This was our 4th trip to Tremblant and previously we have travelled in January but this year we could only get time off in February – during Washington Week. I was a little nervous about going during that week especially after reading some reports on TA about how busy it gets and how noisy it can be but it was not nearly as bad as we thought it would be!
We arrived late on Saturday night and were due to stay at the Ermitage (see hotel review) but due to a mix up with our reservation we ended up staying at the Westin (see hotel review) for the first 2 nights before moving to the Ermitage for the remaining 5 nights. We heard some noise while at the Westin (although this was Sat & Sun evening) but the Ermitage was lovely and quiet.
Our first skiing morning was Sunday. We had rented our equipment from the Adventure Centre and even though it was very busy in there it was well organised. The Adventure Centre now have free shoe storage too which was very handy as previously we had carried our shoes in a rucksack (I hate walking in ski boots!) With the Ermitage you receive free ski valet which is brilliant - it meant I could just jump on the Cabriolet lift without boots or skis and be back in the hotel in minutes.
I had booked 3 days of lessons which were in the afternoons each day a different instructor took the group – they were all very good. The size of the groups ranged from 4 people to 7.
The lift queues on both the Sunday and Monday (which apparently is a “Family Day” holiday in Canada) were busy – at one stage on the Sunday the queue for the gondola was back to the Flying Mile Chairlift! Fortunately as I had jet lag I was able to do first tracks every day which meant I could get a good hour or two of skiing in before the peak period and having lessons in the afternoons also helped with beating the lift queues as you get priority when with Ski School. The rest of the time as I was by myself I was able to take advantage of the “single” line.
After my 3 days of lessons I skied from 0745 until about 1030 before taking a quick coffee break (lovely hot chocolate!) and then continued skiing until around 1200ish. By then not only were my legs too tired but also the snow was getting a bit too “messed up” and the slopes were quite busy. Although I must say from about Wednesday until Friday it quietened down considerably.
I prefer to ski the north side and my favourite runs are Beauchemin Haut, Duncan, Geant, Superieur and Devils River along with Tobogan on the Soleil Side. On the south side I liked McCulloch and Beauvallion Haut and of course Nansen is always nice for a cruise.
We went dog sledging with Expedition Wolf which was absolutely brilliant (and it’s our third time!) the dogs just love to run and are so well cared for. It might seem a bit expensive but for us was worth the $.
We ate a couple of nights at Casey’s which was very good and tried Poutine which we loved (and ended up getting a takeaway 3 times!) It might not be the best looking meal but tasted great!
Overall another great trip to Tremblant and yes we would come back again especially as we still havent got to try the tubing or ice skating!