Canadian East Coast Resorts

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  1. Tonester

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    My daughter is heading off later in the year to do a uni exchange in Montreal.
    We are planning on heading over to spend some time with her in January, so I'm looking at what to ski over that side of Canada.

    Tremblant looks OK and there have been favourable TRs from a few.
    From Montreal, what other resorts would people recommend? And...how long before I get bored of Tremblant? We are experienced skiers, so looking for a mountain that has some challenge and variety to it would be preferable. Especially off piste and tree skiing.
     
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    In Canada - combine a trip of a few days / nights to Quebec City and then ski Mont Sainte Anne. Has some very good / steep off piste tree skiing.
    In USA - Vermont........"Stowe" or "Jay Peak".
    Each are 2-3 hours by car from Montreal.
     
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    P.S. If you do go the Quebec City..........you must stay in the old city area (beautiful). We have been there in January..........magic place, was bloody freezing!!!!!!
     
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    Tremblant is pretty good...I'd say 3-4 days max. All the lifts generally take you to the peak and you pick a side of the mountain to explore. Similar to Iwatake in Japan in a sense, only bigger. Nice tree runs.
     
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    Hmmmm......thanks @Zimboo. We'll eventually end up in NYC.
    Considering doing a road trip.
     
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    We did a round trip / road trip from Boston as my Brother lives north of Boston.
    Hired a car in Boston, visted brothers family over xmas / new year then did New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, Maine, Boston over 3 weeks.
    The drive from Quebec ciity to Sugarloaf in Maine (via Jackman/Moose Riiver) in January was wild. Total winter wilderness. The border police couldn't believe a family of 4 with Australian passports were on a skiing road trip in that area. Wife still thinks I'm mental, but loves the memories. :)
     
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    This. Mte Ste Anne and Le Massif on the Quebec side, and lots of Montrealers swear by Jay Peak.
     
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    Nothing mental about that at all. I was google mapping last night and started laying out a similar road trip in my mind. They are all areas I'd love to visit.
     
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    I love the idea of crossing a border to go for a ski. Only about a 2 hour drive. I can leave the non-skier wife in Montreal for shopping and pop over for a ski. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Le Massif

    http://www.lemassif.com/en

    Or drive just south of the border to Jay Peak. They've had 447 inches of snow so far this winter
     
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    Jay Peak does look good!
     
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    If anyone here does the Quebec City to Sugarloaf / Maine drive in January via Jackman/Moose River please take a winter emergency car kit with you as you wouldn't want to get in trouble etc out there. We only saw 1 truck on the road for a long long time and no evidence of snow clearing on the road. Google maps shows it as highway "201" ........ why we took it over what looks like a much shorter option to Sugarloaf further south on "route 27". If 201 is a highway I would hate to think what route 27 is like in winter between Sugarloaf and the border.
     
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    wow
     
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    It's all about the timing in the east for great snow conditions,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,similar to Aus / NZ.
    Just much colder if the air is coming in from the north!
    We had standard - 5s C in NH and VT and then -15's C in Quebec and Sugarloaf was - 20s! before windchill!!!!!!!!!!
    My advice............wait and book on conditions as you see them, as accom vacancy is not a issue mid week in January.
     
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    Did this area a few years ago in late Sept mostly US side though. If considering the US for skiing there is a resort called Loon, at the junction of highways 112 and 93 in New Hampshire, just out of Lincoln, looked very good. This area has a heap of little resorts tucked around every corner. Heaps to explore. Stowe is fairly steep but not as big as most people would expect, and heading further west you have Lake Placid.
    If you're looking for overnight stays, in Canada, Niagara on the Lake, Magog (25km form Jay Peak), Quebec city, and in the US, Stowe, North Conway are all nice places.
    The 112 through Thetford Mines and Highway 20 which many maps designate with a Maple Leaf aren't too picturesque unfortunately if your heading south into the US from Quebec city.
     
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    Great info, thanks @Beerman
    Certainly lots to consider.
     
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    Did actually ski Loon, on our way north. First day was very good......about 10cms new snow. Little choo choo at the bottom links the two bases as does a lift at the top. 2nd day not as good as day 1, as no new snow. Nice hills, with a gondola, tree's and the train along the bottom. Was a great place to visit.......as long as you have new snow. IMO
     
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    Prepare for extreme cold in January. Only place I've needed boot heaters.

    Tremblant is good if it's snowed. Crazy busy on weekends. Mid week is your best bet. Skied 100+ days there so hit me up if you have any more questions about it.
    Bromont is about an hour from Montreal. Night skiing is worth checking out for something different. Less French in the eastern townships compared to Tremblant too if that's a consideration. There's a few smaller resorts around there like Mont Sutton that can be fun.
    Otherwise, Stowe and Jay Peak are def worth the drive. More vertical and tree skiing compared to Tremblant. Mad River Glen too if you want a different small resort feel.
     
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    thanks @PTee
     
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    Factor in the anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hrs at the border..... from experience
     
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    Its great.
    I spent a few months living in Montreal and did this weekly.
    Was a bus doing return day trips.
    The canadians were not happy with the delay at the border...
     
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