One of the many reasons I moved to Montreal was to enjoy Eastern Canada's best ski hills. While it's no Whistler, Le Massif is Canada's largest mountain east of the Rockies and Tremblant boasts over 100 runs. The Eastern townships are beyond cute and many of the mountains participate in a multi-hill pass that allows you to explore more than one hill over the course of a weekend or week-long visit.
TL;DR Below is a concise list of several shuttle and bus services that will pick you up downtown Montreal and drop you off at your fave mountain this winter. Prices listed include student fares and lift ticket combos when available!
However, like most twenty-somethings living in Montreal, I don't have a car and getting to the slopes can be harder than a double black diamond (sorry, I had to). So you can thank me later for this list of 5 shuttles and buses (and one super cheap bonus route to Vermont) that will whisk you away from the city to the slopes this winter.
Galland Laurentides Ltée travels from downtown Montreal to Mont Tremblant twice a day for around $30 for an Adult ticket and around $20 Student, each way. You must have a valid student card present when you make your purchase.
Bromont and Mont Orford
Navette Ski Montreal is an amazing service that offers rides to two of the Eastern township's best hills. They do pick-ups in Cote-des-Neiges and at the Sherbrooke metro before taking off to Bromont and then Orford. They offer same-day returns all for the low price of $40, or $37 if you are a student and have your student card. You can also opt for their Combo Ski-Bus tickets for $89.90, or $80.90 with student card.
This lovely Eastern township montagne offers a FREE shuttle from various stops within the town, so all you need to worry about is getting there from here. Limocar offers a bus twice a day from Gare d'autocars de Montreal and costs $25 for a one-way Adult ticket and $21.25 for a student ticket.
From Montreal, take the bus to Quebec City and then catch one of the ski shuttles from the downtown to the slopes. Orleans Express offers buses from downtown Montreal to downtown Quebec for $50. Le Massif offers shuttles directly from your hotel in downtown Quebec city for $27.95. You'll notice that they also make a stop at Mont Sainte-Anne.
You can also take the bus to Quebec and then catch the super cute Train de Charlevoix from there to Le Massif. Their 2019 schedule isn't out yet but the information should be available soon on their site.
Mont Sainte Anne
The simplest way to get to Mont Sainte-Anne is to benefit from their All-Inclusive package. Their luxury coach leaves from Parc Jarry and takes you right to the chalet. The price also includes a lift ticket and a tour guide! They have two youth prices and the adult price (23 and up) is $89.99.
You could also take the bus from one of two stops in downtown Quebec City, from which it costs $27.95 for a round-trip. They also offers a bundle that includes the round-trip bus, a lift ticket, and a tour guide!
Okay this is just a bonus, cause I like you guys, but I also found a great deal to take your skiing Stateside this winter!
Greyhound offers buses from downtown Montreal to Burlington, Vermont for as low as $23 one way. From downtown Burlington, there are multiple mountains to choose from and as many ways to get there, including public Green Mountain Transit and the coop Ski Bus.
PS: These prices are based on random dates in January and are obviously subject to change. I did my best to find the cheapest and also easiest ways to reach each of these mountains but I'm very interested to know if you've found a better way!