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L’Ermitage du Lac Tremblant

13 August 2016

Mont Tremblant ski resort is a small ski resort in Quebec, a couple of hours drive from Montreal and about five km from the town of Mont Tremblant. The summit peaks at 2,781 feet and is part of the Laurentian mountain range.  We visited during Easter 2016, after a couple of days in Montreal (which is a direct flight from Grand Cayman) before heading to Quebec City, breaking up the journey by stopping at Parc Omega to enjoy the wildlife (see post here).

My wife loves skiing, but I am more at home in the water (see 5 Reasons why diving is better than skiing). Still, it’s good to get a change in weather, and to get out on the slopes every so often. A trip to Canada offered a great chance for that.

Mont Tremblant ski resort is faux Alpine village, taking advantage of the French heritage for some nostalgic style ski chalets and great restaurants. There is a free Gondola that runs over the heart of the village, providing views. There are enough runs to provide sufficient variety for a long weekend, few enough that I could repeat those runs that I was keen on, but enough to provide Anna a bit of a challenge.

There hadn’t been much snow in the build up to our visit and so the slopes got a little snowy, but there is a good range of slopes covered by snow blowers so the slopes were well groomed in the morning.

We decided to stay in a bit of luxury and chose a room in the L’Ermitage du Lac Tremblant, a boutique hotel on the edge of Lac Tremblant, a short walk from the base of the mountain and the restaurants of the village (I particularly recommend Le Savoie for the fondue).

L’Ermitage is a luxury hotel with large, comfortable rooms, complete with log fires and a relaxing spa.  The room that we stayed in was a nice open plan suite, with broad windows overlooking the lake and a large bath tub with jet pools. Best of all there was a log fire for relaxing at the end of a hard day on the cold slopes, replenished daily. The bed was large and comfortable, and a balcony area that would be amazing in the Summer. There are several lounges throughout the hotel, with other fires to relax in front of and enjoy a read, and log fires in braziers to enjoy in the outdoors.




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