Peter Hines

by Peter Hines
Editor

Bromont Lights up the night and More

 

About an hour east of Montreal lies and largest night skiing venue in North America. Bromont lights up the night with night skiing on over 80 trails.

How do they justify lighting up all those trails? Two things, first is its close proximity to the 2 million people in Montreal and its surrounding areas. Secondly, Bromont puts a tremendous effort into grooming.

Bromont at Night
Bromont at Night. Photo courtesy of Ski Bromont

Located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and a relatively short trip from Montreal (it’s 45 minutes from the Bridge) provides a means for working folk and students alike to get out and enjoy what Bromont has to offer which includes a full range of trails and amenities. The brightly lit trails and support areas can be seen from a long distance away. Mont Brome stands as a beacon in the winter night sky.

With the massive lighting provided by Bromont it is actually easier to see at night than on many overcast, flat light, days. The directional lights from several angles allows for good depth perception. This makes for a safer and more enjoyable experience for skiers and riders.

Grooming the other main reason for Bromont’s nighttime success. While most mountains that have night skiing only groom one a day, the Bromont team prides itself on the ability to groom 22 out of the 24 hours each day. What that means is more consistent snow conditions and that it what their guests demand.

Working in teams and in conjunction with the ski patrol is able to close of trails, or portions of trails at set times of the day and get out and get the snow back into shape. This almost continual grooming provides an abundance of corduroy which is what the guests want.

Bomont Base
Bromont Base Area

Night skiing at Bromont is so popular that for eight Saturday nights throughout the winter they keep the lift turning until 2:00 AM. These “White Nights” attract a roaring crowd hard-core thrill seekers who embrace the love of the outdoors enjoyed by so many Canadians. Ski patrollers and lift operations staff are out in force to ensure that guests are not getting frostbite or enjoying Canadian beverages to an extreme.

Seven Slope Sides - Bromont is not all about the night. It has tremendous day skiing offering skiing and riding on thee peaks and 7 “versants”, or seven different slope sides of the mountain. With views of White Mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire to the South, guests are able to ski around the mountain as the day goes on to enjoy the sun or stay out of the wind. Keep in mind that there is almost always grooming going on.

Even though Bromont is in the predominately French part of the Province of Quebec there are plenty of trails with familiar American names like San Francisco, Seattle, Plattsburgh, Detroit and Boston. These are mixed in traditional Canadian names like Vancouver, Moose Jaw and Edmonton. It is an interesting run from the top of Mont Brome down Toronto, to Tampa crossing over to Pittsburgh.

Familair Places
Familiar Places

Several “ski in - ski out” condos are available make Bromont a vacation/destination area and the “Sweet Pass” make it a great deal. For $195.00 (Canadian), adults can get a season’s pass that has no restrictions. Discounts are offered at local hoteliers, spas, restaurants and gift shops as well. The Sweet Pass is good for the entire year and can be used at Bromont’s huge outdoor waterpark and mountain biking trails. For more information see: http://www.bromontsweetpass.com/.

An absolutely great place to stay while at Bromont is the Chateau Bromont. It is only a short three-minute drive to the lodge and lift. All of the rooms have been recently renovated and updated with Eastern Townships flair. Chateau Bromont has four fine restaurants with a distinct Continental menu and service. An indoor pool and spa round out all of one's needs for a great winter vacation.

Whether you visit Bromont on a night excursion, or rent a condo for a week skiers and riders will find a full range of trails and amenities in a distinctly French destination.

 

 

 

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