Ski magazine named Mont Tremblant its “Number One Ski Resort in Eastern North America” for 2015, which probably shouldn’t surprise anyone. The resort earned this as well as many other accolades with its 95 ski runs, miles of cross-country trails and its rich variety of après-ski activities, many of which are suitable for your whole family — skiers and non-skiers alike. So get ready to enjoy an amazing escape and come see why Canadian Living named Mont Tremblant one of the country’s top 10 ski destinations! This will be the first in a series of articles on the many exciting activities that you can enjoy during a stay in magnificent Mont Tremblant!
Have a great time with the canines!
There is something almost primal about riding behind a team of huskies as they bound through the snow. Perhaps it’s their wolf-like appearances or the sound of their excited yipping and snarling as they are being harnessed. The primal feeling extends to the ride itself. In fact, you may not find a better way to get up close and personal with Mont Tremblant’s scenic backcountry than riding on a sled as your powerful dogs pull you over wooded trails and across pretty snow-covered fields.
Are you up for a challenge? Then you might want to try your hand at driving a sled. Your guide will teach you the commands and how to shift your weight on the turns so that you can keep your sled upright. Of course, if you’d prefer, you could always just sit back and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery while an experienced musher does all of the work for you!
After your dogsledding adventure, go back to the kennels to meet the rest of the dogs. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, there might even be some adorable puppies to play with!
Wanderlust: Go Alpine touring to discover the backcountry
For many skiers, the backcountry holds a certain allure. That is where they hope to discover fresh powder playgrounds and challenging tree skiing. It is also one of the reasons why the popularity of Alpine touring has been booming. With this sport, you can reach remote areas on your skis where lifts can’t take you. Another reason for this sport’s growing popularity? Gear manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in the material and design of Alpine touring equipment.
And because Mont Tremblant has recognized this increased interest in backcountry skiing, it has added new designated ascension areas where you can safely climb to the highest peaks in the Laurentians.
Mont Tremblant has also added 96 groomed trails on four different sides for your Alpine touring pleasure.
How popular has Alpine touring become? Well, in January 2015, Tremblant hosted the first Festival Rando Alpine, which was a gathering for all things Alpine touring. This festival featured a race, guided walks, workshops and demonstrations. It is hoped that this will be the first of many such Alpine touring festivals at Mont Tremblant!
Soaking in the spa time
Skiing and snowboarding all day can be quite taxing on your body. So if your muscles are feeling a bit sore, head to one of Mont Tremblant’s luxurious spas, such as the Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant, where you can indulge in a special pampering session. National Geographic Adventure named this spa its best rest-day activity — and it’s easy to see why it beat out its competitors! The spa’s location on the lovely and peaceful shores of the Diablo River will soothe your soul while its massages and unique Scandinavian bath experiences will work wonders on your aching muscles.
This Nordic-themed spa offers guests a full menu of massage options, including Swedish, Thai and hot stone therapies. But this spa’s true specialty is its Scandinavian bath experience. During the first step of this experience, you will completely warm and relax your body in one of the spa’s hot pools, a Finnish sauna, a thermal waterfall, or a eucalyptus steam bath. During the next stage, you’ll slip under a Nordic waterfall or into the bracing waters of the river to tighten your pores. Afterwards, you can spend some time in one of the spa’s serene relaxation areas so that your body can adjust and rest after experiencing the extremes of the hot and cold water therapies. This traditional Scandinavian treatment is a tried-and-true method for rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit.
Slip-sliding away on a snow-tubing holiday!
You don’t have to own skis or snowboards in order to enjoy an exhilarating and fun day speeding down the slopes. Snow tubing can be just as much fun. And unlike the old days, when you had to labour up a slope while dragging a heavy sled, today you can just sit back and relax as a mechanical rope tow whisks you up to the top of the hill. From there, you can choose from different runs that range from gentle slopes for the beginners to steep downhill bombs for the daredevils.
Tubing also requires no particular skill sets or equipment. So just about anyone — young or old — can enjoy a tubing ride, which makes this activity an excellent way to spend a day out in the snow with the entire family. Plus, it is exhilarating good fun! Even better, snow tubing is also a relatively inexpensive way to spend several hours out on the slopes.
Going mobile: The fastest way to explore the backcountry
Have you always wanted to explore deep into Mont Tremblant’s backcountry? Then make sure to bring your snowmobile so that you can enjoy riding on some of the 52,000 kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails that crisscross the Mont Tremblant area.
Don’t own a snowmobile? No worries. There are several outfitters in the area that offer guided snowmobile tours so that you, too, can explore these scenic trails. Depending on the operator you choose, these tours can range from short rides that will give you a taste of the fun you can have on a snowmobile to all-day excursions deep into the Upper Laurentians. There are also numerous specialty tours, including moonlight adventures and ones that will take you to the Sugar Shack to learn how maple syrup is produced.
There are even private guided tours for those times when you want a snowmobiling experience that is tailor-made to your riding skills. So whether you have your own vehicle or need to rent one, make sure to experience snowmobiling while in Mont Tremblant. These vehicles are the best way for you to reach those remote areas of the Mont Tremblant backcountry that you’ve always wanted to see.
Romancing the snow: Mont Tremblant is the perfect romantic getaway
With its Old World feel and quaint cobblestone streets, Mont Tremblant resembles a picturesque 18th-century French Alps village, making this a perfect location for a romantic getaway. To enhance this setting, make sure to book your lodging with care. Don’t, for example, book a generic hotel room. No, you want a special hideaway, a backdrop for your weekend that will create the right mood. And what could be more romantic than cuddling by a fireplace as a gentle snow falls outside the window? Fortunately, there are many vacation rental condos, town homes and homes or chalets available in the Mont Tremblant resort that boast beautiful fireplaces as well as bathtubs built for two.
It’s also important that you book reservations early for dinner in a romantic, elegant restaurant such as the Chateau Beauvallon Prime Steak Sushi Bar. This restaurant, which boasts a small, intimate dining room, specializes in USDA Prime steak and sushi and classic dishes with a modern twist, such as duck leg confit with French fries. Christian Paradis, the restaurant’s chef, offers his guests an inspired menu that features locally sourced and sustainable products. After dinner, you can head back to your room with a lovely bottle of Champagne and enjoy the rest of your romantic evening snuggling in front of a crackling fire.
As you can clearly see, life in Mont Tremblant isn’t just about the skiing. The wonderful slopes may be the reason why you originally booked your vacation, but it’s the amazing smorgasbord of après-ski activities that will keep you coming back to Mont Tremblant for more. And these activities — such as the snowmobiling, the dog sledding rides and the special Nordic spa experiences — are also the reason why Mont Tremblant draws visitors not just from Canada, but from around the world and why this resort has won so many awards over the years.