6 years ago, my two friends and I went on a spring break trip to Mont Tremblant to snowboard for a week. there were a few things we learned really quick about this ski town located 2 hours outside Montreal: (1) ski town food is really expensive and (2) the Canadian drinking age is 18 or 19, so you have to be super careful (or reckless?) with who you talk to in the bars. this trip was a really fun trip, however it was really warm and it rained a bit – so the snowboarding wasn’t ideal, but still completely memorable.
Skip ahead to this season, and we are back in Tremblant. This time we decided to plan the trip ourselves and fly into Montreal to drive up to board. we arrived with a smartphone with addresses of places to eat we gathered from the past, starting with a pick from Andrew Zimmerman’s show. In true Montreal spirit, our first stop: Poutine at La Banquise
This place was regaled as the mecca for poutine, especially for the late night crowd. This place was no joke, their menu was packed with all kinds of poutine combinations to please any craving.
We settled on the Kamikaze, Trois Viandes, and the T-Rex. a glorious mountainous pile of fries, cheese curds, gravy, and tons of toppings.
Little did we know that this would only be the beginning of the poutine theme for the whole weekend. When we got to Tremblant, we were met with possibly the coldest conditions I’ve ever boarded in, something like -20 C as a low and in the single digits during the first two days.
From the top of the mountain, you could see for miles. Beautiful clear skies and trees completely covered in snow. You couldn’t ask for better conditions (save the temperatures).
The slopes are nice and super wide, and offer a wide variety of complexity for your most experienced boarders, and those just starting out. We stayed in the pedestrian village, which was really convenient to get to the slopes (about a 3 minute walk), however it was kind of uneventful for late night fun. There was untouched powder only in the trees, which ended up being an adventure all on its own. Since the last time we were there, a new casino popped up right on the south side of the slopes. dangerous? yes. fun? definitely.
I would absolutely love to go back to tremblant, it is one of the nicest resorts that give boarders and skiers a great experience with a european feel. I’m going to post more about Montreal later, that’s another story altogether!