How do you feel about winter? As a Canadian, I totally embrace the snowy season, although it’s wonderful to escape it, too. Mont Tremblant, Quebec is the perfect destination to both embrace and escape winter all in one trip. There are so many Mont Tremblant winter activities, both indoors and outdoors, that will make you fall in love with winter all over again. We’ve put together the perfect itinerary for visiting Mont Tremblant in winter that’s got something for everyone.
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Flying to Tremblant with Porter Airlines
We flew from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to the Mont Tremblant International Airport with Porter Airlines. Justin and I love flying with Porter from the Toronto Island airport. Getting through security is always such a speedy and painless process with fewer passengers than the chaotic Toronto Pearson Airport.
Flying with Porter is always a breeze. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the airport terminal at Billy Bishop Airport is a relaxing place to spend time before a flight. I love how Porter Airlines serves drinks in actual glasses on the flight. Not only does it seem slightly more civilized than a plastic cup, but it cuts down on a lot of unnecessary plastic waste.
The Mont Tremblant International Airport is such a small, cute airport. It resembles a log cabin! Then, it’s very easy to use the direct shuttle service from the airport to your hotel in Tremblant. You can pay for it online in advance or wait until your departure day and pay at the airline counter.
Where to Stay in Mont Tremblant
There are several luxurious Mont Tremblant accommodations that make perfect home bases for the weekend. The two of us stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott Mont Tremblant, conveniently located steps away from the Cabriolet gondola in the lower pedestrian village.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and there’s even a tiny kitchenette area with a microwave, a toaster, a small sink, and a coffee maker. The views from the windows are idyllic because they look into the hotel’s courtyard as the Cabriolet gondola drifts overhead. Conversely, you’re able to catch a full view of your hotel from up above every time you use the Cabriolet, which is pretty neat.
You can also make full use of the hot tubs all season long, and there’s an outdoor pool for use in the summer. Breakfast is included with your stay. If you arrive early or plan to stay late, there’s no problem storing your luggage with the hotel, too. Book your stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Mont Tremblant or read more reviews by fellow travelers who have stayed there.
Things to Do in Tremblant in Winter: Outdoor Adventures
Okay, so the main reason why you likely want to visit Mont Tremblant in the winter is for the snowy outdoor activities. There’s no shortage of winter fun at Tremblant, and it’s one of the best places to embrace the chilly weather. Just make sure to pack your warm winter ski jacket, snow pants, gloves, a winter hat, a scarf, and you’re all set.
There are lots of things to do in Mont Tremblant in December, which is the month when we visited. However, the Mont Tremblant ski season starts in the middle of November and extends through to the middle of April. There are lots of opportunities to go skiing and snowboarding in January, February, March…there’s five months of skiing at Tremblant!
Mont Tremblant Skiing and Snowboarding
Mont Tremblant is the second oldest ski resort in North America, and it’s a world class ski resort just 130km north of Montreal. The ski area covers 755 acres with 102 ski trails on 4 distinct slopes. There are trails for beginners and experts for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t know how to ski at all (like me!) and the seasoned skiers and snowboarders out there. You can rent skis and snowboards at Tremblant, and I highly recommend using their convenient ski valet service to store your equipment.
The Tremblant summit sits at 875 meters above the pedestrian village with beautiful panoramic views of the Laurentians. It’s a really unique experience to ride in a fully enclosed gondola to the highest peak in the Laurentians.
And if you’re concerned that there isn’t any snow, Tremblant has over 1000 snow guns for one of the most powerful snow making systems in North America. When we visited Tremblant in winter, it actually rained for one of the days and then snowed quite a bit on the second day. Even still, it wasn’t a problem to go skiing throughout the entire weekend due to their sophisticated snow making technologies.
Going to Ski School at Tremblant
Justin knows how to snowboard, so he didn’t need to receive any lessons. However, I hadn’t gone skiing in almost 20 years! Because I didn’t remember how to ski at all (and hadn’t gone since I was younger), I was desperate need of a ski lesson. Thankfully, Tremblant has an amazing ski school with patient and knowledgeable instructors.
I met with my ski instructor, Sylvain, at the ski school at the base of the mountain. There’s a little ski hill with a carpet that transports you to the top. There was a mix of adults and kids learning how to ski and snowboard, and there are instructors that specialize in teaching both children and the older folks, like myself.
Sylvain is such an amazing ski instructor. He really made learning how to ski so much fun. After spending some time with him, my initial apprehensions about skiing again totally disappeared. He focused on how to position my skis, how to balance on skis, slowing down and maintaining control on the hill, and staying confident on the mountain.
Once he was confident that I had mastered the basics, we took the chairlift up to one of the beginner ski hills. On this ski hill, we practiced what we had learned, and he taught me some additional tips and tricks. After that beginner ski hill, we took a trip on the gondola up to the summit together. From there, we took one of the beginner hills from the summit all the way back down to the pedestrian village.
It was such an exhilarating experience to learn how to ski again with Sylvain at ski school. I highly recommend taking a ski lesson at Mont Tremblant, whether it’s a private lesson or a small group lesson. I really learned so much and gained the confidence and motivation that I needed to succeed up on the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are the top Mont Tremblant winter activities, and it’s why most people visit Tremblant in the winter. Even if you have no idea how to ski or snowboard, it’s easy to learn how to conquer the ski hills with a skiing lesson.
Explore the Pedestrian Village
One of the best Mont Tremblant winter attractions is simply the pedestrian village. Inspired by European ski villages, as well as Old Quebec and Montreal, the Mont Tremblant pedestrian village is a picturesque place where you’ll spend much of your time. Stroll around its quaint, cobblestone streets, and you’ll feel like you’re in Europe more than Canada at times. There are more than 35 shops, including the Cabane à Sucre de la Montagne, where you can roll maple taffy on a stick in the snow for a yummy treat. You’ll also find lots of maple syrup products in the shop (and it smells so good in there!).
The Tremblant pedestrian village lies at the base of the highest peak of the Laurentians, and there are lots of buildings in a rainbow of colors. It looks so pretty after a fresh dusting of powdery snow. Take the Cabriolet, a free gondola that transports you between the lower and upper parts of the pedestrian village, to soar above the trees and admire the vibrant houses and rooftops from up above.
As you wander around the Mont Tremblant winter village, you’ll notice the beautiful architecture and lots of additions for the winter season. There are decorated Christmas trees, and even one with an adorable replica Tremblant pedestrian village with small houses beneath it. There are lots of fireplaces all around the village where you can gather with your friends to warm up. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of winter.
Visit Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant
Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant is my favorite apres ski activity, hands down. This Nordic Spa is the best way to relax your aching muscles after a day on the slopes. We visited the Scandinave Spa in Tremblant after flying to Mont Tremblant as a way of resting and relaxing before participating in our Mont Tremblant winter adventures. Either way, a trip to this water spa is always a good idea.
It’s a rejuvenating and restorative experience. Cycle between hot areas (hot pools, sauna, steam room), cold areas (cold pools or the river), and relaxing spaces (solariums, beneath heat lamps and under blankets outdoors, or in front of fireplaces) to rest the mind, body, and spirit.
Embrace the silence. Inhale and exhale. Feel completely rested. There’s nothing like a spa day in a tranquil environment to reinvigorate the senses. There’s no Wi-Fi, no talking, and you must leave your phone in your locker. It’s a great feeling to be disconnected from social media and the outside world for a few hours.
Go Snowshoeing or Winter Hiking
Another fun Mont Tremblant winter activity is snowshoeing or winter hiking (if there isn’t enough snow). You can rent snowshoes or campons from the Chalet des Voyageurs at the bottom of the pedestrian village, near the Cabriolet. If you have a ski pass, a ticket for the panoramic gondola, or rent your snowshoes, it’s free to explore the snowy trails. If you bring your own snowshoes from home and you aren’t skiing or riding the gondola, you can purchase a $10 day pass from the Chalet des Voyageurs. Be sure to talk to one of the employees for a trail map and to ask which trails are open, according to the daily conditions.
Mont Tremblant Tubing
Unfortunately, when we visited Mont Tremblant in December, snow tubing wasn’t open yet for the season. However, snow tubing begins on December 20th and runs right through until April. If you’re looking for Mont Tremblant winter fun for the whole family, take a thrilling ride down their snow tubing hills. This activity is about 15 minutes from the pedestrian village, and there’s free transportation there and back.
Mont Tremblant Winter Activities: Indoor Fun
There are many opportunities to warm up indoors after a day of Mont Tremblant winter fun. It’s always great to take a break from the snow. Fortunately, if you’re looking for what to do in Mont Tremblant, many winter activities are also indoors. While the Scandinave Spa Mont Tremblant that I already mentioned is a fabulous way to warm up, here are some more Mont Tremblant attractions that are indoors.
Make a Unique Souvenir at T-Bar
Want a souvenir from your trip to Tremblant? Why get a boring old trinket when you can make your own unique souvenir to remember your vacation! T Bar Tremblant is a unique and fun shopping experience that allows you to inject your own creativity to the mix. You can make and customize your very own t-shirt to remember your holiday in Tremblant.
The staff at T Bar are so friendly, helpful, and will assist your t-shirt making journey. Justin and I really had no idea what we were going to create. There are numerous designs splashed across every wall space at T Bar. There are so many amazing designs that the most difficult part of the process could be choosing just one!
Choose one of the stencil patterns, whether it’s a Tremblant themed design or something else. Then, the staff will give you some ideas and suggestions about how to paint your shirt. Choose your favorite colors and splash paint across your t-shirt in whatever patterns you choose.
Then, the staff members will help press the design of your choice into the t-shirt. And like magic, your Tremblant t-shirt is ready to go! Justin chose a Tremblant pattern for his shirt, and I chose one that combines my love for coffee and traveling the world. Designing your own shirt at T-Bar is one of the best things to do in Tremblant. We had a blast!
Try Your Luck at the Mont Tremblant Casino
For an exciting evening out or a little break from skiing, play a game of chance at Casino de Mont Tremblant. It’s the only ski-in, ski-out casino that I’ve ever seen. You can take a gondola from the pedestrian village to the casino. Leave your skis or snowboard in the racks by the door to play a range of games, slot machines, and more. You can also take a shuttle bus from Place des Voyageurs that departs every 30 minutes.
Coffee Break at Au Grain de Cafe
Au Grain de Cafe is a small coffee shop and bistro in the upper section of the Tremblant pedestrian village. It is the oldest cafe in Tremblant and has the best coffee. They open early in the morning (7:30am) so you can grab your morning coffee before skiing and snowboarding. It’s a great little spot to take a break and enjoy a cappuccino or latte (they have plant-based milk, too!). In the winter months, they also have mulled wine (Gluhwein) that you can enjoy by a warm fire right outside the cafe.
Restaurants in Mont Tremblant
If you’re looking for more fabulous Mont Tremblant winter activities that are indoors, how about eating? There are so many wonderful restaurants in Mont Tremblant that makes it difficult to choose. Here are a few of our foodie choices during a winter trip to Tremblant. Check out our entire guide to dining vegan in Mont Tremblant for more ideas.
Ô Wok Tremblant
Ô Wok offers Chinese and Thai-inspired Asian cuisine in a cozy space within the pedestrian village. There are an array of featured vegetarian and vegan menu items. Justin and I decided to split an order of vegetarian spring rolls, and we ordered the vegan Pad Thai. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of noodles to satisfy your appetite after your Mont Tremblant winter adventures. After your meal, why not warm up even more with a pot of tea or coffee?
Coco Pazzo Tremblant
Coco Pazzo is an Italian restaurant in the Mont Tremblant pedestrian village. They’re really helpful when it comes to specialized orders, including vegan and gluten-free food. We ordered bruschetta bread and pomodo basil gnocchi, both of which are naturally vegan and vegetarian. After a day of exercising on the ski hills, some comforting Italian food will surely hit the spot.
Samurai Sushi Pub
The Samurai Pub in Mont Tremblant is a Japanese and sushi restaurant that we absolutely adored. It’s very easy to order vegan and vegetarian food at Samurai Pub, as there are so many options on the menu. We wanted to try lots of food, so we ordered a bit of everything: miso soup, wakame salad (seaweed salad), the vegetarian gyoza, and cucumber rolls. For our main courses, we got the tofu ramen and the vegetarian poke bowl. Everything was so delicious, and I wish I could eat this much tasty food every day of my life!
L’Axe Lounge Bar at Fairmont Mont Tremblant
The L’Axe Lounge Bar in the Fairmont Mont Tremblant is a fantastic place for lunch or an apres ski beverage. Sit by the window for the best views of the ski hills. Justin and I ordered a couple of beers and nachos to start, and opted for the vegetarian chili and veggie burger for our main dishes. The staff was so attentive and took great care to ensure that our food was prepared vegan.
Le Grand Manitou and Canteen Le Nomade
Le Grand Manitou is newly renovated and it’s the best place to grab a bite in between skiing and snowboarding. It’s up on the summit, so you can have some lunch in the middle of skiing without having to return to the pedestrian village for a meal. It’s a huge cafeteria with many food options, including the Thai vegetable curry bowls we ordered (along with a side of fries). There’s another unique feature to dining up at the summit: Canteen Le Nomade. It’s a food truck up at the top of the mountain – how cool is that!
Fluide Juice Bar Tremblant
If you’re looking for a quick bite, a snack, or an energizing smoothie, stop by Fluide juice bar in the pedestrian village. Fluide has delicious fruit smoothies and protein shakes, and it’s the perfect place to refuel and recharge after partaking in Mont Tremblant winter activities. Justin ordered a fruit smoothie, and I got one made with chocolate almond milk and espresso. Super yummy!
We hope that you enjoyed this Mont Tremblant winter guide and that it helps you plan your upcoming adventures there. Whether you love skiing or apres ski, you’re sure to fall in love with a Mont Tremblant winter wonderland. There are so many things to do in Tremblant, both indoors and outdoors, that you’ll have no problem filling a weekend or several days with fun activities.
Thanks so much to Tremblant for hosting our stay. Visiting Mont Tremblant is always such a treat!