All skiers and snowboarders should try night skiing at least once, especially when you're on a winter holiday in Montreal. With so much to see in Montreal during the daytime, night skiing is the perfect solution to still squeezing some ski time into your schedule. For day or overnight excursions, larger resorts that offer night skiing can also be accessed easily from Montreal. Plus, they're pretty affordable! 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 festive atmosphere of Nuit Blanche (December 14, 2019), the annual Montreal all-nighter. At Bromont's Nuit Blanche, you can ski until about 2 a.m. and enjoy sausage and marshmallow roasting over an open fire in between runs.
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. It also happens to be one of the largest areas for night skiing around with nearly all of its slopes being lit.
About a one-hour drive from Montreal, Saint-Sauveur's non-intimidating hill allows you to ease back into skiing with some early-season turns. Don't miss your chance to take a ride up on the new heated ski lifts, which in addition to keeping you toasty, will also move more skiiers per hour. That means less time spent waiting in the cold!
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. Plus, with a ski school on-site, this is a great spot for first-time skiers.
Ski Chantecler—just over an hour's drive from Montreal—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, technically, to Quebec City), Stoneham's ski conditions are usually better than the city's neighboring hills. This is a real resort, offering multiple terrain parks for both skiers and snowboarders. In true Canadian spirit, the party energy comes out at night. 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. 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 are available.