Friday, March 9, 2012

The Insider's Guide to Mt. Tremblant

A cabriolet takes you from the bottom of the mountain to the pedestrian village, where skiers take a gondola to get to the slope. Tremblant offers 95 trails, half of which are expert and 17 percent are beginner trails. The total trail length is 49 miles. Mont Tremblant is truly one of North America's great ski resorts, and is open all year round for visitors. Golf is a huge draw for summer visitors. Mr. Tremblant website 

Mont Tremblant also offers school break specials, winter and summer vacation specials, ski rentals, lessons and ski schools, snowboarding, golf, rentals, air and ground travel information, plus information on entering Canada and more.

Although Mont Tremblant became a ski resort in 1939, it did not develop an international reputation until broadcaster Lowell Thomas broadcast newscasts from Mont Tremblant,where he enjoyed skiing. 

Until 1991, Tremblant was privately owned, but in 1991, the Canadian  resorts company, Intrawest, bought the resort and added these lovely villages. Recently, a second Québec casino was added to match the Montreal casino.

At the pedestrian village, tourists, skiers and golfers shop, eat and relax in this charming village. The  eateries are absolutely fantastic. This setting also makes for a great day trip in summer. Various Accommodations include the Marriott Hotel, and  other hotels and condos.
The cabriolet drops you off at the pedestrian village, where skiers can take the gondola or any one of a number of chair lifts to the ski trails. The village includes several sportswear boutiques. In summer, golf is just as big a draw tourists as skiing is in the winter.

Sporting good and sportswear shops include Columbia Sportswear, Helly Hansen and Magasin a la Place, which is a complex that includes well known ski brands such as The North Face, Spyder, Nordia, Rossignol, Dynastar, Nordica and more. A boot fitting service, ski outfitting, fitting and repairs are also available.

Having a party in your room? The SAQ, which is the provincially run Les Sociétés des Alcools du Québec has what you need. Restaurants at Tremblant range from light snacks to gourmet feasts in French and International, Italian, Asian, Grille, Bistros and Cafés, Bar Resto (pub with meals)  candies and crepes. 

From personal experience, the fudge at Tremblant is superb, as is the grille. 

Bars and Nightclubs 

The Bar Café d'Époque is Tremblant's top nightclub, according to the website. Live DJ nightly from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Vieux-Tremblant (819) 430-6730 and (819) 421-4554.

The Nansen Lounge Fairmount Tremblant offers a casual chic lounge with light meals, wine and cocktails. (819) 681-7685.  

Le P'tit Caribou Vieux Tremblant (819) 681-4500 has been on a list of top bars for 18 years.

The Microbrasserie Le Diable Vieux Tremblant (819) 681-4546. Microbrewery beers and complete menu.
Wait! There is more to enjoy at Tremblant:
Winter programs
Summer Ironman
Accommodations and Reservations

 Winter at Tremblant offers more than 600 acres of ski and snowboarding trails.
Summer activities also include airplane rides, boating tours, caleche rides, canoe trips, helicopter rides, horseback riding, mountain biking, paintball games, rafting, rock climbing school, water skiing, white water rafting and ziplining.

At Tremblant, 16 trails are easy, 31 intermediate, 37 difficult and 10 are expert. Tremblant also offers 13 ski lifts, including one gondola, five detachable chair lifts, three regular chair lifts, and three magic carpets.

Winter activities include cross country, ice climbing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and spas.The area also offers cycling, hiking, canoeing, among many other activities.

 At 46 degrees N. latitude, the elevation is 876 meters or 2,056 feet.

And back down to the village. Enjoy your stay in this charmed village.

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