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Mont Tremblant Resort Canada
Tremblant is Eastern Canada's best known resort and has been since 1938. The first resort to open in Canada and the second in North America, it is located in the picturesque scenery of the Laurentian Mountains, an easy drive from Montreal. The resort has been developed to a world class standard by new owners in the 1990s and has subsequently won the title of 'Best Resort in the East' in North American ski magazine reader surveys, taking the title from US resorts to the south. Since being purchased by Canadian ski and golf resort development company Intrawest in 1991 the resort has been virtually rebuilt from scratch and has benefited from a 10 year investment program totalling (almost) a breath taking 1 billion Canadian dollars (approx. 750 million US dollars). This has transformed the old 'Mont Tremblant' in to a 'Four Season Destination Resort' with a brilliantly well designed pedestrianised resort, successfully themed on traditional Quebec architectural style, including smoothly cobbled streets. Every part of the holiday experience has clearly been carefully considered and designed in to the new Tremblant so that, basically, everything you need is there, and more, and it's all a short walk from your accommodation whether in the resort or on to the lifts and up the mountain. Add to the design the unique atmosphere of this part of North America, where French Canadian "Joie de vivre" meets North American service and value standards, and the result is one of the world's best mountain resorts.
One of Canada's best known ski areas located in one of the world's oldest mountain ranges and within the world's densest network of night skiing, although it does not offer any itself. Over the past 20 years Tremblant has undergone massive and ongoing redevelopment thanks to huge investment by owners Intrawest, who also own Whistler in the west. Rated number one in Eastern North America by readers of Ski magazine every year for more than a decade.
To have the sun all day you should start on the North Side in the morning (which will also be quieter) then move to the South Side for the afternoon. The longest run on the mountain is the 6km (3.75 mile) Nansen which is great for beginners. Experts will enjoy Expo (moguls), Cossack and Dynamite, Eastern Canada's steepest run with a 42 degree pitch. 75% of the new Versant Soleil face will be designed for experienced skiers, the rest will be intermediate standard. Tremblant has sectioned parts of the ski area in to 'zones' including a 'mogul zone', 'blade zone', 'slow skiing zone' and 'glade zone'.
Shops and restaurants are largely child friendly and include budget/value restaurants and a toy shop. Children of all ages will love the wide range of on snow sports available and snow parks to enjoy them in (see 'Skiing' section), all accessed by fast, modern, comfortable and easy to use lifts. The day-care is of world-class standard and offers evening Après Ski for kids twice a week. Kidz Club instructors are all equipped with walkie-talkies, and parents may borrow pagers if they wish. The Mother Nature Camp caters for children 1 - 6 years, with packages varying from half-day to multi-day, seven days a week. The children's Snow School is also located at the Kidz Club and, again, various packages for skiing or 'boarding lessons are offered. On the slopes there is a Magic Carpet lift (uphill moving walkway) for young learners.
Tremblant is very snowboarder friendly with a range of features, rental options and snowboard school schemes. These include a guaranteed-learn-to-board after one lesson program, the snowboard week package which includes cocktail, picture and video, and 'group 3' where you 'board hard with a pro for 90 minutes intensive action. A number of boarding evenings are hosted here, including the Big Air Contest in February and the Molson Ex Pro Challenge in April.