Park offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing
At this park a short distance from Angrignon Metro, kids can take skiing and snowboarding lessons and practice jumps at the snow park
For the first time in more than a decade, Montreal children can learn to ski without leaving the city. La Pente à Neige at Ignace-Bourget Park is a winter sports playground just a short walk from Angrignon Metro, with a small ski and snowboard slope for children, as well as an all-ages tubing slope, heated yurt and tobogganing area. All slopes are groomed, with artificial snow added as required.
Families can purchase an introductory ski or snowboard lesson online starting at $23 for a 45-minute class — equipment rental included. Those who want more practice can also book a series of three or six lessons. Private lessons are also available. A 15 per cent discount is available for participants living in the South-West borough, and low-income families can apply for discounts of up to 50 per cent.
Pricing to access the kids-only beginner slope is $10 for up to two hours, or $12 for more than two hours. The slope is exclusively for children under the age of 14 (and the hill’s ski instructors). An unlimited season’s pass is $50. Complete gear rental is $12 for up to two hours, or $15 for more than two hours. Kids who already have some gear can also rent just the pieces they need.
A snow park is also on site with a down rail, down box, flat rail, jump and up rail where all ages can practice jumps and other tricks, as well as a Riglet flat box, which is a tool for teaching snowboarding to beginners. Helmets are required, and are available to rent.
The tubing area (pictured right) offers both a beginner slope for young children as well as a 240-metre ride for older kids. Tickets start at $6 for a child or $8 for an adult per hour. Half-day, full-day and unlimited season’s passes are also available. Families buying tickets for two parents or for more than two children qualify for a 25 per cent discount on the additional tickets.
The installation is funded by a $25,000-grant from the South-West borough as well as sponsorships from Sommet St. Sauveur and other partners. The nonprofit facility opened in December, and will remain open to the end of March, weather permitting.
For more information, visit penteaneige.ca.