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The Tremblant Story

01 Jul

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On the shores of Lake Tremblant, just outside the Village of Mont Tremblant in the Quebec Laurentians, is the Resort of Tremblant by Intrawest. The mountain, with the Pedestrian Village at its base and Condominiums dotting the hillside, provides an impressive sight for visitors and ski season is an ideal time to experience all the fun this winter wonderland has to offer. There are so many types of accommodations, restaurants, shops and activities to experience that every member of the family and every type of family is sure to find everything to meet their needs.

Accommodation of all kinds can by booked at great prices through
Tremblant VIP Lodging
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Village entertainment has a tradition of warmth and excitement with an unmistakable French-Canadian joie de vivre. Street clowns and musicians surprise and delight. Irresistible boutiques, movie theatres and sizzling nightlife add to the magic that is Tremblant.

There is a sense of élan about the French, oui? And here at Tremblant you will discover all the flavors of Europe along with some of the most magnificent ski terrain in eastern Canada. The highest peak in the Laurentians at 3,001 feet, Tremblant will tempt you with over 2,000 feet of vertical including 121 acres of the best tree skiing anywhere.

Skiing and snowboarding are the main activities during the winter with plenty of options on how best to enjoy the 92 trails over 610 acres of skiable terrain serviced by 13 lifts.
The Adventure Centre, located in Sommet des Neiges and accessible from Place St. Bernard is where visitors go to begin their exploration of Mont Tremblant. This one stop shop at the base of the mountain is were lift tickets, rentals, and lessons can all be arranged and it’s where our family’s exploration of this winter wonderland began.

The Snow School Bell, one of the meeting places for lessons is right outside the Centre.

Lift and lesson tickets kids can be dropped off at their group lesson for a day of skiing fun – including lunch in a special heated tent. Depending on the age of children, group lessons meet at the Kidz Club magic carpet, the Tent at the new “Equilibre” beginner area, Snow School Bell or Snowboard Shack. The Program schedule details meeting areas for lessons, but it doesn’t hurt to check ahead of time to confirm where the kids are to meet their instructors One day group lessons for children 3 to 12 years of age are offered daily and include lunch. On weekends half day lessons are also available in the afternoon. The 2000-2001 winter season saw over 7,500 kids enjoy group lessons at the Kidz Club. Whow!! They must be doing something right.

Then it was time for us to head off and sample some of the 46.6 miles of trails on Mont Tremblant. Info-ski guides are available for a free one-hour tour of the mountain but we decided to head off on our own until 3:00 pm when we had to be back to pick up the kids.

Locals recommend that you ski or snowboard on the North Side in the morning. We assumed that this was because most visitors ski the south side first so the North Side is not as busy in the morning and subsequently the South Side is not as busy in the afternoon.

The North Side also features the Gravity Park. Designed for Experts, this area combines a Super Halfpipe, Quarter Pipe, Rollers, Tabletops, Spines, Backturns and Two Rail sections. The Mini Gravity Park nearby is where beginners get a chance to practice their skills.

If you are planning to bring along a non-skier aged 1 to 6 years, Mother Nature Daycare Camp offers a safe, supervised facility. Pagers are available for added peace of mind while parents are on the slopes or partaking a lesson.
When it comes time to satisfy a hungry family, there are more than 35 on-site restaurants to choose from. Here’s what we sampled:
• The buffet dinner served at Windigos in The Fairmont Tremblant provided plenty of choices to suit even my fussy 8 year old’s tastes.
• Pizzateria for lunch gave us a variety of choices for some interesting pizza combinations. Mozzarella Pizza or Spaghettini is offered as children’s menu items.
• Casey’s, in the Marriott Residence Inn has typical roadhouse fare. We did a family favorite of choosing a few appetizers and sharing them.

If you are looking for some après ski fun there are plenty of options also. Dogsledding, Snowmobiling, Horseback Riding, Snow Shoeing, Ice Climbing, Tubing, Sleighriding and Spa services can be booked through the Activity Centre.

Just because the snow is flying at Tremblant, you don’t want to forget your bathing suits (or if you do you can always purchase one) for a visit to La Source. Go to La Source Aquaclub at Tremblant, Pools and Fitness Centre. There are also hot tubs to enjoy with other winter enthusiasts.

If shopping is one of your passions -unfortunately it is one of mine- you won’t be disappointed either. From clothing to toys for girls and boys along with souvenirs and plenty of snow boarding and skiing accessories, a stroll down the main pedestrian walkway or the hotel lobbies is sure to offer something you just have to have.

With so much to do and so many trails to explore on the mountain it’s no wonder so many families visit the winter wonderland of the Tremblant Resort. Then there is all the fun offered in the summer but that’s another story.

Don’t forget that Tremblant VIP Lodging offers its Price Guarantee – you can’t go wrong.

 
 

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