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Mont Sutton

Mont Sutton Ski Resort Guide

Mont Sutton, Canada

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift860m
Resort Height400m
 Nearest AirportsBurlington and Montreal Trudeau
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Mont Sutton

A family-owned resort, Mont Sutton offers skiing through some of the most beautiful glades ( Sous-Bois) in Eastern North America.

Summary

The Canadian ski resort of Mont Sutton is in the Appalachians at an altitude of 400m.

Mont Sutton has direct access to 53 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Mont Sutton?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Mont Sutton.

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Ski Area Stats

Mont Sutton Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
20
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
19
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
14
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
9

Altitudes

Mont Sutton Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift860m
Lowest Piste400m
Resort Altitude (Mont Sutton)400m
Max Vertical460m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Mont Sutton
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Intermediate Skiers
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Snowboarding
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Mont Sutton Overview

Snuggling just on the Quebec side of the US/Canadian border, anyone arriving from the south will feel they've landed in a different world when the first roll in to the village of Sutton.

Located in the heart of the unspoilt Eastern Townships region of the predominantly French speaking Canadian province of Quebec, Sutton has the immediate charm that so many ski resorts claim, yet sadly so few actually deliver.

Guests from Europe who maybe familiar with French ski areas will perhaps find something here that's too often missing in the Alps. Friendly locals, a relaxed atmosphere, good French food and fair prices are all, remarkably, rarely seen in top French resorts - yet Sutton has all in abundance.

The scenery is spectacular too, with some of the most impressive mountains in Quebec, part of the Appalachian chain and some of the most varied terrain in between. Vineyards, mountain lakes, woodland (70% deciduous compared to predominantly coniferous elsewhere in Quebec), fields and a wide variety of traditional architecture reflecting the numerous cultural influences on the area.

The resort's history is one of the classic tales of ski holiday pioneers, with guests arriving by train and walking up the nearby hills to ski down. According to the local museum one of the biggest problems then was having your sandwiches freeze as you enjoyed the slopes.

What is now Mont Sutton ski resort, a few kilometres up the hill from the village centre, began on December 17th, 1960, when the Boulanger family opened the first lift. Harold Boulanger, his son Réal and family friend François Lévesque, a lawyer, were the main players in Mont Sutton's development, seeing the ski resort as a perfect winter alternative to their busy summer dairy business. The Boulanger family have retained ownership and management ever since.

Indeed the heritage and the strength of family values shine through in Sutton. The village grew up in the eighteenth century with a mixture of British Loyalist, American and Irish immigrant inhabitants before the dominant French culture began to shape the area in the latter 19th century. It's clear that through the twentieth century many of the locals more or less 'grew up on skis' and its still common to see grandparents on the slopes teaching their grandchildren to ski. This attitude, combined with Sutton's community rather than 'tourist resort' feel, make it a unique ski destination.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Mont Sutton is 4km long.

Skiing

There cannot be many ski areas (actually, not any others) that boast of 194 junctions for skiers and boarders. That's because Mt Sutton's whole philosophy of slope design is refreshingly unique. Nearly half (40 percent) of the resort's skiing is in the 'sous-bois' - or under the trees on lightly wooded slopes. This means that you can switch between the 50+ trails at dozens of different places creating a vast number of different descent possibilities. The whole concept of skiing in such slopes has finally got the interest of most of the other big name resorts in North America who have each created one or two 'glade' trails.

Once you're actually on the slopes you'll see things are a little different in other ways too. The slopeside sugar shack where you can buy maple syrup lollies is a nice idea and the permanent rustic wooden access lanes for lift queues are easier to support yourself and pull yourself along in than the flimsy ropes employed by most resorts.

As with all things Sutton there's an intriguing mixture of old and new with a high speed detachable quad whisking skiers up the main slope from the base lodge whilst elsewhere you can find antiquated double chairs as old as the centre itself, wheeling out of their own wooden base station.

Because much of Mont Sutton's terrain is based on narrower runs than in many modern resorts, arranged in a sophisticated network, the resort has to use special miniature groomers to actually groom between the trees. Wide modern groomers are too big for much of the terrain- again demonstrating a dedication to their art form that's hard to find anywhere else in the modern skiing world. The maintenance crew ever plant trees in front of lift towers to make everything seem more natural.

The trail map is intelligently designed with the steepest runs beneath the 968m Round Top summit to the left and the easiest to the right as you arrive from the base car park. Most of the slopeside lodging is also to the right of the mountain. If you don't stay slopeside you'll find Ski Sutton offers free shuttle service to help visitors move down and up from the village to the mountain every weekend and during Holidays.

Virtually all of the skiing is on the snowsure north facing slopes, but there is one run on the back of the mountain, La Fantaisie, open since 1994. Due to its southerly exposure its only open in the main season and because there's no direct return lift up, users need to frustratingly break their descent half way down and take a long relatively flat run back round to the lower part of the Concou run, unless they want to hike back up. The run is outside the main patrolled area, as warning signs testify, along with warnings of the recovery fee payable if you need recovery.

Snow cover is rarely a problem thanks to an annual average of 473cm (just shy of 16 feet) topped with around 70% snowmaking, with new equipment doubling and updating capacity there in recent seasons.

Passes are highly affordable, especially compared to most other leading North American resorts, and those purchased for four days or more are also valid on the slopes of neighbouring resorts Owl's Head and Orford.

Mont Sutton also boasts four mountain restaurants and spills out in to slopeside barbecues when the weather is warm and the weekend crowds fill the hill.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Mont Sutton does have the obligatory terrain park, dubbed Skill Zone but the real attraction for boarders and freestylers are the endless natural terrain hits that abonund throughout the area. Sutton's philosophy has always been to leave these natural fun features there rather than smooth them out so you do get the feeling that you've found a place which has a soul in tune with your own - rather than just trying to cash in on the current fashion and as likely to move on when it passes.

The resort also limits its grooming to less than a quarter of the main trails, even less when there's fresh powder about, so the likelihood of more knarly terrain appearing each day is high.

Location and Map

Where is Mont Sutton?

This ski resort is in the Appalachians in Brome-Missisquoi, Quebec, Canada.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Mont Sutton is Burlington, 88 minutes drive away.

Montreal Trudeau and Quebec City airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 11,800 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 93 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Mont Sutton open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Mont Sutton, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Mont Sutton Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Apres ski around Sutton is typical friendly but generally low-key. Popular choices include the Bar le Defrost (part of the hotel La Paimpolaise), the Bar l'Horizon (part of the hotel L'Horizon and the local's favourite) and Bistro 14 which has a nice terrace, especially popular from 5 to 7pm.

If you still have any energy left you might like to join the night snowshoeing crew for a night time hike over snow.

Mont Sutton