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The sun rises in the East, sets in the West, and Tremblant ranks no. 1. That’s 15 years running, if you’re counting. (Tremblant is.) True, fewer U.S. readers make it to the snowy Laurentians north of Montreal. But those who do consistently rave about the charming French village squeezed between lake and mountain. “A beautiful place,” says one reader. “I’d move there in a minute.” Tremblant’s rankings are stellar: no. 1 in Service, On-Mountain Food, Lodging and Dining; no. 2 in Après, Lifts and Off- Hill Activities. With its lively slopeside plazas connected by narrow shop-lined alleys, the original Tremblant sets the Eastern standard for planned ski villages. The richly Quebecois sense of place adds fun and culture, and highend hotels and restaurants rub shoulders with family-friendly digs, rowdy pubs and an affordable pizza joint. Hop a gondola and in minutes you’re at the newer Versant Soleil base village, where you can try your luck at felted tables in the glitzy casino. If you’re here to ski, Tremblant offers legit vert tumbling off both sides of a snowcapped peak with stirring views. “The scenery is awesome and the terrain is varied. Something for everyone,” a reader writes. The knocks? It’s a little colder up there, and Tremblant’s annual 150 inches are merely sufficient. Americans can dodge the crowds if they study up on Canadian holiday schedules. And anyway, crowds are the price of popularity. —Joe Cutts

On-Hill Lunch » Go figure: All that great French food, and everyone wants to go to the new Mexican place, Puesta del Sol, which opened in April. But this is Tremblant, so it’s hard to go wrong wherever you end up.

Après Spot » Quebec brewers are highly regarded by beer snobs everywhere. Try the micro-ales (and occasional lagers) at La Diable. The coolest club, Café d’Epoque, cranks up later in the night.

Family Activity » You could dump your kids in ski school and skip the bonding. Or you could take a lesson with them. It’s a new program at the ski school. The kids get a lesson; the parent gets a lesson on how kids learn.

Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant

Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant
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A day at Scandinave provides the ultimate spa experience.

This unique spa is located just minutes away from the resort. One treatment starts with a warm up in a Jacuzzi, dry or steam sauna, then cold plunge immediately into the river (which is often frozen). Then, rest by the fireplace until you are ready to do it again. The cycle usually lasts about 45 minutes, and you can repeat as often as you like. Skeptical? You'll feel extraordinarily relaxed after the process. Complete the experience and get a Swedish massage, lounge in the Finnish dry-air sauna or Norwegian steam room, soak in heated Jacuzzis, or take a swim in the river.

Aux Truffes

Aux Truffes

Chef Martin Fancher’s cuisine shows up on a variety of menus (à la carte, table d’hôte) at this elegant French restaurant. Must-tries include foie gras crème brûlée, sea scallop carpaccio and red deer osso bucco. The Wine Spectator award–winning list provides perfect pairings.; 819-681-4544

Try the Quebec duck foie gras at this fine-dining French restaurant.

Chef Martin Fancher’s cuisine shows up on a variety of menus (a la carte, table d’hote) at this elegant French restaurant. Must-tries include foie gras crème brulee, sea scallop carpaccio and red deer osso bucco. The Wine Spectator award-winning list provides perfect pairings.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec | 819.681.4544 |

Where Now: Mont Tremblant, Que.

Where Now: Mont  Tremblant,  Que.

Tremblant’s 2,116 vertical feet boast steeps off the summit as well as mellow glades and groomed cruisers, all with views of the Laurentians or Lac Tremblant.

This Eastern Canadian crowd-pleaser has added a second base village—with another still to come.

Published in SKI's December 2009 issue

The monsters I’ve created—twin 15-year-old daddy’s girls—are getting pretty hard to impress. It’s not their fault: I’ve dragged them to nearly every resort in the East, where they’ve stayed in the nicest hotels and dined in the best restaurants. Still, I can’t help wanting them to enjoy our family ski trips. So this year we’re heading further afield: Mont Tremblant.

Nouveau Tremblant: SIGNPOST

Ski, stay and dine at Mont Tremblant

(Publication date: February, 2005)

Nouveau Tremblant

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.


Chateau Mont Tremblant

Chateau Mont Tremblant
Crème de la Crème: Chateau Mont Tremblant
Arguably the finest hotel in eastern skiing

I've seen plenty of canoes, but I've never seen a canoe in a hotel lobby. And I certainly have never seen a flying upside down canoe in a hotel lobby.

It's just one of the pleasant surprises you encounter at Chateau Mont Tremblant, the stunning palace that dominates the base of Quebec's Mont Tremblant. It is, arguably, the finest hotel-certainly the largest slopeside hotel-in Eastern skiing.

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