By Rachel K.
Over President’s Week, my family and I went to Mont Tremblant, about two hours north of Montreal. I stayed in a very nice ski-on-ski-off condo on the mountain. It was off of a blue trail. We had a beautiful view of the mountain, the pedestrian village at the base, and Lake Tremblant. (Which was right next to the base).
I enjoyed every part of my trip but my favorite part of the trip was definitely the pedestrian village at the base of the mountain. There were so many shops and restaurants. It was a great way to feel the culture of the place!
Unfortunately, my least favorite part of the trip was the ski conditions, which were affected by the warm weather and a bit of rain. I thought that most of the trails on the mountain were either too icy or too lumpy and not groomed. Maybe it’s just my being used to ski resorts where the trails are groomed every night, but it’s harder to ski if you don’t enjoy the ski conditions.
At the base of the mountain, there is a gondola that takes you from the bottom of the mountain to the top. It was a very comfortable place to rest my tired feet and it had a spectacular view. The line to get on the gondola was usually very long but it moved very fast and when we got high enough on the mountain to take in the view, it was well worth it. I loved the gondola!
Another fun activity was a nice massage after a long day of skiing. At the end of the week, I also had a massage at the Fairmont Amerispa, which was great!
Two restaurants we went to, I did not enjoy. They were both in the pedestrian village, Fat Mardi’s and Bullseye. The food wasn’t very good at either restaurant. But, I loved Laurent Louis, in the pedestrian village. I had the steak and these really thin fries, and chocolate mousse for dessert. It was not as crowded as some of the other restaurants in the village during the holiday week, and the service was really nice. I also loved La Maison de la crepe, where I had an insane Nutella crepe.
For the short weekend, my family and I stayed at L’Equinoxe, in a condo up the mountain a bit from the pedestrian village. It had spacious rooms, a full kitchen, a big whirlpool bath, and an outdoor hot tub in a common area. It was my family’s first time in Canada, so it was interesting to see the country. Mont Tremblant is in a French-speaking part of the country, so I needed to learn a few basic phrases in French. Overall, thumbs up for Mont Tremblant!