Mont Saint-Sauveur, some historic trails… The Quebec ski industry was born in Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, a small Laurentian village. It was in 1934 that an American, Fred Pabst, installed the first ski lift on Hill 70 which rapidly became one of the most popular ski destinations in eastern North America. Eleven years later, a group of businessmen joined with Victor Nymark to form UPHILL LTD. to further develop the site. In 1948, the first T-bar in North America, imported from Austria, was installed on Hill 71. Ski lifts on Hills 67 to 72 were installed throughout the following years.
At that time, the site was divided into different lots with different owners. It wasn't until 1970 that efforts were started to unite the different lots under a common organization under the direction of JACQUES G. HÉBERT. Mr. Hébert succeeded in convincing the owners to sell part of their interests to the ski center which was operated by a newly formed group composed of Messrs. Hébert, Paquette, Lévesque, Lavoie, Couture, Dufour and Piché. The gradual acquiring of the different lots was finally achieved by Mr. Hébert so that in just a few years, the company changed from being a renter to being an owner. It was a harmonious start to the resort.
MSSI through the years
Acquisition of Mont Saint-Sauveur.
Start of night skiing.
Acquisition of Jay Peak, an American resort in Vermont.
Opening of Mont Saint-Sauveur Water Park, a summer recreational center acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in Canada.
Purchase of Mont Avila – 115 hectares.
Acquisition of 51% of the shares of the company "Domaine La Québécoise de Saint-Sauveur inc", a property of 3.3 million square feet.
Mont Saint-Sauveur Condominiums becomes a member of VIVA, Living Vacation Village Network.
Acquisition of Ski Morin Heights – 960 acres.
Opening of the Mont Avila golf Academy.
Opening of the l'Érablière Sugar Shack inthe Mont Avila Snow Park.
Mont Saint-Sauveur international becomes the 7th largest ski area in North America with the acquisition of Mont Olympia and Ski Mont Gabriel.
Consolidation of Mont Saint-Sauveur, Mont Avila, Ski Morin Heights, ski Mont Gabriel and Mont Olympia ski resorts under the name "Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts Inc."
Continuation of residential development with the "Les violons magiques" and "La Québécoise".
Acquisition of the Edelweiss ski resort in Outaouais, the seventh ski resort in the company's portfolio. Opening of the Manicouagan River at the Mont Saint-sauveur Water Park, an investment of almost $2 million.
Acquisition des Cascades d'eau de Piedmont.
Opening of the Niagara at the Mont Saint-Sauveur Water Park, an investment of more than $800,000 for the company.
Opening of Morin Heights Nature Camping and Cabins.
Opening of Acro-Nature at Ski Morin Heights.
Opening of the Jay Peak golf Club as well as new water slides, the Rivière du Nord and the Rivière Rouge.
At Mont Saint-Sauveur, the opening of an outdoor pool-spa surrounded by a heated terrace (a two million dollar investment). Sale of Jay Peak to American investors.
Inauguration of the Alpine coaster at Mont Saint-Sauveur, a 2.5 million investment.
A four-season activity unique in Canada.
Closing of Cascades d'eau de Piedmont.
Inauguration of two new water slides, The Torrents.