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We are a family of intermediate skiers, and we loved this resort more than any other in Eastern Townships, despite it is the farthest one from Montreal (or Toronto).
The views are breathtaking, the trails are entertaining, food in the restaurant is delicious, and the resort is not crowded (think of going there on a weekend).
For a skier, this mountain is, in a way, a "hidden gem" in the Northern Appalachians, must-visit at least once.
The trails are steep: consider skiing here a good workout.
We would highly recommend it to intermediate and experienced skiers, although the resort also has a small area for beginners.... Full Review
Came over on the heels of the mid-March Nor'easter that hit New England and the Maritimes. We skied Owl's Nest on our second day, and the conditions were perfect. Everything was open, amazing glades, high-pitched steeps, and delicious cruisers. The high-speed quad allowed access to challenging terrain and Owl's head doesn't prevaricate when they rate a trail, no grading inflation. The black diamonds were REALLY black diamonds. The Blues were really blues.
We found this ski area to be a perfect place for a family. The cafeteria is well suited and has some very good dishes. Lots of room downstairs to change and store belongings. Outstanding views from the terrace overlooking the slopes. And the mountain
Our concerns were first, the lack of signage, especially at the intersection of blacks and double blacks where someone could make a serious mistake. Second, there were no large map displays at top of lifts except in one lift serving blues and greens. And the guest services desk had no maps, just Xerox copies of their website map that was hardly readable. Lastly, neither the ski shop nor the guest service had any type of sourvenirs, stickers etc. With such an outstanding mountain, they're losing valuable profits.....
Overall, worth a trip from the States, and when combined with the other three resorts in the Eastern Townships and the amazing town of Magog, full of life, restaurants and one superb microbrewery, this area merits an entire vacation. ... Full Review
Decided after 24 years living in northern Vermont and skiing Stowe, Smuggs and Jay all the time to cross the boarder and check out Owl's Head. It was only a 15-20 minute drive past Jay and the boarder crossing at North Troy was very quick and easy. I found Owl's Head to be a real hidden gem. The views are amazing. The mountain has good vertical 1770', and little to no runout on it's trails. Challenging intermediate and experts terrain with excellent grooming. A bit on the ferm/icy side the day I was there, but so is everywhere in Vermont with lack of fresh snow resently. Apears to be a lot of good glades and woods skiing available with some fresh snow. Best of all is the price. Liftopia.com has a $25 CND ticket good on Tuesday and Wednesday that's $19 USD! No crowds on a Tuesday and nice employees. I am looking forward to coming back again soon.... Full Review
Make sure the chairlifts are all open before spending 2 hours on the road to go to this mountain !!!! On March 2 as well as the previous weekend, only 1 chairlift out of the 6 advertised was working. The 5 other chairlifts were broken. ! No compensation offered. GENERALLY SPEAKING, EXPECT TO HAVE ACCESS TO ABOUT HALF OF THE TRAILS AND 1/3 OF THE CHAIR LIFTS VERSUS WHAT IS ADVERTISED ON THE MOUNTAIN'S WEBSITE. The season pass holders are very disappointed of the season: 2 major chairlifts not operational during the entire winter because the new owners didn't think about testing them back in May 2018 when they bought the mountain they only tested the chairlifts in December - pure amateurism ... , access to the ski lockers has been delayed. Some season pass holders are talking about a class action. Assurez-vous que toutes les remontées mécaniques sont ouvertes avant de faire 2 heures de route pour vous rendre à cette montagne !!!!! Le 2 mars - de même que le week-end avant seulement 1 remontée sur les 6 de la montagne fonctionnait. Les 5 autres remontées étaient brisées ! Aucune compensation offerte. GÉNÉRALEMENT PARLANT, ATTENDEZ-VOUS À AVOIR ACCÈS À LA MOITIÉ DES PISTES ET ENVIRON LE 1/3 DES REMONTÉES MÉCANIQUES PAR RAPPORT À CE QUI EST ANNONCÉ SUR LE SITE WEB DE LA MONTAGNE. Généralement parlant, attendez-vous à skier sur la moitié des pistes et avoir accès à 1/3 des remontées par rapport à ce qui est annoncé sur le site web. Les détenteurs de billets de saison sont très déçus: 2 remontées majeures n'ont pas fonctionné pendant tout l'hiver parce que les nouveaux propriétaires n'ont jamais pensé à les tester alors qu'ils ont acheté la montagne en mai 2018 - amateurisme total. L'accès aux casiers de ski a été longuement retardé. Plusieurs détenteurs de billets de saison parlent d'un recours collectif. ... Full Review
Uniquely situated on a lake, amazing views similar to Le Massif. Been there a few times this year, definitely going to keep going. Looking forward to seeing the development with the investment they are putting in. ... Full Review
One of my favorite mountains in the entire province of Quebec. The views are breathtaking, the tickets are very affordable and there's never a crowd.
The downside of no crowd is an under developed mountain with so much potential. Owl's head could be right up there with Mont Tremblant as one the prime ski destinations in Quebec and with millions of dollars going into the mountain over the next few years, we might get there.
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We go there at least once a year. Like Tremblant and Le Massif. And its run like an old familly operated mountain, just like most where in MY good old days :)
Price are very reasonable, people charming. One good place to be. A well kept secret.... Full Review
I have been to the mountain several times and have always had a great time. The mountain always seems to have a lot of snow and the terrain variety is terrific. Would recommend to anyone, especially if you are considering Tremblant (overly crowded, expensive, long flat areas on almost any top to bottom trail, and often very icy), as the vertical is almost the same, I have never had to wait in line at the lift, and it is very cheap.
One comment for the guy that was disappointed he didn't get a refund: Name me one place, anywhere, where you would get a refund because you were unhappy with the conditions? You were very lucky to get a half off coupon.... Full Review
I got so disappointed with Owl's head ski resort customer service today. I bought a block of 4 hours for 45$. After 30 minutes of snowboarding, I was so demotivated with their garbage snowboard boots and icy conditions of their pistes that I couldn't even snowboard for 2 meters. I am a beginner but I am not that bad. After 30 minutes when I asked them to reimburse maybe the half of the ticket price, they just told me that it is not their problem and didn't offer me anything but a half price ticket for the next time I return to this place. I am so annoyed by their lack of respect and trust for their customers that I will never come back to such an awful place. If you want to waste your money, go to this place. Otherwise, find somewhere that you are treated with repect!... Full Review
Best quality vs. price in southern Quebec. You can have week end all day ticket lift for less than 40$. Resort and chalet is old but well-maintained. There is not a lot of slopes and it may be icy in the afternoon. ... Full Review
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