Our Week in Mont Tremblant, Canada

Dave, Sadie and I spent a week in Mont Tremblant, Canada during their winter recess.

Dave and now Sadie are avid skiers and they take frequent local trips but we try to book a big trip every other year or so to a place they wouldn’t normally visit to go ski. Two years ago we went to Mount Snow in Vermont! Read about that trip here and here.

The drive from our house to Mont Tremblant is close to eight hours. We’ve done long road trips before but we decided to do the bulk of the driving one day, stop in a Montreal hotel for the night and then finish up the remaining hour and a half in the morning.

Montreal to Mont Tremblant Map | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Our week was filled with skiing, spas, and so many other activities!

Here are the highlights, tips, and other notes – in case you decide to head up to Mont Tremblant yourself!

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Firstly, just because I think this is funny – here is a list of things I forgot to pack for our trip (granted I had come home from Lake Tahoe on Thursday night and we left Sunday morning – and I went out Saturday night – but this isn’t normal for me):

  • Contact Lenses (went to CVS and bought solution/a case and just wore my dailies all week)
  • Bathing Suit (went to Target and bought one – needed for the spa and for the aqua club at the hotel)
  • Memory Card for my camera (turns out I didn’t actually leave this one out, but I thought I did and we bought one at the general store in Tremblant)
  • AND I almost thought I forgot my laptop until we were able to stop and look.

Not my finest packing hour haha. BUT good to know there are places on the way up to pick up necessities and they have some odds and ends at the resort.

Hotel:

We stayed at the Place St-Bernard, which is right on the main strip chemin de Kandahar. Being right in the center of things was great – we were near the ski school and lift for Sadie and Dave, and in the thick of all the restaurants and shops for me.

Kandahar, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

The views from our balcony – looking both ways.

Kandahar, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Hotel Pros:

Being super close to everything was great!

Hotel Cons:

It was a bit noisy at night. We headed to bed early because we were in a studio and we kept to Sadie to her normal bedtime and you could hear everyone outside hitting up the restaurants. It did die down by a decent hour though, so it didn’t affect our sleep.

The hotel was also one of the cheaper options at the resort, and we realized this trip that we need to spring for a bit more. A studio isn’t cutting it when Sadie is going to bed at a normal hour and then we’re stuck being quiet in the dark. And we only had a full-size bed when Dave and I are used to a king bed – it made for some rough nights of sleep at first.

Ski School:

Ski school for Sadie was amazing! She’s been skiing since she was about four and this was her second time in a ski school. She did four days and Dave says he sees such an improvement for her after this week – it was so worth the money.

Ski School, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Sadie with her ski instructor James and her group. She started off skiing green trails (was classified as dark green) and then left skiing blues and did a few black diamonds with Dave by the end of the week!

Ski School Tips:

Each kid is outfitted with a GPS tracker (obviously the instructor is watching but just in case) – take a photo of the code on it. There is a website you can go to and enter the code and watch your kids progress they made on the slopes!

There is very little organization when it comes to the ski school vs the daily lessons. No one could give a definitive answer on who should go where, where groups should meet, etc. On the second day Dave dropped Sadie off and the people who were in charge sent her to a daily group when Dave realized something was off and figured out she was in the wrong group. One of the girls in her group wound up with the daily group and her father said she had a miserable time. Make sure for daily lessons you go to to the right of the meeting spot, and ski school/multi-day lessons you go to the left (closer to the Gondola.)

Dining:

There are a TON of restaurants tucked in between the hotels and all throughout the resort. And we hit up quite a few! Our hotel room did have a kitchenette and we ate breakfast there but other meals were within the town.

Dining Tips:

Most of the restaurants do not take reservations. We usually didn’t have a problem getting a table with the exception of Friday night. And we experienced super fast food service everywhere we went – impressive especially if the restaurant was packed!

The smart times to eat are around 11am for lunch and before 6pm for dinner – otherwise be prepared to wait! Especially for lunch – people get off the mountain are are HUNGRY.

All restaurants except one we tried (O Wok) had kids menus which worked out ;well. Even if the restaurant had a specific cuisine the kids menu was all accommodating.

Food:

One of our favorite snacks was the maple taffy! It was SO GOOD. We had it almost every day! They pour maple syrup in lines over ice/snow, you put a popsicle stick on it and wait 45 seconds, and then roll it up and eat! YUM.

Maple Taffy, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Maple Taffy, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Food Tip:

You can find the maple taffy at the Sugar Shack down by the base of the Cabriolet, and also at the base of the mountain by the ticket booths. If you only have credit card its a $5 minimum (which equals to two maple taffy treats!)

Excursions/Things to Do:

There are so many things to do in Tremblant, a lot of which come with your hotel stay. (I can speak for my hotel, but I believe most hotels on property give you access to activities as well that you’d have to pay for otherwise.

We had access to the Acqua Club (pool), we went tubing one night (SO MUCH FUN) and ice skating – all of which were free to us as a part of staying at our hotel. Dave also got access to first tracks when otherwise you have to wait a little longer in the morning to get onto the lifts.

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There was also snow piled up EVERYWHERE which was basically a free playground for Sadie no matter where we went.

We spent a bit of time at the T Bar – a t-shirt design bar. They also have a Build-a-Bear type store and ceramics painting but this was something we haven’t done yet and we don’t have near us at home.

They screen print the design of your choice on the shirt, and then you can paint it in different ways as well.

T Bar, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
T Bar, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Sadie is VERY proud of her “Ski Cat” T-shirt and the staff there was WONDERFUL to work with. So nice and so accommodating.

T-Bar Tips:

Be prepared to spend some time there, especially depending on what design you choose/who is doing the designing.

I believe if you paint your shirt and then want a design screen printed on top of it you have to pick the shirt up the next day. Otherwise you only have to wait a little bit to take it home with you.

Scandinave Spa:

Because he’s smart Dave booked me a day at the Scandinave Spa. It’s a Nordic Spa and a bit different than what you may be used to.

Scandinave Spa, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

The spa is made up of hot baths, saunas, cold plunge pools, relaxation rooms and the option for massages. I had a massage and then spent a good chunk of time in a hot bath and under a heat lamp outdoors. It was pretty awesome being outside while it was lightly snowing, in a hot bath and then wrapped up cozy on a lounge chair!

Spa Tip:

Bring a bathing suit and flip flops! I forgot my bathing suit (that I had to buy because I didn’t pack any) at the hotel and had to run back. I also had to clomp around in my snow boots because I didn’t think to pack or bring flip flops. Also – if you have a robe of your own or at your hotel – bring it. They charge close to $12 for a robe rental. (I didn’t mind that though – they were very plush and cozy!)

Spa Cons:

The spa is not located within walking distance of any of the Tremblant hotels so you will need a car! It’s a short drive away, but just a heads up. And the parking lot fills up fast!

The also demand no cell phones and quiet all throughout the spa. There are actually employees walking around checking, with “Silence” written on the back of their jackets and they will tell you to put your phone away and/or stop talking. It’s kind of hilarious! (Also why I don’t have any photos other than the main gate – no phone!)

Dinner at Refuge:

This is under excursion more than restaurants because it’s an evening activity. You can either snowshoe up the mountain to the restaurant (nothankyou) or be driven up the mountain in a snow groomer. (We chose the snow groomer.) It was so much fun! We wound up with a great family for our dinner and the driver was so funny and let the kids take turns sitting up front.

Cat up to Refuge, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

We were able to stop on the way up to see great views from the top of a black diamond trail and we got to go to the top of the mountain as well (which freaked me the hell out!)

View, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Dinner is fondue and it was so yummy! We had great food, the wine flows freely (which makes the ride back down interesting!) and great conversation with our tablemates.

Refuge, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Refuge, Mont Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Refuge Dinner Tip:

Make reservations ahead of time! We did this months in advance as they only have four seatings a night and only two tables in the restaurant. And they don’t double up – you barely overlap with other groups.

Refuge Dinner Con:

The bathrooms are literal outhouss. You can get a flashlight/headlamp for the dark but it’s not pleasant – you’ve been warned!

Dog Sled Riding at Expedition Wolf:

This was the highlight of the trip. It was our second activity that we booked in advance and we were so glad we did. Expedition Wolf picked us up at the hotel and took us to the grounds where we learned about the dogs, helped to get them harnessed and then got to ride around!

Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

When we were harnessing the dogs they kept giving Dave the big or crazy ones! Haha. In the sleds themselves, Dave and I had one and Sadie got to ride her own with instructors. She LOVED it. And they were so sweet and let her drive it towards the end. We had amazing views on the ride and it was a memory we’ll cherish forever!

Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com
Expedition Wolf, Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Expedition Wolf Tips:

Dress warm! Dress as you would for skiing or snowboarding. If you have goggles and a helmet – bring them! Otherwise they will give you a helmet.

There is a photographer there who got those great shots of us with the dogs, the family shot and on the sleds – they charged $35 for a flash drive full of photos and we bought it – so worth it!

It was an amazing week! One last tip – dress warm! Most days I was wearing two pairs of fleece leggings and two pairs of thick socks!

Cold! Tremblant | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbiengajap.com

Have you been anywhere exotic or in a different country for skiing or a hobby?

Comments

  1. This trip sounded like so much fun. I’m not a cold weather person so I’m not sure I’d love it, but dog sledding looks so fun!

  2. Wow it sounds and looks like you guys had an amazing time! I would love to do the dog sled riding. What an incredible experience!

  3. Oh gosh, this makes me want to book a ski trip, even though I haven’t skiied since I was 12! Haha. I’d probably need to be in that ski school. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time. What a beautiful, memory-making trip!

    • When I was trying to learn how to snowboard I did two days of private lessons and they were amazing – and I learned! It’s worth it. And the trip was great!

  4. This looks like SUCH an amazing trip! I don’t ski – and am frankly terrified of it – so I guess this would be a dumb trip for me, buttttt I kind of just want to go to enjoy that Hogsmeade-like main drag anyway?

  5. That looks like such a fun trip! I can’t wait until both of my kids are old enough to start skiing- I’m not sure we will go to Canada anytime soon to ski, but definitely CO. I was pulled by sled dogs in Argentina and it was such an amazing experience- love that you guys got to do it too!
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    • Oooh dog sledding in Argentina must have been amazing!! And honestly we started Sadie around age 4, so you can def get Izzy started soon! We did skiing in Breckenridge years ago and Dave LOVED it.

  6. OMG, that sounds like an amazing week… the dog sleding looks like so much fun! I miss a good snow vacation!

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