Mont Tremblant, voted #14 in Condé Nast Traveler's 2012 Readers' Poll as one of the best places to ski in North America. Located about one and a half hours northwest of Montreal, and four hours southwest of Quebec City, (which happens to be one of the snowiest city in the world), Mont Tremblant is a Canadian gold mine for skiers and snowboarders alike. This mega resort reports an average snowfall of 156 inches per year - that’s 13 feet of snow! This ski season, they’ve already seen 114 inches.
After hearing so many great things about the quality of Mont Tremblant’s slopes, snow and atmosphere, I wanted to do a little research of my own with hopes that I’ll one day make the drive up from Maine to experience what Tremblant has to offer. With “Take me to the top” as their tagline of choice, this beast of a mountain boasts 50% expert trails and 1,066 snowguns that are ready to fire at a moments notice. My takeaway after researching Tremblant: this mountain is sure to give skiers and snowboarders exactly what they’re looking for, and that’s a powder-filled challenge.
- Elevation (summit): 2871 ft
- Vertical drop (South Side): 2116 ft
- Trails: 95
- Skiable terrain: 654 acres
- Lifts: 10 (in addition to 3 magic carpets and a cabriolet)
After a full day of skiing, enjoy dinner, après drinks and a night on the town in Tremblant’s pedestrian Village. Located right at the base of the mountain, the Village offers some great watering holes, Italian and seafood restaurants, grills and much more. There is also an array of shops for those in search of chic boutique, toys or gifts to take home. Did I mention there is a casino, too? Hop on the shuttle in the pedestrian village or, if you’re lucky, grab a seat in a gondola – both will take you straight to the entertainment and excitement Casino Mont Tremblant has to offer.
A lot of trails, a lot of snow and a lot of après activities puts Mont Tremblant pretty high on my list of ski mountains to visit. How about you?