Our history


Not many men build a legend and become one in their own time.  In 1957, Mickey Stein, who lived in the old Page farm house in St-Sauveur-des-Monts, had a dream that the mountain in front of his home would be ideal for skiing.

Together with his partners, Stephen and Stanley Vineberg, they surveyed the mountain.  Mickey’s mind was made up, and they all agreed that the mountain had great possibilities.  Sel Hannah, the famous ski area designer was asked to plan the mountain design.

In the winter of 1958-59, Mont Habitant officially opened and a legend was born.  Mickey Stein’s dedication to skiing and his warm and friendly personality became a Mont Habitant tradition.

Joan Stein became ski school director, and was the first female ski school director in Canada.  Joan created the 10 weekend programs which encouraged families to the sport of skiing.  Over the past 30 years, Mont Habitant has continued in keeping Joan’s philosophy of service.  To this day, Mont Habitant has initiated 100 000 of thousands to the sport of skiing and snowboarding.

Although Mont Habitant has grown to be one of the best known family ski areas in Quebec, one thing will never change – an intense delight in skiing in an uncluttered atmosphere, with people who love the sport as much as you do!