From Montreal, take the Laurentian Autoroute 15 north to Ste-Agathe-des-Monts where you then connect with Highway 117 north to St-Jovite. It is about a 120 kilometer (75 mile) drive to the Laurentians where a whole series of alpine resorts await your skiing pleasure.
Mont Tremblant is one of the 20 or so resorts in the Laurentians approximately two hours by car north of Montreal. This area has grown from a proud start in the 1920s when the Norwegian Herman Jackrabbit Johannsen blazed many of the cross country ski trails and paved the way for what today is the largest industry in the region. The downhill sport emerged in the 1930s when the first mechanical lift in North America was built in this area. The first T-bar was built in the Laurentians in 1934 and the first Canadian chairlift in 1938. The Laurentians have progressed from the historic days of ski trains depositing weekend Montreal skiers for pickup by horse drawn sleighs to a region today of ultra modern facilities. There are two distinct ski areas, the St-Sauveur or lower Laurentians and the upper Laurentians with St-Jovite as its hub. The former region is an energetic center, bustling with bars, bistros, restaurants and night clubs while the latter is more staid but boasts two of the Laurentian skiing giants, Gray Rocks and the famous Mont Tremblant.
Mont Tremblant had already become a downhill skiing tradition in the 1950s and 60s when the sport was just catching on in the rest of North America. In the past three years, over $142 million has been invested in resort development making this mountain even more of an exciting experience for skiing enthusiasts. Mont Tremblant has the highest vertical in eastern Canada and features skiing on three of the mountain faces. A rugged allure of the early years of largely ungroomed runs remains although up to date grooming equipment keep the more than 35 trails in immaculate condition with a choice from silky smooth to awesome moguls that is sure to satisfy every skier. Hill upkeep now follows the customer oriented standards of the Intrawest Four Seasons Resort Group who are also owners of two other Canadian ski resorts, Blackcomb Mountain and Panorama in British Columbia.
Some Mont Tremblant statistics are;
Base Elevation:- 265 meters (870 feet), Summit Elevation:- 915 meters (3,000 feet), Vertical Drop:- 650 meters (2,130 feet), Skiable Terrain:- 493 acres, Number of Trails:- 35 plus, Longest Run:- 5.4 kilometers (3.4 mile), Lifts and Capacity:- 6 High Speed Lifts, including a 6 passenger gondola between parking and the foot of the slopes, 18,000 plus skiers per hour, Daily Lift Ticket Price:- $37 - $44, Annual Snowfall:- 365 cm (144 inches), Snowmaking:- 67%, Terrain Mix:- Novice 20%, Intermediate 46%, Expert 34%
You can reach Mont Tremblant for more information in French or English at 1-800-461-8711
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