In just over an hour, passengers can get from Toronto City Airport to the base of Mont Tremblant, famous for its world-class skiing and a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It is consistently ranked as Eastern North America’s number one ski resort. The highest peak in the Laurentians has something for all ski and snowboarding enthusiasts!
Besides skiing and snowboarding, winter in Tremblant offers a multitude of invigorating activities such as dog sledding, ice climbing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and much more. Or, pamper yourself at the slope-side spa, Lakeside Spa,with an In-Room Massages or in the Scandinavian baths.
Tremblant receives on average 380 cm (12.47 feet) of snow each year and has the most powerful snowmaking system in Eastern Canada. Its 95 trails and three snow parks offer spectacular views and thrilling runs. While this might be music to outdoor enthusiasts’ ears, there’s no need to be an expert to take part: you can rent equipment on site and/or take lessons with one of the ski school’s 450 instructors.
Guests lodging on site can benefit from exceptional free perks like access to the freshly groomed snow starting at 7:45 a.m. before the general opening at 8:30 a.m., free tubing every day from 6 to 9 p.m. at the bottom of the mountain, and free skate rental with access to the ice rink beside the Chapel every day until 9 p.m.
Finally, the pedestrian village at the base of the mountain guarantees a memorable après-ski experience! The village has everything that you need with approximately 35 boutiques and as many restaurants that are sure to seduce the most discerning palate. The young at heart will thrill to Tremblant’s legendary nightlife, dancing until the wee hours in one of the numerous bistros.
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Flights to Mont Tremblant are seasonal, typically beginning in December until early April, and through summer.
With their pristine slopes, bijou boutiques, hearty bistros and pamper parlours, the Laurentians are a magnet for thrill-seekers, urban escapists and spa junkies alike.
There is a romantic joie de vivre about flying upcountry to rural Québec during the winter months. You can leave the concrete urban maze of the city for the white alpine vistas, chalets, ski slopes, spas and some après-ski time with that special someone beside a roaring fire. Just over an hour’s flight with Porter from Toronto, Québec’s stunning alpine region, the Laurentians, is the perfect winter getaway. For an amorous and adventurous weekend flavoured with French-Canadian Nordic chic, don your fur-trimmed overcoat and snow boots and head to the mountains to practice your French.
Named after the chain of mountains that runs along this northern ledge of the Canadian Shield, the Laurentians are over 20,000 square kilometres of rugged, stunning and largely forested terrain, dotted with resorts, small towns and a selection of charming villages. Long regarded as the finest ski location in eastern North America, it has been the adventure playground for Montréalers for decades, as well as for US outdoor enthusiasts from neighbouring Maine, New York and Vermont. International visitors from as far away as Asia and Australia arrive clad in fleece and duck down at La Macaza International Airport; a large, log-framed chalet construction with wood fires that quickly get any winter skeptic in the mood. From there it’s a short 15-minute drive to Mont Tremblant, comprising two mountains and three villages, each with a unique appeal.
The Resort Village sits on the banks of Lac Tremblant Nord, and, from a distance, the dense collection of Québécois-style rooftops and the backdrop of white mountains gives the complex the appearance of an alpine kingdom. Up close, the pedestrian village at the base of the slopes houses hotel chains, condos and an abundance of boutiques, bars and eateries, supplying visitors with everything they could desire and plenty of what they don’t need but jolly well fancy. Imagine a miniature candied Switzerland offering play, pleasure and pampering. Simply step out of your bindings and head into the nearest restaurant or bistro. For the heartier appetite, the bar and grill menus advertise “bigger, thicker and steakier” offerings, while chocolate shops, crêperies, pizza and poutine shacks abound for between-meal grazing. One need only shuffle back to one’s hotel for a muchneeded spa treatment, or perhaps visit the Aquaclub La Source in the centre of the pedestrian village, where you can swap your ski suit for your bathing suit to enjoy a steaming outdoor whirlpool.
For log-cabin-style grandeur and convenience the Fairmont Hotel couldn’t be closer to the slopes. Tastefully decorated rooms are furnished with four-poster beds and Hudson Bay blankets, while customers on the Fairmont Gold floor get a private concierge and no doubt plenty of chocolates on the pillow before bedtime. Together with the restaurant, lounge, cafébistro, spa and health club, an argument could be made for not ever leaving the Fairmont at all.
For true powderhounds, the resort’s slopes offer some serious gradient, rising to an elevation of 875 metres with 654 acres of skiable terrain, maintained by more than 1,000 snow canons and 14 express ski lifts able to handle 27,000 skiers per hour. If that’s not quite the scene for you, then simply rent a car and in no time you’ll discover the quieter side of Laurentian slopes and an abundance of local culture. A short distance away is Mont Tremblant village, located alongside Lake Mercier. Picturesque and popular with wealthy powder-loving baby boomers and well-to-do outdoor lifestylers, the winding road through the village is lined with B&Bs, inns, smart boutiques, galleries and fine restaurants. The retail store that started this transformation, over 30 years ago, is Boutique Daniel Lachance. It has a reputation for being one of the premier winter outfitters in North America, stocking the finest ski equipment, gizmos and clothing brands that money can buy. Customers can have their skis tuned while they wait,and in the boot department they have equipment that stretches boots and custom fits inserts with heating devices to ensure comfort and warmth. Employees are all ski experts and impart their sporting passions to customers along with advice on the area’s local attractions and must-see events, one of which is surprisingly the Circuit Mont Tremblant, a Formula 1 racetrack very close to the shop. If you’re up for it, come back anytime from April to October and sign up at the Jim Russell Racing School. Jim Russell will help you test your mettle on a course that has been driven by the likes of Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher and Jack Villeneuve.
Should you thrive on the more indulgent gastronomic things in life, however, the great Laurentian food trail extends south to Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, a popular and well-to-do village much loved by weekend Montréalers. This picturesque village bustling with bistros, bars and boutiques also boasts excellent ski slopes and is the ultimate destination for night skiing. The main action happens along Principale Street, where restaurants in all manner of flavours can be found, from Montréal smoked meat to British fish and chips. There seems to be something for everyone here, but highlights include La Bohème’s warm intimate atmosphereand French-inspired fare made with local ingredients, as well as 40˚ Northh Steakhouse and Bar, a sophisticated carnivore’s pleasure palace where meat is air-dried for three to four weeks to achieve ultimate flavour and tenderness.
Back on the Principale strip, the selection of stores ranges from high-end kitchen shops, stationers and boutiques to others that stock cheap crystal unicorns and novelty hats. For quiet winter reflection, a coffee and a cake fix is ideal at master baristas Brûlerie des Monts, who stock a wide range of house-roasted beans, including Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee that goes for $10 an espresso. The selection of cakes – chocolate marble cheesecake, suprême de noisettes – are so good they could be eaten for afternoon tea and perhaps again on the sly for breakfast. After all, at this time of year winter outdoor experts regularly recommend consuming more calories, and one should never argue with the experts.
Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts is B&B country, that genre of accommodation wherein many distinctive surprises await. Le Petit Clocher is a five-star B&B that overlooks the village and is happily free of potpourri. A former monastery, it now has seven rooms each decorated with regency-style wallpaper and poufy pillows, while the main floor has a piano and constant roaring fire plus an abundance of antiques and collectibles. The Chapel Room is especially pleasurable, with a four-poster bed that requires a running leap to mount and a bathroom, once the monastery’s confessional, now fully outfitted to cleanse the body and likely the spirit too. An ideal overnight stay and a fitting end to a weekend’s adventure in the Laurentians; the perfect year-round alpine pleasure garden for bon viveurs and thrill-seekers alike.
Get inbound then outward bound with Mont Tremblant’s new and unique Snowmobile Experience.
Take a Porter flight to Mont Tremblant, swap your flying suit for a snowsuit and be instantly whisked off to the peaks, falls and other attractions
of the Upper Laurentians directly from the terminal building. One call secures your airfare, snowmobile, clothing and hotel for one, two or three-night adventures, and prices start at $699.
150 Roger Hébert, (877) 425-7919
In our dictionary, quintessence is defined as “an extract of a substance containing its principle in its most concentrated form,” and that crème de la crème philosophy could equally apply to the award-winning cuisine prepared by chef Jean-
François Lalandec at this resort hotel and spa, the peerless views of the giant Christmas tree from the dining room windows or the 5,000 wines available to sample in a tasting room within a secluded turret in the establishment’s copious cellar.
3004 chemin de la Chapelle, (866) 425-3400
Mont-Tremblant International Airport (YTM) is 35 km/22 miles from the resort, where you can register for your ﬂight and arrive at the airport up to 30 minutes prior to boarding.
Location of Porter check-in desk: departures.
Car service approximately CAN $90.
Shuttle between airport and resort, for reservations and info, please use the following link
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