Ski hills up the ante to attract families
From new programs for children to upgraded facilities, several mountains are reinvesting and reinventing to entice visitors
Mont St. Sauveur
Whether you plan on flying down the slopes or chilling by the fire at the lodge, various ski hills are offering new programs and facility upgrades to entice families to their mountains. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Mont St. Sauveur
St. Sauveur (pictured above) is introducing two new programs for kids this year. For the first time, the mountain will offer basic ski lessons for 3- to 5-year-olds. As well, kids aged 3-9 will be able to rent snowboards for the entire season at the Avila bunny hill. Rentals will be available as of Dec. 22 and boards are expected to be new or nearly new.
Older kids, aged 6-17, are invited to join the SNOPRK course, a 25-day program that will help them improve their skiing and snowboarding skills. Participants will spend two weeks at five Les Sommets ski centres in the Laurentians so that kids get to explore various mountains. The program also includes admission to the Christmas Camp, which is a three-day course for intermediate and advanced-level students taking place from Dec. 27-29.
Kids of all ages and skill levels will be invited to celebrate the end of the lessons with the Winter Carnival taking place in March, where they can dress up, compete in friendly competitions and enjoy a hot dog lunch.
The resort’s mechanical upgrades include eco-friendly chairlifts and a heated ski shop at the L’Étoile lift. Visitors will be able to buy or rent equipment without having to go back down to the main area. The lodge at the Avila bunny hill will get new bathrooms and there will also be two outdoor tents and a freestyle learning area to hone skills.
For more information, visit sommets.com.
This family-friendly ski hill, not far from Tremblant, is offering tons of new activities for kids including a new snowpark and an area for young ones.
At the Little Giant section, young kids and beginners can learn the basics of skiing alongside the mountain’s mascot, Mambo, and his friends. There will also be obstacle courses.
The snowpark will be for children who are a little more advanced and will boast an area where they can practice tricks like jumps and rails.
If they want a break from the slopes, kids can head to Jungle Magic, the mountain’s indoor amusement park, which has been completely revamped.
For information, visit skimontblanc.com.
Mont-Tremblant is investing in new chairlifts and remodelling its main lodge, Le Grand Manitou, to accommodate up to 400 guests, as well as adding its first new trail in over 20 years.
The mountain will have two new zones for children at beginner and intermediate skill levels. The Tam Tam Learning Zone features wooden animals on the slope and stories etched onto trees to create a friendly, educational environment.
A recent addition to the mountain’s snow school program is the Flake system, which provides children with a GPS bracelet that allows instructors and parents to track their movements on the mountain. At the end of the day, children can upload their data to the system’s website and look at their stats, which includes how many trails they did that day, how many jumps they made, etc.
For more information, visit tremblant.ca.
Bromont Ski Centre
Young kids will likely enjoy Bromont’s new resident, a bear mascot who will be stationed at the Grizzly trail on Versant des Cantons all season along with his furry friends. Kids will also be able to meet and ski with Santa Claus on Dec. 22 and 23 and enjoy an indoor or outdoor movie (depending on the weather) on Dec. 26 and 30.
In addition to a full remodel plan set for 2026, Bromont is introducing hybrid chairlifts on the main slope, which will feature eight-place gondolas and six-place chairs. The welcome area and parking lot will be upgraded, a new lunch room is being added and there will be a lodge built on the top of the hill. All the trails have been redesigned and enlarged for this season.
For more information, visit skibromont.com.