Owls Head Ski Area, Quebec

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Owls Head Ski Area in Quebec and Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 1772ft/540m, total trails 52, closest airport 95mi/153km, lifts 8, and more. The ski area is located on the western shore of Lac Memphremagog in the community Mansonville, Quebec. The name Owls Head is derived from the Native American Tribe, Abenaki, which is […]

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Owls Head Ski Area in Quebec and Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 1772ft/540m, total trails 52, closest airport 95mi/153km, lifts 8, and more.

The ski area is located on the western shore of Lac Memphremagog in the community Mansonville, Quebec.

The name Owls Head is derived from the Native American Tribe, Abenaki, which is one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of North Eastern North America. Owl was the name of their most celebrated chief and following his death, the local mountain was given the name in his honour and to preserve his spirit.

Fast-forward to the mid-1960’s when Fred Korman, an electrician by trade and his wife Lillian had the vision to create a four-season family recreation facility on and around Owls Head. The choice was perfect, incredible scenery, awesome terrain potential on the mountain and close proximity to a lake for summer enjoyment.

Fred formed the Owls Head Development Corporation and decided to retain the name in honour of the local history. With much excitement, Owls Head Ski Area opened on Dec 18, 1965, with two chairlifts, a T-Bar, and six trails.

The resort has continued to develop over the years, part of this development was the installation of the High-Speed Lake Quad Chair, which was purchased from a popular Colorado resort. When this chairlift was originally installed in Colorado, it was the first ever High-Speed Quad installed in North America.

Owls Head Ski Area has been a family operated facility for over 50 years and is still run by Fred, his wife Lillian, daughter Caroll, and their dedicated staff.


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On the Slopes

  • Owls Head Ski Area provides a diverse terrain selection with over 175 acres plus the backcountry, making skiing and riding accessible to all levels of ability. Owls Head Ski Area is always ready to provide excellent snow coverage with snowmaking available for 90% of the mountain.
  • The Backcountry Experience at Owls Head Ski Area is located on the east side of the mountain. It is recommended that you prepare for this experience with all the knowledge and equipment needed for your survival as you will encounter steep terrain, cliffs, glades, deep snow and unmarked and possibly hidden obstacles.
  • There is an all-natural feel to the Owls Head Ski Area that provides an alternative to having a defined terrain park. There are many places on the runs or in the glades that will provide that park-like thrill and best of all you are not restricted to a particular area of the mountain. Remember there is a Snow Cross course available for you to use.
  • The Owls Head Ski Area Snow School has a dedicated group of professional instructors to help you get your start on the slopes or to help you improve your technique. There are various lessons and programs available, ranging from Little Owls, ages 3-5, Back on Boards, adult group, and private, as well as adaptive opportunities.
  • Owls Head Ski Area and its quaint, friendly atmosphere continually delivers’ delicious cuisine every evening in the dining room located in the Main Lodge. Throughout the day, the cafeteria offers a variety of food, and drinks and the bar/lounge is a great place to enjoy a fun après ski atmosphere.

Off the Slopes

  • Owls Head Ski Area has several mountainside lodging choices that include, the Owls Head Auberge, which has 20 rooms on the 3rd floor in the Main Base Lodge, and the Apartment Hotel, which features 1, 2 or 3 bedroom layouts in this condo-style building. All units feature kitchenettes, fireplaces, Wi-Fi and access to the sauna, and whirlpool.
  • The city of Magog, Quebec with is a short drive from the Owls Head Ski Area, provides an alternative to staying mountainside. Magog offers a full range of hotels and motels along with city shopping, antique shops, bookstores, and ski and snowboard shops.
  • The city of Magog also has many dining options with a good selection of cuisine from casual to fine dining to complete the day.
  • Off-slope activities include cross-country skiing on the golf course where you will find 6mi/10km of beginner and intermediate terrain. Note: there are no rentals available. There is also snowshoeing on 5mi/8km of intermediate to expert terrain and west of the ski area you will discover a 2.5mi/4km beginner to intermediate loop.
  • The Drop-off Center at Owls Head Ski Area has qualified staff ready to handle your daycare needs for children age 2-10 with a selection of indoor activities. Reservations are recommended.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1772 ft / 540 m

Base Elevation:
708 ft / 216 m

Summit Elevation:
2480 ft / 756 m

Skiable Area:
175 acres

Average Snowfall:
177 in / 450 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 52

Beginner: 16 (30%)

Intermediate: 21 (40%)

Advanced: 7 (14%)

Expert: 8 (16%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 1

Snow Cross: Yes

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: No

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Montreal QC, 95mi / 153km

Nearest Major City:
Magog QC , 22mi / 35km

Nearest Town/City:
Mansonville QC, 5mi / 8km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 15 to Apr 1

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
8:30am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 8

Express Quad Chairs: 3

Quad Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 3

Surface Lifts: 1

Lodging

Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Montreal-Trudeau Intl Airport  (YUL)
Distance: 95 mi / 153 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-363-3342

Direct Phone: 450-292-3342

Snow Phone: 1-800-363-3342

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site