Friday, February 28, 2014

Snowshoeing at Mont Tremblant

I spent the last 3 days at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. I'm not a skier so it might sound a bit ridiculous to go to a mountain in the winter where the temperatures were in the minus mid-teens. But I had a great time snowshoeing.

This was a short vacay with a friend of mine to pre-celebrate our 60th birthdays. My 60th arrives on March 15th. Keeping active is my motto. I don't feel my age and wonder where the time went. My parents were "old" when they were 60. 

I have two weeks left in my 50's and I plan to savour the next 2 weeks.

We arrived at Tremblant on Monday, February 24th around noon. Our room at the Hilton Homewood Suites wasn't ready until 4:00 pm but we wandered the village, had a nosh to eat and did a bit of skating on the outdoor rink.

I'm not a skater. Too afraid of falling on the hard ice but actually enjoyed the time on the rink. I borrowed my daughter's newer moulded skates without picks!
First time on skates in 20 years. Not bad.
Large skating rink near the Chapel at the base of the village square.
Our room at the Homewood Suites was quite nice. We were upgraded to a suite with loft, so I got the queen bed in the loft and my friend was comfy on the pull out couch. The room had a full kitchen and included a hot breakfast every morning. A good deal and easier on the pocketbook. The room overlooked Place Saint Bernard and the Tremblant ski hills.
Our room was the top two floors under the arrow. 
Views from our room:
Ski hills in the distance. Sun was just going down.
Place Saint Bernard with fire pit just outside our window.
Staying warm and toasty by the fire pit.
Linda by the fire.
On our first day, we took the Panoramic lift ($20) up to the top of the mountain with our snowshoes. We were surprised how many skiers were around during the week. On our snowshoes we had to first cross a couple of the ski hills which were quite icy til we hit the forested area. The snow was deep here and the trees were beautiful. A true winter wonderland. The wind died down as we got into the trees but the temp was about -15C with a windchill of -23C. Layers work the best and once moving the cold wasn't really noticeable.
Making our way across the ski hill to the forested area for snowshoeing.



Observation Tower overlooking the valley. Too ice covered to climb.
Winter wonderland of snow covered trees.
View from the top looking down towards the lake and village.
On our last two days we snowshoed at the base of the mountain around the golf course. The A-10 route was well marked through the forest. Again, once in the trees, the wind was bearable. And although we thought the terrain would be flatter, we did climb hills. I used my Nordic Walking poles and enjoyed some of the scenery along the way.
Frozen water run-off along the trail.
Such a good workout both days. 4.47 km, total climb 177 meters/580 feet.
The food. Well not so great. The first night we had Ham and Asparagus Crêpes at the Catherine Crêperie. They were a bit soggy and quite rich. Not really enjoyable although the place gets high raves from diners. I think the sweet crêpes might be better. 
Smiles before ordering.
On our last night we ate at Resto-Bar Le Shack where I had pretty good fish and chips. Most lunches we ate in the room or while snowshoeing-sandwiches or chili. Our hotel offered afternoon snacks daily from 4-6. Over the three days they had soup, salsa and chips and chili. We definitely didn't go hungry.

Of course a vacation in Tremblant means a trip to the Rocky Mountain store for fudge. I purchased a hunk of chocolate caramel fudge. Yummy in the tummy even at the outrageous prices.

All in all a great trip. Loved the snowshoeing in the forests and hills. And I was able to make my goal of 60 km walking/snowshoeing for the month of February. I actually exceeded the goal and logged in 68 km. I have a new goal to add another 70 for the month of March.

Hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy winter. Cause if we don't we will just sit inside and eat fudge. 

Sandy


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7 comments:

Dawnya said...

Amazing pictures!!!

The Furry Gnome said...

Sounds like a great little vacation. I like that fitness app that produces a map. Have you posted any info on that?

Cheri said...

I love how you are celebrating heading towards this milestone in your life - enjoying friendship, travel, health, challenge, adventure! Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Cynthia said...

That sounds like a relaxing birthday celebration, and such beautiful scenery. Good for you, making your goal of 68 km. it's been so cold I haven't snowshoes much at all in February. Hoping to do more with milder temps in March.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Sandy! Thanks for visiting my blog. Sounds like you enjoy getting out too!

Darlin1 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! coming up.....the 6o's have been great to me. It's all about that good attitude and desire to not stop. I'm proud and envious of all your adventures!

Thanks for sharing!

XO

Gill - That British Woman said...

Sandy thanks for popping by and commenting. We both share the same birthday and mine is a big one also this year, the big 5 0 !!

Loved your photos have thought about visiting there, but not a huge fan of snow, so it would have to be a summer time visit.

I am now your newest follower!

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