UPDATE, November 25 2020: As we take stock of where to find the best Montreal skiing options near the city right now, it should be noted that there are a lot of choices to pick from—so long as they're within Canada. Until current border closures that prevent land crossings are lifted, you can't travel to the United States unless (loophole!) you are booking a flight.
Winters in the city can be brutal, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying all kinds of frosty activities. From choice Montreal skiing options and ice skating to trips to sugar shacks and howling along with your furry pilots as you enjoy dog sledding near Montreal, there's a lot to enjoy during the coldest season. There may not be any skiing on the island itself, but there’s no shortage of ski hills beyond city limits, no matter which compass direction you take. Take your pick: There are short and steep groomers in the Laurentians to enjoy after staying in a chalet near Montreal, to powdery glades in the Eastern Townships, and weekend getaways in Vermont. A day or three on the slopes is almost enough to justify delaying spring for just a smidge longer.
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