The area near Montreal is home to many ski resorts including quite a few not more than an hour away from Quebec’s largest city. The two primary areas for skiing are the Laurentian Mountains and the Monteregian Hills.
Both have a variety of skiing options including touring, racing, glades, and moguls. The Laurentian Mountain ski resorts are located to the north along the A15, so it’s easy to visit more than one within the same day. The resorts southeast of the city are in the Monteregian Hills in the St. Lawrence River Valley, adjacent to the Vermont border.
Because resorts near Montreal aren’t as well-visited as ski areas in other provinces, skiers and snowboarders can usually expect uncrowded slopes and lower prices.
Ski Saint-Bruno – Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville: 30 km
The small ski area of Saint-Bruno is located near downtown Montreal, situated next to a national park. The ski area has two terrain parks and 18 trails, most of which are for beginners.
fYoungsters will enjoy skiing through the area’s Enchanted Forest featuring ski mascot Skigolo, butterflies, fairies, and pathways illuminated when it gets dark. Rent equipment for two to six hours, or for just the evening.
550 Rang Des Vingt Cinq E, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC J3V 0G6, Canada (Map) | +1 450-653-3441 | skisaintbruno.ca
Groupe Plein Air Terrebonne – Terrebonne: 33 km
The year-round facility, Groupe Plein Air Terrebonne, has a distinct focus on all outdoor activities. During winter months locals can enjoy the small alpine ski area with two runs and a separate hill for beginning and young skiers.
Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the slopes of Terrebonne in four-hour blocks, which must be reserved ahead of time. The winter activities of cross-country skiing and fat biking can also be enjoyed at the ski resort.
1150 Rue Côte Boisée, Terrebonne, QC J6X 4R8, Canada (Map) | +1 450-471-1933 | gpat.ca
Ski Mont Rigaud – Rigaud: 71 km
Ski Mont Rigaud has been operating in Montreal’s suburbs since 1964. Its size and layout are larger than one would expect for a ski resort so close to an urban setting. Two lifts access all 15 of the resort’s slopes, including a large glade skiing area.
Mont Rigaud’s new snowboarding club, RIGS, helps youngsters learn freestyle and slope-style elements. The ski area has a number of programs and lessons for skiers and snowboarders up to age 17. Private lessons are available for older visitors.
321 des Erables, Rigaud, QC J0P 1P0, Canada (Map) | +1 450-451-0000 | skimontrigaud.com
Sommet Saint-Sauveur – Saint-Sauveur: 75 km
Among the dozen Laurentian ski areas northwest of Montreal is Sommet Saint-Sauveur, known as one of the best destinations for night skiing. The 40 trails of Saint-Sauveur are spread over two different hillsides, interspersed with chutes and moguls. Most runs are illuminated for schussing once the sun sets.
The resort boasts eastern Canada’s longest ski season, beginning in November and lasting through May. Sommet Saint-Sauveur is part of a group of five ski resorts known as Les Sommets which can all be accessed with the same season pass. The group includes the nearby slopes of Sommets Olympia, Gabriel, Morin Heights, and Edelweiss.
350 Avenue St Denis, Saint-Sauveur, QC J0R 1R3, Canada (Map) | +1 450-227-4671 | sommets.com
Ski Sommet Olympia – Piedmont: 77 km
For learning to ski at any level, look no further than Sommet Olympia Ski Resort. Skiers and snowboarders can find the perfect lesson regardless of age or ability, ski racing or moguls, or for a day or several weeks.
Sommet Olympia Ski resort has a 200-meter vertical drop on its 80 acres of skiable terrain. The ski area includes a progressive terrain park and 36 trails, 38 percent of which are for beginners. Backcountry skiing is also available with an additional lift ticket.
330 Chemin de la Montagne, Piedmont, QC J0R 1K0, Canada (Map) | +1 450-227-4671 | sommets.com
Ski Mont Habitant – Saint-Sauveur: 77 km
As one of the few family-owned ski resorts in the Laurentians, Ski Mont Habitant may be small but gives visitors a personal focus. The ski area, with a 183-meter vertical drop, has 10 runs and a terrain park situated near the mountain base. Two of the runs are for beginners and most of the others are intermediate-level.
The 55-acre resort includes dining and a hotel at the base. Lift tickets can be purchased for a four-hour block, an evening, or a full day.
12 Chemin des Skieurs, Saint-Sauveur, QC J0R 1R2, Canada (Map) | +1 866-887-2637 | monthabitant.com
Sommet Gabriel – Sainte-Adèle: 78 km
The family-friendly Sommet Gabriel has 22 slopes, with mostly blue and black runs. But a handful of slopes are green and are designed to make skiing enjoyable for kids.
Beginners can try learning to ski with Sommet Gabriel’s self-guided lesson plan, by following the steps at the beginner trail. Private professional lessons are also available in fixed time slots.
1501 Chemin du Mont-Gabriel, Sainte-Adèle, QC J8B 2J8, Canada (Map) | +1 450-227-4671 | sommets.com
Ski Montcalm – Rawdon: 83 km
Located in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, the family ski resort of Ski Montcalm, has 26 trails and a 150-meter vertical drop. The resort has plenty of activities in the winter as well as summer months.
The ski area is spread over four mountains with a variety of runs for all levels of skiing ability, plus three snow parks and glade skiing. The resort also has a restaurant on site for midday dining.
3294 Rue Park, Rawdon, QC J0K 1S0, Canada (Map) | +1 450-834-3139 | skimontcalm.com
Sommet Morin Heights – Morin-Heights: 85 km
The ski area of Morin Heights has 27 different trails, terrain parks, and glades for all different levels of skiing ability among its 80 skiable acres. In addition to downhill skiing, visitors can also enjoy snowshoeing, fat biking, cross-country, and alpine touring.
As with some other resorts that are part of Les Sommets, beginning skiers have the option of private lessons or trying the self-guided lesson plan by following five steps located on one of the green trails.
231 Rue Bennett, Morin-Heights, QC J0R 1H0, Canada (Map) | +1 450-227-4671 | sommets.com
Ski Bromont – Bromont: 86km
Located to the east of Montreal in the Monteregian Hills, Ski Bromont is a relatively large ski area with plenty of choices for every type of skier or snowboarder. The 450 acres of skiable terrain are located among seven different mountain faces. There are 141 trails to explore, with 72 percent available for night skiing.
The resort is most proud of its snowmaking ability, touting some of the best snow in the region. Bromont offers a wide variety of lift tickets and season passes, including passes that permit skiers and snowboarders to visit a handful of nearby slopes on the same day.
150 Rue Champlain, Bromont, QC J2L 1A2, Canada (Map) | +1 450-534-2200| bromontmontagne.com
Ski Chantecler – Sainte-Adèle: 88 km
Ski Chantecler has a major focus on family. With lessons offered for children as young as two and private lessons for any age, almost any member of the family can learn to ski or snowboard together. A lift ticket family package is offered for as few as three members of the same household.
The 22 runs are evenly divided by difficulty and situated so that skiers and snowboarders can progressively learn. The slopes range from short beginner hills at the base to glade skiing on a black diamond.
432 Chemin du Mont Loup Garou, Sainte-Adèle, Quebec J8B 3C8, Canada (Map) | +1 450-229-1404 | skichantecler.com/en/
Belle Neige – Val-Morin: 92 km
While it only has 20 trails to explore, the slopes of Belle Neige are perfect for the youngest skiers and snowboarders to start an enjoyment of the sport. Half of the slopes are green or blue, but what makes it most fun for youngsters are the two beginner glade trails. Visitors ski through a forest of stuffed animals, or past familiar characters from Le Petit Pouçet (Tom Thumb).
For a greater challenge, look no further than the ski resort’s snow park or the ski cross and boardercross trails. The mixture of moguls and speed sections helps hone downhill skills for leisure skiers or as part of the racing team.
6820 Rte 117, Val-Morin, Quebec J0T 2R0, Canada (Map) | +1 819-322-3311 | belleneige.com
Vallée Bleue – Val-David: 95 km
In terms of price, Vallée Bleue can’t be beaten. The resort offers a deal that includes a lift ticket, equipment rental, and one lesson for beginning skiers and snowboarders. Tickets can be purchased just for access to the magic carpet, or to access all of the lifts.
Vallée Bleue has 22 trails and a 115-meter vertical drop. Several runs are designated as “easiest” options from each chair lift.
1418 Chemin de la Vallée Bleue, Val-David, QC J0T 2N0, Canada (Map) | +1 819-322-3427 | valleebleue.com
Mont Avalanche – Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard: 102 km
Among the Laurentide ski areas, Mont Avalanche is one of the smaller options with only 13 trails. The hill has a 165-meter vertical drop and the slopes are situated with easy runs to one side and challenging glade skiing to the other.
The family-owned resort has been operating since 1957. Snowshoeing, alpine touring, and fat biking are also offered on the slopes.
1657 Chemin de l’Avalanche, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, QC J0T 2B0, Canada (Map) |+18193273232 | mont-avalanche.com
Mont Sutton – Sutton: 108 km
As one of the snowiest resorts in the area, Mont Sutton receives a whopping 600 centimeters of snowfall annually. The resort is southeast of Montreal in the Monteregian Hills.
The resort has a 460-meter vertical drop and 60 trails on 230 acres. Although a third of slopes are green, most lifts lead to more difficult options. Nearly half of the runs are glade skiing, more than any other ski area in the region.
671 Rue Maple, Sutton, QC J0E 2K0, Canada (Map) |+1 866-538-2545 | montsutton.com
Mont Blanc – Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré: 121 km
With 43 slopes to explore, Mont Blanc is an interesting mini-version of its like-named resort across the Atlantic. The ski area has five glade runs and two snow parks for advanced ski experiences.
The ski area is spread over multiple mountain faces and most runs are challenging, with 56 percent designated as black diamonds. The interconnected resort is accessible from three different parking areas.
1006 Rte 117, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, Quebec J0T 1J2, Canada (Map) | +1 819-688-2444 | skimontblanc.com
Mont Orford – Orford: 122 km
Located to the east of Montreal, Mont Orford is a challenging ski resort with 18 glades and 44 runs, mostly blue or black. The resort has three uphill trails for skiers who enjoy skinning.
Situated in the midst of a national park, Mont Orford sits at 850 meters with 245 skiable acres to explore. The resort boasts one of the few hybrid chondola lifts in the region. This conglomeration of a gondola and chairlift allows more people to speed through the lines in greater comfort.
4380 Chem. du Parc, Orford, QC J1X 7N9, Canada (Map) | +1 819-843-6548 | montorford.com
Mont-Tremblant – Mont-Tremblant: 143 km
One of the most popular ski areas in the region is Mont-Tremblant, well-known not only for its skiing but also for its base resort with everything a visitor could need. The picturesque pedestrian village is filled with lodging, dining and shopping, as well as activities like luge, mini golf, and a casino.
Tremblant has 102 trails, nearly half of which are black diamonds, and a 645-meter vertical drop on 755 skiable acres. Snow is usually excellent as the resort can receive more than 600 centimeters of snowfall annually.
1000 Chem. des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1T1, Canada (Map) | +1 819-681-3000 | tremblant.ca
Skiers and snowboarders in Montreal can find plenty of places to ski all within a short distance. Following the A15 north from Montreal leads to a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding options. It’s the ideal spot to explore for one or several days.
There are plenty of challenging slopes and plenty of snowfall to make the skiing experience enjoyable. With Canada’s ski season lasting from mid-December through mid-April, there’s plenty of time to find the right ski resort near Quebec’s largest city.