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Canadian East Coast Resorts

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Tonester, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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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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  5. Tonester

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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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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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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!
     
  12. Zimboo

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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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    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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    We are on a fall colours vacation at the moment in eastern Canada, well Ontario anyway. Well that had been the idea but as with snow mother nature may have other ideas and so it is this year and Fall just isn't happening with the hot summer being followed by record high temperatures for the NE USA and Eastern Canada, breaking records by significant margins. Nights this week have been above 20C! Very high humidity too. So the ground is just not cooling down thus precious little colours. Not just the ground but the lake water is about 5C warmer than average too. The heat/hunidity is being sucked up from the Gulf of Mexico where the water is much warmer than usual in terms of being above average to a great depth, so fuelling Hervey and Irma.

    A cool change will drop temps over the weekend but they are forecasting temps back to mid 20s by mid next week. So it may be a late start to the season.

    Funnily enough even in Ontario there are some ski resorts like one where we have some accommodation for a few days.

     

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    Looks like a lovely day in Collingwood.

    Come out west, cooler than normal after a hot smoky summer. Most ski resorts have 2-3 cm of cover on the upper half of the mountain from snow that fell more than a week ago. The larches have all turned golden, other broadleaf trees at lower elevation are yet to turn. We have more evergreens than deciduous in the west evergreens out west, but there are some colours to be seen. Not on par with central and maritime provinces though.
     
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    We did out west this time last year SK, had hoped to checkin with MS at SP but of course that didn't happen.

    Today we did the drive to Parry Sound and did the ferry ride. Beautiful farming countryside on the way on Horseshoe Valley Dr and up through the granite belt on TCH 400 to Parry Sound. Still virtually no sign of Fall :(

    Different at Blue Mtn resort (looks/feels like a mini Whistler, being Intrawest) and with the humidty gone over the next couple of days left we hope to do some walking up on the escarpment.
     
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    If you rent a car make sure you are permitted to take it over the border
     
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    Fall being a bit of a fizzer was noted on The Weather Channel but we started to see a bit of color as we had to leave, naturellment.

    Some pics of Blue Mountain

    The green slopes end


    Lifted height about 190m.

    Nearer the village it is about 250m with some decent blues resembling the pitch of those on Tod at Sun Peaks and a couple rated 2Black, steep enough for there to have been a slide last season after rain.



    Nice views of Georgian Bay even from near the bottom of the run.


    Some color in the village
     
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    Oldgeezer has gone native, colour is North American english, every other English speaking country spells it colour. Just saying, my OCD is showing,lol.
     
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    Oh yes. When in Nth America I use the local lingo such as vacation (which I prefer to holiday now), elevator, cell phone, roll my Rs, and color (when in conjunction with 'fall') haha.:)
     
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    Nice Pics OldGeezer. Blue is a pretty little village.
    Im in Toronto currently and yes the weather has been pretty odd. Was a pretty average mild summer, the hottest temps we had were last week. I was up in Montreal and Quebec last weekend and it was bloody hot and humid.
    Has cooled down now, is in single figures the last few nights but going to warm up again mid week.
    The trees have only just started to show a little bit of change, usually this time of year they are in full swing, so I think you are right in being a late start.

    But you just never know with winter and especially the East coast, anything can happen.
    Thanksgiving is this weekend and talking to locals at work they have told me stories of everything from swimming in the lakes to snowfalls thanksgiving weekends.
     
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    The for the reminder about being here @Chowder11 - I recall someone was here for some time. In its own quiet way we are taken with Ontario even tho it lacks the dramatic scenery of BC and Alberta (or PNW and CO). So green it hurts your eyes and this is at the end of a long hot summer, delightful country towns, beautiful agricultural areas etc. Would have been nice to had decent fall 'colors' but nature is variable. Several people we know at home have connections with here: my boss at work was in Hamilton many years, sister and brother in law lived in Toronto for a decade when he was Dean at OISE before the cold winters got to them and our older daughter came home fluent in French after three months exchange in Quebec City.

    Unfortunately she also came home having decided to give up skiing after doing an ACL the second run snow ploughing down a black run on Mt Ste Anne :(

    Next time back to Canada though (if it happens) will be back to Sun Peaks (or maybe Whistler if, like next year, we get the Epic Pass for Perisher.

    Off to Chicago tomorrow to visit the widow of a skiing pal, and a 3rd cousin of MrsOG before leaving for home Thu night. Am looking fwd to my first ever First class trip home (courtesy Aeroplan) on ANA.
     
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    Ontario is completely different to the West Coast. (Obviously)
    I have been in Toronto since Mid March now, I have to be honest I have not fallen in love with the city itself. Toronto is a massive stale at times incredibly busy city, but I really enjoy living here.From a distance though the skyline is one of the best I have seen thanks to the CN tower.
    Im living just east side of the "downtown" city where it is still very vibrant but a little more laid back compared to the inner West. Looking forward to the winter t will be my first non ski field NH winter, hoping it is a really brutal one.
    You are correct, the intense green once you leave the city and suburbs is something I have never experience. will do some road trips once the leafs finally decide to change. It has its own beauty away from the massive mountains to which you need to look at in a different perspective to the "Rocky Mountains" Canada 90% of Aussies think of when you say Canada.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip. My folks were just in Chicago and loved it. Great time of the year as it can get pretty brutal in winter also from reports.
     
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    I couldn't help checking the Blue Mountain web cams, and it looks like the mild autumn temps are continuing. Just green grass there, in contrast with Sun Peaks. Driving home from Sydney the other day along Lake George I thought how much the escarpment there reminded me of Blue Mountain (which is prob about another 50% in height).
     
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    Yep the weather over here in Ontario has been crazy, it was 17 deg yesterday, here in Toronto we have had no snow yet, whilst not unusual before December, there has just been not anything close, mild days with cold mornings, hardly much precip after a relatively wet summer.
    The mid range forecast is more of the same.
    The "experts" long range winter forecast, which you obviously take with a grain of salt has suggested a cold snowy winter, hoping they are right, but it certainly hasn't even thought about starting yet
     
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    Skied Blue Mountain, yesterday. About a 2hr north drive from downtown Toronto.
    We lucked out and had excellent conditions, it has been snowing a fair bit over this side of the country lately and the temps have been pretty cold so the snow is in good nick. We had 10cm the day before with 5cm overnight, so when we rocked up there was fresh turns to be had.
    Whilst it is definitely not a major travel destination, it is more than serviceable mountain, id liken it similar to Falls Creek, in terms of run length and terrain Variety. So you would get very bored after more than 2 straight days but fun enough to keep the stoke.
    We cover pretty much he whole mountain, and covered most of the varied terrain, did the double blacks, well trail signed DD's, but ummmm yeh maybe not DD's but they do get crazy icy conditions at times, and they would be tough when bullet ice, so I guess you have to rate the runs for the very worst conditions.
    One of my mates we were skiing with was doing them with ease and it was his 4th time on skis. I don't think he'd be dropping into the Whislter bowls at his current level.
    The village itself is lovely also, it was built by the Intrawest guys, so it has the Whistler village vibe, with similar architecture and village stroll, noway near as big however, but nice all the same.
    All in all, it was a fun day, and being only a 2hr drive it is very easily day-tripable. Will definitely head back.
    Left at 6:45, skied 9-4, stopped at a brewery for a quick one and grab a few roadies and was home on the couch re-carbing with a pizza and the brewery beers by 8:30. So a great day.

    Heading to Tremblant for a week in 2 weeks so will report my thoughts on that place also.

    Didn't get any photos of Blue will try next time to give some picture details.
     
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    I've been doing a bit of digging around the 'ol ski.com.au forums looking for a bit of East Coast skiing action... there is a possibility I may be posted to Ottawa for work for 18months shortly.

    Looking forward to experiencing that part of the world, having access to local hills 20mins or so away, and trying to understand the wider mountains near by.

    Anyway, interested in a bit more detail on East Coast Canadian (and those areas of America too). Eg snow conditions, mountains etc. Eg do we take our skis? My wife and I are currently both on 90mm all mountain skis. My wifes are in pretty good knick, mine are starting to get a bit worn. It would be a perfect opportunity to get the kids their own boots and skis too. (10 and 8).

    Given we had change our 2018 o/s plans from US to Japan because it was $$$$$$ if we go, we'll probably end up skiing at one of the big resorts either in 2019 or 2020.
     
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    I would buy new skis in Canada rather than taking them with you. You'll have so much other stuff to bring for an 18 month stay, plus prices will be better and the local shops will stock product proven to be well suited to local conditions. Not to mention you are only a few hours flying from the big western resorts, connect to TO then nonstop to Vancouver, Calgary or Kelowna.
     
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    Ottawa is a decent hub for East coast skiing.
    The Quebec French resorts are only a few hours North, and you will have good access to the Northen East coast American resorts of Maine, Vermont Up state NY and so on.
    Just be aware it can get brutally cold in that area so make sure you have decent cold weather gear if you are planning on skiing January February early March.
    We did a trip to Tremblant, probably 2 hrs Nth from Ottawa and we had a great time, decent mountain for sure and the village was beautiful.

    Away from skiing that area is a wonderful place, I recently did 18 months in Toronto and had a great time, Summer is beautiful and Fall/Autumn when the leaves change is something special.
    Ottawa would be a nice base to do some travelling also, Montreal is a great city, Quebec city is stunning, Toronto is a big busy city but has plenty to do. And don't forget your only an hours flight to some many places. Boston, NY city, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh just to name a few.
    And as Sly said above, 3 hrs and your in Calgary or Vancouver and then you can do some serious skiing.
    DM me if you have any more specific questions and id be happy to answer.
     
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    Start cross country skiing.
     
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    Ice skate to work.
     
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    Thanks @The Plowking @Telemark Phat @Chowder11 and @sly_karma !

    Yes, all of that... that is the attraction for an 18 month stint.

    Initial thoughts (when the opportunity came up) was "it's also close to Europe", so would be good to catch up with my host family from the exchange I did to Germany way back when... Then you start thinking of all the great and amazing things that are in the near by area, all the other things we'd love to do in North America and you realise, we don't have time!

    As I understand it, the closest resorts are 20mins away Gatineau hills (and open till 10pm each night) and Mont Tremblant 1-2hrs. Stowe / Sugarbush in Vermont are 3hrs away (subject to times crossing borders).

    So yeah, cross country skiing. Fat bike mountain biking? Snow mobiling? Definitely ice skating, and I've always wanted to do Whistler MTB in summer.

    The weather is an interesting thing. We have skied Whistler during a period (a week or so) of an "Arctic Blast" (-20 to -30 plus windchill), and been in Hokkaido with similar conditions. Canada was horrid. We weren't prepared. Japan we were better prepared, especially when skiing. But the main take out is whilst skiing was probably ok, we aren't prepared to live in those conditions. A quick dash to the shops, or skiing (once warmed up) is probably ok, but having all the gear to live like that is another matter.

    Lots of things looking forward to. One is the ability to ski every weekend, especially with the kids. Even if only on a local hill. They love skiing, are quite good at it. Two solid winters of skiing and they'll then completely smash us off the mountain.

    Just need for it to come off... fingers crossed!
     
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