Twenty years before the official opening of Mont Sainte-Anne as a resort, it hosted the Canadian Alpine Skiing Championships.
The event highlighted the mountain's potential, and it simply seemed natural that a major resort would eventually come into being. Since officially opening, Mont Sainte-Anne has hosted seven World Cup Alpine events, eight World Cup or FIS snowboard events, and two major international cross-country championships. Ten of its trails are FIS-certified for slalom and/or giant slalom; one for downhill.
Tremblant's rapid development, cultural flair and scenery have made this a full-service destination.
Eastern Canada's ski darling offers gourmet meals, idyllic views and room to grow. The slopes in the Laurentian mountains—Better known for gentle pitches and hardwood vistas than extreme skiing—are only one reason to visit Tremblant, a Quebec resort whose future was dubious until Intrawest bought it and launched a major renovation in the early 1990s. In short order, the new Tremblant earned accolades as an extraordinary destination resort. Intrawest built a charming base village, added runs and upgraded mountain facilities.
In a village dense with fun, skiing isn't always the primary attraction.
Editor's Note, October 2009: The following story first appeared in February, 2005. Since then, the construction of the Versant Soleil village is well under way, anchored by Loto-Quebec's new Casino de Mont-Tremblant. Also, the commuter trail mentioned in the opening paragraphs does indeed have a name: Voyageur.