Mont Tremblant Overview
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Mont Tremblant is a small city in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, about a 90 min drive north of Montreal. Mont Tremblant is most famous as a ski destination, boasting two excellent ski mountains: Mont Tremblant - the highest peak in the Laurentians - and Mont Blanc.
Mont Tremblant is the more famous destination and tops many lists as the best ski resort in Eastern North America. Its popularity is in large part due to the mountain's purchase by Intrawest and subsequent transformation into a year-round European-style village with skiing in the winter and golf, hiking, mountain biking and a host of other activities in the summer. In addition, the Mont Tremblant International Airport makes getting to the Mont Trembant resort particularly easy.
Whistler Blackcomb in BC and Collingwood's Blue Mountain are two other Canadian Intrawest developed properties. The three resorts have a similar - some would say "cookie-cutter" - feel that has its advantages and disadvantages.
"Mont Tremblant" tends to refer to the mountain and resort Village. However, the "old" Mont Tremblant village is 10 minutes away, downtown Mont Tremblant is about 20 minutes and all are part of a greater Mont Tremblant region. There is also the immense Mont Tremblant National Park.
Mont Tremblant Village
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In 1991, Mont Tremblant was purchased by Intrawest, a Canadian alpine resort promoter, and the mountain received a massive makeover. In addition to updating the ski facilities, a smattering of buildings at the base of the mountain were transformed into a pedestrian alpine village, comprising an attractive community of hotels, shops, restaurants and condos.
The real benefit of staying in the Village is the easy access to the ski hill, aprés ski activities, shops and restaurants. Especially if travelling with kids, the beginner hill may be literally right outside your door - a real perk on bitterly cold days and for bathroom breaks.
The Mont Tremblant Village as a whole has an immediate, albeit, superficial charm. Colourful buildings in a hybrid style of traditional Quebecois and European alpine have a pre-fab Ikea line of resort architecture quality. Furthering this fabricated feel, many of the buildings house expensive, brand-name ski wear stores, like you would find in any high-end mall. I would have welcomed a local artisan shop or place to buy Quebec goods, something to give regional context; even most restaurants didn't serve a variety of Quebec beer. The Mont Tremblant Village could be dropped down anywhere, which, of course, is Intrawest's intent - to create a consistent brand that gives its international customers familiarity wherever they go.
On the other hand, a mere 10 minutes away, the old Mont Tremblant village should satisfy any urge to connect in a more local way, with more traditional shops and restaurants.
Mont Tremblant Hotels and other Places to Stay
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Before you choose your accommodation, consider your priorities. Do you want to stay right in the Village? If skiing, do you want ski-in, ski-out convenience? Do you need a kitchenette? A pool? Breakfast included? Do you want an activity package that includes skiing or zip-lining? Are your kids in a kid camp? Maybe you should consider booking accommodation beside the beginner hill.
Staying in the pedestrian village has some obvious benefits such as easy access to the ski hills, shops and restaurants, plus not gathering up all your gear and getting into a car in the morning. Other benefits offered to Village guests include unlimited access to early morning skiing, evening activities, and complimentary ice skate loans for use on outdoor rink.
Hotels in the Village
Homewood Suites by Hilton was renovated in 2010 and is an excellent value. Though you may pay a premium staying in the Village, you can save with the guestroom kitchenette and complimentary breakfast buffet and snacks.
The Westin Resort & Spa is, along with the Fairmont, the most luxurious hotel in the Village. No free Internet or breakfast here, but lots of customer service, fine beds and amenities.
Accommodation outside of the Village
If you opt to stay farther outside of Mont Tremblant Village, you have lots of options, many of which will save you money. Most will offer complimentary shuttles to and from the ski hill and other activities as well as to and from the Mont Tremblant airport. Be sure to confirm this or any other critical element to your stay when booking.
Mont Tremblant Weather
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Best advice: layer up and read our How to Dress for Cold Weather.
Come October, the temperature drops to an average high of 12ºC (54°F) and low of 3ºC (37°F).
Skiing in Mont Tremblant
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Mont Tremblant Ski Stats
- The highest peak in the Laurentians gets an abundance of snow - on average 380 cm (12.47 feet) of the white stuff each year. Avalanche, a powerful snowmaking system, picks up where nature leaves off.
- Ninety-five trails and 3 snow parks offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and lakes.
- 265 hectares / 654 acres of skiable terrain
- 14 state-of-the-art lifts
- Summit Elevation: 875 meters / 2871 feet
- Vertical Drop: 645 meters / 2116 feet
- Ski rental on site, ski valet
- Adult lessons, children's lessons, half-day and day-long camps.
- Ski-in, ski-out accommodation
Mont Tremblant in Summer
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The following list is but a sampling of Mont Tremblant summer highlights.
- Four golf courses, both on site and in the surrounding area.
- The Casino is a short shuttle ride from the Village.
- Get a panoramic view from the mountain gondola
- The Birds of Prey Show is an educational activity available all summer long.
- Beach and Tennis Club is right next to the pedestrian Village.
- Cycling in a variety of settings for beginners and advanced.
- Day camp is available for children.
- Horseback riding excursions are available nearby.
- The Circuit Mont-Tremblant is a race track in a scenic setting.
Mont Tremblant Casino
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Mont Tremblant resort features an on-site casino, which is a short gondola or shuttle ride away from the Village. The casino features poker, 16 gaming tables, at least 500 slot machines, a high-rollers section as well as a restaurant, bar, and seasonal patio.
Even if you're not into gambling, the Mont Tremblant Casino is a pleasant visit if just for some live music and a drink.
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Mont Tremblant Spas
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Both the Fairmont and the Westin have an Amerispa on-site. Other spas include the Lakeside Spa and the Spa sur le Lac.
For a real treat, set aside a couple of hours and visit the nearby Scandinave Spa (pictured) - a nordic style spa where visitors alternate between outdoor hot and cold plunge pools and wet and dry saunas. The setting is lakeside and gorgeous. Massage and body treatments are available indoors. Be aware that silence is encouraged in all areas of the spa.
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Getting to Mont Tremblant
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Porter Air flies direct from Toronto and Continental Air flies direct from Newark, NYC. Luggage valet and airline registration let you maximize your time at the resort. Most hotels offer a courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport.
Visitors can also fly into Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (airport code YUL) and rent a car, book a limousine or take the Mont Tremblant Express.
- Take Highway 15 North than route 117 north
- At Labelle (traffic light) turn right on chemin du moulin
- Turn left on chemin du pont (chemin de la gare)
- Continue on Chemin des Cascades(Chemin des Pionniers)
- Turn left on chemin du Rang Double
- Turn right on Chemin de l'Aéroport
- Turn right on Chemin Roger Hébert