Set in the Laurentian Mountains, the ski area covers just over 600 acres and is best suited to intermediates. What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in variety and quality touches (such as heated seats on gondolas). It has two sides, one north- and one south facing. The south-facing is accessed from the Flying Mile and TGV lift (mid-mountain) and takes you back to base via a mixture of green, blue and black trails. Over on the north side, another mix of terrain takes you down to the Duncan chair. Tremblant does not have the best natural snowfall, but a huge snowmaking operation that covers the majority of the mountain helps there.
A dedicated beginners area on the south side of the mountain with two magic carpet lifts make Tremblant and excellent choice for beginners wanting to learn in what is regularly voted No1 resort in eastern North America.
The boarding facilities are dominated by the Gravity Park's massive 129 meters superpipe, plus the usual kickers, rails and table-tops. A Mini Gravity Park has all the same facilities but on a smaller scale. Despite the small area, there is some decent tree skiing in the Versant Soleil area. One of the largest riding areas in Canada with plenty of trees in the Emotion area.
Lessons are available for parents and children together. For women, the Elle Ski programme offers cocktails, then tuition, followed by more cocktails. Magic Trax Discovery Lessons are for first-timers over the age of 13yrs. Readers have complimented the ski school for taking their eight and ten year olds from absolute beginners to black runs within four days. All instructors speak English and the group sizes are not exceeding eight. Children also love the evening's fun, with a choice of tubing, movies, tobogganing and dog sled rides.
Last Updated: Jan 2012