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Family Guide To Mont Tremblant + Video

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Its no secret that the warm weather and time on the beach is my happy place, and for years I dreaded the winter. Stuffing kids in puffy coats, hats and gloves like little sausages can be a drag. That was the case until skiing and snowboarding has become a favorite family past time. Now we look forward to the cold months, and as they grow older, we can still enjoy time on the mountain together, as a family. All the three have far exceeded my expectation in such a short time, and I am embarrassed to say that Ryder and Siella have become more confident skiers than their Mom!

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Mont Tremblant

The whole family was ready for a family ski vacation full of fun activities and outdoor activities. The best part was that we were looking forward to getting out of the states for a trip and we found Mont Tremblant National Park to check out the best ski resort. With only four days off from school, we needed someplace close, that was cold enough to have snow in late November.

Most resorts near us in New York do not open until December, so I searched a little further, and read about Mont Tremblant in Canada. It’s far enough north that temps were consistently below freezing, perfect for snow making weather. If you’re looking to find a great spot to ski prior to December, keep the Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in your back pocket, but now that we are in prime winter time, you can officially head to the Tremblant resort for great snow at the foot of the mountain.

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Heading Out

On Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, we hustled out of the city to the airport, arriving in Montreal in less than 2 hours. The mountain is less than 90 minutes from the Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL), so we rented a car and drove up, stopping at a local grocery store along the way. Had our trip been one week later, we could have taken advantage of the Porter Air flights, which run from YUL to Mont Tremblant, during peak season.

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Our condo-like room, in the Place St Bernard, was located right on the mountain, with two bedrooms and a loft, overlooking the slopes. We had a fireplace, full kitchen, and plenty of room to spread out our mounds of ski and snowboard gear. A full day of school, a flight, and car ride left the kids wiped, so we turned in right away, as we were all anxious to hit the slopes in the morning.

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The Village

It was dark when we arrived, so we really couldn’t get a sense of our surroundings, but when we stepped outside, as cliche as it sounds, it felt like a winter wonderland. The village and buildings are all painted with vibrant colors, covered with a fresh, light dusting of snow. We stood there soaking it in, as the snow continued to fall. It was something right out of a magazine.

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Ski Equipment

Since the kids are growing like weeds, we have yet to invest in ski equipment for them. I imagine lugging all that stuff on the plane could be a pain too. The rental shop was located just around the other side of our building, so we headed there for a fitting.  In fact, renting gear came in handy because Ryder decided to switch to snowboarding on day 2, so they switched his package out.

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Ski School

For the next three days, we took advantage of Mont Tremblant’s ski school. Their session went from 9am to 3pm, with a short lunch break in between. Those six hours per day proved to be invaluable, because their progression over the span of the trip was staggering. All three graduated from the magic carpet lift, and were tearing up the bunny slopes. I may need another lesson just to keep up with them.



After lessons and a full day of skiing, each afternoon we met in the village and warmed up with some hot cocoa. The village has so many shops, cafes and restaurants that we never repeated same place twice.

Outdoor Activities

Going from the warm New York fall to 20 and 30 degree weather, we couldn’t spend all day and night outside, so we walked over to the indoor pool and waterpark in the village. After the first night, they begged us to go back each day. The Aquaclub la Source has a wading pool for toddlers, main pool with a Tarzan rope jumping rocks, waterfall, and hot tubs. If you are traveling without kids or just need a break, the indoor and outdoor jacuzzi’s were reserved for adults only, in addition to the Eucalyptus steam baths, and full fitness center.

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T Bar

While strolling around the Mont Tremblant village, we stumbled upon T Bar, which allow guests of any age, to create and personalize t-shirts and hats. The kids’ each customized their own shirt, to bring home as the ultimate souvenir.  Its become their favorite thing to wear to bed every night.

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If you ask the kids to pick a highlight apart from skiing and snowboarding, from their Mont Tremblant trip, it would be building their own stuffed animals, at Univers Toutou. Naturally, our house doesn’t need anymore stuffed animals, but based on being involved in the actual stuffing of these fuzzy friends, we just couldn’t resist. They picked out their own stuffed animals, filled them with as much or little stuffing as they liked, dressed them, and created mini passports.

Once they were completed, each was placed in a mini cardboard suitcase, for safe keeping and travel. The entire experience was capped off by each child reciting an oath, to love and protect their new furry companions. Check out the video below, where they read the oath in French. It couldn’t have been cuter!

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Be it lunch or dinner, each meal was a wonderful. Some of our favorite places included: La Forge Upstairs for an upscale dinner on Thanksgiving day, Microbrasserie La Diable – the local micro brewery,  Coco Pazzo for pizza, Le Shack for lunch, Bistro Au Grain De Cafe for coffee and breakfast, and La Vache for the best hot chocolate we’ve ever tasted! And no meal was complete without Poutine, which is french fries, smothered in brown gravy and cheese. We probably sampled it in every restaurant, with every meal!

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Wrapping Up

The kids came home with so much more confidence on the slopes than ever before. Our trip to Mont Tremblant was the perfect way to kick off the ski and snowboard season. We have many holiday traditions, and a trip north of the border for Turkey Day may be added to the holiday routine year after year.

Here’s just some of the highlights from our trip!

Hotel and accommodations provided by Mont Tremblant



This post was originally published January 16th, 2018.

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14 thoughts on “Family Guide To Mont Tremblant + Video”

  1. I have put this on my list of places to go. How quaint! It looks like fun.
    I saw you on the Today Show and you looked amazing! Congratulations.

  2. I guess being a warm weather person, I can never understand the fun that people get out of being out in the cold and the snow, but you and your family apparently love it! I would like to try it once, perhaps at Mont Tremblant! It does look like fun!

  3. That looks like a great trip, I give you credit for finding such a beautiful ski town to go and taking the kids. I tend to do indoor sports when the weather gets cold.

  4. The place is perfect for a family holiday! I really love that there are so many activities for the kids. Love the indoor waterpark and everything else that the kids can enjoy!

  5. I have never been skiing before, but I have always thought it looked fun despite the fact that I’m petrified of heights! This place looks so beautiful. I can see why you love it so much! 🙂

  6. Love your family in their snow gear. Looks like such a fun trip. And I’m also now hungry after reading about all the great food you ate. I haven’t been skiing since I was a kid. But this looks like a really enjoyable vacation.

  7. Reesa Lewandowski

    I just loved watching you instagram stories about Mont Tremblant! What a beautiful, fun place to visit! And I love there was so much to do for families!

  8. Just wondering how did you get your kids into skiing? I want to take my son but not sure if they have like beginner lessons???

  9. I have always wanted to go on a ski trip. I’m not sure my little ones would last too long though lol. Definitely on my bucket list 🙂

  10. These photos are incredible! I’d love to plan a winter vacation to see the snow with my daughters because we live in Arizona where we don’t ever get that kind of weather. What a beautiful place to be with your family!

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