Our friends at Expedia.ca recently sent followsummer on a three-day, long weekend to Eastern Canada's premier ski resort, Mont Tremblant as part of their #BigWorldExplorer campaign. My initial response was, 'but I haven't been on skis in 25 years!!' but upon arrival, I was soon caught up in her charm, excitement, joie de vivre and intoxicating energy. And yes, I did get up on skis again!
Looking for an easy early spring escape
where you can enjoy fine dining and stay at a luxury hotel and of course some exhilarating world-class skiing? Pack your rental car and enjoy the sunny ride up from Montreal and enjoy North America's premier eastern ski resort, Mont Tremblant.
From the very first installation of their elevated passenger ropeway in 1939 until today, Tremblant has grown its allure and polished its reputation as the largest and most varied skiable terrain in Eastern Canada. And Tremblant is not just a ski resort as I quickly discovered: year round, Tremblant shines as an incredible four-season experience of cultural, sporting and family activities. Summer offers lake-filled Laurentian days with activities such as the scenic gondola, exceptional golf, luge, the Parc Plage on Lake Tremblant, cycling and rollerblading. The season heats up with the beats of Tremblant's Summer Festivals: Rythmes Tremblant, the Tremblant Blues Festival and Music on the Mountain. End your summer and start your fall with Tremblant Beneath the Stars in August and Symphony of Colours in September. Tons to do 365 days a year! Easy to see why Tremblant was named No. 1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine for the seventh consecutive year!
Rent a car
Rolling mountains greet you as you pass through la Porte-du-Nord and the 1.5-hour drive up from Montreal can be spectacularly beautiful, particularly on a blazing sunny day. Cascading waters are frozen mid-fall creating gorgeous ice cliffs clinging to the rocky outcroppings. You'll want to get off the hectic Tremblant Village and do some exploring after all so rent a car and utilize your hotel's Valet Parking Service. The Westin Tremblant offered a super fast and friendly service, which I took full advantage of.
Take a lesson
I haven't been on skis in 25 years so my new friends at the Tremblant Resort Association set me up with Normand, who patiently gave me a two-hour private lesson. The Tremblant Snow School offers pretty much every kind of lesson for every kind of skier: adults, kids, ski and snowboard, ski and snow weeks, right up to adult ski racing lessons! No excuse not to get up on those skis!
Go Off Site
now that you have a car, make sure that you get out of Tremblant's busy Pedestrian Village and enjoy some of the beautiful Quebec countryside to savour a meal, cheese shop, a late spring Cabane a Sucre or simply enjoy a romantic dinner for two. I got to zoom my fat tire bike around the extensive grounds surrounding Tremblant, sharing the sunset trails with the occasional cross country skier. Great first-day arrival work out!
Enjoy some Aprés Ski
A long day on the slopes is bound to make you thirsty; so take some time to aprés and in my case, lubricate my out of shape, weary legs. There are a ton of options available to you before, during and aprés your ski day. Late March bars fling open their sunny patios welcoming aprés ski revelers and lunch time sun worshippers. Have a ski-boot clomp around the pedestrian village and park yourself in one of the pubs, bars or coffee shops and enjoy the late winter sun!
After a long day on the slopes, you are bound to be hungry, right? Will it be in and out fast food, fine dining, or perhaps a local gastropub? In-hotel room service, close to the slopes or outside of the village? So many choices to satisfy a hungry skier! Here are some recommendations both close to the hill and further afield.
Take some Spa Time
Recently renovated, the Tremblant Spa at The Fairmont and Westin offer in-hotel spa facilities and experiences that are second to none and easily accessible in Tremblant's pedestrian village. But for a truly luxurious experience, head down the road to Spa Scandinave and enjoy a total zen experience nestled on the banks of the Riviere Diable. Make sure to pre-book your luxurious experience before you arrive to ensure availability of this popular spa experience. And remember to enjoy in absolute silence!
Many thanks to Expedia.ca‘s #BigWorldExplorer program. followsummer would love to know where your favorite Tremblant experiences are, both on and off the slopes and in any season via the comments below! Need to do more research? You can always find a great flight, rental car and hotel deals to Montreal and Tremblant here . Certain meals and activities were generously sponsored by the Tremblant Resort Association who did not approve this review. Many thanks for their generosity and support.
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