Ski Centres

Montreal is a great place to live for many reasons, including the vibrant cultural scene, amazing restaurants and world-class universities. One of Montreal's best attributes, in our opinion, is the proximity to an abundance of excellent downhill ski areas, coupled with a snowy climate.

With Rod Roy Snow School, you get the opportunity to ski and ride at a variety of ski centres. Our programs are designed to fit the needs of our members, depending on age, ability and budget. Join us on the slopes this winter!

Here is a list of some of the ski areas we frequent:

Sommet Avila

Avila is the first ski hill visible when driving north on the Laurentian Autoroute. This small centre is well-known throughout the ski industry for its beginner area (which includes the unique Babalou lift) and pioneering freestyle snowpark.

Vertical Drop: 188 m

Number of trails: 14

Our favourite runs: Jack Rabbit (novice), Express-Ouest (advanced)

Visited by: Laurentide

Sommet Morin-Heights

Located in a peaceful "bowl", protected from the wind, Morin-Heights seems far, far away from the bustle of the autoroute. It is a family-friendly ski centre that offers a large variety of terrain: beginner slopes, steeps, glades and cruisers. 

Vertical Drop: 200 m

Number of trails: 36

Our favourite runs: Tour du Soleil (novice), Sept-Îles (intermediate), Fritz's Fling (expert)

Visited by: Laurentide

Sommet Olympia

Olympia packs a lot of variety into its 36 runs, which are creatively cut, using all faces of the mountain. There are beginner runs off of all lifts, including the new Apollo chairlift, installed in 2023. Olympia has a great view across the Saint-Sauveur valley and receives lots of afternoon sunshine.

Vertical Drop: 200 m

Number of trails: 36

Our favourite runs: Olympia (novice), St-Anton (intermediate), L'Aiguille de Piedmont (expert)

Visited by: Laurentide


Located in the mid-Laurentian "snowbelt", Belle-Neige is a family-friendly ski hill that was opened by the Fenster family in 1963. Highlights include a mountain-length ski-cross course that is often open to the public, an easy forest trail with over 2000 stuffed animals (Sentier des Toutous) and a cosy chalet with old-school character.

Vertical Drop: 157 m

Number of trails: 20

Our favourite runs: Benoit Dufresne (novice), Blizzard (intermediate), the Ski-Cross (advanced)

Visited by: Laurentide, Ski Evolution groups

Mont Blanc

Located near Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, Mont Blanc has north-facing slopes with an impressive view of the Upper Laurentians. Blanc has three distinct sides: the Versant Mont Blanc (also known as the "Hotel" side), the Versant Faustin (formerly a separate ski area) and the Versant Nord (for experienced skiers).

Vertical Drop: 210 m

Number of trails: 43

Our favourite runs: Yodel (novice), Beaujolais (advanced), Cougar (expert)

Visited by: Laurentide, RR-Max, Montreal Ski Club

La Réserve

One of the best-kept secrets north of Montreal, La Réserve has some of the gnarliest expert terrain in the region. In addition to its rugged glades, there are a few excellent cruisers that wind down the mountain, with great views of Lac Ouareau and Saint-Donat. 

Vertical Drop: 305 m

Number of trails: 37

Our favourite runs: Familiale (novice), Sous-Sous (advanced), Chute libre (expert)

Visited by: RR-Max

Mont Tremblant

Often ranked #1 ski resort in Eastern North America, Tremblant is the highest peak in the Laurentians. The mountain has a rich skiing history, playing a leading role in developing the sport in Canada. Since 2018, the resort is owned by Alterra Mountain Company and has seen many on-mountain improvements, such as new glades and chairlifts.

Vertical Drop: 645 m

Number of trails: 102

Our favourite runs: P'tit Bonheur (novice), Extension (intermediate), Le Tunnel (advanced), C.B.C. (expert)

Visited by: RR-Max, Montreal Ski Club, Mardi-Ski

Mont Sutton

In this day and age of large corporations dominating the ski industry, Sutton is a throwback: independently-run, quirky and fun-loving. Sutton has some of the best gladed skiing ("sous-bois") in Quebec, plus excellent terrain for beginners and intermediates.

Vertical Drop: 460 m

Number of trails: 60

Our favourite runs: Cendrillon (novice), Sous-Bois II (intermediate), Iroquois (advanced), Bou-Bou (expert)

Visited by: RR-Max, Montreal Ski Club, Ski Evolution groups

Mont Orford

Located within Orford Park, this ski area has the greatest vertical drop in the Eastern Townships. The summit offers magnificent 360-degree views. Orford has a variety of terrain for all levels, including some of the most challenging double-black diamonds in Quebec.

Vertical Drop: 589 m

Number of trails: 43

Our favourite runs: The "4 km" (novice), Cascade (intermediate), Lacroix (expert), Le Contour (expert)

Visited by: RR-Max, Montreal Ski Club

Sommet Saint-Sauveur

You can count on Saint-Sauveur to be the first and last ski centre to be open in Quebec...with the season sometimes running into June! This is possible due to its world-class snowmaking. Saint-Sauveur is also known for its extensive night skiing.

Vertical Drop: 213 m

Number of trails: 43

Our favourite runs: Red Bird (novice), Côte 68 (intermediate), Côte 70 - Ouest (advanced)

Visited by: Ski Evolution groups


Well-known for its proximity to Montreal and extensive night-skiing, Bromont is a buzzing place with plenty of action on and off the hill. There are seven "versants" to explore.

Vertical Drop: 361 m

Number of trails: 110

Our favourite runs: Victoriaville (novice), Ottawa (intermediate), Trois-Rivières (expert)

Visited by: Ski Evolution groups

Mont Sainte-Anne

Only 30 minutes drive from Quebec City, Mont Sainte-Anne is the premier ski resort in the province of Quebec. Abundant snowfall, awesome fall-line skiing, spectacular views of the Saint Lawrence and a wide variety of lodging options make MSA our most popular destination for Ski Evolution multi-day trips for schools and corporate groups. Check out our classic 3-day MSA trip.

Vertical Drop: 625 m

Number of trails: 71

Our favourite runs: La Ferréolaise (novice), Sidney-Dawes (intermediate), La Crête (advanced), P.A. Rousseau (expert)

Visited by: Ski Evolution groups


Stoneham is located in the Laurentian Mountains just north of Quebec City. It is a great option for affordable multi-day school trips, as organized by Ski Evolution. Stoneham is well-known for its snow parks and competitive freestyle programs, which have produced many recent Olympians.

Vertical Drop: 345 m

Number of trails: 43

Our favourite runs: La Laurentienne (novice), La Biche (intermediate), La St-Adolphe (advanced), La Bomba (expert)

Visited by: Ski Evolution groups

Jay Peak

Located just over the border in Vermont, Jay Peak benefits from a micro-climate known as the "Jay Cloud" that dumps significantly higher snowfall compared to the surrounding area. The glades at Jay Peak are legendary throughout Eastern North America.

Vertical Drop: 656 m

Number of trails: 81

Our favourite runs: Vermonter (intermediate), North Glade (expert), Timbuktu (expert)

Visited by: Ski Evolution groups

white and green wooden house on snow covered ground

Want more information about Quebec's ski centres?

Check out the website for the Assocation des stations de ski de Quebec (ASSQ).