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Skiing in Montreal

Numerous ski resorts are within an hour or two from Montreal.

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Montreal skiing includes some of Canada's best and most popular ski resorts.

1. Most Popular: Mont-Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant
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Tucked into the Laurentian mountains, Mont-Tremblant is one of the most popular ski destinations in Canada and Eastern Canada’s most magnificent peak.

Mont-Tremblant is only a one-hour, 45 minute drive from Montreal, plus has the convenience of an airport (Porter Air offers direct flights to Mont-Tremblant, departing from New York or Toronto). Despite its convenience and a charming - albeit expensive and contrived - pedestrian village and scenic location, Tremblant attracts more "tourist" skiers than locals and is known for being crowded and expensive.

2. Best Value: Mont Blanc

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Skiing at Mont Blanc allows you the benefit of skiing in the beautiful Mont-Tremblant region in the Laurentians without inflated Mont-Tremblant resort prices (for example a one day Mont Blanc ski lift pass is about half that of Tremblant). Accommodation at Mont Blanc is also more affordable, although the Mont Blanc Hotel is a bit worn out. The Mont Blanc terrain suits a variety of levels and is a good choice for families. Enjoy the lively apres ski bar and a sugar shack at the top of one of the hills where they make maple taffy in the snow.

3. Best To Be Seen: St. Saveur

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Like Tremblant, the appeal of St. Saveur has much to do with image: there are lots of good-looking people wearing all the right gear. St. Saveur is a ski area just north of Montreal that offers a number of ski resorts of which St. Saveur is the most popular and yet still much less expensive than Mont-Tremblant.

A tube slide, snow park and new in 2009 - an alpine coaster, makes Saint-Saveur a good family resort.

Saint-Saveur also boasts night skiing, powerful snow making and chairlifts and the longest ski season in the province.

4. Serious Skiers Choice: Sutton

Photo © Tourism Quebec

Many Montreal skiers prefer Sutton over any other ski resort west of Quebec City. Ninety minutes southeast of Montreal, Mont Sutton is located in Quebec's Eastern Townships, a charming travel destination year-round. In winter, skiers head to Sutton for the long runs and glade skiing, which is thought to be the best in Canada. Mont Sutton is situated close to three other ski hills, so skiers can mix up their ski adventure every day.

5. Closest to Montreal: Bromont

Photo © Ski Bromont
Not only is Bromont the closest ski hill to Montreal - at 45 minutes away - it also boasts the largest lit skiable terrain in North America with 69 nighttime ski trails and glades.

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