Nouveau Tremblant: SIGNPOST

Ski, stay and dine at Mont Tremblant
East, Feb 2005

(Publication date: February, 2005)

Mountain Stats: 480 skiable acres; 2,116 vertical feet; summit elevation 2,871 feet; 150 annual inches; 94 trails; 12 lifts. Lift tickets: adults $55; youth (13-17) $41; kids (6-12) $32; seniors $48

Lodging Le Westin Resort & Spa (five-star hotel rooms with fireplaces and kitchenettes; $356-$1,359 per night; 819-681-8000); Le Sommet des Neiges (handsome one- to three-bedroom condos; $369-$1,300; 888-857-8043); Le Country Inn, formerly Le Kandahar (modest suites with fireplaces; $75-$89; 888-857-8043). About 20 minutes from Tremblant, on Otter Lake, quaint Auberge du Lac à  la Loutre offers early 19th-century ambience (from $75 per person; 888-568-8737).

Dining Try Pizzatéria (819-681-4522) for family-friendly pizza; Crêperie Catherine (819-681-4888) for Bretonne-style crepes with any kind of filling you could possibly dream up; La Savoie (819-681-4573) for traditional French-alpine raclette and fondue; Soto (819-681-4141) for Japanese cuisine; La Grappe a Vin (819-681-4727) for country bistro ambience; and Aux Truffes (819-681-4544) for four-diamond French cuisine and an award-winning wine list.

Getting There From Montreal (90 minutes), take 15 North just past Sainte-Agathe, then 117 North to Exit 119 (Montée Ryan). Signs lead to the resort. Information 866-253-0097;