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Montreal area at X-mas??

post #1 of 10
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Looking to take my family north from NJ during the week after Christmas. Never have been as far north a Canada to ski, is this a better bet than, say, mid to Northern Vermont?? Any suggestions welcome, would like to book now rather than wait to see conditions and fight for last minute rooms during this holiday period.
post #2 of 10
I've been to Tremblant a few times, but always in March.

I hear it can be pretty cold up there. They tend to get less snow than VT, but they make a lot and keep what they make. The village and the skiing (a lot of blues and groomed/easier blacks along with plenty of long novice runs and some challenge thrown in here and there) make it a really good place to bring a family. Kids love Le Source, which is an indoor pool club in the village.

I have no idea what the crowds will be like during the holidays.

Tremblant is a good 90 minute drive past Montreal.
post #3 of 10
We live in Sussex County and took the kids to Tremblant a couple of Decembers ago and it was a REALLY long drive. Although we liked the mountain village and the skiing I probably would not do that drive again. Having to cross a border could make a long drive even longer plus there was lots of traffic by Montreal.

If you are worried about snow conditions try in VT (Okemo, Killington/Pico, Sugarbush, Stowe) or NY (Gore). All of these are substantially closer to drive to than Tremblant. They are also further north than the Southern VT mountains and the Catskills. You should be fine with any of the above choices. We hit Gore over President's day weekend 2007 and had a great time. Stayed in Lake George and it was very nice.

Less time in car = better vacation!
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Looking to take my family north from NJ during the week after Christmas. Never have been as far north a Canada to ski, is this a better bet than, say, mid to Northern Vermont?? Any suggestions welcome, would like to book now rather than wait to see conditions and fight for last minute rooms during this holiday period.
Many skiers who live in Montreal drive across the border to Jay Peak to ski. Some do it every day. That said, Montreal will have MUCH more to offer a family looking for a holiday trip. If all you want to do is ski, stay in VT at Jay and maybe make a day trip into Canada just to see it. (about 8 mi. from the border as the crow flies...) If you want more of a vacation with a little skiing thrown in stay in Montreal. If you want a bigger "Destination Resort" type place, Tremblant may be a good option. I have never skied there, so can't really speak to that.
post #5 of 10
I think the OP is looking further north to guarantee good conditions. IMHO the mountains mentioned above in NY/VT will have similar conditions to Tremblant in half the drive.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. The long drive is a partial factor, ski conditions and non ski incidentals are more a factor than the drive. We've skied the Southern Vermont mountains and with as much time at Christmas (figuring 5 nights out) distance to the mountain/resort was less of a factor. Tremblant seems like a nice diversion but anything north of Stratton would be new to us. Thanks for the input!!
post #7 of 10
we did a trip to tremblant 2seasons ago for xmas and it some of the worst skiing ever exp-ed. the shear coldness of the whole thing turned the entire slope into a ice skating rink. not to mention that the snow that season wasn't enough to get all the trails open.
montreal city itself was a nice detour from the trip overall. lot of titty bars and cheap food.
in retrospect i'd stick to VT for skiing and spend a week in montreal for the titty bar action
post #8 of 10
I would definitely stay away from Tremblant over the Holidays. I grew up near there and it can get unbelievably cold at the top of that Mountain when the wind blows. I am talking -50, no kidding! Not fun for little kids. Plus, toss in really icy conditions and it is a real gamble planning a vacation up there. The village is great, but the skiing can be a crapshoot.

You did not mention the age of your kids, but Smuggler's has the family thing nailed down. Tons of great skiing for all abilities, good village for family fun, and nowhere near as cold as Tremblant. May be worth checking out.
post #9 of 10
Hi, Montrealer here...

Do as they say and ski in Jay Peak. That's what I do. Tremblant is over-rated, over-priced and worst of all, they send out their army of Snow Cats the minute that a new snowflake hits the ground.

Mind, you that's just my opinion as a hater of lineups and groomers.

On the other hand, it could be a nice place to spend your vacation with the family since everything is in the same area: Over-priced gift shops, mediocre restaurants, lame discos. If that's the kind of stuff you like, then go for it!

My advise would be to take a few days in Montreal for some shopping (be sure not to miss Simon's on Ste-Catherine st.) and sightseeing, then go for a few days to Jay Peak or better yet Head down to Sugarbush, VT or Killington.

Oh, one last suggestion. There's always Mt Sutton (about 1.5 hrs from montreal) which offers some great tree skiing. Lift lines can be brutal, though.

Enjoy!
post #10 of 10
If you want a big, but crowded and expensive place to go, I would suggest Mont Tremblant, If you want variety I would suggest going to the Eastern Townships 1 hour south of Montreal and about 1 hour north of Vermont. There are 4 good resorts all within 1/2-1 hour away from each other. Mont Orford is my favorite with an 1800' vertical, Bromont is the same with more varied terrain and night skiing. Ow's Head is slightly smaller and Sutton is mostly glade skiing. I believe you can get a ticket that will allow you to ski 3 or 4 of them. Best of all in my opinion, is they have great skiing with fewer crowds, quaint villages and a better bang for you buck. Here are some URL's for you to check out.

http://www.skibromont.com/en/

http://www.orford.com/conditions_met...edf280e98c3984

http://www.ohd.ca/page.asp?intNodeID=37794
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