First Encounter with Ski? The Eastern Townships make it easy for you!

Published on Oct 30, 2020

All the Eastern Townships’ ski hills reserve an important place for anyone who would like to familiarize themselves with this sport. Is this something that interests you? Here’s what our ski stations have to offer.

Please note that all our ski resorts offer the following amenities:

  • A learning zone, including at least one magic carpet
  • Several packages for initiation classes
  • A restaurant service

Furthermore, we asked the Estrie.ski community to share with us their favourite ski trails for beginners. Estrie.ski is made up of true passionate alpine skiing enthusiasts—grouped on the Estrie.ski website and FB page—who wish to share tips, favourite spots, and most importantly, their love of the sport and the region!

Important! Our ski hills are subject to the government’s sanitary measures. Presently, the Eastern Townships are in the orange zone. This means that we must follow certain rules. Learn what they are by contacting the ski stations you wish to visit or by consulting the Association des stations de ski du Québec’s website.


Destination Owl’s Head

In Mansonville, on the south shore of Lake Memphremagog, you’ll find the fourth-highest skiable summit in Quebec, Mount Owl’s Head. A true jewel, the mountain counts about 50 trails, of which 30% are designed for beginners. In fact, by taking the quadruple chairlift La Familiale, or the Panorama, you’ll be able to reach most easy level trails set in the “family zones.”

  • Number of easy trails: 12
  • Estrie.ski suggestion: La Chouette, a trail found in the “Family Zone”

Mount SUTTON

Sixty trails, of which almost half are set in mountain glades? This could be frightening for novice skiers who don’t wish to ski so close to trees this winter! Newcomers to the sport shouldn’t worry too much; Mount SUTTON offers a wide range of trails for them as well. They even have some glade trails that will allow you to enjoy very safe descents. This way, as a beginner, you’ll enjoy this magical environment where you might even come across some snow ghosts once in a while.

  • Number of easy trails: 21
  • Estrie.ski suggestion: the Yum-Yum, the Forêt des merveilles and the Cendrillon trails, all found in the station’s family zone.

Mount Orford

At 850 metres, Mount Orford’s summit is more than respectable. Plus, with its two neighbouring hills, Mounts Giroux and Alfred-Desrochers, the skiing possibilities are quite amazing! Combining the three summits, the domain covers four sides with 34% of the trails designed for neophytes. Another interesting element: the station’s two magic carpets are covered with a transparent dome!

  • Number of easy trails: 21
  • Estrie.ski suggestion: the 4 km, the Familiale and the Toussiski

Bromont, montagne d’expériences

With 141 trails, of which 101 are illuminated, Bromont, montagne d’expériences is the vastest night skiing domain in North America. The trails are spread over 7 mountainsides, and offer a variety of impressive experiences with 36 trails designed for beginners. Please note: on the Versant du Lac, the Grizzly trail is great for those who would like to initiate themselves to glade skiing. Also, don’t miss going to the snack bar inside the magnificent Chalet du sommet which you’ll find … of course, on the summit!

  • Number of easy trails: 36
  • Suggestions d’Estrie.ski : the Brome and Toronto trails

Mount Bellevue

This small 333-metre mountain, found in the heart of Sherbrooke, is the meeting place for all novice skiers. Among the trails found on the mountain’s slopes, two are reserved for tube sliding. A lot of fun activities await families and those who appreciate its urban proximity.

  • Number of easy trails: 6

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