rugged and exhilirating

by: bluejay - Feb 21, 2009

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: uncrowded, massive, beautiful, French

    Cons: extremely cold, some of the green trails are too flat

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009


Full review

Tremblant is worth trying at least once. Even on a Saturday, the gondola rarely has a wait longer than five minutes. The trails and terrain are gorgeous, and the air feels especially clean. Hearing French all day is not bad, either. It really makes you feel like you are *away* from home (unless you already live in Quebec).

I am a blue skier, and found the trails exceptionally fun. The greens are great because they start at the TOP of the mountain, unlike other resorts that create greens that only go half or even a third of the way up. One of the greens, Nansen, has very long flat portions, and you'll be skating to get through it. Otherwise, it is a great cruising trail, but I wish they would do a little construction and fix this weakness.

We took two lessons with very nice instructors and found all of the staff to be friendly and helpful. People approach you at the top of the mountain to suggest runs - a big plus.

The weather is challenging but thrilling. No, it's not going to be sunny and mild everyday like the Rockies, but there's something beautiful about skiing through thick cloud cover and lots of snow - on the days it does snow. We also had some bright blue skies during our trip. It varies.

The cold can be an issue, however. We were fine in zero or even ten below, but the day it was 30 below (celsius), it sent us inside early. The locals, always very friendly, seemed to think 30 below was mild!

The village has a nice variety of shops and cafes. The food was very good - we especially loved the fresh croissants the bakery - though there are extremely overpriced restaurants. If you don't mind cooking, try to book a place that has a kitchen. You'll be glad you did. There is even a general store packed to the brim -- even with 100 different spices.

It can get loud on the weekends, so unless you don't mind the noise, or even like it, try one of the hotels away from the center of the village.

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