Unfortunaltely I was not able to meet all Expérience Ski Québec Fam Trip participants this year. I have accompanied the groups 3 times in the past years and for this edition, my lucky number was picked by Virginie Larouche in The Laurentians, and my day of skiing would be in Tremblant. Since I only had one day, I really wanted to make the most of it.
Lucky enough, it snowed about 2 inches during the night. The ski (and snowboard – for the UK guys and Virginie!) conditions were just perfect. The skiing guys separated into two groups… the fast ones went with Caroline Gasparro and Marieve, sales representatives for Tremblant and the extra-fast-ones, spent the morning with Virginie and myself (even if they were on snowboards…). In the end, surprisingly enough, they were’nt too bad for boarders… and Ken (from the US) and I, the only ones on skis, had to make sure, they would wait for us!
We had lots of fun, especially when Virginie took us, at 9 : 30, to open up another side of the mountain, Le Versant Soleil, for first tracks. Most of the pictures in the video are from that run. Then we went on the North side and on the Edge side of the mountain. We eventually cam back up the chairlift that flies over the snowpark (helmets mandatory in Québec if you or your children want to use the modules and jumps).
Lunch was at Le Shack restaurant… when you visit Tremblant, you HAVE to visit this ‘historic’ place by the slopes. I ate a humongus (is that a word?) burger (with fries like I like them!) in front of Eli Sucar, the food services manager. Catherine was close by enjoying her humongus Chef’s Salad.
I went back on the slopes with Catherine and Richard and enjoyed a couple of runs before visiting Tremblant Activity Center. These guys are like the ‘concierges’ of the resort and can organise all the activities you could dream of. They have ready-to-book activities and much, much more like a heli tour of the area for example. Then we were off to La Diable Micro-Brewery for a beer tasting event. That beer is very tasty and a perfect après-ski for.. well, the après-ski!
Then, just about an hour left for a jump in the hot tub (my specialty!) of the Ermitage the hotel where I couch surfed in Virginie’s room (thanks again for the hospitality my friend!).
I met with eveyone (except my friend Ken, nowhere to be found, maybe having a nap before a great supper at the Quintessence?) at the Marriott before leaving to come back home in Boucherville (south shore of Montréal) to find my little family…
This is the trip Virginie Larouche from The Laurentians and Véronique Bourgon from Tourisme Québec had organised. Although I could only make a short visit, I was told the whole trip was quite something.
Here is the schedule:
March 9 to March 13 2008
Discover the Laurentians!
Thanks to the various partners
Monday March 10, 2008
Equipment rental provided by Station Mont-Tremblant
Auberge Gray Rocks
Hotel le Chantecler, Ristorante Trimonti
Ski Morin Heights
Chamber of commerce of the Saint-Sauveur Valley
Wednesday March 12, 2008
Thursday March 13, 2008
Village Mont-Blanc Condo
PLEASE add you comments about this trip for future references and other Ski Clubs, Councils and Tour Operators that could not visit during the Fam Tour and do not forget to see my first ever video produced (and directed) by myself, made on my computer this afternoon!
Also, here is a link to my pictures on Flickr.