Family Vacation in Mont Tremblant

Ski Mont Tremblant

We’ve been seeing a lot of social media posts lately of friends going on their family vacation in Mont Tremblant, a ski resort in Quebec, Canada that is within driving distance from the New York suburbs (approximately 7-hour drive). Going on a family ski vacation in a charming french-inspired village sounds amazing to us! So we decided to ask Joanna, Suburbs 101 contributor and our go-to for everything skiing if she’s been to Mont Tremblant and if she can write about her family vacation in Mont Tremblant. Here is her guide to a family vacation in Mont Tremblant.

If you think that you have to travel out West for great skiing or to Europe to experience a quaint alpine village, then think again.  In fact, one of the best ski slopes in Eastern North America can be found in the charming French-inspired village of Mont Tremblant, Quebec.  So pack your pom pom beanie (or in this case, beret), and head North for a très bonne family ski vacation in Mont Tremblant.

Mont Tremblant: The Mountain

Mont Tremblant boasts almost 800 acres of skiable terrain with 96 trails and 4 slopes.  The mountain is ideally located at the top of the village, with many ski-in/ski-out restaurants at the base.  If you have adventurous skiers, you will love the large amount of off-piste skiing available (which is not allowed on most US ski mountains).  My family especially loved the thrill of blazing our own trails.  

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Fairmont Mont-Tremblant

Mont Tremblant: The Village

At the base of the ski mountain is the most picturesque pedestrian village with cobblestone streets, European-inspired architecture, and numerous shopping, dining and recreational options.  You can walk from one end to the other, or take the free open-air gondola.  After skiing, we enjoyed taking the gondola to Cabanes a Sucre de la Montagne, a family owned maple shop where the kids could make their own maple taffy (this was a highlight!), and sample maple sugar candy.  There is also a toy store, candy store and an Escape Room, Laser Tag, and Virtual Reality center for more family fun.

Maple Taffy

Where to Stay in Mont Tremblant

There are many hotel options in the village, but our favorite for family vacations is the Fairmont Mont-Tremblant.  Located at the top of the village and next to the main gondola, it is an ideal ski-in/ski-out hotel.  My children loved the indoor/outdoor pools and s’more firepits, and we liked the poolside Veuve Clicquot pop up bar, outdoor hot tub, and sweeping views of both the mountain and village.  The hotel also offers afternoon kids crafts and family movies, and is pet-friendly.  (In fact, Lucky, the resident Labrador, is on hand in the lobby to welcome both human and canine guests).

Want to know the best places to ski within driving distance from NYC? Top 5 Family Ski Destinations near NYC

Veuve Clicquot

Where to Eat in Mont Tremblant

The dining options are numerous in the village, but my favorites are La Forge Grill for the best French onion soup I have ever had, La Savoie for fondue and raclette, and Le Shack for the smoked meat sandwich (a Canadian specially and a must-try).  Also be sure to try a Montreal-style bagel, which is smaller, thinner, sweeter and denser than the New York version and poutine, my husband’s all-time favorite Canadian dish made from french fries, duck fat and cheese curds.

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Mont Tremblant: Other Family-Friendly Activities

Mont-Tremblant is a great family vacation spot because it offers numerous activities for non-skiers as well.  There is a picture perfect ice skating lake at the very bottom of the village, as well as snow shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing and snow mobiling.  There is also snow tubing and zippy sledding (my children loved this) on the beginners slope after dark.  And if you are in need of some R&R after a long day on the slopes, visit the Scandinave Spa which is a collection of outdoor cold and hot Scandinavian inspired pools that is only a five minute drive away.

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Mont Tremblant Snow Pile

Mont Tremblant Family Vacation: What to Pack

The entire village has a very apres ski fashion vibe, both day and night.  Think fitted ski sweaters and cozy knits, coated leggings, quilted jackets, and lots of fur or faux accents.  And as its a walking village, make sure your footwear is sensible for snow covered cobblestones. I packed a few pairs of high heeled boots that never made it out of my suitcase.  Remember that Canada is seriously cold, especially at the summit of the mountain.  Dress extra warmly and in lots of layers.  I invested in heated ski gloves and heated glove liners before our trip, and did not regret it.

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Mont Tremblant Village

About Joanna

Joanna is the Content Creator behind My Candid Closet, an instagram feed following her detail-obsessed, chronically overdressed day to day life and travels featuring collaborations with fashion and lifestyle brands.  She is a passionate mother, a voracious reader, an over zealous coffee table book collection and has a weakness for pink peonies and anything with a monogram.  A former Public Relations Executive, Joanna started her Instagram feed to document her own personal style and share her favorite tips and finds.  Instagram: @mycandidcloset

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