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post #1 of 7
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Hey Guys,

Just wondered if anyone had been to Tremblant and had any tips.

I am flying out from London Saturday night with my Fiancee and best friend and wife we are staying in a self catering apartment for 11 nights.

So whats the runs like, the nightlife and the shopping! Seriously I need to get a Turkey for Christmas Day Dinner - do you think it will be possible.

Speak to you all soon and good sking!!


<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 24, 2001 06:36 AM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>
post #2 of 7
Stereotypical East Coast skiing - hard or icy. Mostly cruisers. A few decent pitches which are usually riddled with moguls. One "rock star" pitch called Dynamite (rarely open) consists of a ice waterfall set of stepdowns. A legitimate no-fall zone. The terrain park is pro-level. Perfectly suited for a foray into glade skiing.

Hint - North side in the morning, south in the afternoon.

Night life - start at La Diable, try some of the 11% brew, stagger over to Le P'tit Caribou and participate in the debauchery. Or just watch...

Tons of shops. Can't think of anything in particular. Very euro.
post #3 of 7
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by schford:
[QB]with my Fiancee and best friend and wife

Wow, I'm envious; you can have a wife, a best friend and a Fiancee?! Too much!!! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #4 of 7
Skied Tremblant last year. Resort management is excellent. Working at Stowe gives one a different perspective on slope grooming. I like very little grooming-Tremblant is like Cervinia or Cortina-everything is perfectly manicured, very few bump runs, very few suck-it-up skiing, other than the one already mentioned (Dynamite) which is never open according to locals!
For night life, skip Tremblant, go to Montreal, less than an hour away-great restaurants, outrageous night life (your fiancee can be the designated driver-the Canucks are tough on DWI).
A turkey-no problem-a fresh one might be a bit tougher to find. Overnight one from Vermont! [img]smile.gif[/img]
We have, in the East, been getting steady, if not abundant, snow for the last week, conditions should be good. Have fun [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply!!!!

Am looking forward to it - will le tyou know how I got on!

post #6 of 7
I skied 4 times in Tremblant this year (Nov 24, 25 and Dec 18-19) and you should know that conditions are not as good as in past years. They need snow badly, like everyone else in the East. However, don't despair, things are getting better rapidly and I am sure you will have a good time.

Saffron_boots is right, Tremblant is true East cost skiing, often on the hard and icy side. His hint (North side in the morning, south in the afternoon) has omitted the Versant Soleil (Sunny Side), which is exposed to the sun most of the day.

As for terrain, it is hard to make any comments, as there is a strong possibility that many runs will still be closed when you arrive. To summarize, the South Side has easier runs on the skier's right, which get more difficult towards the skier's left. Versant Soleil is a relatively new addition of 15 runs which are relatively narrow and funky, in the Eastern tradition (but not very difficult). North Side has more difficult runs in the middle and easier to the sides. Dynamite (and nearby expert runs such as Expo and Cossak) are north side runs that start at mid-mountain, but they are serviced by a detachable quad. Geant and Duncan are top-to-bottom north side cruisers for advanced-experts. Then there is the little used "Edge". The Edge is serviced by a slooooow quad and it gives access to several ungroomed runs and trees.

Apres-ski in Tremblant is better than most North American ski resorts. The village is nice (a mini Whistler if you wish) and the restaurants and shops are quite pleasant. The Quebecois culture is open and very liberal (I lived in Montreal for 18 years and my wife is a Quebecois), but language has been an issue in Quebec's history. Fortunately, Tremblant understands that value of tourism and since Intrawest took over, I never experienced anything but excellent service from everyone.

If there is any negative, it must be the crowds. Expect some crowds during the holidays, especially if all runs are not opened. This inevitable result of success is the reason why grooming at Tremblant is absolutely necessary. At times you will find that by mid-day easy runs are bumped and very icy from the heavy traffic of skidders and scrapers. Advanced runs last longer due to less traffic.

Anyway, I hope you have a great time and a great holiday season. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 7
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by schford:

I am flying out from London Saturday night with my Fiancee and best friend and wife ...

doesn't sound like you'll get much time for skiing, not that i blame you.... [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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