Skiing in the summer, snow way!
It’s the only resort in eastern Canada where you can ski on a beautiful summer morning and play a world class golf course in the afternoon. That’s right, I said ski in the summer, as Tremblant continues to raise the bar every year for activity lovers and family fun.
I’ve just returned from a magnificent long weekend, always thrilled to experience the unique “Tremblant Vibe”. I look forward to visiting each ski season as the enchanting European style village reminds me of a quaint ski town high in the Alps with cobblestone streets, a large town square, and the main street lined with magnificent restaurants and boutique shops, all with the majestic Fairmont Tremblant overlooking the Village.
We couldn’t wait to try summer skiing. I must admit it was a little weird putting on my Head ski boots on a hot summer day to head down the hotel elevator to a ski hill covered with green eco-friendly recyclable plastic fibre. But it’s a brilliant idea and Tremblant is the only resort in Canada offering summer skiing, one of only two in North America.
The friendly staff check you in for safety and then off you go, skiing in summer. There’s a nice little drop at the start to get your speed going. I was a little shaky at the start, but then my natural skiing instinct took over for an hour of total fun.
It’s a fantastic leg and calf exercise, having to work for every turn unlike snow, where you can get away with a lazy edge. I was also impressed with the number of boarders enjoying a rail and getting their early turns in as well.
We saw every level of skier from instructor, black diamonds to beginners. Lessons are just as impressive because there’s one major factor, it’s not cold so you can learn from registered instructors in the comfort of your shorts and Ts. The near 500-meter run will give you a good workout with rentals, instructors and some pretty cool tunes to slide away a hot summer afternoon.
There are hourly rates with rentals included: $37 for adults, $33 for children, and $23 for pee wees, plus tax. It’s a great way to spend family time getting ready for another busy winter ski season. Summer skiing runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 7pm until October 1, and 10am to 6pm from October 2-15.
After skiing, we took in summer luging located close to the summer skiing. It’s a blast with both sweeping and sharp turns into fast straightaways. You sit in a luge-like toboggan with wheels, ,and safety is taken seriously with staff giving you breaking instructions, making sure you know the rules before taking off, helmets are mandatory. The thrill ride lasts about 10 minutes followed by a quick chairlift ride back up the mountain for your second run. It’s another great family activity that costs $26 for two rides and their motto is, “once is not enough”.
There are so many activities to soak in while at Tremblant along with skiing, luge, scenic panoramic gondola rides to the top of the mountain, hiking, biking, casino, rock climbing and just chilling on one of the many Village outdoor patios.
I can’t mention Tremblant without mentioning my “home away from home” the Fairmont Tremblant. Traditionally, I only enjoy my stay in winter, but the Fairmont is equally impressive in the summer with the most welcoming and helpful door men I’ve ever met. As soon as you pull up to the front entrance it’s all five-star with easy access to the front desk and luggage taken to your room. The luxury experience doesn’t stop there as the Fairmont continues to raise the bar with Gold renovations soon to be completed in November and pool terrace renovations in late October. I’m also very excited to experience their new slope side Apres-ski terrace. It’ll be the only slope side terrace on the mountain with the Fairmont being the only true ski-in and ski-out hotel, which in my opinion, is key to any great winter stay.
There are so many culinary options in the Village to enjoy for lunch. I stopped at one my all-time favourite pubs, Microbrasserie La Diable, near the bottom of the Village. This restaurant has a fun, cool vibe with their famous cheeseburgers and of course delicious signature craft brews.
Our dinners were once again outstanding and capped off amazing days. New ownership at A Mano Trattoria, which is located in the heart of the Village, has an open kitchen that makes for comfortable dining. The seabass and manicotti speak volumes for their new executive chefs. Lucille’s Oyster Dive, halfway down the Village walkway, was next on our list with incredible oysters, delicious seafood and one of the best Surf and Turf dishes ever served with a half rack of ribs and an enormous lobster roll.
A round of golf broke up our sumptuous dining with one of Tremblant’s famous courses, Golf Le Diable, about a five-minute drive from the Fairmont Tremblant. Over 7,000 yards of long narrow fairways, challenging greens, and stunning red waste bunkers that line many fairways.
Our final night was magic under the stars on the La Forge Steakhouse, located on second floor balcony overlooking the finale night of the 23rd Fête de la Musique Festival. I’ve often had a quick lunch on the bottom floor but had no idea of the spectacular gourmet dining on the upper floor. We were treated to the strings of the most amazing musicians under the guidance of Artistic Director, Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà. It was a decadent night with sliced fiery Whisky Wagu served on hot stones as an appetizer and Japanese or US Wagu as the main course.
I highly recommend Tremblant for a romantic long weekend, family weekend or just a chill few days with your best friends at Quebec’s treasure. Be sure to visit when Tremblant hosts the Women’s World Cup, GS Dec 2-3. Tremblant never disappoints.
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