Enjoy a European ski resort without the intercontinental flight. Mont Tremblant, voted the No. 1 Eastern North American ski resort four of the five past years by SKI readers, retains its Quebecois charm even after the snow has melted and the lakes have thawed.
You can mountain bike meandering trails from Tremblant's base, or rent a boat, canoe or kayak to cruise the seven-mile lake located within the resort. Fish, waterski, wakeboard, swim, play tennis or relax at the Beach and Tennis Club. Golfers have their choice of two courses-Le Geant and Le Diable-plus an opportunity to improve their technique at the Tremblant Golf Academy. Modeled after Swiss alpine towns, Tremblant's pedestrian village offers myriad shopping and dining choices with more than 75 shops and restaurants to explore.
This summer, children can enjoy parades, circuses, clowns, plays and musicians dispersed throughout the resort every Wednesday through Sunday. Tremblant rocks the hills during the hotter months with the Molson Dry Rock Concert June 30, the International Blues Festival July 13-15 and the classical music of "Fête de la Musique" Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Take advantage of the strong exchange rate and get the feel of Europe-close to home.
DON'T MISS A day at Scandinave (819-425-5524; www.scandinave.com) provides the ultimate spa experience: 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.
BEST DEAL Five nights' lodging in a two-bedroom townhouse on the mountain for $140 per family, per day. Call 800-461-8711, or visit www.tremblant.ca.