Skiing Quebec with Kids from Green Circles to Black Diamonds

By Lian Wright,

Winter. It is cold, but the snow-capped mountains of the Laurentians can change this chilly season into a winter wonderland with a few pieces of equipment. Not only a popular spot for winter sport enthusiasts from Eastern Canada, the ski resorts around Montreal are drawing in visitors from around the world too.

Are you thinking of planning a fun getaway to take advantage of some of the best ski resorts in the Laurentians? Here is a list of five fabulous places for your family to stay when discovering Quebec’s premiere ski region: from Saint-Saveur to Mont-Tremblant by way of Sainte-Adèle.

Ski in Saint-Sauveur

Mountains, lakes and so much more await visitors to Saint-Saveur, Quebec. Located just under two hours from Ottawa and 45 minutes from Montreal, Saint-Saveur and the Piedmont Valley are gorgeous places to visit. Some of the activities travellers to this area can partake in are downhill and cross-country skiing, tobogganing, and tubing during the winter months. There are also many boutiques, art galleries, and fantastic dining establishments to experience. Curious about this corner of the Laurentians? Check out these two resorts for your stay in this region.

There is so much to do while visiting Saint-Sauveur. We like to visit Parc John Molson when we are not on the ski hills. In the winter, we are able to lace up our skates for a good time on the rink or take a stroll along one of their three well-lit trails. If we forgot an essential at home for our trip, or want to pick up something special, we like popping into one of the many shops and boutiques that are within walking distance from our hotel room, especially those on Rue Principale.

Hôtel Manoir Saint-Sauveur

This resort is located 45 minutes from Montreal and is just under two hours away from Ottawa. The Hôtel Manoir Saint-Sauveur is a hotel and a convention centre that is made up of six buildings.

Ski Quebec hotels Saint-Sauveur Hotel Le Manoir exterior evening

The main hotel contains three fine dining restaurants, a cozy and intimate bar lounge, and 250 newly renovated rooms. The hotel’s spa, the Spa du Manoir, provides high-end spa treatments given by skilled specialists. It also features a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a whirlpool, 22 treatment rooms, and three relaxation areas. Each classic suite allows visitors the ability to relax on their cushy queen or king beds after a long day of skiing.

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Ski Quebec hotels Saint-Sauveur Hotel Le Manoir two double beds roof

If you are not in the mood for skiing, Le Manoir has many on-site activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. You can relax in the resort’s spa and indoor pool, immerse yourself in their thermal experience, roll out your yoga mat, or have the kids play at the hotel’s Kids Club. You are also able to explore some of the fun spots around Saint-Sauveur to delight in. The Petit Train du Nord Linear Park is a great spot to get out into nature to have fun over 230 kilometres of parkland which features rivers, lakes, and greenery for visitors enjoy.

 

Hôtel Le Versailles Saint-Sauveur

Mont Saint-Sauveur is just a quick drive from the Hôtel Le Versailles and just over 30 minutes from Mont-Tremblant. It is a contemporary four-star hotel, close to skiing, entertainment, activities, shopping, and restaurants in the Saint-Sauveur area. It hosts a restaurant and bar (open seasonally) and houses 51 airy room on three floors. All are equipped with gas fireplaces, and some rooms feature balconies or garden walk-out terraces.

Ski Quebec hotels Saint-Sauveur Hotel Le Versailles dining room night ski

When you are not on the slopes, the Hôtel Le Versailles houses a few amenities guests can take advantage of during their stay. They can take a leisurely dip in their saltwater indoor pool with an adjoining whirlpool. Guests can burn off energy in their Fitness Centre equipped with what you will need to stay fit. To make your stay more relaxing, guests can reserve a unique Nordic Spa Experience located only minutes away that borders a natural river. Guests can take advantage of their services in order to take the stress off of a busy work week.

Ski Quebec hotels Saint-Sauveur Hotel Le Versailles double beds

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My other half and I like to introduce our kids to culture as well as the ski hills while staying in Saint-Sauveur. A great place to get outside and take in the culture at this resort is by visiting Les Murales des Pays-d’en-Haut. It is an outdoor art gallery that displays the history and heritage of the Pays-d’en-Haut MRC. It also features renowned artists of the region and beyond on thirteen murals around downtown Sainte-Adèle.

 

Ski in Sainte-Adèle & Ski Chantecler

Only two hours away from Ottawa and just over an hour away from Montréal lies Sainte-Adèle, Quebec. This resort area sits cozily in the Laurentians. Surrounded by nature, Sainte-Adèle is known for its beautiful scenery and its abundance of outdoor activity opportunities including Ski Chantecler. This town also offers delicious cuisine at its various restaurants and many places for visitors to indulge in pampering themselves at the spas in this area. Take a look here at where you should relax and recharge in this town.

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Estérel Resort

Love luxury and nature? Then the Estérel Resort is the place to stay while carving the mountain trails at Mont-Tremblant. Located less than half an hour from Ski Chantecler, the Estérel Resort is bordered by three lakes, the lush forests of the Laurentians, and a Nordic spa.

Ski Quebec hotels Sainte-Adele Estrel Resort aerial view outdoor hot tubs

What sets the Estérel Resort apart from the other destinations recommended on our list is that guests can choose from one of two experiences when they book their stay. Want a taste of luxury and romance? The Hotel Emotion is the place to stay for a romantic getaway. The suites are spacious and provide a panoramic view of Lake Dupuis. Guests can also choose to have a garden view to enjoy the lush greenery within the area.

If nature calls you, then a suite at the Hotel Evolution is in order. Guests have the choice of garden or lake views. They are also able to choose to have access to the beach and /or a private spa. Each suite features a king-sized bed, a fireplace, and a sweet kitchenette to add to the convenience of your stay.

Ski Quebec hotels Sainte-Adele Estrel Resort bedroom fireplace

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Need a bite to eat while at the Estérel Resort? This resort houses three unique restaurants for guests to experience. Is a bit of rest and relaxation in order? The four-season Nordic spa at the Estérel Resort is the place to turn to achieve this state of being. Guests can partake in their panoramic pool, steam bath, hot tubs, Finnish sauna, and spa treatments like massages, facials, body treatments.

 

Ski in Mont-Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant is one of the world’s most renowned mountains for skiers to visit while challenging the snowy trails. It is also one of the highest points in the Laurentians, making it a perfect spot for world-class snow sports competitions. Mont-Tremblant is located just under two hours away from Ottawa and Montréal, it an ideal place to hit the slopes. Not sure where to stay while in Mont-Tremblant this upcoming ski season? Set your eyes on these two fabulous resorts to kick up your skis after a long day on this popular mountain.

Ski Quebec hotels Mont-Tremblant Sommet des Neiges evening gondola

Need to take a break from the slopes? Families can find a lot to do along the Pedestrian Village at Mont-Tremblant. For a different type of thrill, we like to hit the bike trails around the resort. There are numerous paths to ride along while experiencing the natural beauty first-hand. All of this exercise depletes our energy levels, so we love grabbing a bite at one of the many eateries in the area. From snacks and comfort food to sumptuous and elegant dining, Mont-Tremblant has a place for the family to sit, eat and savour some of the area’s delicious dishes.

Comfort Inn & Suites Mont-Tremblant

Want to be in the thick of the Mont-Tremblant Valley while you ski? Come home to the Comfort Inn & Suites after your day on the hill. Nestled in the Mont-Tremblant Valley, this hotel provides mountain views to enjoy. Guests can book rooms or a large condo featuring one to three bedrooms with a living room, full kitchen and the convenience of indoor parking.

Mont Tremblant hotels Comfort Inn and Suites living room

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What can guests do during their stay when not carving through premium Quebec powder? Guests at the Comfort Inn & Suites can dine at their on-site restaurant, Steak Frites St-Paul, take a dip at the hotel’s heated outdoor and indoor pools, or sink into their soothing hot tub.

 

Sommet des Neiges

Located right at the ski lifts at Mont-Tremblant, the Sommet des Neiges is a great choice for skiers to snap out of their bindings after a fun day on the mountain. Guests are able to take advantage of the resort’s ski-in/ski-out position and ski and snowboard lockers.

Ski Quebec hotels Mont-Tremblant fireplace outdoors group

Photo courtesy of Tourisme Laurentides

Guests have their choice of a one-bedroom suite, two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom suite. Each suite features a kitchen to add to the ease of your stay. When skiing has drained our energy, a Movie Night is our go-to method for entertainment. We are able to make popcorn on the stove, then kick back and relax with a few family favourite flicks on TV. We have a blast and it makes bedtime an easier process.

What can you do during your downtime from the slopes? Guests at the Sommet des Neiges can stay fit in the resort’s fitness room, or wind down in their sauna. Do the kids need some playtime? The Playroom is a fun spot for them to enjoy themselves while during their stay.

Ski Quebec hotels Mont-Tremblant Sommet des Neiges lobby fireplace

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Whether you are close by Mont-Tremblant or are in the thick of things near the base of this mountain, any of these places are a fabulous place to kick back after a fun day on the slopes in the Laurentians. There are so many options for travellers to choose from in many different price ranges. This mountain range is among one of the best in the world to discover. If a snowy getaway is in order, then keep these picks in mind when you are searching for a cozy room or a darling suite to book this winter!

Feature photo by Station Mont Tremblant CC-BY