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The historic villages around Lake Brome combined into one town in 1971, with historic Knowlton the largest. Any of the lake towns makes a good base for downhill skiing at nearby Sutton, Bromont, Mont-Orford or Owl’s Head, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails criss-cross the many parks and winter sports centers. At Sutton, beginner and intermediate skiers have the rare chance to experience glades skiing among the trees, and Bromont lights its trails for night skiing. These areas are delightful alternatives to the flashy big ski resorts of Vermont and the Laurentians, with family-friendly lodges and laid-back atmospheres. Not for ...

The historic villages around Lake Brome combined into one town in 1971, with historic Knowlton the largest. Any of the lake towns makes a good base for downhill skiing at nearby Sutton, Bromont, Mont-Orford or Owl’s Head, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails criss-cross the many parks and winter sports centers. At Sutton, beginner and intermediate skiers have the rare chance to experience glades skiing among the trees, and Bromont lights its trails for night skiing. These areas are delightful alternatives to the flashy big ski resorts of Vermont and the Laurentians, with family-friendly lodges and laid-back atmospheres. Not for the faint of heart, paraskiing is a relatively new sport that harnesses the strong winds blowing across the lakes to propel skiers across the snow-covered ice. After a day outdoors skiing, snowshoeing or skating, visitors can relax in a Nordic spa or sample local wines by the warming fire of an auberge, before dining on exceptional meals based on local products. One of these is maple syrup, and in late winter the sugar houses are open, serving syrup on snow or even lunches of traditional Quebec dishes.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Skiing is from December through early April; visit in late February and march for maple sugaring season.