Quebec’s lost ski area aims to reopen this winter

“We sincerely hope that all residents of the region will come together to make Mont. Glen the treasured and even beloved feature of our community that it once was.– Peter White, former and future owner of Mont. Glen.

If you live in southern Quebec, you will love this news. The Voice of the East and the Sherbrook Record report that Peter White has purchased the former ski area for CAD $6,100,000 and will take possession of the land on October 31. The mountain is located in southern Quebec, just above Vermont and below Highway 10. Peter White owned the ski area from 1978 to 2004 and is trying to reopen the mountain, which may eventually happen during the 2022-23 season.

Peter White plans to spend C$1 million to revitalize the mountain. The main challenge is to get a chairlift running, as the old chairlifts are no longer in service, and they don’t if they can get a chairlift built and opened in time for this season. They are considering getting a Poma ski lift, but that also might not be possible for this season. The Quebec resident is looking for additional investors to create a viable business.

Mountain. The Glen was first opened in 1960 by Canadian Ski Hall of Famer and Olympian Bob Richardson and his wife Paula Richardson, who designed and carved the slopes. The mountain was initially served by two T-bars, but a chairlift was added in the 1962-63 season. The mountain ran into financial trouble in the 1970s, but Peter White and Michael Murray stepped in to run the mountain for the next two decades. Ski & Bike magazine described that the ski area has become“a fun, affordable, challenging and unpretentious ski area with deep roots in the community.”

2004 was its last year of operation under Peter White’s ownership group. It was closed and sold to a private developer who wanted to build real estate on the property, but the municipality rejected those plans. A few years later it was sold to someone who reopened the mountain for a season. It had a bizarre operating strategy: only being open on weekends, selling a maximum of three hundred tickets per day exclusively sold online, and operating without their base chalet offering food. Unsurprisingly, this model only lasted one season, and the ski area hasn’t operated since. The most recent owner used it for water skiing and the base lodge became a private residence.

In terms of reopening, a lot of work will need to be done to prepare the mountain for guests. The basic chalet would have been renovated and they are planning to add a bar. However, for improvements, trail maintenance will likely need to be done, and lift and snowmaking repairs will be required. They plan to purchase new snow cannons for the 2022-23 season. For summer activities, they aim to be open all year round, as they could offer activities like hiking and mountain biking.

Whether they have a viable reopening plan for this winter remains to be seen, but they hope to welcome mountain bikers in November and skiers/riders in December. If it does reopen though, it will be a great ski option for folks in southern Quebec. Picture credits: Skimap.org, Ski & Bike Magazine