Discover the mountain in a whole new way at the Festival Rando Alpine Tremblant this weekend!

Following a successful first edition, Tremblant’s Alpine Touring Festival returns this weekend, January 8 to 10. Neophytes and pros alike are invited to share a weekend highlighting the latest gear and techniques on the ski mountaineering sport scene.

The festival group guides went out together on January 3rd to check out the trails… And they look amazing!

What’s new in 2016?

  • Sunrise Ascent Is there a better way to start your day? Skiers wearing a headlamp and registered for the ascent will be rewarded with Tremblant’s splendid view of the sunrise from the summit. There’s more to that reward: they will also be part of the privileged few to carve first tracks!
  • Winter Mountain Bike (Fat Bike) Demo Saturday and Sunday, the curious are invited to try the new wave in winter sports: the FatBike. Free bike demos will be offered on nearby trails. Rendezvous at the Festival Base Camp, 9am – 3pm.
  • Race News  Sanctioned by SKIMOEAST, some Festival races will allow competitors to collect their first points of the season in the Skimo Championship Series, a total of 10 events across North-Eastern North America. Plus, some ascents offer geolocation with the Strava app, so racers can later compare performances.

Festival Highlights

  • Avalanche Québec Seminar Saturday afternoon, the Avalanche Québec group is presenting a free seminar entitled “Are You Ready For Off-Piste Skiing?”. A must-attend to learn all about the basics.
  • Guided Treks Perfect for experienced alpine touring skiers and beginners alike, assorted treks cover the basics and introduce participants to the mountain’s alpine touring trails.
  • Base Camp The Base Camp at the Place des Voyageurs is the go-to spot for information about alpine touring gear. Manufacturers will be on hand to present skis, bindings, poles and accessories.
  • Traversée Nocturne (Starlight Trek) Our 2015 People’s Choice event. At day’s end, participants are guided up the South Side in small groups, rest at the summit around a crackling fire and ski down a freshly groomed trail afterwards, by the light of their headlamps. Skiers are then rewarded with a nice fondue dinner! Sign up before Thursday, space is limited.

For registration and a detailed event programme, please visit the event webpage.

Your holidays in Tremblant: skiing and so much more, no matter the weather!

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A wide variety of activities in the pedestrian village

We are happy to announce that we have prepared a full schedule of activities for the holiday season, which begins on Saturday and runs until January 3, 2016. Original classes and workshops, such as Zumba and cooking classes, will be added to the long list of outdoor and indoor activities already offered at Tremblant in the winter. These new activities, in addition to the diverse entertainment for visitors of all ages, will help you enjoy your stay and your experience at the resort, no matter the weather!

Of these new activities available in the heart of the pedestrian village in the coming weeks, here are a few highlights:

AcroBag (see a clip!):

Located at the base of the South Side, AcroBag offers a tubing experience with aerial acrobatics. Fly through the air with your tube and safely land on a giant airbag.

The Amazing Elf Race:

At the Place Deslauriers, four stations will feature Christmas-themed challenges for young and old.

Letters to Santa:

Meet up at the Convention Centre to write and decorate your letters to Santa. Aspiring young writers can then submit their wishes in a huge mailbox located at the Information Booth.

See detailed schedule on tremblant.ca/thingstodo.

Snow conditions forecast

We are currently offering top to bottom runs on two mountain faces (south and north) and are conferring our efforts to be able to offer a good ski area for the holidays, hopefully with the help of Mother Nature.

This week a snowmaking window has allowed our team to focus on improving the already open runs, which is a priority in order to provide the best skiing conditions. Support of additional staff to the team in place favored the rapid start of the snowmaking system, maximizing snow production during this period.

Friday to Saturday, a larger snowmaking window is anticipated. First of all, in order to maintain the quality of the trails during the holidays, the team will focus on the already opened skiable terrain. Therefore, it is possible that some trails will see working snow guns in them during opening hours. The team’s next step will be to complete snowmaking in other trails, where operations have already begun, so as to open them as quickly as possible.

Rest assured that the Mountain Operations Team will continue to provide quality terrain and will take advantage of every opportunity to start up the snow guns at full speed.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes this holiday season!

 

Holiday message from our Marketing and Operations directors

 

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December, a festive month with events for everyone!

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December is an exciting month in Tremblant, full of great events! There is something for everyone during our four main events:

For a good cause: Tremblant’s 24h – December 4, 5 and 6

The first event of the winter season is probably one of the most impressive events of the year; it is also one of the most important! This weekend, for its 15th edition, the 24h of Tremblant will welcome special guests and donation objectives are high. In a most festive atmosphere, more than 2500 participants, grouped into about 300 teams, will relay for 24 hours to raise funds for hundreds of families in need. Three distinct sporting challenges will take place simultaneously during the weekend: skiing, walking and running. The 24h is a popular charity event and all proceeds are donated to three major foundations for children’s causes.

Among several shows this Saturday night, to mark 15 years of generosity, the 24h of Tremblant will host Simple Plan. A show not to be missed!

Quelques places encore disponibles pour vous inscrire. A few spots left to register. #24htremblant

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For equipment enthusiasts: Super Demo Days – December 12 and 28

Every year, the biggest names in the ski and snowboarding industry rendezvous at the base of Tremblant’s south side slope. It’s a great opportunity to discover the latest models from brands Atomic, Blizzard, Burton, Dynastar, Giro, Leki, Oakley, Rossignol, Salomon and Smith. During the event, you can try free equipment and compare before you buy. If you like a certain model, know that Super Demo Days are always paired in promotions in the Tremblant shops!

For freestyle fans: LTD Rail Jam – December 19

Even if you aren’t the type to ride in the snow park, the LTD is a sight to behold! An assembly of truly talented young skiers and snowboarders will participate in this friendly rail event at the base of the south side slope. The judges will score the runs according to their complexity and originality and also by the cheers of the audience. Over $ 4,000 in prizes will be shared among the participants who will stand out during the day. The prizes are sponsored by: Anon, Armada, Burton, Volcom and GoPro.

Join the event on Facebook!

For the whole family : holiday season celebrations – December 19 2015 to Jan 3. 2016

Lights, music, a magical atmosphere… The holidays at Tremblant are synonymous with entertainment and fun for all ages. Dress warmly and take part in the festivities which include animation with the Grelot family of elves, street artists and Toufou, our famous mascot. The animation goes on from December 19 to January 3, but note these special dates on your calendar:

Dec. 24 : Santa Claus is coming to Tremblant

Come meet Santa! From the Place des Voyageurs, stroll along Rue des Remparts with the Grelot family to place St. Bernard where Santa Claus will give out presents for the children.

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December 31 : New Year Spectacular

Welcome in the New Year with us at Place Saint-Bernard! Take part in the festivities and witness the Tremblant snow school show. Dare to put on your most flamboyant snow suits and accessories to highlight our theme: fluorescent colors! Plus, check out a DJ Battle between DJ Stally and DJ Skittel’ZZ, and an electronic violin display by Eric Speed. At the 12th stroke of midnight, to mark the arrival of the New Year, don’t miss the classic fireworks show!

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Beneath The Stars: 5 Tips for an Enjoyable Night Outdoors!

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The 20th edition of Tremblant Beneath the Stars comes alive this weekend! Come see the most impressive meteor shower of the year, learn about constellations, and even see Saturn and the Moon through a telescope. And why not witness the passage of the International Space Station too, while at it?

We have rounded up a few tips that will ensure your night spent watching the Perseids in the great outdoors is both memorable AND comfortable!

 

The Perseid meteor shower can only be seen in the northern hemisphere. This group of meteors (up to 200 per hour) is made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, observed for the first time over 1,000 years ago.

 

Plan Ahead

Sunset is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. If you want to catch the beautiful colours of the sunset, make sure you give yourself enough time to reach the summit beforehand. If you would rather make it up once the sun is already down, you can certainly do so.

If you like nature walks, you can join one of the two guided hikes planned for 9:30 and 10:30 p.m, where you can learn more about the starry night sky above. If you followed the development, construction and voyage of NASA’s spacecraft to Pluto, then you will surely want to attend Michelle Burelle’s talk at 9 p.m. (in French) and 10:30 p.m. (in English).

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For a few dollars, purchase an unlimited gondola pass valid for as many ups and downs as you want until closing time at 1 a.m!

 

Scan The Sky From Up Close

If you love astronomy, remember to bring your binoculars or your telescope before heading to the summit, whether on foot or on the gondola (which will be operating until 1 a.m. for this special event – see prices above). Once there, experts from the Club des astronomes amateurs de Laval will be on deck to help you locate constellations. So many things can be seen in the sky using only a pair of binoculars: there are stars, satellites, planets, and so much more!

Also, bring a flashlight with a red light bulb or cover your white light bulb with a piece of red tape. As our eyes are most sensitive to white light, choosing a different colored light will allow you to see stars in more detail.

Dress Warmly

Even though it is the beginning of August, the weather can be quite cool on top of the mountain once night falls. The wind could also pick up and you won’t be very active while watching the stars so bundle up. Bring warm clothes, a hat and even some gloves.

Think Comfort

Make sure you have all the tools for a great evening. Bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on. Bring a spray to keep bugs at bay and, if you plan to join the guided walks, choose adequate shoes. With these precautions taken, your evening is a guaranteed success!

Download Helpful Apps

If you prefer to spend a quiet evening of contemplation, removed from the other visitors’ bustle, we suggest you download some apps ahead of time. Here are a few mobile apps that can help you identify what you are seeing above your head: Sky Guide, Starmap and Night Sky Tools. Should you want their help, the experts present onsite will also be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Whether you are an avid astronomer or simply curious about it, we are confident that this coming weekend will find you outdoors, taking in one of the Tremblant Beneath The Stars! Don’t miss your chance to learn more about this fascinating universe, full of possibilities and ongoing discoveries, whether on your own, with friends or with your family!

Blues : The Complete Festival Guide

Today marks the beginning of Tremblant International Blues Festival’s 22nd edition, a more intimate and diverse Festival than ever before! Here is a quick Festival guide put together just for you, to help you make the most of this wonderful event!

Come prepared

The Festival takes place in a breathtaking environment with several outdoor stages that are perfect for intimate and lively gatherings. To enjoy the Festival to the max, bring comfortable shoes, plenty of suncreen, a water bottle to stay hydrated under the hot sun, and a rain jacket in case of inclement weather. Armed with these tools, you will be able to enjoy your favourite artists’ performances without a care in the world.

Angel Forrest enjoying the rain in Tremblant, in 2014.
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Chat with the artists

This video from Bobby Bazini confirms it: local and international artists alike love being at the Festival and meeting people in the streets of the pedestrian village during their stay. Don’t be shy! Politely approach them and ask for a photo or an autograph. They will happily oblige and you can add your signed album to your precious collection!

Make sure you also say hello to the Festival’s new spokesperson, Anne-Marie Withenshaw!

This year, the Festival’s MC is hosting his 21st edition (out of 22). Feel free to shake his hand and ask him for a few funny stories or to recommend new bands and artists!

Become a star

Want to be on stage? Our team has cooked up several activities that will give you the opportunity to do just that throughout the Festival. Show us what you are made of by participating in the Blues’araoke, Air Guitar contest, graffiti workshop, live dancing Blues parties and more. Choose from a series of activities and get ready for your fifteen minutes of fame!

Come early to score the best spots

Many patios provide an outstanding view of the CASINO Stage of Place Saint-Bernard. To eat dinner while enjoying a show, inquire about reserving a table or… arrive early! For a complete list of restaurants, click here.

There are also several other stages throughout the resort, where you can choose from seats on the ground level if you want to dance or in the stands, if you prefer to sit!

The pedestrian village teeming with happy Festival guests.

Plan your time

With over 100 free indoor shows over 10 days, true Festival fans will need to plan their time to catch all of their favourite artists. In case you have a hard time choosing which acts to see, here are a few suggestions.

In the evening, bars fill up as Blues shows take over! A few dollars get you through the door, where you can watch exceptional artists at work in an incredible atmosphere.

Don’t forget to stop by the Place des Voyageurs’ stage, renamed the “BB King Stage” in order of the Blues legend who passed away in early 2015.

Follow us on social media at #tremblant!

Throughout the Festival, our team will be scouring the pedestrian village and backstage areas looking for exclusive content to share with you. To keep up with all of the action, follow us on the Festival’s Facebook page! You can also share your Festival’s highlights on social media using #tremblant.

For the first time this year, our team will also be active on Periscope for a live remote experience of the Festival. Subscribe to our Twitter feed to see all of the exclusive videos!

Now that you can’t wait to be there, time to book your lodging! But hurry up: there are only a few rooms left.

Happy Festival!