Alpine touring has already grown in popularity in recent years, with the arrival of new equipment technologies and the expansion of trail networks, and yet the sport is even more popular this winter. Since this is an individual, outdoor activity that allows for social distancing, we can understand why!

Whether you are used to touring in Tremblant, or are looking to start, here are 6 important points to know for a successful outing:

 





 

1. Make sure you have access to the trails

Alpine touring at Tremblant means climbing the highest mountain in the Laurentians, skis on, in one of our designated areas or wooded trails and then descending on one of our groomed ski trails. A daily access ticket or the alpine touring pass is mandatory for all climbers.

You can get a daily access ticket by phone at 1-888-738-1777, at Customer Service, at the multiservice counter or at the ticket office. For the alpine touring pass, you can get it at Customer Service or at the multiservice counter only.

If you’re renting equipment at Le Randonneur boutique (located at the Chalet des Voyageurs), note that your daily access is included.

You can start your ascent from 7:45 AM and your exit from the mountain must be done at most 30 minutes after the gondola closes. Evening or night ascent is therefore not permitted.

Note that it is forbidden to climb with a trailer or sled.

 

 

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2. Dress appropriately

In order to stay comfortable throughout your outing, choose your clothes according to the temperature outside. Don’t hesitate to start your hike feeling a little cold. You will warm up pretty quickly!

Multilayer is the way most people go, as it allows you to easily adapt to rising or falling temperatures. Remember that it is often colder at the top and while skiing down, so always pack an extra layer in your backpack for the descent.

 

3. Bring snacks and water

Even if you don’t plan on a long outing, it’s always a good idea to have water and a small bite on hand. Snacks are great to support you and maintain your energy level. Good options might be a trail mix, muffins, protein bars, or even a small sandwich.

When you’re going for a full-day hike, pack a real lunch. In your backpack, carry several items that you will be able to divide and eat throughout your excursion. Sandwiches, chili, or hot soup that you can bring in a Thermos are convenient choices. Of course, bring plenty of water! In the winter, you might also enjoy having something warmer to drink, like hot chocolate, tea, or chicken broth that will stay warm for several hours in a Thermos.

And please don’t leave anything behind! You will find garbage cans and recycling bins at the base of the gondola.

 

 

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4. Stay on designated trails

For security reasons, head to open areas and only use marked access slopes. We ask that you only go up on the designated trails and on the side of the three trails as indicated on the map (Nansen, Algonquin and Beauchemin). If you are going up a slope, stay well visible to the skiers and boarders going downhill as well as for the machinery that could circulate, and climb one behind the other, never two wide. Stay alert!

Ideally, we recommend that you do not go up alone and bring a charged cell phone. However, as cell service does not reach everywhere on the mountain and some trails are not patrolled, knowledge of first aid is strongly recommended.

Animals prohibited: Also, note that Mont Tremblant is located in Mont-Tremblant National Park. Thus, pets are not allowed (dogs and cats) and feeding wild animals is prohibited.

 

 

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5. Follow the signs

A large mountain, many skiers of all levels, changing weather conditions… You have to be careful on the slopes! One of the main tips we want to share is this: Be aware of signage. Signs are there to guide you and inform you about the regulations in place, health measures, trail conditions and snow and grooming activities. Pay particular attention to signs for closed slopes.

 

 

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6. Use only open slopes for the descent

We ask that you do not use a closed trail and only descend during the mountain’s opening hours.

There is always a good reason why slopes are closed. It could be dangerous conditions or because there is equipment at work, but in all cases, there is no patrol on a closed trail and skiing them can result in an accident or violation. Please note that Station Mont Tremblant reserves the right to charge fees of $ 250 or more for any assistance request outside of its opening hours or outside of its marked and open ski slopes.

In addition, we ask you to respect the Code Conduct and Safety on the Mountain at all times.

It is essential for the maintenance of this activity on the mountain that all hikers respect the safety rules in place. Thank you for your cooperation and have a good hike!