At an early age, I remember always being wildly fascinated by the snow — and I took every chance I could to make a snowman, build forts, throw snowballs, and catch snowflakes. I think a large part was due to the fact that I couldn’t feel the cold. Now that I’m older, I can’t say that I’m still a big fan of winter other than the aesthetic aspects of it, like after a fresh snowfall when it turns the city and parks into a winter wonderland. However, there’s a part of my inner child that is still bewildered by the winter season.
So, when I was offered the opportunity to join my friend, Darlene, to go to Mont-Tremblant to learn how to ski, explore the village and do some winter activities, I immediately said yes! Although it would be my first time on the slopes, I’m always open to experiencing new things. We stayed at the Fairmont Tremblant, a true ski-in ski-out resort, located at the bottom of the mountain. They also have a great selection of food for their breakfast buffet — a huge plus to starting your day right if you plan on skiing or snowboarding for most of the day!
On our first full day there, we got up early to have breakfast and by 8 am we were at the rental place to gear up. Our ski lessons at Tremblant Snow School started at 9:30 am and the lessons last about 3 hours long. The instructors were great teachers and I was able to ski down the mountain (greens) during my second lesson! It was a great experience learning how to ski because I believe it reignited my love for winter — and that’s what kept me warm from the inside out. Skiing down the mountain was an incredible feeling, along with being able to see a true winter wonderland in all its serenity.
I also learned the term “après-ski” — meaning social activities or entertainment that are enjoyed after skiing. Our hotel had a hot tub, pool, and spa so it was easy to relax after a long day on the slopes. Scandinave Spa was the perfect outlet for some R&R, fully equipped with hot-cold pools, sauna, steam room, quiet room, sunroom, and massages available on site.
My favourite part, apart from learning how to ski, was the helicopter ride with Heli Tremblant. I was able to see an aerial view of the ski village, lake, and mountains! My love for winter wonderland was taken to another level — and I’m afraid my standards are way too high because now I can’t go to another ski resort without doing a helicopter ride!
It might be best to just show you my experience with my favourite photos and some postcard-worthy photos that I took towards the end of our magical trip:
- Fly into La Macaza – Mont Tremblant International Airport (YTM) (about 65 minutes from Toronto)
- Drive (it takes about 6-7 hours from Toronto)
- Coach and private transport from Montreal Airport (YUL)
- Find more information on here
- Skiing or snowboarding
- Helicopter rides
- Dog sledding
- Exploring the village
- Virtual Reality
- and more!
- La Diable Microbrewery
- La Pizzateria
- Le P’tit Caribou
- Cafe Johannsen
- Fluide Juice Bar
- La Maison de la Crêpe
- Le Grand Manitou
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