The lost ski area of Mont Shefford, Québec. The mountain is located in the Eastern Townships between Granby and Waterloo, not far from the Bromont ski resort. The ski area offered a 750′ vertical and $12 adult lift ticket on weekends back in 1983-84. The ski area also offered 17km of cross-country back then.
The ski area last’s season was in 2005-06. There wasn’t an official reason given, however I found out from a source at that time that the ski area lifts or equipment (I can’t remember) had to be fixed to be able to pass the Provincial inspection. It was believe that area had already been warn. The work wasn’t done over the Summer, so the ski area had no choice but to shut down until the concerns were addressed.
The close proximity from Bromont which offers cheap passes, high-capacity skiing day and night plus snowmaking and grooming probably made it hard for Shefford to compete and attract enough skiers. Shefford relied on a smaller vertical, fewer runs with uniquely natural snow served by T-Bars. It had charm, but charm is sometimes not enough.
James Deluxe from the Harvey Road / NY Ski Blog and Magazine did an excellent trip report from Glen Mtn (which is also closed now) and Shefford back in 2004: Mont Shefford & Mont Glen, QC: Off The Map
Lostski on Zoneski went on a fact-finding mission with his camera in Summer 2011: Mont Shefford thread
Zoneski discussion from December 2006 on Mont Shefford not reopening (in French).
The Mont Shefford website is still online, but hasn’t been updated since the last season of operation.
Here is this week’s Monday Feature: the Mont Shefford brochure and inset from 1983-84.