What better way to have some family bonding time than to learn new things together? If you can’t tell the difference between green and black pistes or — don’t worry, these Ski Resorts in Quebec have qualified bilingual instructors to explain everything both to you and your kids. You ‘ll also find ski lessons for the whole family, daycare, animation and free accommodation for kids, après ski entertainment, restaurants and shopping for parents, and even more.
1. Mont Tremblant
A supreme setting stolen from European Alps and rich Quebecois culture, blended together in what is now considered to be the best resort in the East and one of the top National Geographic’s ski towns in the world. This fairytale village is designed to impress everyone — from hardcore skiers (2,116 ft of vertical and the steepest run at 42°!) to beginners with almost 100 trails of different level. Non-skiers can choose skating, tubing and dogsledding, as well as get lost in a tremendous variability of shopping and dining venues.
For children (1-6 y.o.) there is The Kidz Club Daycare for either half- or full-day, with a possible option to sign up for the Mother Nature Camp, where kids (3-4 y.o.) are also taught to ski. Older kids are invited to join group ski (3-12 y.o.) and snowboard (7-12 y.o.) lessons.
The resort is easy to get by car — just a 1,5h drive from Montreal — and it’s quite affordable. One Day Lift Pass would be $89 CAD for adults and $10-69 CAD for kids depending on their age. In addition, most hotels offer free lodging for kids under 17.
Find out more: https://www.tremblant.ca/
2. Mont Sainte-Anne
This resort is a little bit more modest than Tremblant, but still resembles to a cruise ship where everything — sports infrastructure, entertainment, daycare for kids, shops, restaurants and so on — is a part of the package. Only better, because restaurants and cafes are up the mountain, you can choose your own accommodation from a motel to a chalet, and you get to ski or snowboard (or both at the same time in a cross course) on 71 trails, of which 17 are beautifully lit at night. The vertical drop is almost the same as in the previous resort — 2,050 ft.
The daycare welcomes kids from 6 months, and there is also a possible addition of ski courses: at Star Camp (up to 6 y.o.) or Kidz’ Clinic (7-14 y.o.), where kids are divided into groups of 3-6 according to their level.
Want to take classes together with your children? You can purchase a family lesson and get a waiver from waiting in lift line. Private lessons and spa packages are also available. And the prices are more than modest: adults would pay $31 CAD and kids — $18-24 CAD (in case their parent allow them). By the way, children under 6 y.o. get a free pass, and a family of three with an underage kid gets a promo rate of $69 CAD.
Check out here: https://mont-sainte-anne.com/
3. Sommet Saint-Sauveur
The smallest resort in our list, with just 40 trails and a 700-ft vertical, at the same time possesses the largest night trail in the world. It is the lightened trails that made T-Bar 70, a restaurant overseeing this picturesque view, the leader of the must-see restaurants in the Laurentians. In fact, Sommet Saint-Sauveur is not just a ski resort, it turns into a water park and an amusement park (Parc F.U.N) during the summer.
Daycare is not offered, but there is a children’s playground, and family lessons are also offered. Besides learning to ski, kids can check out The Viking and Le Dragon — the breathtaking, literally, mountain coasters — or play mini golf. You can also choose from 116 campsites to take them camping or book a cabin for a family weekend.
The resort is located in 30 minutes from Montreal.
The passes are mainly sold for the whole season, but there are other options, including packages for first-timers starting with private lessons from $71 CAD.
Use the calculator to build your family package: https://www.sommets.com/en/ski-mountains/sommet-saint-sauveur/rate/
To read about more Ski Resorts in Quebec, check out this blog article.
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