Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mont Sutton | Eastern Townships, Québec


We had the BEST day skiing Mont Sutton. A smaller mountain with 60 trails, however, her pistes offer up 204 junctions plus legendary glade skiing, presenting the skier a larger number of runs to play with. The trees are unequivocally the way to my heart, ever since my first day on skis at Pico gliding through a sparkly evergreen trail - I was ten years old and hooked for life. With a consistently snowy microclimate (Vermont skiers think: Jay Cloud - Mont Sutton is just 45 minutes North) the weather here delivers. On this quiet Tuesday the first week of March, the endless glades and hidden mogul trails far skiers right were playful and abundant with fresh tracks thanks to a snowstorm the day before.

Mont Sutton's richly wooded, rustic chalet-lodges are genuinely steeped in time. Named for the number of metres at which they sit - the one at the peak is "Chalet Alt 840m". Here, a sprawling deck offers panoramic views, the round stone fireplace radiates warm and cozy, and cold Carlsberg flows on tap. Bar Le Tucker on the second floor at Chalet Alt 400m (the base lodge) draws the crowd for aprés with plenty of draft beers and locally inspired cocktails. We never actually experienced the food at the mountain - were so full from breakfast at the hotel, we kept right on skiing! (Which is a rarity. I'm pretty sure we missed out.)

We loved the vibe in its entirety and were clearly enamored with the trails and conditions. Mont Sutton's proximity to the border makes it even more appealing for those living in the states. We didn't have time to explore the local communities of Glen Sutton and Sutton Junction, but it did seem like they had small town village charms to offer. (So many reasons to plan a return trip!) That evening we were off to Balnea in Bromont-sur-le-lac where a traditional thermal-spa experience awaited. With Finnish saunas, a Turkish Bath, outdoor hot tubs, a sweat lodge and a solarium, to name a few key elements, we savored ultimate relaxation time. After two full days and two nights of skiing and many miles of road-trippin', this was perfect. 

671, Chemin Maple
Sutton, Québec, J0E 2K0

Balnea Spa
319, Chemin Lac Gale
Bromont-sur-le-Lac, Québec, J2L 2S5 

5 comments:

  1. Legit sounds like heaven on earth!

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  2. So wanting to be hanging in that lodge sipping a warm spiked drink - those windows are amazing!

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  3. This looks so fun! I haven't been boarding in forever and miss it!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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  4. Skiing the wooded trails and then a relaxing spa. Living the dream!

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