The magic enveloped us the moment I opened the blinds in our room. Madison, my 6-year-old daughter, joined me at the window and silently we watched bright strings of lights twinkling everywhere.
Smoke was curling up lazily from the outdoor firepit in the village square and children were zipping down a slide made entirely of ice. People were walking without hurry, bundled up, with skis on their shoulders or snowboards at their sides, all under the watchful eye of a massive mountain known as Tremblant.
Located in the scenic Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Mont Tremblant Ski Resort takes snow activities to a different level. Whether you’ve strapped on skis for the first time or you’re a fierce snowboarder, there’s a perfect trail for your level of expertise.
Little ones aren’t forgotten, either. There are three magic carpet lifts up the bunny hills and kid-friendly lessons with instructors. As Madison was learning to ski with her dad, I saw an instructor transform a crying boy who didn’t want to move on his skis into a giggling snow bunny in less than 15 minutes with expert ease.
In the Village
Don’t ski? No problem. The Village is a place to see and be seen. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a town in the Swiss Alps. You can park your car and forget it -you won’t need it in the pedestrian-friendly village.
There are many restaurants to experience, but we recommend Creperie Catherine, where authentic French crepes of all kinds can be savoured slowly with a good cup of coffee.
The village also has an excellent place for the family to hang out while having fun. Features include two kids’ pools, a swinging rope a la Tarzan and swimming lanes for the older crowd. Eucalyptus steam baths are available on site to soothe aching muscles after a day of skiing.
Want something different to remind you of your visit to Mont Tremblant? You’ll find that at the Plush Factory, located in the Village, where kids and adults get to choose their own souvenir plush toy. But the fun doesn’t end there. It is just beginning. You will stuff it, place a secret wish inside, then choose from an array of accessories to dress it up nicely. The employees at the Plush Factory will guide you every step of the way as you get your new companion ready to take home.
Where to Stay
The village has lodgings for every budget. There are tons of packages, many that include accommodations, breakfast and lift tickets. See tremblant.ca for last-minute deals and online deals.
Story: Anna Rodrigues
Images: Phil Raby
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