Mont-Sutton Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the Province of Quebec on the 17th day of February 1960.
That is how the small 25-page information/trail map booklet for Mont Sutton started off back 40 years ago. It went on to list the names of the Directors of the ski area at that time.
The small booklet (1″x2″) has been a hallmark of Mont Sutton for many years. This Monday I present you with the 1972-73 version, the oldest that I have, which coincides to the years we skied Mont Sutton before our family started skiing regularly at Mont Tremblant Lodge.
Located on the North side of Round Top mountain, at an altitude of 3,175 feet, Mont Sutton ski area commands the highest Canadian peak within a 100 miles radius from Montreal. Skiers enjoy many facilities including 4 double chair lifts, a T-Bar and a Poma.
Information on the equipment, facilities, Rates, Ski School, Ski Weeks, Church services, season and snow statistics were described in detail in this excellent information booklet.
Mont Sutton’s 1500 feet vertical open on December 17, 1960 and contained 22 runs in the 1972-73 season. The Trail Map was similar to the French system of colours and indicated in details of the difficulty of each part of the trails which might several difficulty ratings.
Rates back in 1972-73 were $7 for full day ticket ($4 for chair III and the T-Bar) and $4 for half-day (9am to 1pm). A season pass set you back for $150 at that time. You could also pay per ride which varied from .30 to .90 according to the lift used. Paying per ride was more common 50 years ago: the public could buy booklet of 30 cents tickets. In fact, some of the old ticket booths are still present at the bottom of a few Mont Sutton lifts today.
The tickets from the booklet, like the Ski weeks tickets, were interchangeable at 6 different ski areas : Mont Sutton, Mt Orford, Mont Echo, Bromont, Owl’s Head and Jay Peak across the border in Vermont.
The Ski School was headed by a former head of the Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance, Canadian Champion and 1960 Olympian. Jean Lessard was Mont Sutton’s first ski school director in 1960, in which he contributed in the design of the first ski trails, headed the ski school until his retirement in 1990. He passed away this April 27, 2013. Stories on Carnet du Ski and Mont Sutton’s website.