As a relatively new ski family we’re always looking to visit new mountains. With growing kids and living in the Northeast, we are lucky to have many options but visiting CANADA has been on my mind for quite some time. We’ve only heard great things and this was the year to find out for ourselves!
We’ve now been skiing for several seasons, and I’ll admit, I can slowing relax with the kids becoming more confident with their skills. We’ve visited many different resorts in the U.S., but Mont-Tremblant has been on my bucket list for awhile. I’ve always heard how wonderful this year-around Canadian Resort is, and we now have some memories of our own!
Just a short 40 minute flight from Newark airport, we couldn’t believe how convenient it was. After landing in Montreal, we rented a car and drove approximately 1hr and 45 minutes to the resort. Just for reference, for anyone living in the Tri-State area, you could also make to the resort in about 7 hours depending on your appetite for driving.
We were greeted by the most picturesque and quintessential ski village, and I could instantly tell this was going to be a ski trip we would all remember! There are many different lodging options on site with shopping and restaurants everywhere you turn. There was a casual and approachable feel with plenty of selections that could suit any mood.
Mont-Tremblant is a destination that can give you as much as you need. The mountain runs from 8:30 to 3:30 and when you’re not enjoying the beautiful trails, the village itself was our favorite part of the trip. Our three kids ages 15, 10 and 8, spent their time trying new foods, throwing snowballs, and relaxing by the fire at the end of a long day.
I’m sure many people have been on ski trips where you’re hauling your ski gear all over (+ your kids) , waiting for a bus, walking, or all of the above! The gondola system at Mont-Tremblant is a game changer and made getting to the base of the mountain so easy. It continuously runs from 8:30-3:30 and zips you up in no time. We were surprised how fast it actually went and made things so easy to move around. The kids felt independent and of course us parents were as happy as could be without hearing complaints.
One thing I was concerned about was the temperature. We were told by many people to be prepared for much colder weather than we were used to in the Northeast. I listened, and prepped as best I could. Make not mistake it was definitely COLD, but nothing we couldn’t handle with extra layers, handwarmers, and a few extra breaks in the day. The mountain is magnificent and I’m so lucky we were able to experience it on a beautiful day.
We didn’t spend all of our time on the mountain with so much to do around the resort. There is a new indoor water area that was so much fun and the kids played here for hours. With multiple slides, interactive water toys, and a hot tub, the kids had a great time!
With the mountain closing on the early side, there’s plenty of time for apres-ski. There are so many chic restaurants with fabulous menus and some even have outdoor dining with cozy heat lamps. Come as you are in your ski boots and relax after a busy day. We found the restaurants to have plenty of options for adults and kids and loved the French influence of the resort.
One day we were feeling extra adventurous and traveled a short 10 minutes outside of the resort to the most epic snow tubing trails we’ve ever seen! The best part is no walking back up the mountain! A pulley system allows you to stay in your tube. The kids stayed much longer than I anticipated in the cold temps and had an absolute blast! Don’t miss this if you are at Tremblant!
As with any family travel, the unknowns are always the hardest to prepare for and in my opinion also the best things to look forward to. We loved Mont-Tremblant so much and have been spreading the word how amazing this resort is. Thank you for having us Canada and we look forward to visiting again one day! For more information be sure to VISIT HERE