Tremblant ski resort
Tremblant has been the leading ski resort in eastern Canada for three quarters of a century and its fortunes are unlikely to sour in the foreseeable future.
What makes the resort so successful? Easy access from Montreal is a big plus; as is its northerly latitude; while skiing on the region’s highest mountain and an arsenal of more than 1,000 snow guns is also a big advantage. But the billion-dollar spend by Intrawest – the company behind Whistler Blackcomb and more than a dozen other top North American and European ski resorts – is arguably the key factor. Much of its money has gone on an ever-expanding, well laid-out pedestrianised resort village at the base of the slopes, which has since also spawned a second settlement.
The resort endeavours to offer something for all tastes and budgets, including a huge choice of accommodation, eateries and shops each designed in faux Quebecois architecture with carefully determined sight lines and vistas.
With its superb slopes, pleasing aesthetic and dazzling accommodation offering, Tremblant has found a sweet recipe for ski resort success, and now is the time to grab a slice of the pie.
Tremblant ski resort is located in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, 145km (90 miles) north of Montreal in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.
On the slopes
Tremblant receives an average of nearly 4m (13ft) of natural snowfall annually, but any shortage of snowfall is topped up by impressive snowmaking facilities if required. The season typically runs from late November to early April.
The ski slopes directly above the resort are known as the South Side and many skiers start the day here in the queue-gobbling Express Gondola, with eight-seater cabins that whisk skiers and boarders to the top of the slopes. Here, there’s the option of heading back down the wide open, easier runs above the village or dropping down on to the North Side, which has tougher terrain and the best of the sunshine in the morning.
Half of the North Side area is graded advanced level (although much of it is suitable for confident intermediates), with pitches reaching up to 42 degrees on the Dynamite piste. If there are queues for lifts, theme-park-style ‘wait time’ signage advises accordingly. Advanced skiers can also head to the Versant Soleil ski area, which is the resort’s newest and has three quarters of terrain suited to experienced skiers. Beginners can learn at the Équilibre nursery area at the foot of the slopes near the South Side village, before advancing onto easy, green slopes further up the mountain.
Snowboarders have three terrain parks to enjoy: The Adrénaline Junior Park on the South Side for beginners, the Rope Tow park on the North Side for intermediates and the Adrénaline Park on the South Side between the Promenade and Curé Deslauriers runs.