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The pretty, purpose-built resort of Tremblant is a good place to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time...
Tremblant ski holidays are set in a tiny ski area. Tremblant offers just 620 acres of skiing terrain, compared with about 24,000 acres in the Espace Killy - the ski area shared by Val d'Isère and Tignes in France. It's even tiny compared with the modest size of many other North American resorts.
Resort height: 230m The mountains
So why does Tremblant have an international profile? Cynics might say it's because some skiers don't do enough research before they travel, see the word 'Canada', and think they're going to a resort the size of Whistler (over 8,000 acres). But the truth is lots of people have a lovely time in Tremblant - provided they don't mind the cold, and don't want to ski too much. The purpose-built village is attractive, accommodation is good value, and French-speaking Montreal is nearby, waiting to be explored. For beginners, or early intermediate skiers who aren't feeling energetic, it's an interesting option.
There are pistes cut through the trees on two sides of Tremblant's 'mountain' - which is more of a muscular hill than anything approaching an Alp. The south face drops down into the village, and is busier, while the north face holds the quieter pistes and better snow.
The easy top-to-bottom trails you'll find on both the north and south faces are a key part of Tremblant's attraction. These trails give beginners the chance to try their turns on a longer, more sustained run once they've learnt the basics on the nursery slopes, down by the village.
There are more expert runs here - through the trees and over moguls - as well as a highly-rated terrain park. But the idea of advanced British skiers and snowboarders coming here when they could fly a bit further to Whistler or Jackson Hole, or tackle the Alps, is nuts.
It's a seven-hour flight from the UK (in other words, not much shorter than it is to the larger North American resorts)...
The transfer to Tremblant from Montreal takes 90 minutes.
Tremblant's tiny ski area offers a variety of slopes for beginners and very early intermediates...
However, more advanced skiers and snowboarders will struggle to find anything to stretch them and would be better off elsewhere.
Non-skiers will love the well-designed resort of Tremblant, which livens up considerably at the weekends...
Weekends in Tremblant can be lively, when the locals pile in for a bit of RnR. P'tit Caribou and Le Shack are both packed on Friday and Saturday nights. When it comes to restaurants, you'll be spoilt for choice. Fine dining comes courtesy of Aux Truffes (for truffle and foie-gras dishes), and Loup-Garou at the grand Fairmont hotel. For something more laidback, the brew pub La Diable is the place to go.
In many ways, Tremblant is more a resort for non-skiers than skiers, with its summer golfing scene the real reason for its success. In winter, there's a host of activities too - from cross-country skiing to spa-ing and shopping, with trips into Montreal a must. The only drawback is the cold. In mid-winter, temperatures below -20C are not uncommon.
Cost of living 5/10
Packages aren't as cheap as you'd expect, given the limited skiing on offer - although accommodation is of a high standard.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Provided you don't want to see any proper mountains on your ski holiday, Tremblant is a lovely place - very well planned, civilised, convenient, and surrounded by thick forests.