All skiers and snowboarders should try night skiing at least once, especially when you're on a winter holiday in Montreal. This destination city's close approximation to evening ski turns allows you to enjoy urban sites during the day, while sneaking in some exercise (on the cheap!) at night. For day or overnight excursions, larger resorts that offer night skiing can also be accessed from Montreal. Whatever option you choose, dress warm and be prepared to have a fun night out, free of crowds, lift lines, and expensive lift tickets.
Claiming the largest skiable acreage in North America, Bromont is just over an hour's drive from Montreal, making it a convenient outing for skiers of different skill levels. Schedule your trip to coincide with the party vibe of Nuit Blanche, an annual Montreal all-nighter. At Bromont's Nuit Blanche, you can ski until the wee hours of the morning (until about 2 a.m.) and enjoy sausage and marshmallow roasting over an open fire in between runs. Participate in Bromont's surprise pop-up activity, complete with live music, to round out the experience. Purchase tickets ahead of time so you don't miss out.
At Mont Saint-Sauveur, the trails are generally easier than labeled—black diamonds are more like intermediate runs and blue runs are suitable for beginners—making it a good option for skiing past sunset.
About a one-hour drive from Montreal, Saint-Sauveur's unintimidating hill allows you to get your ski legs back with some early-season turns. Their Monday evening special, Tuesday lady's night, and over-60 senior pricing makes lift access economical for East Coast skiers and snowboarders.
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Montreal, Mont Saint-Bruno is the closest "town hill" to the city. Their modest 400-foot vertical drop is novice-friendly and their prices are very affordable. If a quick fix is all you need, buy a two-hour night lift ticket to save some pennies. Additionally, Mont Saint-Bruno commits to snowmaking on 100 percent of their trails, assuring skiable and rideable conditions no matter what Mother Nature offers.
Ski Chantecler—just over an hour's drive from the city—is a charming small-scale hill just north of Mont Saint-Sauveur. This locals spot boasts uncrowded lift lines and lights up 17 trails for night skiing each Friday in December and on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month of March. As a bonus, classic French-Canadian poutine is served up for free in their slope-side bistro on Friday nights to all lift-ticket holders.
A three-hour drive from Montreal (closer, actually, to Quebec City), Stoneham's ski conditions are usually better than the city's neighboring hills. And it's a legit resort, too, offering multiple terrain parks for both skiers and snowboarders. By nightfall—and in true Canadian sprit—the party vibe comes out. With a friendly staff and a well-organized trail system, Stoneham is worth a long day trip or overnighter.
Mont Sainte-Anne's reputation precedes itself. As one of Quebec's best-known ski resorts, it's a three-hour drive from Montreal. Mont Sainte-Anne boasts the highest vertical drop for night skiing in all of Canada, complete with intimidating views if the village below. This is not the ideal mountain for nervous newbies, however, as two-thirds of the trails cater to advanced and expert skiers. Even still, beginner trails do grace the menu.