Les plus belles … sont au Mont-Gabriel.
Mont Gabriel is located in Mont Rolland right next to the passing Laurentians Autoroute. One of the oldest ski areas in the Laurentians was bought by MSSI Group in 1994.
The ski area started in 1941 was the first to offer night skiing in the Laurentians in 1955 and one of the first to have snowmaking five years later. One of the features in the coming years was that Mont Gabriel had a luxury hotel located on the summit with skiing on both side of the mountain.
Mont St-Sauveur already owned other local hills like Mont Avila (1987) and Morin Heights (1992) plus Jay Peak in Vermont. In the Fall 1994 it acquired Mont Gabriel and Mont Olympia in neighbouring Piedmont to complete it’s ownership of the “Mont St-Sauveur Valley” as it is known as now. Only ski area in the “Valley”not owned by MSSI is Mont Habitant on the western side of Mont St-Sauveur also located in the town of St-Sauveur-des-Monts. MSSI Group went outside the Valley to purchased the Outaouais’ Edelweiss in 2000.
This week, we feature the brochure from the era from 1979-80.
– 18 slopes for all skiers.
– 1 Triple chair, 1 double chair and 9 T-bars.
– Night skiing
– Special lifts rates for school group.
My Montreal High School Annual ski trip was always at Mont Gabriel. Weekend tickets was $11. A season pass was $140 and you could buy an interchangeable pass between Gabriel, Chanteclerc and Olympia for $175.
Many years ago, Mont Gabriel offered skiing on both side of the main mountain and both side of a lesser hill. Notice on the ski map where the difficulty symbol are different from today: a circle is an expert run etc.
During the summer, Mont Gabriel offered a 2553 feet alpine slide which could be found at a few ski resort in the 1970s.
Source: Carnet du Ski