photo: Polar Media / René-Pierre Normandeau 

A weekend trip to Tremblant is as high-class as riding in Quebec gets. In only 10 years the resort has gone from a diamond-in-the-rough to a full-scale world-class resort, and it’s still expanding. The pedestrian village, much like a colourful Lego-block castle, is loaded with boutiques and eateries to satisfy your every craving. Pro rider Benji Ritchie remembers his time here very well: “My home mountain is definitely Mont Tremblant, even if I have been out west for the last five or six years. What I like about it is that it’s the biggest hill in the area, and it offers longer and steeper runs. It definitely offers a better terrain for powder days and for people who like to freeride more.”

With four ski areas of ideally groomed terrain to choose from, Tremblant provides everything from butter runs to risky glades. And don’t be fooled by the decadence of the resort—even the fancy hoopla that goes with an Intrawest resort isn’t enough to tone down the infamous Quebec après-ski madness.

Latest: Continuing its development, the resort is adding a new lengthy beginner run on the Versant Soleil side. A new chairlift is also in the works, set to open in the coming years. Also, Tremblant’s little sister, Cote Nord, is coming to life on the shore of Lac-Superieur. 94 Luxury log homes, log village and a top of the line health spa will be finished by 2010.

Must Hit: For one of the toughest runs around, try the north side’s CBC. It’s a nice challenge if you’re looking for a relatively long run with some great terrain.