Weekend Skiing in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant

Published Date Author: , February 11th, 2014

Carlos Melia SkiingIn my full winter olympics spirit, and invited by Tourisme Mont Tremblant, I spent my weekend at Mont Tremblant Station skiing in the Laurentian Mountains. And indeed my experience was very olympic and VIP, since my private instructor was Mrs. Ellen Guay, mother of the Canadian ski olympian Erik Guay.

So there where no room for error…. I spent a lovely weekend, only an hour away Non-Stop flight on Porter Airlines from New York City, staying at the exclusive Hotel Quintessence. Mont Tremblant, is North America’s second oldest Ski Resort at the highest peak of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. This year Tremblant is celebrating it 75th anniversary.

I spent a full day skiing and I must say, I LOVED IT. It was the right amount of people, great facilities, breathtaking scenery and pre/post Skiing the perfect balance of entertainment, relaxation, restaurants and happening.

I ski down both the North and South side of the mountain, only on the beginners runs, since I wanted to keep it safe…. after all I was working and reporting for you guys. I cannot wait to come back from more soon, this time…. on my private time.

Here is a survival list for Mont Tremblant in terms of Ski Gear. I come not very well prepared and I found all I needed either at the stores in the resort and at the Mont Tremblant Station Rental Shop, so do not panic. Obviously, equipment (ski, boots, poles). The helmet is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

The same goes for goggles, to protect your eyes from intense wind or snow. As for layers, it really depends on the weather, and the type of ski you are willing to do. If you are looking for a sporty, intense ski experience, I would recommend light layering, but with windstopping/humidity release attributes.

If it is really windy and cold, and you are not into very physical skiing, then you can go for something warmer. You might want to add a face mask to protect from frost bites in these conditions. For a morning like I had with temperature around -10C, I would go with warm smart socks, lightweight pants base layer, insulated snowpants, and similar for the body, lightweight base layer + polar or duvet depending on the weather, and a windstopping shell.

Good mitts are also primordial, and a Balaclava under your helmet if you have one, if not, a tuque with a neck warmer that you can wear high enough to cover your nose when it’s very cold.

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