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 was the top two floors under the arrow.|
|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.
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.
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.