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Tremblant

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.

Creperie Catherine

Creperie Catherine
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Crepes are served from breakfast to dinner.

This family owned crepe restaurant serves everything from breakfast crepes to full dinner crepes, served with a bottle of wine. Of course, you may order breakfast crepes for dinner, but try the Florentine for dinner (Spinach, Egg, Feta, Swiss Cheese, Tomatoes, Onions, and traditional Bechamel sauce).
7 days a week, 8 am to 9 pm, no reservations.


113, Kandahar
Mont-Tremblant, QC, J8E 1A1
819-681-4888

CreperieCatherine.com.

24h Tremblant

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This 24 ski marathon raises money for children with illnesses.

This event happens at the beginning of December to raise money for sick and underpriviledged kids. With a team of 6 to 12 skiers (and/or boarders), you'll raise funds and relay during 24 hours on the slope! At the end, it’s not the number of runs you did but the money you raised that will make the difference. The village is buzzing with activities and free outdoor concerts. This year will be the 10th anniversary. Find out more at 24hTremblant.com.

Ice Climbing

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Try top-roped ice climbing with the help of an instructor.

 For the truly adventurous, give ice climbing a shot. Under the gondola, there is a natural ice wall where you can try it out. No experience necessary- a qualified instructor will guide you. Tremblant.ca.

Ice Skating

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This romantic activity is perfect for couples or kids.

For a romantic evening, enjoy ice skating with a loved one. You can rent skates (the price is usually included with on-site lodging) and the rink is located right next to the chapel. Enjoy fondue at sunset and then head to the rink to skate. Or, bring your kids: there’s often a game of hockey you can join. Tremblant.ca.

Le P'tit Caribou

Le P'tit Caribou
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For cheap après drinks, head to Caribou.

Le p'tit Caribou has cheap drinks and free, freshly-made popcorn. For après-ski with a younger crowd, head here (don’t forget the drinking age in Canada is 18). PtitCaribou.com

Dogsledding

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Dogsledding is a unique and fun winter activity.

For a memorable vacation experience, try dogsledding. Each sled will hold two people, and one person will drive. Enjoy the scenery, and halfway through the trip, you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and switch drivers. The is great for kids and adults who enjoy adventurous activities. Tremblant.ca.

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