Intel Hotel: Tremblant for $50-$100 a day, plus elevators

If you are willing to go during the week in low season, you can enjoy a getaway at an affordable price.

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The mountainside resort of Tremblant has something for everyone, even on a tight budget. A Works Stay, is a safe, user-friendly, car-free destination full of character, variety and the inviting atmosphere of a Quebec winter getaway.

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And even during a pandemic, there is positive news. Nearly all lodges on the mountain are geared toward a DIY visit, so it’s easy to adjust to the new rules. Your travel bubble can stay together indoors and play together outdoors.

For a variety of cozy accommodations, the resort has 1,900 condo-hotel units (including Les Suites Tremblant, Le Bondurant, and two full-service hotels, Fairmont Tremblant and Le Westin Resort & Spa). For leisure, this tourism behemoth operates 14 lifts for alpine skiing and snowboarding on four mountains, things for kids, and a walkable village of 75 high-style boutiques and tempting restaurants (serving takeout for now).

Tremblant.ca it’s your accommodation booking bible and you can design your own recreation plan, at various prices. There are frequent online specials, including a current discount on lodging and lift tickets. If you stock the fridge to eat “at home” and opt for Tremblant’s hefty free activities, you can get in for $50 a day, per person, at certain times. If you loosen your purse strings for a casual grab-and-go meal or treats for the kids, a moderately priced visit could run you $100 a day, per person. Lift tickets are additional attractions.

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Later this winter, the Intel Hotel will post tips for living large: a more extravagant visit that could cost $500 a day or more.

The recently renovated Ermitage du Lac is one of Tremblant's desirable hillside condominiums.
The recently renovated Ermitage du Lac is one of Tremblant’s desirable hillside condominiums. Photo by Tremblant

Accommodation: Timing is everything. Early birds who book early get the best deals, but you can also get last-minute discount fares online, within nine days of travel.

Less expensive accommodations that are still very comfortable include a condo with a kitchen or kitchenette for “at home” dining. With a two-night minimum, Tremblant’s Winter Getaway in the Snow is around $150 per night, off-season weekdays, at Place St-Bernard, located near the gondola. That’s about $38 per person for up to four in a studio. It’s compact living, but you can upgrade to a one- or two-bedroom suite or a property with more amenities.

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For example, Ermitage du Lac was recently renovated with beautiful modern decor and updated kitchens. The Winter Getaway starts at $191 a night for up to four (about $47 per person). Ermitage has many perks, including balconies, a great continental breakfast (for in-room dining), ski valet in the gondola, a hot tub (by reservation), equipment lockers, and a summer pool.

Free: Street entertainer Marc-Ambulles and his friend Toufou, Tremblant’s furry mascot, amuse young and old as they stroll through the town with balloons and costumes. And the Cabriolet transfer lift, a short ride that glides above the village, is a thrill for youngsters.

Tremblant’s Recreation Path, a scenic mountain trail along the Devil’s River, is perfect for winter hiking or cross-country skiing. Another free activity for guests of the mountain resort is the new winter wonderland of Jardins de glace, an ice playground and skating rink next to St-Bernard’s Chapel.

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All Tremblant accommodations have covered parking for an additional fee, but you can park for free in P1, P2 or P3 and transport your gear to your hotel on a free shuttle.

Accommodation guests have privileged First Tracks access to the lifts, 45 minutes prior to morning opening. If you prefer your own power uphill, an alpine sightseeing pass is $19 a day, and rentals are free.

Economic snacks: The super-family Cheesus reinvents grilled cheese sandwiches ( cheesesanto.com ). El Santo Perdido makes tacos and tequila and mezcal tasting flights ( elsantoperdido.com ). It’s about $8 to $18 to fuel up at either.

The new A Mano Trattoria (“everything made by hand”) cooks Italian gastronomy ( amanotrattoria.com ). Already known for its filet mignon, mushroom and seafood risotto, it’s not really in the budget category, but it does have a kids’ menu ($14) and pizza ($17-$26).

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As for snacks ($5 or less), Pop & Co. serves candy, chocolate, and popcorn, Beignes d’Antan makes potato doughnuts, and Oh La Vache! It’s a great stop for ice cream treats.

The elevators: The current online special offers savings of up to 25 percent off regular lift ticket prices, which range from $95 to $129 per day for adults, depending on the date, with discounts for seniors, youth and late nights. midday.

Season passes are the best way to save. If you go online, possibly as early as April, you’ll find amazing deals for 2022-23. Tonik and Ikon passes ranged from $800 to $1,100 for 2021-22, depending on restrictions ( ikonpass.com ).

Family bubbles can enjoy Tremblant's outdoor activities, some free of charge, throughout the pedestrian-friendly village.
Family bubbles can enjoy Tremblant’s outdoor activities, some free of charge, throughout the pedestrian-friendly village. Photo by Tremblant

If you go

Tremblant Tourist Center: 888-738-1777, tremblant.ca . Prices fluctuate. Some accessible accommodation.

Les Suites Tremblant includes Place St-Bernard, Ermitage du Lac, Sommet des Neiges, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant, Tour des Voyageurs I and II, and Lodge de la Montagne.

Tourism Laurentino: 800-561-6673, laurentides.com

Tremblant condos and hotels are ski-in, ski-out.
Tremblant condos and hotels are ski-in, ski-out. Photo by Tremblant

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