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Too cold to ski? Montreal-area hills closed, reducing service for the day

A skier in Mount Royal Park in Montreal.
A skier in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Some ski hills in the Montreal area and others across Quebec are closed, or have reduced service because of the freezing cold weather.

In the Eastern Townships, Mount Orford is closed for the day, writing on its website, “For your safety and due to a very cold temperature, the station is closed.”

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In Bromont, the Versant du Village (not including the chairlifts), Mont Soleil and Pente École will be the only hills open on Thursday.

“Our teams are working hard to solve this situation. Stay tuned for any update and thank you for your understanding,” officials write.

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North of Montreal, at Mont Tremblant, the Versant Soleil will open slowly due to the icy weather conditions.

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Nevertheless, the ski resort states: “The sun is shining bright, the sky is deep blue and we received 26 cm of fresh powder this week, so get dressed nice and warm, pull out the hotshots and your face mask and head up to the summit.”

East of Quebec City, officials at Mont-Sainte-Anne wrote: “Hydro-Québec has asked that we reduce our electrical use for the evening of Dec. 28,” due to the freezing temperatures from the cold front.

As a result service on several of their slopes is modified for the evening:

  • The Étoile filante will run on the Diesel engine (reduced speed) from 3:45 p.m.
  • The Express du Nord will run on the generator from 3:30 p.m. (closing at 4 p.m.)
  • The Montée Magique, the Tortue, the Panorama and the Échappée will close at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Corde Raide will close at 3:15 p.m.
  • The Express du Sud and the Mille Pattes will run as usual.

In the Laurentians, Sommet Saint-Sauver versant Avila and its snow tubing parks will be closed at 4 p.m.

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Sommet Morin Heights will be closed at 4 p.m.

Sommet Olympia will be closing at 6 p.m.

Sommet Gabriel will be closing as of 6 p.m., with the south slope shutting down at 4 p.m.

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Ski Chantecler will close at 4 p.m. because “Mother Nature is amusing herself.”

Mont Habitant is closing at 5 p.m.