For a “European ski vacation without the hassle of traveling to Europe,” say oui to Tremblant (No. 4 in Travel Ease). This candy-colored resort lures guests with a multi-faced mountain, ribboned with trails and seasoned with glades, rising above a lively pedestrian village with a welcoming disposition (No. 2 in both Family Friendly and Local Flavor).
It seduces them with French fare and Québécois flair (No. 4 in Charm), and keeps them returning with an extensive offering of weather-be-damned non skiing opportunities (No. 2 in Down Day Activities). “Nothing in the East touches the greatness of Tremblant.” Inviting shops, restaurants that earn the resort a No. 1 in Dining and offer everything from poutine to foie gras, and lodging (No. 1) varying from simple studios to posh hotels fill Tremblant’s Disneyesque base village. “The ski-in/ski-out options have spoiled our whole family to the point that this is the only place we ski outside of where we live.”
Even non-skiers have plentiful options, including a casino, as well as “cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, tubing, horseback riding, ice skating, night skiing, and spa activities.” Better still, this easy-to-access gem, located roughly two hours west of Montreal, keeps improving. True, it can be cold and windy—Hello! You’re in Canada— but the “vast variety in slopes and outstanding grooming” make it worth braving the elements. Tremblant achieves the ideal blend of “great cold-weather skiing wrapped with a warm and charming town setting,” and earns kudos for customer service and overall friendliness (No. 5 in Service).
Taken as a whole, Tremblant shines: “Scenery, challenge, facilities, and local color and charm are not the absolute best in the world by themselves, but the combination of all make Tremblant one of the best resorts in the world.” — Hilary Nangle
Tremblant's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 1st in the East
- WHAT'S NEW: What isn't? Snowmaking upgrades and two new grooming machines; phase two of renovations at Grand Manitou summit chalet are underway; food trucks offer new on-mountain eating options; renovations of Brind’O waterpark, formerly Aquaclub La Source, add four new slides; and last but not least, après-ski hotspot La Forge Bistro-Bar & Grill gets a facelift and much-appreciated expansion.
- FAMILY EXPERIENCE: Ride a rollercoaster, drive a race car, or immerse in other interactive experiences at Tremblant Virtual Reality.
- DOWN DAY ACTIVITY: Enjoy the interplay of hot and cold by alternating between the sauna, steam room, and outdoor hot baths with cold pools at Le Scandinave, a Nordic spa.
SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Tremblant, Quebec
Always at the top of East Coast skiers’ lists, Tremblant’s winning formula comes from excelling at the basics. It continuously receives rave reviews for lodging, dining, après, and nightlife options.
But what Tremblant is perhaps best known for is its charm and local flavor. The resort blends Old World European style with Disney-esque perfection to create a magical experience both on and off the mountain. The pedestrian village enchants guests with vibrant colors, outdoor fire pits, cobbled walkways and squares, and an open gondola linking one end to the other. The mountain rising above is etched with trails on four faces, and high-speed lifts provide express rides from the base to the top, which means skiing long runs and sustained pitches.
Savvy locals advise starting on the North Side, while tree skiers favor The Edge and Sunny Side. Sure, the lines can be long, especially on weekends, and weather can be bone-chillingly cold, but consider either an excuse to explore the village, try your luck at the casino, immerse in the waterpark, or indulge your inner Canadian and say mais oui to crêpes, poutine, a microbrew, or a beaver tail. - Hilary Nangle
A high-speed quad replaces the North Side’s Lowell Thomas triple; five new glades totaling 50 acres on the North Side and The Edge; and Le Grand Manitou and North Side lodge expansions.
Come for the...
- APRÈS Beer aficionados should hit Le Diable, a microbrewery that brews craft beers on site.
- CHARM Take a spin on the village ice rink to feel like you’re the star of a Norman Rockwell painting, French Canadian style.
- LOCAL FLAVOR Join a guided, three-mile, summit-to-base snowshoe tour through the woods, breaking en route at a cozy log cabin for a fondue feast.
- FAMILY ACTIVITY La Source, the huge waterpark. And don’t forget, Quebec school breaks are typically a couple weeks after American ones. Perfect.
- SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES Try your luck at the Casino de Mont Tremblant, in the heart Versant Soleil.
- DINNER PICK So hard to choose, but the hottest tables are at Mille Pâtes (Italian/pastas), Seb Lartisan Culinaire (Quebecois/new Canadian), and La Savoie (fondue/raclette).