A Tale of Two Seasons: When to Get Active in Mont Tremblant

A Tale of Two Seasons: When to Get Active in Mont Tremblant

Summer sun or winter wonderland… we’ll let you decide

Mont Tremblant: It’s Quebec’s mountain gem. In the northeast, we know it as a ski heaven on par with Jay Peak and Smugglers’ Notch. But what many don’t know is it’s not just a ski town; it’s also a place where, in summer, you should bring your golf clubs, your mountain bike, and a good pair of walking shoes. So which is the best season to visit for the active traveler? Read on and find out.

Why You Should Go To Mont Tremblant in Summer

Mont Tremblant might be better known for its winter activities than its summer activities, but we’re not convinced that it should be. Golfers and cyclists will tend to agree that May-August is a wonderful time to be there, and the town’s old-world charm probably shines brighter then too. If your annual Tremblant trip always take place during ski season, we certainly don’t blame you – but we think it’s time you check it out when the weather’s warm. We commissioned two of our travel experts to try it out.

Summer Activities in Mont Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant Golf CourseGolf. Golf-lovers will be thankful they chose to visit Mont Tremblant in summer, when it becomes a true haven for those that can’t stay off the links. With two stunning tracks built right into the mountains, and several other courses within short driving distance, you’ll want to pack enough golf shirts for the week on this trip. Tremblant’s flagship clubs are Le Diable and Le Géant. The former is a challenge, featuring long, narrow fairways and massive bunkers that will be hard to miss. The latter is slightly easier and offers the finest mountain views of the Laurentians, making it difficult at times to stay focused on the game. If you are willing to venture a little further, Manitou, La Bete, Gray Rocks, and Le Maître are also good options.

Mountain Biking in Mont TremblantBiking. We all know Tremblant is a mountain, and while of course you can take advantage of that in winter on the ski slopes, the summer offers some of best cycling trails in the country. There are 20 road cycling trails ranging from 12-78 miles that accommodate all skill levels, and 31 miles of natural-setting mountain cycling to get the full Mont Tremblant experience. If you can’t bring a bicycle with you, not to worry – several local shops rent road bikes and mountain bikes.

The Village. At the base of the mountain, you’ll find a vibrant pedestrian village that always feels like it’s celebrating something. Walking around the cobblestone streets through the bright, colorful buildings, you’ll almost feel like you’re in Europe. Mont-Tremblant Village in SummerThe are plenty of recognizable shops like Oakley, Roots, and DAVIDsTEA, while you’ll also want to visit some local originals. The Galerie d’Art Pion might have that one-of-a-kind piece you’ve been looking for, while Tremblant & Co specializes in souvenirs for friends and coworkers back home.

The Luxury Retreats Take. “If you want to relax and genuinely do nothing, you can do that. And if you want to do the family thing, you can do that. If you want to do the more active stuff, you can do that as well. There are so many options to explore.”
-Kevin Wilson Senior Manager, Product

Where to Stay

Grand Foret Villa in Mont-TremblantAt Grand Foret Villa, you can comfortably welcome up to 14 guests. The luxurious five-bedroom home is buried deep in the woods west of the mountains, so you feel like you and your party are on your own. Take advantage of the region’s warm summer sun by spending time in the sprawling yard where the kids can run and play all day. A tree house and swing set will keep them occupied while the adults watch from the balcony. In the evening, the property offers al fresco dining and a convenient barbecue to grill up your favorite meats for the night’s feast. After dark, gather ’round the fire pit with a bag of marshmallows and roast, roast, roast the night away. The chalet’s interior is ski-lodge-cozy and features Wi-Fi, a sound system, and a television in almost every room, though you’ll likely be spending most of your time in the great outdoors. With two master bedrooms on the main floor, two additional rooms on the lower level each with a Queen bed and shared bathroom, and a fifth room with two Captain’s bunk beds perfect to make every night a best-friends’ sleepover, Grand Foret Villa is perfect for a multi-family vacation that the kids will enjoy as much as the adults. From your villa, it’s just an 8-mile drive to the bustling Mont Tremblant Village.

The Luxury Retreats Take: “I’ve been going to Tremblant with my girlfriend, who’s now my wife, for the better part of 15 years. Grand Foret Villa is an impressive chalet, even for a seasoned visitor.”
-Kevin Wilson Senior Manager, Product
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Why You Should Go To Mont Tremblant in Winter

As we’ve mentioned already, Mont Tremblant is one of North America’s premier ski destinations. Situated in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains just 90 minutes northwest of Montreal, Tremblant enjoys the best of Canada’s snowy winter making it a popular site for a ski vacation among not only Canadians, but Americans too. Everything here in winter revolves around snow in one of two varieties: downhill or cross-country. Here’s how to conquer both.

Winter Activities in Mont Tremblant

Alpine Skiing. Alpine Skiing at Mont-TremblantSince the first chairlift climbed the mountain in 1939, Mont Tremblant has established itself as one of Eastern North America’s best ski hills. Sitting at 2,871 feet high, it boasts a breathtaking view of Quebec’s Laurentian mountains. With an average of 156 inches of snow per year, each of its 96 trails offers impeccable ski and snowboard conditions. There are also about 17 miles worth of marked alpine touring trails, where you can turn around, strap on your climbing skis, and go up the hill. Other thrilling ways to ride down the hill include tobogganing and tubing.

Nordic Skiing. Some of us prefer the safety of flat ground, and there are several fun options here too. Mont Tremblant’s cross-country ski network has 80 miles of groomed snow trails. Nordic Skiing in Mont-Tremblant(Here’s a map.) The trails range from easy to difficult, and when you’re ready for a break, shelters or heated huts can be found throughout the terrain. If skiing’s not your thing, there are more than 83 miles of snowshoeing trails and more than 3 miles of trail for a winter hike, along which you’ll likely spot deer and chickadees, whom you can feed sunflower seeds. If you want to try something new, jump on a Fatbike, the trendy new activity which brings mountain biking to the wintertime. Let yourself fall over at least once – the snow will cushion your landing!

The Village. The village is great for a stroll during the winter months too, and because of the town’s ski pedigree bringing larger crowds, it’s even more bustling then. The village features a few local delicacies you shouldn’t leave without trying. Mont-Tremblant Village in WinterOne of our favorites is Queues de Castor, where you’ll taste-test Beaver Tails, a delicious Canadian fried pastry with your choice of toppings. Finally, Cabane à Sucre, or Sugar Shack, is a Québecois tradition serving maple products, maple taffy on snow, and soft ice cream with maple butter. While these places are open year-round, it just seems so much more Canadian to visit in the winter!

The Luxury Retreats Take. “It was just constant snowstorm after snowstorm when we were there so the conditions were amazing – pure powder. We played outside all the time. Like every time [the kids] were awake we were basically making forts and tobogganing.”
-Natalie Ostapovitch Lead, User Experience & Design

Where to Stay

Fireplace at Panache 764 VillaPanache 764 might be Mont Tremblant’s perfect winter vacation home. Sleeping up to 12 guests, it is designed for a family or multiple families to come together for their annual trip. Make sure to bring your skis because Panache has slopeside access to Tremblant’s vaunted ski hills. From your villa’s spa area, you can ski out directly onto Nansen, Tremblant’s longest trail. After a long day on your feet (hopefully!) you’ll be happy to ski in and settle at your cozy villa. Once you’ve unloaded your gear in your ski storage room, the property’s heated floors will be a relief for your tired feet. Then you can gather round the living room fireplace or sink into the private outdoor hot tub to get that body temperature back on the rise. After the kids have slumbered off to bed, adults can invade the wine cooler, pour themselves a glass, and head down to the basement to find a second fireplace. Ping pong and billiards can offer some friendly competition, and the villa’s layout allows for basement noise without disrupting the upstairs bedrooms. From Panache, you’re a short drive from Tremblant Village, which you can get to via complimentary shuttle service.

The Luxury Retreats Take. “The layout was pretty perfect for our group because of the central living space. It’s also ski-in-ski-out, so you have access to the hill right from the back.”
-Natalie Ostapovitch Lead, User Experience & Design
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Verdict: You didn’t think we’d really make you choose, did you? We love Mont Tremblant regardless of season, from its hot, energetic summers to its snowy, adrenaline-packed winters. Take our word for it and book that trip without worrying so much about the date on the calendar! You’re going to love it!

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