The Adventure Kids aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta "discovered" that downhill skiing at the Mont-Tremblant
Ski Resort in the province of Quebec, Canada, voted
the #1 ski resort in Eastern North America
offers thrills for skiers and snowboarders of all levels of experience.
Mont-Tremblant is the highest
peak in the Laurentian Mountains and has a top elevation of 2,871
feet (875 meters), a vertical drop of 2,116 pi/feet (645 meters), 14 ski lifts
serving 95 runs comprised of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs, to appeal
to all levels of experience, and has an excellent Ski School.
In late February 2011, we
flew to Mont-Tremblant, Canada to once again experience this breathtaking winter
playground, and rather than haul our ski equipment on the plane with us, we
traveled light and opted to rent state-of-the-art Solomon skis and boots at the
base of the mountain from the Adventure Center (Centre Aventure - Chalet des
Voyageurs), which was the ultimate in convenience and provided us with the
opportunity to "test-drive" so to speak, new Solomon ski equipment.
Debra and Edward Ready to Ski
We woke bright and early, had
breakfast, dressed warmly in our ski suits and our new state-of-the-art Smith
Optics Helmets and Smith Optics Goggles, headed to the Adventure Center, and
after picking up our rental ski equipment, we were ready to hit the
Edward: Although Debra is an
experienced skier and grew up skiing, I am a beginner skier, and decided that
it would be a good idea to take a lesson with the Ski School
(École Sur Neige) to better
appreciate my time at Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort. Together with Ski School
Instructor Sylvain Hotte, Debra and I boarded the Gondola where my
excitement grew as we were whisked up the mountain with the colorful Pedestrian Village fading in the distance.
Ski Instructor Sylvain Hotte, Debra, and Edward
When we reached the summit,
Debra and I went off on our separate ways, and Sylvain Hotte put me through my
paces for my 2-hour lesson where I
had the opportunity to brush up on my skiing techniques. With Sylvain's "threats"
ahem, I mean, assistance, by the end of my lesson, I was able to eliminate some
of my "bad ski habits" including my desire to lean back in my skis which kept throwing
off my balance, and I was finally able to traverse the mountain with confidence
and a bit of style I might add. I especially enjoyed learning to do a quick
stop and send up little snow clouds around my skis.
Edward on the Slopes
Debra: Having grown up
skiing, it is interesting to look back and note how the sport has changed over
the years, including the fact that snowboarders and skiers now share the same space,
where once there were separate runs for each sport.
Also of interest is the growing
number of skiers and snowboarders who are now wearing helmets, including The
Adventure Kids - Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta. Once the only thing I wore
on my head was a headband, I have come to realize the importance of safety and
am more than happy to don a cool helmet. In fact, many ski resorts, including
Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort recommend wearing helmets, and if you plan to partake
of the special Snow Parks with rail and jump modules, helmets are mandatory.
Mountain Guide Luc Bechard and Debra
Since Edward was off having a
lesson, rather than ski by myself, I decided to take advantage of the Free
Mountain Guided Tour and had a great morning skiing with Luc Bechard,
one of Mont-Tremblant's experienced and friendly Ski Guides. This fun and
interesting program provides skiers of all skill levels new to Mont-Tremblant
with the opportunity to ski with an insider who will provide information on the
slopes as well as join them for a few runs for a 45-60 minute ski tour. Luc was
able to provide me with the lay of the land so to speak, and the "ins and outs"
of skiing Mont-Tremblant, advising me on the conditions of the trails, where
the best spots were if I wanted to ski through the glades, and pointing out
scenic spots along the way where I could stop and take photographs.
View from the Chair Lift
Mont-Tremblant has four
"versants" or faces, and Luc and I skied Versant
Nord (North Side), which had 3 easy runs, 8 difficult runs, 14 very
difficult runs, and 5 extreme for expert runs, and we also experienced parts of
the Snow Park on the run Lowell Thomas with its
rail and jump modules.
Debra Hitting the Slopes
We continued skiing on Versant Edge (The Edge), which provided
stunning panoramic views of the frozen lakes below, and offered its own
challenges with 1 easy run, 3 intermediate runs, 1 very difficult run, and 3 extreme
for expert runs.
Skiing the Glades
We also skied Versant Sud (South Side), where there
were 14 easy runs, 9 difficult runs, 12 very difficult runs, and 4 extreme for
expert runs. Breathtaking scenery, diverse, well-groomed runs for all skill
levels, excellent services including the friendly and professional Ski School
and Free Mountain Guided Tours, are all part of why Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort
was voted #1 resort in Eastern North America.
The Slopes Beckon
The Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort
2010 -2011 season runs from November 25, 2010 until April 10, 2011. Starting December
11th, Free Mountain Guided Tours are conducted every day at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Register inside Le Grand Manitou
at the Customer Service Counter and then meet at the summit's Giant Trail.
Centre Aventure - Chalet des Voyageurs
Everyday from 8:00 am until
Ski School (École Sur Neige)
Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs
Mont-Tremblant, Québec, J8E 1T1
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