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I am thinking about planning a trip to Tremblant in March 2009. Does anyone have good or bad experiences at this resort?
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Mont Temblant

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Originally Posted by NSskier View Post
I am thinking about planning a trip to Tremblant in March 2009. Does anyone have good or bad experiences at this resort?
I think it is a neat place to ski...It is just badly overpriced.
I would suggest Mont St. Anne and Le Massif before Tremblant
And certainly do not go to Tremblant during Quebec school vacation..March 2-6 ( I think ) in 2009.
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There is discussion of Tremblant and other choices in this recent thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=75626
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jamesj is right, lots of Tremblant discussions. The Tremblant-insider is an excellent resource as well.

We have been twice in March during Ontario's spring school break and it was pretty crowded then as well.
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Thanks for the advice!1 I will look at the old thread and consult the Tremblant -insider as well.
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I am admittedly not a fan of Tremblant. Since Intrawest took over, it has become a pretentious waste of time. I like to refer to it as a resort with skiing, not a ski resort. Too crowded, too cold, too icy, too expensive. I think that there is better skiing to be had elsewhere as well. From home (Ottawa) I would rather go to the Eastern Townships (Sutton, Orford, Bromont) or over the border to Jay, Whiteface, or anyone of a host of New England areas.

From out east, I would recommend going to Ste Anne and/or Massif (both are do-able in the same trip) if you want to stay in Canada or some place like Sugarloaf. For that matter you could go to Marble Mountain!
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I grew up skiing the Loaf. Love the place. I already have a few trips planned their this season. Looking for other ideas. I have skied Marble and it is a good mountain but 4-5 days is too long a time to ski that mountain.
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Given that, I would head toward Quebec City and ski at MSA and/or Massif. The nice thing about doing that is that they are only 30 minutes apart and you can easily ski both areas in the same trip for variety.
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Originally Posted by NSskier View Post
I grew up skiing the Loaf. Love the place. I already have a few trips planned their this season. Looking for other ideas. I have skied Marble and it is a good mountain but 4-5 days is too long a time to ski that mountain.
Then definately got to Ste Anne and Le Massif over Tremblant. Ste Anne is somewhat similar to Sugarlaof with some steep . straight down the fall line runs. I haven't been to Le Massif yet but am going to try it in February.
post #11 of 21

Expensive

Mont Tremblant has a couple of problems, including, expense, imo a crappy intrawest village, and it can be extremely cold BUT.... It has some very nice skiing. Super fall line stuff, good vertical, and above average snowfall. I thought I should chime in because I was there last Sunday and 1/2 the mountain was open and in the last 24 hours it has snowed 35cm. I believe it is raining at Jay and in the Townships right now. Often people simply poo-poo Tremblant because of Intrawest but if you do it right and stay in the old village, eat traditional quebecois cuisine at many of the fine restaurants in the area, and get a little insider knowledge about where to avoid ice it can be fantastic. I am spoiled by day-skiing coming from Ottawa, but with the price of our dollar right now it is tough to beat. One of those don't knock it till you've tried it. Certainly Jay Peak after a big dump is incredible, but day in day out Tremblant has it beat.
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Here is my response from another thread...

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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
Yeah, maybe the attractions are there and so is the hype. Even the selection of terrains is decent. (BTW, I love the food) But, Mont Tremblant is extremely commercial and is very expensive. (and can be extremely cold as well) It's very crowded and is full of tourists with attitude and who have no concern for safety, even when it comes to children (speaking from experience). The ski school is less than par for what they charge. Other than the ethnic atmosphere (which is mostly man-made) and the food, IMHO it's way over rated. Although far smaller, Gray Rocks and Mont Blanc right next door are far more family-friendlier. They also offer far better and cheaper instructions.
post #13 of 21

Some questions...

Hello,

I've traveled with my parents to Tremblant last Dec. 2007 and loved the whole experience.

But, after read many similar point of view...I would like to ask you about some ones:

"...Mont Tremblant is extremely commercial and is very expensive.."

- Yes I do agree. But, every time I make a price comparative with other resorts (please, with the "almost" the same infrastructure and pistes) I've found very close numbers.

"...It's very crowded and is full of tourists with attitude and who have no concern for safety, even when it comes to children..."

- Hey! I totally disagree !! We are tourists and we're deeply concerned about safety, we follow the "mountain code" all the way. To be honest the locals' boarders frightens us all the time.

"...the food, IMHO it's way over rated..." I totally agree! Also can say it's junk!

Oh, yes Tremblant-insider is the best to get good information about the place. JB do a great job to keep us in tune!!!


Bye!
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I've been there three times. Each time the skiing was great. Aren't all ski areas overpriced (in our opinions)? When I go to a ski area I go for the skiing, anything else I can deal with.

"You don't grow too old to play, you grow old because you stop playing"
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Like I said before, Mont Tremblant has a lot of attraction and it has good terrains. However, they are many other ski areas that can offer the same or better with much less attitude and crowd, that also changes less.
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Originally Posted by chanwmr
"...It's very crowded and is full of tourists with attitude and who have no concern for safety, even when it comes to children..."
- Hey! I totally disagree !! We are tourists and we're deeply concerned about safety, we follow the "mountain code" all the way. To be honest the locals' boarders frightens us all the time.
Please read carefully before you counter argue. I said it is full of "tourists with attitude" not "tourists who typically have an attitude". Afterall, I myself was a tourist myself. And, you, being safety conscious, IS just one tourist. Try skiing other areas in the Northeast (other than those who are also known to just as hostile) and compare.
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I have to back up the statement of safety. I have never heard of another area that has the same rate of collisions, near misses and other unpleasant on-hill interactions. Too many "gonzos" who get there and think that they can run wild.

This isn't hearsay, I've had heard it time and again from those involved since I am within day-skiing distance and know many people first hand skiing there.
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Ok! Ok! I made a mistake!!!
Apologize!! I'm not fluent in English.

"...Please read carefully before you counter argue. I said it is full of "tourists with attitude" not "tourists who typically have an attitude". Afterall, I myself was a tourist myself..."

"...Try skiing other areas in the Northeast (other than those who are also known to just as hostile) and compare..."

What this sentence above means? The people on those other areas have worst or better behavior?

Please, look we have a very little experience out there.

Could say:

- We never experience problems, most of places;
- Even when they do it very fast;
- Some places lacks on organization and attitude and the
mountains are so crowd all the time;
- Tremblant well... many skiers and mainly boarders loves to pass you very fast and very close.
And they love to do it in greens ones.
post #19 of 21
I grew up close to Tremblant and have skied there quite a bit. Some ideas:
1) Park on the North side. Parking is free and you will be 50 yards maximum to the lift. No apres ski activities over that side of the hill though.
2)Pay attention to the board at the top of the mountain with info on lift line times. It is pretty accurate.
3) If you are going in March, you really shouldn't have to worry too much about the cold. Then again, everything is relative; -20C at tremblant is common in March, but much better than -40C.
4) Tremblant-Insider.com is probably the best place to get info without the marketing hype.
5) Avoid the place during president's week or quebec school holidays. Wayyyyy to many people.
6) Make sure to ski the whole mountain. It has many different areas, each with it's own character.
7) Go to Ste Anne & Le Massif over Tremblant if you can. Wayyyyyy better skiing experience IMHO.
post #20 of 21

Well, I've been to Tremblant the past summer, it was boring despite the beautiful scenery, and yes, extremely expensive. Food there costs much more than the most expensive restaurants in Florence Italy. Despite that, I have planned a trip there for skiing for the next summer and I will only go there to ski and to bring my own food into the hotel to avoid those restaurants. But the good thing about Tremblant is that it has lots of acres of skiing terrain, lots of difficult trails, that's about it for now.

post #21 of 21
I agree! Tremblant has expensive restaurants. My experience was, bad service and one of the worst hamburger I've eaten, by the price o a good steak elsewhere.
Since we were noticed about it purcahsed all at Montreal and had made our food at the hotel room kitchen. The only thing we bought at tremlant was wines at SAC. Good ones and affordable prices.

I already read several posts here and on other blogs and websites about that. And, cannot understand why they still doing the same.

But dispite these issues about prices we've loved tremblant and do make plans to go there again. The ski is, in my point of view very good.
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