Among North American resorts, Tremblant is refreshingly different. The resort is modern yet charming, the locals speak French as well as English, and with a range of direct daily flights from Heathrow to Montreal, it offers one of the shortest journey times to any North American resort.
Considered a pretty sister resort to Whistler on the West Coast, Tremblant has been developed in the style of old Quebec. Brightly coloured buildings line cobbled, traffic-free streets and squares. The general vibe and atmosphere is French, though the service is undeniably North American.
The lodgings in town are generally of a high standard. Anchored by the luxurious and imposing Fairmont Mont Tremblant, most hotels and condominiums boast European style ski-in ski-out access. Lifts radiate from the heart of the resort, with ski school meeting places and nursery slopes close to hand.
Resort Altitude: 645m
Resort Skiing: 875m
Total Ski Area: 79km
Blue Runs: 17km
Red Runs: 25km
Black Runs: 37km
Cross Country: 110km
With 96 slopes over 875m, the Tremblant ski area offers a variety of slopes suitable for all skiers. Snow conditions are usually good, and this is backed up by a comprehensive snowmaking programme. Pack your thermal layers though, when the wind comes from the North it can be perishingly cold.
The skiing offers good variety in a pleasant wooded environment. Whilst experts will find the extent of the terrain somewhat limiting, Tremblant successfully packs a lot of runs into a relatively small area. The skiing is arranged over two faces of the Grand Manitou peak. The southside boasts a variety of green and blue runs whilst the Northside holds greater appeal for experts and advanced skiers.
Snowboarders can play in the 40-acre terrain park, plus there is an Olympic standard superpipe to enjoy. Beginners and intermediates are well catered for, though expert freeriders may find that they don't see the powder dumps that one takes for granted on the West Coast.
Tremblant offers only one ski school, though the standard is high. A variety of lesson options are available in English and French through the resort managed Ecole Sur Neige. The emphasis is on fun, safe and fast learning with no more than seven in group lessons.
Daycare is available for children aged one to six years from 8:30am each day. As in most North American resorts, the childcare is resort managed and consistently excellent.
From local cuisine to sushi and pizza, Tremblant hosts a variety of restaurants in resort to suit your mood. For beautiful views and delicious food, visit the Altitude Seafood and Grill. Ya'ooo Pizza and Casey's are informal, good value places for food.
Nightlife in Tremblant is lively and there is a good selection of bars for a resort this size. Le Shack is a relaxed restaurant and bar often showing live sports and serving great food. La Forge is a favourite lunch stop and has a bar playing live music on some evenings. In the old town, Le Diable brews its own beers and has a traditional Alpine ambience. Nearby, Le Petit Caribou and Cafe D'Epoque run daily happy hours and are open into the early hours.
The charming resort is a lovely place to while away the day. There is a wide choice of welcoming bistros, bars and restaurants to relax in, alongside a variety of shops. The excellent Aquaclub La Source pool complex resembles a forest lake and provides an entertaining diversion. You can also try ice climbing, skating, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding. Montreal is only 90 minutes away and is well worth a visit, either as a day trip or as a dedicated city-break tacked onto your ski holiday.