Edelweiss was the creation of Andy Tommy, also known as one of the owners of the Tommy and Lefebvre ski and sports stores. The mountain was a racer's haven for many years. In the end of the 90s, Edelweiss went through tough financial times and was sold to Mont Saint-Sauveur International in the year 2000. Over the past 15 years, MSSI have invested money into all sorts of projects, to improve and update Edelweiss.
From adding two additional quad chairlifts, high performance snowmaking and a snow tubing park, the mountain is constantly evolving.
The following are photos showing the three double chairlifts that were in place in the early 2000s.
The first is the Heron double chair, serving the lower beginner slope of Easy Street. This lift as well as the Yan double chair (located right next to the Edelbahn Express detachable quad) were removed and replaced with a quad chairlift called the Meister 4000. This new lift started at the same point as the old Heron lift, but finished at the summit of the Yan chair, following a hybrid path of those former lifts. Some monkey trails and a small glade were expanded and removed, to create a second beginner trail called Chemin des Bois, that begins at the top of the Meister lift.
Heron double chair
Yan double chair (notorious for a very high degree of swinging)
The new Meister 4000 quad chairlift (replacing the Heron and Yan double chairlifts).
After 2010, the final Poma double chairlift, located to the right of the detachable quad was removed and another Quad chairlift was installed. This lift has the advantage of being able to access all the same terrain as the detachable quad, further assisting with long lineups on weekends.
Poma double chairlift
The new Strief quad chairlift. This chairlift actually comes from Stratton in Vermont, previously installed as the Kidderbrook chair. The chairlift runs slightly higher than the detachable quad, but serves all the same trails, making it the perfect alternative to the detach on busy days and weekends.