Snowshoeing opportunities on Mont-Tremblant may be overlooked. An alternative to skiing and snowboarding on the mountain.
To recreate my experience:
- Board the uOttawa/Carleton ski and snowboarding bus at 7 am on a Sunday, despite no longer being a student. Be the only ones with snowshoes. Students are coming directly from residence and wearing pyjamas. Some are 18 years old.
- Stop at McDonald’s. Watch the “sick” reel that’s being played on the bus. Hear about stoke and hype. And the after-party.
- Arrive at Tremblant before 10 am. You are re-directed from the ticket line outside, as snowshoeing passes are purchased inside. Wait in line some more. End up only buying a pedestrian gondola ride for $17.73.
- Ride the gondola with your snowshoes in tow.
- Get a little disoriented finding the Sommets trailhead (map here), having to go down the slope for a short distance before reaching it. Have fun on the incline.
- Be in awe of the beautiful snow-covered pine trees along quiet trails. Have lunch in a spot off the trail. Reach the lookout but see nothing as it is cloudy. Get disoriented in a loop. Find your way back.
- Explore Mont-Tremblant’s pedestrian village for a bit. Find a microwave in the chalet and have dinner there. Drink wine out of a thermos.
- Choose the non party bus rather than the party bus for the way back. Continue drinking wine, you are now a wine mom.
- Decline to shot-gun a beer at the mid-ride stop. Feel old.
- Return to uOttawa/Carleton around 8 pm.