The Eastern Townships ski resort will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Bromont started off modestly with the small Mont Soleil and Cowansville, Waterloo and Granby runs on Mont Brome. The resort had been around for 10 years and just pre-dates the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Bromont was going to be the site of the Equestrian events. The ski resort has seen a few major expansions of its trail and lifts network around the many faces of Mont Brome in the last 12 years.
Back in 1976, the ski area was limited to the steep north face with the exception of Mont Soleil. Taken from the brochure from circa 1975-76:
We invite you to Bromont for great skiing and a variety of recreational activities for the whole family. 15 miles of well-groomed trails and slopes to challenge the expert and tempt the beginner.
– Two major mountains
– Almost 2000′ elevation
– 1300′ of vertical skiing
– 15 major ski trails
– Runs up to 2 1/2 miles long
– 5 major lifts (3 modern double chairs)
– Night skiing
– Cross country touring
– Short ski progression (GLM)
The Ski Week included:
– slope side accommodation “complete with heartily skiers’ meals;
– charming dining and lounge facilities in the French-Canadian tradition;
– riding and sleigh rides at Bromont Equestrian Centre.
– “Granby…a city of fine dining is only six miles away and Montreal is easily accessible within 45 minutes”.
– complimentary night skiing and cross-country touring.
– “interchangeable at all Ski East areas…Mont Orford, Sutton, Owl’s Head and Jay Peak (small additional charge at Jay)”