Sliding gracefully down a ski run with the chilly wind brushing your warm cheeks is quite a thrilling experience, whether you’re weaving atop a pair of skis or pushing the limits with a snowboard. Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in Quebec, Canada offers more than 600 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, a picturesque pedestrian village and the best public golf courses in Quebec. Needless to say, there’s a lot to see and do.
Sitting tall in the Laurentian Mountain range, Mont Tremblant’s summit reaches an elevation of 2,871 feet, making it a phenomenal playground for those seeking a little winter thrill. Discovered by a Philadelphia explorer searching for gold in the early 1900s, the potential of the landscape was quickly realized with a world-class alpine village. Just one year later, in February 1939, Mont Tremblant Lodge was open for business.
Today, the village has grown tremendously to include shopping, multiple restaurants serving up an array of cuisines, more than 50 buildings of accommodations, and, of course, winter (and summer) activities galore.
OFF THE SNOW
Don’t worry if you prefer not to spend every waking moment on the mountain; the adorable village, which resembles a tiny town snuggled in a snow globe, has plenty to offer.
Movie Magic: Catch a flick at the two-screen theatre, which presents the latest movie in both French and English. Or, wrap up in one of the Adirondack chairs surrounding the campfire.
Shop Until You Drop: Have the itch for some retail therapy? Enjoy strolling down the boutique-lined streets housing clothing brands like Helly Hansen, Oakley, Hatley and Lolë.
Art Enthusiast: Pop into one of the art galleries where you’ll find unique sculptures, stained-glass windows, greeting cards, and even works of art on command by Pion, the owner of Galerie d’art Pion. If this gets your creative juices flowing, then visit Le Studio Créatif to create a one-of-a-kind, paint-it-your- self souvenir.
Wintery Treats: Between all the activities, nibble on a very tasty BeaverTail pastry, made with whole wheat and stretched to resemble the shape of a beaver’s tail. They are served piping hot, topped with butter and smothered with your choice of delectable flavors. You can’t go wrong no matter what you choose; from a simple cinnamon-sugar combination to loads of sliced bananas and chocolate, it’s sure to be a dessert your taste buds won’t forget.
Another sugary treat to include on your list of must-tries is the maple taffy on snow. The small stand (think lemonade stand covered in snow) is always surrounded by a crowd watching as the hot maple syrup is drizzled over the snow then curled up on a wooden popsicle stick. It’s the perfect quick treat.
Also consider sampling the Poultine, an unusual Quebec creation consisting of French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese. It may sound like an odd mix but it creates a complimentary combo.
Ahh! The Spa: There is no shortage of relaxation nestled on the mountain with two slope-side spas, comfortable in-room massages, and a lakeside spa, but for a full day of pampering, arrange a day at the Scandinave Spa. Soothe your soul in the rejuvenating Scandinavian Baths as you soak in a cycle of hot baths and plunge into refreshing cold rinses. Then sink into one of the relaxation areas, including solariums, hammocks, terraces and outdoor fireplaces. This final period of rest and relaxation allows the cardiovascular system to regulate itself by stabilizing blood flow and heart rate.
ON THE SNOW
The mountain certainly stands out as a top skiing and snowboarding destination with its hefty 95 runs with 14 state-of-the-art lifts, but there are plenty of other winter activities to discover.
First Tracks: If you like to be the first to dig in, board the express gondola at 7:45 a.m. for a chance to carve the first tracks on skis or board.
Ice Climbing: Challenge yourself by scaling a frozen cliff after a qualified instructor teaches you the basic top-rope climbing techniques.
Classic Delights: Sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Or strap on a pair of ice skates and twirl around at the ice skating rink.
Cross Country Skiing: Take a private lesson then experience the Domaine St-Bernard trails.
Family Fun: Hit up the tubing park, just a 10-minute drive down the road from the village. Fly high over the village and ski runs in a helicopter tour of the Laurentians. Try your hand at ice fishing or suit up for a game of paintball.
Mush!: Drive your own team of dogs through the forested trails and over frozen lakes during the dogsledding experience.
Snowmobiling: Go exploring aboard a snowmobile.
Mont Tremblant Mountain Statistics
Elevation at the summit: 875 meters / 2,871 feet
Vertical drop of the south side: 645 meters / 2,116 feet
Number of trails: 95
Skiable ground: 654 acres
Artificial snow coverage: 465 acres
Total trail length: 78.9 km / 49 miles
Longest trail: Nansen (6 km / 3.75 miles)
Undergrowth: 79.8 acres Incline: up to 42°
High-speed 4-passenger chairlifts: 5
4-passenger chairlifts: 1
3-passenger chairlifts: 2
Magic Carpet: 3
Lift capacity: 27,230 skiers/hour
Average annual snowfall: 395cm / 156 inches
Number of snow guns: 1,066
ALL GEARED UP
Obermeyer Camille Jacket. $348; www.obermeyer.com
Gordini Da Gore Goose IV Mitt. $85; www.gordini.com
Timberland Earthkeepers Front Country 9-Inch Winter Boot. $190; www.timberland.com
Oakley Polarized Daisy Chain. Starting at $150; www.oakley.com
Drop Cable with Ears. $20; www.dropmfg.com
Timberland Welfleet 6-Inch Waterproof Boot. $120; www.timberland.com
Oakley Shaun White Signature Series A Frame®. $230; www.oakley.com
Obermeyer Kitimat Pant. $325; www.obermeyer.com
GoPro’s HD Hero Camera with Waterproof Housing. $270; www.gopro.com
REI Triad 3-in-1 Parka. $249; www.rei.com
Published in the South Florida Luxury Guide