In the notoriously fickle realm of popularity, a year can be a lifetime. Which is why it is positively astounding that for the past 12 years a single resort – Quebec’s Mont Tremblant – has been rated No. 1 overall in Eastern North America by the readers of Ski Magazine.
Tremblant garnered top honors again for 2008-09 in the individual categories of lodging, on-mountain food, dining and service.
The pristine European-style base village glistened hospitably in the foreground, while above and beyond, the highest peak in the Laurentians seemed to tremble under the tractored feet of monstrous, bug-eyed grooming equipment.
HITTING THE SLOPES….
The summit itself seemed disconcertingly crowded, but with half the skiers going down the north side and half going down the more trail-populated south side, we were pleased to see how quickly it thinned out.
And so it was all three days: We never waited more than five minutes anywhere.
The next day dawned crystal clear and we explored the lower slopes. This Canadian-style cold makes many Americans tremble at the thought of Tremblant, but it also just about guarantees snow cover from December all the way through March.
After a pan-fried steak dinner the first evening, we strolled over to Lac Miroir to catch the curling, that night’s featured family activities – including toboggan pull races and a marshmallow roast.
Back in Tremblant’s trademark pedestrian village, our two took a dozen exhilarating runs down a miniature ice chute before capping off the evening with hot beavertails, flat fried dough topped with cinnamon or maple paste.
On the second night we soaked up liquid warmth in the glassed-in water park called Le Source. After that we entered into its celebrated après-ski venues and retail shops, all remarkably uncrowned.
Our final day, we skied as a family and had the kind of day that all ski vacation days are supposed to be like, with the kids demonstrating their new skills and all of us now knowing our way around.
But it’s not the mountain that discriminating skiers rave about year after year; it’s that truly incomparable shining city at the bottom. With two more base village properties under construction, its clear Tremblant is perfectly capable of overfeeding the goose that already laid a dozen golden eggs.
Accommodation & Lodging….
Remember when you visit Tremblant to book your accommodation and lodging with Tremblant VIP Lodging for the best assortment and best pricing available in the resort and the surrounding area.
Make your first visit to Tremblant and you’ll be back time after time !