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Salut à tous, 

I came across this article published on NY Ski Blog about the Eastern Townships, specifically  Bromont, Orford, Sutton, and Owl’s Head.
Maybe you’ve already read it as it was published years ago.  The photos are lovely: scenic lakes, powdery glades, quaint villages. Makes me want to pack my bags and move to QC.
The article mentions Sutton’s Operations Director, Luc Boulanger, and the remarkable work involved in maintaining Sutton’s glades. I look forward to skiing there someday.

In any case, I thought of you guys and I wish you a beautiful summer.


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Hello, the region is very nice with a great selection of ski mountains all worth discovering. They are all fairly different from one another which in a fairly small area is quite unique.

Bromont has that more big mountain busy vibe to it. While Sutton has that rustic old authentic ski mountain feel with narrow trails, mountain chalets and glades that is very unique in North America. Orford is 3 peaks with great views and a solid variety of trails, similar to Bromont but less busy and showy. And finally Owl's Head, the best kept secret of the east, quiet and not busy, but great trails and stunning views.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care and enjoy the summer.

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  • 4 months later...

I just read the article, and after having returned from a fall hiking trip in the eastern townships and visiting 3 of the 4 mountains mentioned, I agree-they all look like amazing ski areas. It's unfortunate that they are too far to day trip for me, they look like they have some amazing skiing:(

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I usually start the season out at Orford since I've had a pass there for three years, it makes for a good starting point to the season. After New Year's I'll start spreading out. Owl's Head mid-week usually has a deal so I will go then. They had a great deal for Black Friday ski Monday to Thursday for $35+tax. Ski anytime except the Christmas and Quebec March Break holidays. So I couldn't pass that up. Sutton is once in awhile for me, and Bromont is a never. 

For road trips I'll do 4hrs one way and then come back. Makes for long days but I don't mind the drive so maybe Calabogie, and/or Pakenham maybe an exploration trip this year or next.

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Orford seems like a great mountain, as the article said, Whiteface-like. When I lived in Montreal, I was still a beginner skiing and did most of my skiing at US hills or Mont Rigaud (outside of MTL), so I unfortunately never had the chance to ski the Cantons de l'Est. I might do a Le Massif weekend trip with some friends, but I'll have to see. In my opinion, do not drive 4 hours and back to ski Pakenham and Calabogie!!! They are nice hills but so NOT worth it, especially Pakenham! If you decide to ski the hills on the Gatineau side as well (Camp Fortune, Mont St Marie), then that would be more enjoyable, but I honestly think that hills in the Quebec City/Saguenay region (Mont st Anne, Massif de Charlevoix, Massif du Sud, mont grand fonds, and mont edouard) have much better snow and are equally as far to you. The last two in the list are low-priced and by what I've heard, hidden gems. 

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