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Archive for December, 2009

Tremblant Terrain

19 Dec

Tremblant has a good variety of terrain for all skiers……

Slopes…..

A heated gondola from the village takes you to the top of the so-called South Side (really south-west facing and so good for the afternoon sun). From here you can drop over the back onto the North Side (which is really north-east facing and gets the morning sun). A high-speed quad brings you back and there are two other chairs to play on here plus the Edge lift which accesses another summit, serving mainly expert terrain.

On the South Side you can go right back to town on blue or green runs, or use two high-speed quads to explore the top and bottom halves. The Versant Soleil area is more directly south-facing and has mainly black and tree runs with one top-to-bottom blue. Free mountain tours go twice daily.

Fast lifts

Most of the lifts are fast.

Line Ups…..

On weekends there can be queues, but they tend to move quickly.

Terrain parks….

On the South Side is the 30-acre Adrenaline park and half-pipe for advanced riders. There’s a beginner park on the North Side. Helmets are compulsory in both parks. The school offers freestyle classes.

Experts….

Half the runs are classified black, but we found many of them did not deserve their grading. There are steep, top-to-bottom bump runs on the North Side and great gladed tree runs off the Edge lift. The Versant Soleil area has more black runs and some tough runs in the trees.

Intermediates….

Both North and South Sides have good cruising, and we found the North Side less crowded. There are blue runs in the trees as well as on groomed trails.

Beginners….

The 2-acre beginner area is excellent, and there are long, easy, top-to-bottom greens to progress to. There are plans to open up the Versant Soleil to beginners with a new green piste.

Snowboarding….

The slopes are good for beginners, but better boarders can’t count on fresh natural snow to play in. A specialist shop, Adrénaline, runs a Burton learn-to-ride programme. And there are good terrain parks.

Cross-country….

There are around 65 km of trails, some at the top of the mountain, with great views.
Families

The Kids’ Club… offers day care from ages one to six years. There’s a children’s adventure area on the Nansen trail.

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Olympic Torch Relay – Mont Tremblant

09 Dec

Tremblant, the ski resort in Canada will host the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada.

The event takes place on December 9th and brings the Olympic Torch to its much awaited stop in the Laurentians, where it will be carried by two guests of honour who contributed immensely to the ski industry.

The first guest is Peter Duncan, slalom and downhill skier, who joined the Canadian ski team at the age of 16. He has collected many honours and received, in 1969, the John Semmelink trophy, given to the athlete who best represented Canada internationally with athletic skills, his spirit of competition, his conduct and his performances. Following his career as a competitive skier, he has been highly successful behind the microphone as a skiing commentator and analyst. He will soon be seen at the Vancouver Olympics where he will comment on Alpine skiing. He has been doing this over the years with great success at many Olympic Games as well as most World Cup events. Mr. Duncan will carry the Olympic Torch as he skis down Tremblant, the mountain to which he has been very attached for years.

The other guest of honour is Peggy Austin, who is not only the daughter of Hermann Smith Johannsen, better known as JackRabbit, but also a ski champion of the ‘30s in her own right. At that time, competitors had to climb to the top of the mountain to reach the starting gate. In some cases, such as the Taschereau track where most races were held at Tremblant, this could take a several hours and the duration of the downhill race was often four minutes or more. Peggy Austin, who won numerous medals, took the gold medal at the inaugural Taschereau in 1937, placed 2nd in 1938 and came first again in 1939, the year in which Joe Ryan opened the resort where these races became part of Tremblant’s history. This lady is a legend for her ski performances, competing on skis that didn’t have steel edges and were very difficult to control.

The celebrations for the Olympic Torch Relay start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday December 9, from the Place des Voyageurs, where entertainment, jugglers and fire-eaters will also await visitors. The relay will move up the rue des Remparts to the bottom of the ski slopes where spectators can watch Peter Duncan ski down the last pitch with the torch. Peggy Austin will then take over and carry the torch to the Place St-Bernard where it will stop on the stage for the viewing pleasure of the audience and for a small presentation to the guests of honor. The Olympic Torch Relay will then move back down the rue des Remparts and then leave Tremblant site. Great time in Canada.

The Olympic Torch Relay will end in Vancouver in February 2010 where Tremblant’s own athletes, Jasey-Jay Anderson and Erik Guay are expected at the Winter Olympics.

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