Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 - Mont Tremblant

Our first time hitting the slopes this season and it will be at Mont Tremblant!  We took Friday off and made it a long weekend (driving Friday, ski/snowboard on Saturday, returning on Sunday).  This is my first time here and I was excited to try a new mountain but was less excited about the drive there (from Toronto, it is roughly a 6 hour drive).  This time, Mike arranged a large group of us to go (there were 10 people in total) and it was quite fun.

Most of the group at the top of Mt. Tremblant
Having never been to Tremblant before, I didn't know what to expect.  When looking at the numbers, the local mountain, Blue Mountain, has a vertical of 732 ft.  We went to Sugar Bush earlier this year at Mt Ellen and it has a vertical of 2,552 ft.  Mt. Tremblant by comparison is 2,031 ft.  Honestly, after going here, I don't know if I feel that the 500 ft difference is a big one since you will be tired either way from the long runs.  I did greatly enjoy the fact that Mt. Tremblant had gondolas for going up the mountain instead of chair lifts.  This meant that you wouldn't freeze yourself in mid-air when the lifts were stopped.  A big plus and I'm not sure I can go back to chair lifts anymore.

Jang trying to catch a ball.
Christina booked a place through AirBnB and it cost us $600 CAD for two nights with enough beds for 8 people but more than enough space for more (we had 2 extra, one slept on the couch, one on an air mattress, all of which was supplied).  The place had a well stocked kitchen, 3 rooms, 3 washrooms and was just outside the mountain.

Roughly 1/3 up the mountain looking at the village.
The drive wasn't as bad as I imagined, although do make sure to turn off 'Ferries' on your GPS because it took us on a route that required us to get a on ferry which caused to us to lose about 40 minutes.  Get gas before the 323 because gas was cheaper before 323.

Us at the top of Mt. Tremblant.
The view from the top was really nice.  As we got to the top, with clouds surrounding us, it was beautiful.  Unfortunately, since it was early in the season, not all the runs were open and so we ended up doing very similar runs multiple times through the day.  I think we got about 6 runs in.  They don't do night skiing/snowboarding, and the last lift up was at 3:30pm (December 13).

The village area is nicely lit although there honestly isn't much there from what I saw.  There were a lot of shops that are catered to outdoors people who probably needed a new jacket or clothes but they weren't places that I imagine people who stopped there would be shopping for.  We didn't see much in terms of food, and unfortunately the crepe place that we went there for was closed for renovations.

The village area at night.
For food, we bought everything at Costco, made pasta / salad for dinner twice and we had Allison's Portugese Chicken which I think is really good, although when I added more rice, there wasn't enough sauce, so, less rice next time!

On the way back to Toronto, we stopped at Pressed for lunch, a sandwich shop that was featured on 'You Gotta Eat Here'.  It is a quick sandwich shop that has some pretty good and quick sandwiches.  Also serves waffles as well.

Us at Pressed.
Overall, it was a great time and I would go back.

Costs were accommodations, $60/person for 2 nights, $10/person for Costco food, $33/person for gas, $47 for lift tickets (Black Friday promotion).