Most skiers and snowboarders visiting North America head to western Canada or the US which is a shame as there are great resorts on both sides of the continent. Have a read of this guide to Mont Tremblant skiing holidays in Quebec to find out why we feel it is the best east Canada ski resort.
Mont Tremblant is found in southern Quebec around and hour and a half northwest of Montreal and just under two hours northeast or Ottawa. Set within the Laurentian Mountains, it is a year-round resort, on the shores of Lake Tremblant.
It is just an hour from Montreal-Mirabel Airport or 90 minutes from Montréal-Trudeau Airport. This means Mont Tremblant is easy to reach from anywhere in north America, but also from Europe and the rest of the world with many trans-Atlantic flights into Montreal.
As Canadian ski resorts go, Mont Tremblant has more of a European feel than the rest. The resort is a picturesque pedestrianised village with cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings. French is the first language which adds to the Euro feel. You can stay in the resort and walk, or get free buses, to the ski lifts with everything you need close together.
The Laurentian Mountains top out at just 1166m which is where comparisons with Europe end. But while the mountains are low, Quebec receives snow at sea level throughout the winter. Plus there are 1,200 snowguns around Mont Tremblant providing one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in North America.
The ski runs reach up to 875m with a vertical drop of 645m. While this is not huge it is enough to give most people leg burn if you ski or snowboard from the top to bottom.
There are 102 pistes from beginner greens to double black diamonds for experts. It is worth noting that unlike Europe their no red runs in North America. Instead the ranking goes green (equivalent to European greens and blues), blue (equivalent to more difficult blues and easy reds), black (equivalent to difficult reds and easy blacks) double black diamond (equivalent to tough blacks and off-piste routes).
Around half the slopes are classified as black, but don’t let this put you off as most would be a red in Europe. There are a lot of nice long green slopes and good blues making this a great resort for beginners and intermediate cruisers. The ski area is split into north and south sides with a heated gondola and plenty of fast comfy chair lifts.
In total there are 305 hectares (755 acres) of terrain for skiers and snowboarders to explore. While this is small compared to resorts in western Canada it is the largest on the east side. It also has the 11th most ski runs of a resort in Canada and the most in the east which help make it the best east Canada ski resort.
The ski schools are renowned for being very good teach in both English and French. It is a very good resort for families with plenty of events and other activities to keep children amused. Plus there is a good creche in case your kids are too young to hit the slopes.
Good pistes are all very nice but this guide to Mont Tremblant skiing in Quebec would not be complete without discussing freestyle and freeride. The resort receives between three and six metres of snow per year, so while only half of its west coast cousins it is about the same as Europe.
However, all of the slopes are below the treeline meaning the off-piste is in the woods. But there are more than 40 dedicated glade areas mostly are on the north side. But apart from riding the trees, which can be great fun, there is not any challenging off-piste to explore, so this is not really a great resort for freeriders.
However, freestylers will enjoy the three Tremblant snow parks with more than 60 features catering for all levels. You’ll find kickers, rails, boxes, boardercross and more all with lovely views of the lake. The parks are split by ability level, and while the advanced park is a step down from the pro lines in Whistler it still offers plenty of challenges.
But Mont Tremblant is not just the best east Canada ski resort for it’s slopes, the actual village offers plenty to get excited about. So this guide to Mont Tremblant skiing in Quebec would not be complete without discussing all that it offers. As a year round resort Mont Tremblant has great facilities and everything you need for skiing holidays.
Mont Tremblant nightlife is well known in Quebec and can get pretty lively. There are a diverse collection of pubs, sports bars, country dance halls, a few night clubs and even a casino. There are hand crafted beers from La Diable Microbrewery, high quality cocktails and even cigar lounges.
Opened in 2009, Casino de Mont-Tremblant is one of just four casinos in Quebec and the only ski resort casino in Canada. With all the usual tables and games it is the most recommended blackjack site in Canada if you also wish to ski or snowboard. Currently there are some restrictions due to Covid 19, but you can always play blackjack online at the casino sites recommended here if you prefer.
Depending on the season there are more than 30 places you can eat in Mont Tremblant. Ranging from snack bars and take away to cafes and pub grub to posh restaurants and fine dining they cater for every taste and budget.
Mont Tremblant has a whopping 1900 different places to stay. In this guide to Mont Tremblant skiing in Quebec we do not have time to cover them all. But with everything from one star to four star lodging plus options including hotel rooms, apartments, whole homes and condos there is something for everyone.
Obviously skiing and snowboarding are the main activities for most winter visitors. But part of what makes Mont Tremblant the best east Canada ski resort is the range of other things you can do.
You can have a go at snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ski touring. Or try dogsledding, fat-biking, 4×4 tours, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, tubing and even paintball in the snow and indoor laser-tag. There is plenty to choose from for families or adrenaline junkies.
Added to this there are a number of spas for those that like their post skiing activities to be a bit more relaxing. Plus a whole host of shops, many boutique in style, that those you’ll love if you enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
Easy to reach, an attractive village, good skiing with plenty of options for all levels and plenty to do off the slopes is what makes Mont Tremblant the best east Canada ski resort. From Europe the east of Canada it much quicker, and cheaper, to reach than western Canada, which makes Mont Tremblant a great ski holiday destination.
We hope you found this guide to Mont Tremblant skiing in Quebec useful. If you fancy a Canadian winter holiday be sure to check out our Canada skiing holidays. Images ©Tremblant.