Montreal-area ski resorts are adding family-friendly features and incentives to encourage parents to make the most of the season. One popular resort is even opening a revamped indoor water complex, so families can do more than just ski.
Mont Sutton in the Eastern Townships, Ski Montcalm in Rawdon as well as Sommets Saint-Sauveur and Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentians are all offering new activities or services for families, many of which are aimed at new parents and those with young kids.
At Mont Sutton, they have introduced a new Parents Pass, which is a season pass that is geared to those with children under the age of 2. The pass has the names and photos of both parents on it, but only one parent can use it at a time. According to Marketing Director Nadya Baron, this allows two adults to share one season pass. If both parents want to ski at the same time, Mont Sutton offers a 25 per cent discount on a daily lift ticket. The pass will allow more parents to introduce their kids to skiing as those under the age of 5 ski for free. For more information, visit montsutton.com.
In Rawdon, Ski Montcalm (pictured at top) will be introducing the first covered conveyor lift in the province. The transparent dome will protect skiers from wind and snow, and will increase lift capacity from 500 to 1,500 skiers per hour. “We wanted to make it more accommodating for families,” Ski Montcalm Owner Joanna Barnowski says. “We’re tripling the size of our beginner area, and we’re offering the new conveyor lift to enhance their overall experience, in the hope that we continue creating new and passionate skiers who will keep passing down the tradition to future generations.”
Ski Montcalm also renovated its food service, says Barnowski, with a new bistro and more spaces to sit and relax at the top of the mountain. For more information, visit skimontcalm.com.
At Les Sommets Saint-Sauveur, skiers will enjoy a toasty warm ride up the mountain with its new six-person, heated chair lift. The seats and backrests will be heated, and the lift will be able to bring 3,000 people an hour to the top of the mountain, up from 600 with the previous lift.
“Everybody knows that in Quebec, the weather is pretty challenging in the winter,” Director of Client Care Simon Pagé says. “The cold is the number one reason not to ski.” He added that it was time to try and provide more comfort to skiers, especially those who don’t like the cold and may stay away. For more information, visit sommets.com.
Les Sommets Saint-Sauveur – credit: Les Sommets
When the cold really is too much, you can enjoy Quebec’s winters indoors, at the revamped Aquaclub la Source in Mont-Tremblant, which is now called Brind’O. The water complex has been completely remodelled.
“Brind’O will be offering four waterslides for children and adults, 35 interactive water play games, a hot tub and a fitness centre outfitted with the very latest workout equipment for training aficionados — in addition to access to an outdoor hot tub and a pool in summer,” Tremblant Resort Association General Manager Pierre Bertrand says. Tickets for the water complex start at $20 for adults and $15 for kids aged 6-12. For more information, visit tremblant.ca/things-to-do/activities/brindo.