Oh, how I wish we spent more time here! From Montreal, we hired a white jeep and drove up to the Laurentian Mountains. Once we arrived at our ski resort right at the Mont Tremblant village, it was like the light changed to green and it was time to play! It was my first time staying at a ski village and I swear I turned into a little kid. After exploring some of the shops, we hopped on different gondolas to see the mountain at greater heights.
Stay: Le Westin Resort & Spa – One of the reasons why I love the Westin is not only because of the signature heavenly bed, but the focus on a healthy lifestyle. They rent athletic gear (clothes, sneakers + new socks to keep) and yoga/runs. At Mont Tremblant we were upgraded to a room with a balcony that has a dreamy view of the mountains and pool. Love! Oh, we also had a fireplace to cozy up to. Conveniently, there is a locker room for our ski gear on the third floor which opens out straight to the village/slopes. Plus, there’s a kitchenette.
Mont Tremblant was truly a winter wonderland — blanketed in snow and freezing in single digit temperatures. Good thing for outdoor fire pits. There is also alot of shopping, restaurants and even a casino! Staying within the village/resort area gave us nice privileges: free night sliding, first run on the slopes and free ice skating. Unfortunately, due to the weather the rink was closed during our stay, but as you can see, I participated in the night slide.
Since we snowboarded on our last mountain adventure (a day trip to Windham Mountain, NY), I decided to try skiing this time around. I haven’t been on them since sliding backwards with no stopping as a itty bitty kid. But this trip, I’m determined to get my ski legs. We had so much fun that I didn’t realize how quickly time flew by. So, we grabbed quick bites to eat between activities.
Eat: During the day we tried poutine for the first time at Smoke’s Poutinerie and dessert beavertails (crepe-like doughnuts) at Queue de Castor. For dinner, we had Italian at Pizzateria, Chinese at O Wok, and warm brothy ramen at Samurai Pub. Our breakfasts consisted of all the Asian pastries we bought from Montreal and hot chocolate from inside our little kitchenette.
Sooo… snowboarding vs skiing?!
I still haven’t picked which I like better. All the more reasons to get more runs in before the season is done.
As blissful as our trip was, I still wanted to check out Scandinave Spa. Alas, we didn’t have enough time. It’s still on my list! At the end of the long weekend, we drove back down to Montreal to hop back on the rail back home.