2023 Ski Bum Trip - Mont Tremblant
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Blue Don 1982 - DCSki Supporter 
February 2, 2023
Member since 01/13/2008 🔗
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Last Friday, a friend of mine and I departed the PA / OH border for a pit stop at Holiday Valley, NY. We grabbed a 4 hr pass and skied a bit to break up our trip to Tremblant Canada. HV NY picked up several inches of snow prior to our arrival providing us with nice conditions. As with most eastern ski hills, they were not 100% open. That said, we still had a great time.

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We made our way to Watertown, NY which put us 4 hrs from the rental house in Tremblant. We had a 5 PM check in time to meet up with the 10+ members of our group on Saturday.

As fate would have it, while crossing the Canadian border, I was randomly selected for an immigration background check. It was kind of funny. They were hyper focused on if I had any produce or other perishable foods in tow. I could have easily carried in 5 atom bombs and 42 guns but they kept asking about food and weed.

We arrived safely at the rental house and were greeted with this lovely fireplace.

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Tremblant was a fun mountain. We skied Sun, Mon, Tue with snow on S, cloudy on M and bluebird on T. It was cold while were there so pics were not a high priority. Super long runs. I think one long green trail was 3.4 miles.
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We departed on Wed with a planned stop at Bristol MT NY. Original plans called for Lake Placid but the family needed us home on Thu instead of Fri. 

Lucky us, we read 17,000 lake effect snow signs on I 81. Apparently, 18 wheel trucks did not see them. As one blew by me on a snow covered road in a darn near whiteout, I said, WTF is wrong with that dude? Sure enough, we rolled up on a multi vehicle pile up on I 81 with 4 jack knifed trucks. 1.5 hrs later, we were redirected north bound in the south bound lane as they closed the interstate for 4+ hours.

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The six hour trip to Bristol turned into an 8.5 hr PITA with another snow event further south on 81. Sadly, there are no ski areas near Watertown, NY.  They have more snow than they know what to do with.

Bristol was a ton of fun on Thu morning. Good visibility and low crowds made for a great day. As noted above, maybe 25% of Bristol was not opened. They have as much natural snow at their base as I do in my backyard in OH.

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Now it's time to think about my 2024 trip .... 

rbrtlav
February 2, 2023
Member since 12/2/2008 🔗
576 posts

The tremblant village has been one of my favorites.

When we went it was super cold as well, but the long runs off the gondola with no lines on the weekdays made it very manageable to get full days in. 

Denis - DCSki Supporter 
February 3, 2023
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
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If you take that trip again check out Snow Ridge in Turin, NY, not far from Watertown.  It might be the best area in the east for powder.  They get massive lake effect dumps off Lake Ontario.  They’re not open every weekday so check conditions.  But it’s powder, it’s cheap, and it can’t be far from the route you drove. 
Keith_Moon
February 3, 2023 (edited February 3, 2023)
Member since 02/19/2019 🔗
204 posts

We had a blast at Tremblant last year.  My general advice: it's OK to park on the south side (where the village is) but the north side and "Versant Soleil" (sort of south-adjacent but with its own lift) are much less crowded.

My wife is from Kingston Ontario so we go up that way on I-81 all the time.

Whatever else you may say about that road, it's still better than I-95.

It's ridiculous that it's illegal to carry weed over the border as it's legal in all of Canada and in New York State.

Have always wanted to see Snow Ridge as they do claim to get 230" of snowfall per year, although their vert is only 500'.

Greek Peak is further down south in Cortland, between Syracuse and Binghamton and worth checking out if anyone is going through there.

We're heading up to WV tonight to ski at Winterplace Saturday.

Conditions look really good and we're all stoked.

Shotmaker
February 3, 2023
Member since 02/18/2014 🔗
178 posts

Great memories years ago at Tremblant.  Our poster pic from there. 1675474216_gbnncgkzhizg.jpg

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