Skiing, patios and Blues music: 3 ways to enjoy the last ski weekend of the season!

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Tremblant’s last weekend of the season promises to be a busy one! On April 9, in addition to awesome spring skiing, the Place Saint-Bernard will be buzzing with Blues music as Tremblant International Blues Festival’s co-hosts, Alain Cyr and Maxime Lalonde, and its spokesperson, Anne-Marie Withenshaw, unveil the complete artist lineup of this year’s festival. One more reason for shed the layers and chill at the foot of the slopes!

 

Your last chance to ski this season

The weekend of April 9 and 10 will be your last chance to hit the slopes for the season. Get a few more turns in and enjoy the soft corn snow that is so typical for this time of year.

In the spring, ski conditions can change quickly over the course of a morning. Stay tuned and check our Snow Report regularly to enjoy the mountain to the fullest!

When your ski day is done, it’s time to soak in the sun, enjoy après-ski, and end the season on a high note!

 

 

Get a Blues-filled taste of summer

This year’s complete festival lineup will be unveiled on April 9 during a live event on Place Saint-Bernard. Do not miss Andria Simone’s live performance: she was one of last year’s favourite artists of the Festival. If you have yet to discover this incredibly talented artist, listen to her most recent single, “Torn”, right here:

 

MatB, a guest DJ, will spin tunes in the afternoon and Tova Stolow, who won last year’s Blues’araoke competition, will light up the stage. One thing is for certain: on Saturday, the entire pedestrian village will be singing and dancing!

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Say hello to the event cohosts and spokesperson. Who knows … you might even get a scoop or two!

You won’t want to miss anything on April 9! To help you plan, here is a detailed schedule for the day:

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.: DJ Music and Animation

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Unveiling of the 2016 Tremblant International Blues Festival lineup with Anne-Marie Withenshaw, including live performances by Tova Stolow and Andria Simone

 

Soak in the sun on your favourite patio

Restaurant patios will be open for Blues lovers on event day (weather permitting). A perfect occasion for the whole family to dance together! Toufou, Tremblant’s friendly mascot, will even stop by and join in the festivities at Place Saint-Bernard. Guaranteed fun for all!

The Tremblant International Blues Festival takes place on July 8–17. Until then, like the event’s official Facebook page and keep an eye of the website to stay on top of it all!

The next generation of young riders and Burton

Snowboarding has seen an increase in popularity with kids over the last few years. For the first generation of snowboarders, many who are now parents, it’s time to share their passion for this sport with their children. The snowboard industry has picked up on this trend and has introduced small-size specialised snowboards to fill the gap.

This April 3rd, Tremblant will be hosting the 9th edition of the Burton El Niño; a day entirely dedicated to young freestyle snowboarders. Young riders 12 years and under, newcomers to the sport or more experienced snowboarders, can participate.

We spoke with Mathieu Bouffard from Tremblant Boutiques about kids and snowboarding:

Have you seen an increase in the sales of snowboard equipment for juniors in the past few years?

Yes. Since 2014, snowboard equipment sales have soared by 80%. This year, we have seen a small decrease in sales, but in general, the junior snowboard equipment market is thriving.

Have you seen an increase in the offer for kids in this segment?

Yes. We now have much more choice in kids’ snowboards for different levels. Whereas we used to only offer entry-level boards, we now have more options; especially in our junior boots and bindings selection.

On average, at what age do kids start snowboarding?

I don’t exactly know the average age of beginners, but if I look around me, kids are now put on a board as early as age 2, for both boys and girls. At that young age, we only want them to enjoy the sport and develop their passion for playing outdoors. We have to keep expectations low, never ask for a perfect run… It’s all in the name of fun. That’s the heart and soul of this culture!

Have you seen an increase in the number participants in the Burton El Niño event?

For the past 3 years, we’ve seen a 45% increase in the number of participants to this event. While age requirement used to be 14 years old, we have now added a category for 12 year-olds and under.

How do you see the future of the junior snowboarding segment?

At the ski area’s shop, we are continually increasing the offer in the junior segment and are also offering more and more snowboard clothing and equipment. We are more than ever promoting the El Niño event to mix fun with education. We’ve also been partnering with a young local snowboarder, Charles Pratte, for three years now. He’s been with us since the age of 14. We believe in the next generation! Kids are the ones who will bring back the glory of snowboarding!

All in all, we can see a steady increase in the practice of snowboarding among kids, on the slopes, in store and even on Facebook and YouTube. Ride on little ones!

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Bring on spring at Tremblant!

Today was a good day #tremblant #snowboard #spring #sun #happiness #east #coast #gopro

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Spring in Tremblant is a distinct season, both on the mountain and in the pedestrian village. Longer days and warmer weather make for softer ski conditions … and a more festive atmosphere! It’s sunshine on the terraces and outdoor BBQ season, sporting and musical events season, happiness at its peak season! Mark this on your calendar; these are the days you won’t want to miss this spring:

April 2 – Caribou Cup

Our spring tradition continues! Take part in the crazy pond crossing, a length of 75 feet, with your most original costume and finish your race at Le P’tit Caribou.

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April 3 – Burton El Nino

Perfect for your little riders, this event for kids 12 and under is perfect for youngsters wanting to improve their snowboarding skills. Enjoy the presence of coaches from the Burton Quebec team!

Super journée chaude et ensoleillée pour le Burton ElNiño! / Warm and sunny day for the #BurtonElNino event! #tremblant

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April 3 – ROCK & RIDE ROCKSTAR @ Tremblant

To celebrate the end of the season, Rockstar invites everyone to the Adrénaline park for a day, where a new original park feature will be installed for the event that will satisfy the more adventurous! A speed and style competition will be held with participation prizes and demonstrations from pro riders, such as Alex Bellemare, World Ski Slopestyle champion. To top it off, a chill zone will be set up in the terrain park with BBQ, DJ, live entertainment… More details to come!

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April 9 – Spring skiing with Corona

Head to the Fourchette du Diable on the North Side to celebrate spring skiing with Corona. Enjoy the warmer weather with a BBQ in a festive and relaxed atmosphere as you gather around the hay bales at the foot of the slopes. A sunny afternoon between family and friends is a great way to enjoy spring!

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April 9 – International Blues Festival Launch party

Experience a little taste of the biggest festival of the year and enjoy the last Saturday of spring skiing with some great Blues! Our festival spokesperson, Anne-Marie Withenshaw and our hosts Alain Cyr and Maxime Lalonde will gather at Place Saint-Bernard to unveil the musical show line up and to introduce one of our 2015 favorites, Andria Simone. The festivities begin at noon!

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 Furthermore, every Saturday and Sunday of the spring season will fill Place Saint-Bernard with a festive atmosphere brought by musical performances from our DJ. A sunny après-ski on a terrace with good music in the background sounds good? Bring on spring at Tremblant!

  Après-ski au soleil! #tremblant Enjoying the sunshine! ??   A photo posted by Station Mont Tremblant (@monttremblant) on

Ski with the greats & celebrate 70 years of history

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Canada has been making ski racing history for the past 70 years. Sixty years ago, Canada won its first Olympic medal and forty-eight years ago, Canada won its first World Cup. To celebrate this long history of excellence in Canadian ski racing, the National Team Alumni (1945-2015) will be participating in this year’s Legends Classic held on Saturday, February 27th, in Tremblant.

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The Legends Classic is a yearly event honoring skiers of all levels and all ages (7 years to 85 plus). A fun race open to everyone, this year will be quite special as skiers are invited to race with some of our country’s greatest Champions: Crazy Canuck “Jungle” Jim Hunter, Nancy Greene, Al Raine, Kathy and Laurie Kreiner, Peter Duncan, the Wurtele twins, Emily Brydon and many more! The $30.00 registration fee goes to support the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame & Museum.

For details and to register for the race visit www.skimuseum.ca.

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To kick off this festive weekend, you’re invited to mingle with the National Team Alumni on Friday evening, February 26th, at a casual Cocktail Dinatoire reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.at the Westin Resort Hotel Tremblant.  Limited tickets are available at $100 p.p.

After the Legends Classic, celebrations continue on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. with an elegant Cocktail Reception & Gala Banquet at Tremblant’s historic landmark, the Chalet des Voyageurs.  Limited tickets are available at $200 p.p.

Advanced reservations are required prior to Friday, February 19th. For more information and to purchase tickets contact Jane at jc@jcreationsinc.com or call 514 486-4495

Net proceeds from the Alumni Reunion Cocktail Dinatoire and the Gala Banquet will go to support the Alpine Canada Development Team

Recap of the 2016 Festival Rando Alpine

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To discover the mountain in a new way: that’s the objective of Tremblant’s Festival Rando Alpine! During the weekend of January 8 to 10, 2016, participants lived memorable experiences and were left with new stories to tell.

The event kicked off Friday night with a guided fatbike outing. With the urge to discover new ways to enjoy winter, 43 participants, divided into four groups, explored the snow covered bike trails along the Diable River. The trails, groomed by Vélo Mont-Tremblant offer a unique adventure for cyclists of all levels as well as a new kind of winter challenge. Later that evening, the festival-goers were invited to a friendly Happy hour, hosted by Fat Mardi’s.

Saturday offered a nice pleasant day for a mountain climb. Twenty-seven courageous early birds left at 6 a.m. to take on the Ascension au Soleil Levant, the first of seven outings in the Festival’s second edition. One of the most popular outings of the day was the Forest adventure that had skiers scale the Sentier des Pruches, ski down La Carriole, climb the Nord-Sud followed by the Grand Nord and the Timber, finishing with a descent on the ski slopes to the south base.

Both Introductory tours taught a total of 55 adventurers how to use the sport’s technical equipment. Guides also offered a few basic tips on climbing techniques, including advice on clothing, nutrition, movement, etc.

On the other hand, 47 experts, in search of a challenge, participated in La Course du Festival, sanctioned by Skimo East. This race, which included sections of climbing with skins, boot-pack and descent, was the first Skimo East race of the 2016 season.

The festival’s first edition favourite, La Traversée nocturne, gathered more than 207 people in several groups. Although dispersed during the ascent the participants found their way to the top for snacks around the fire pit. After a pleasant, although slightly foggy descent, a festive mood accompanied the fondue dinner held at the Fourchette du Diable. The evening continued with a presentation by Simon St-Arnaud, the Alpine Adventurer, and many prizes were handed out.

Sunday’s activities were slightly spoiled by Mother Nature dropping several millimeters of rain on us. Which is why we wish to commend the courage of the six skiers who nevertheless finished Le Tour de la Montagne in the rain!

Throughout the weekend, the main manufacturers of the alpine touring industry, as well as ski and avalanche specialists, presented the industries innovations in ski boots, accessories and security essentials.

Finally, despite the disappointing weather the last day, the 2nd edition of the Festival Rando Alpine Tremblant was a success. Several curious new comers discovered this increasingly  popular sport and all participants left happy, with sound advice and great memories!