SKI - - EAST - —J.C

Re­mem­ber your pass­ports, and ex­pect to be sat­is­fied if you ven­ture north of the 49th par­al­lel in search of a ski va­ca­tion that feels like Europe with­out the tiny beds and cut­throat lift queues. Que­be­cois cul­ture? Be­ware of stereo­types, of course. Un­less they’re de­li­cious ones. Read­ers re­port, as you’d ex­pect, that Que­be­cois cui­sine, which has had 350 years to prac­tice since it moved here from France, is Trem­blant’s sig­na­ture strength. You might also ex­pect that a French-speak­ing peo­ple would bring a re­laxed ap­proach to the sport, where ski­ing is how you get from ta­ble to ta­ble. Trem­blant is pur­pose-built for that kind of he­do­nism, with an en­chant­ing slope­side pedes­trian vil­lage that’s packed with brasseries, creperies, cafes, bou­tiques, and bistros. Trem­blant’s ho­tels, read­ers re­port, are still the best in the East. And if the weather’s bad, there’s tons of off-hill ac­tiv­i­ties (fam­i­lies love the huge water­park). If all of it of­fends your pu­ri­tan­i­cal sen­si­bil­i­ties, Trem­blant’s Laurentian Moun­tains ter­rain, sur­pris­ingly sin­is­ter in places, is happy to ex­act penance from bell to bell. Read­ers prom­ise it’ll be Canada-cold out there. Just try not to en­joy the beau­ti­ful views. But maybe it’s bet­ter to in­dulge, non? “Great restau­rants, great lodg­ing, lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids.” “Après scene is unmatched.” “Joie de vivre!” The only bad part of vis­it­ing Trem­blant: Wor­ry­ing about what they must think of us when they see our ski-lodge food.


Player? Try a night out at Casino Mont-Trem­blant. Its strik­ing ar­chi­tec­ture an­chors the Ver­sant Soleil base area.


La Source, the huge water­park. And don’t for­get, Quebec school breaks are typ­i­cally a cou­ple weeks af­ter Amer­i­can ones. Per­fect.


So hard to choose, but the hottest ta­bles are at Mille Pâtes (Ital­ian/pas­tas), Seb Lar­ti­san Culi­naire (Que­be­cois/new Cana­dian), and La Savoie (fon­due/raclette).

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