

One of Stoneham's challenging terrain parks! (Photo credit: Stoneham Resort)

Situated almost three hours from Montreal and closer to Quebec City, Stoneham is better suited for a quick getaway. At 333 ac, the resort is reasonably sized and priced compared to the resorts on this list. There is terrain for all levels, particularly for the advanced, and experienced freestylers can take on the Olympic halfpipe! Stoneham generously offers two free hot tubs in the Arctic Spas zone, as well as ice skating in the base area. If you’re keen to keep going after a day on the slopes, the après-ski bar Le Quatre-Foyers is a popular spot! Lodging at the Hotel Stoneham offers convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodation.

Map View

Closest airports

Montréal-Trudeau Intl. Airport - 70 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Distance from Montreal- 75 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Three mountain peaks to explore (Photo credit: Mont Blanc)

Situated across three peaks, Mont Blanc is the Mont-Tremblant region’s second highest elevation at 1,902 ft. Most of its 43 trails are challenging black or double black runs, and the five triple and quadruple chairlifts keep everyone moving. For those less confident or looking to refine their skills, the resort’s excellent ski school offers private lessons at affordable rates. Not to mention, Mont Blanc’s lift tickets are the cheapest on this list! 85% of trails are covered by snowmaking meaning you can expect great snow conditions most of the time. Guests have a number of ski-in/ski-out lodging options, with access to an indoor pool and hot tub!

Map View

Closest airports

Montréal-Trudeau Intl. Airport - 43 mi (50 minute drive)

Distance from Montreal- 48 mi (1 hour drive)

Ride down to the T-Bar 70 for some après fun! (Photo credit: Sommet Saint-Sauveur)

Located just an hour north-west of Montreal and offering a balanced range of terrain, Saint Sauveur is a great resort for a day trip. With only 57 ac of skiable terrain, it's the smallest resort on this list. However, night skiing is available on most of its 40 trails and experienced freestylers can check out the four terrain parks. And if a post-skiing party is what you're after, the T-Bar 70 has a fantastic après-ski atmosphere with comforting meals. There are limited non-skiing activities, but make sure to take a ride on the alpine roller coaster with the kids!

Map View

Closest airports

Northeast Kingdom Intl. Airport - 27 mi (42 minute drive)

Distance from Montreal- 86 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Picturesque skiing beside Lake Memphremagog (Photo credit: Owl's Head)

You can ski with a stunning view of Lake Memphremagog at Owl’s Head, with Lilly’s Leap being a favourite for its fantastic views and undulating glades! The resort offers a great variety of 50 trails, and a brand new quadruple Lac chair lift complete with a boarding carpet. Owl’s Head have recently revamped their chalet and provides dining options at the cafeteria and restaurant. However, there is limited accommodation at the base, with more lodging choices in the town of Magog. Located a 30 minute drive away, Magog is also the place to go for other amenities such as grocery stores and restaurants.

The 10 Best Ski Resorts near Montreal
Mont Tremblant
Mont Sainte-Anne
Le Massif de Charlevoix
Mont Sutton
Ski Bromont
Mont Orford
Stoneham
Mont Blanc
Sommet Saint-Sauveur
Owl’s Head
Mont Tremblant