(I updated this activities in Mont Tremblant winter-edition post on February 13, 2024.)
There are more activities in Mont Tremblant to try during winter than you could possibly tackle in a single visit. We’ve been somewhere in the region of a dozen times during colder months and still haven’t tried absolutely everything.
And if you stumbled across this post while looking for Mont-Tremblant summer activities, don’t worry — I’ve got you covered there, too. Just remember to bookmark this winter post before you leave.
As always with my Tremblant content, this list still continues to evolve as we return and add more notches to our proverbial Tremblant winter activities belt.
Winter activities in Mont-Tremblant
In this post, you’ll find:
- Outdoor activities in Mont Tremblant during winter
- Indoor activities in Mont Tremblant during winter
- Hybrid (indoor/outdoor) activities in Mont Tremblant during winter
And just before we dive into all of it, here’s a video I took during one of our beloved Tremblant winter visit to help inspire your planning:
Activities in Mont Tremblant during winter: outdoor fun
Let’s do this alphabetically…
I admit it: I agreed to try alpine touring rather begrudgingly. I like the speed of downhill skiing and was hesitant about the slower, uphill pace that alpine touring requires.
Think of it as a cross between cross-country (albeit a more extreme version) and downhill; you wear special boots and skis and use marked trails designated for touring — also known as skinning. The bottom of the skis have faux mohair skins on them that grip the snow, so you could be standing on an incline and you don’t slip. Long, adjustable poles assist your forward motion.
There are guided tours once a year in February during Tremblant’s Alpine Festival, but if you’re experienced, you can simply buy a trail ticket for $10 to skin and ski to your heart’s content. It took me a little more than an hour to make it halfway up a six-kilometre trail, and that was moving at a very easy pace.
You’ll do well if you have good cardiovascular endurance and strong legs, and I suggest bringing a backpack because you need to carry water and have a place to stash your extra layers. You will be HOT going up (even on a -25 kind of day) and need to suit up for a regular ski day on the way down.
In the end, I enjoyed alpine touring so much that I’m determined to go back and make it all the way to the summit.
For the 18+ crowd, you can’t beat a night at Casino Tremblant. It’s so fun and there are always different activities taking place there like disco dance parties, DJ nights and even pop-up game shows. It also houses the only restaurant where children aren’t allowed (called Altitude — check it out in my guide to all of the Mont-Tremblant restaurants), which makes for a nice break from the rest of the village that’s so family-friendly. Take the free shuttle from the lower village roundabout or the casino gondola during its specified hours and you won’t need to worry about imbibing.
Not only will you get to help bring your team of dogs to and from your personal sled, but depending on your comfort level, you might even get to drive the sled from beginning to end. This exhilarating 1.5-hour tour through the woods is breathtaking. Suitable for even young children, the tour stops halfway for a hot chocolate and maple cookies in a warming hut en route.
Once all of the dogs are back home, you’ll get a kennel tour. Ask your guide to get the dogs to howl! If there’s been a litter of Husky pups, you might even get a chance to interact with and hold them. SQUEE!
All of the dogs who participate are treated ethically and are either rescues or have been born at the kennel.
This was so super-duper incredibly fun that I can’t even express it fully with mere words. I didn’t expect it to be one of my favourite winter activities EVER. This 1.5-hour wintery tour around old Tremblant, through the village and along Lac Tremblant is assisted greatly by both fat bike tires on a sturdy mountain bike frame and powerful motors with four speeds. Trust me — go for the turbo.
If you stay in a participating Tremblant property, you’ll get a free first tracks ticket when you check into your hotel — good for the length of your visit provided you have a lift ticket. If not, you have to pay to get this added to your daily lift ticket. Essentially, first tracks means you have early access to the gondola and the runs before the general ticket-holders.
Head out at 7:45 a.m. to get to the summit for 8 a.m. and be one of the first on the mountain to experience fresh corduroy. It rocks.
Looking for a ski trip packing checklist? That one has everything you need, and it’s printable! Ready to book? Check out my Hotel Mont Tremblant guide for all of the best hotels in Mont-Tremblant!
Yes, I wrote horse-sledding. This is horse-sledding:
These little guys are strong and speedy! You’ll use the same woodsy tracks as the dogsledders but whip through at a quicker pace, veering around corners and racing up and down the hills. It’s hilarious and exciting and super fun.
If you’re staying at the Fairmont Tremblant, you have access to the hotel’s spectacular outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. Wear a winter hat and bring the robe from your room. You may have to request flip flops from the front desk if you didn’t bring your own. This outdoor haven is licensed and servers frequently come outside to take orders.
Pro Tip: Prosecco goes very well with hot tubbing.
ICE FISHING (with a sled dog visit!)
This is a really fun activity for those who love to fish in the summertime and want to try their hand at this winter sport, or for families like us who have tried nearly every winter activity in Mont-Tremblant and are looking for a new adventure. In the grand scheme of activities in Mont Tremblant, the overall cost of this ice fishing experience is pretty reasonable at around $160 for the first participant and only $11ish for each additional participant in your group.
Your guide will help you drill a fresh hole in the ice, teach you how to use your simple wooden fishing rod, start a fire in a nearby hut, offer you coffee or hot chocolate and invite you to visit the kennel dogs who live just a short walk from the pond. If you catch a fish (or three), your guide will prepare it for you — which is quite a sight since he’ll gut it by hand in front of you, pack it in snow to keep it cool and pop it in a plastic bag so you can cook it back at your condo.
If you’re lucky, the sled dogs will be getting suited up to go for a dogsledding tour and you’ll get to hear and see all of the excitement. The dogs are SUPER friendly, but the Alaskan huskies are a larger breed so please be aware of your smaller children around them, lest they get licked or knocked over during the puppy love.
Rent ice skates onsite or bring your own, because there’s a little frozen pond down near the chapel just beyond the lower village. With your Tremblant Privileges (the same hotel-related pass that gives you first tracks access), you’re entitled to free skate rentals, but use of the pond itself is not restricted to passholders.
It’s not the smoothest surface so new skaters may find it a bit challenging, but there are chairs to hold onto if you can nab one of them, and a cozy fire nearby. There are also big hills made out of all the snow that’s been cleared off of the pond that’s fun for climbing and sliding.
SKIING + SNOWBOARDING
We have yet to try cross-country skiing in Tremblant, but suffice it to say that we owe our ski-family status to the fine folks here. It’s where we learned and we’ve continued to return multiple times each season because the skiing and ski instruction at Tremblant is so good. There are now 102 trails following a major expansion for the 2018/19 season. You have to ski here — #thatisall.
HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE
Picture everything you’ve ever conjured about a mountainside sleigh ride — this is it. Wrapped up in warm blankets, you’ll sing folk songs with a French Canadian guide and master storyteller, stop for hot chocolate in the Laurentians, learn how Mont-Tremblant got its name, all while being pulled by two massive hitched horses in a fairy tale sleigh. Our kids loved this during our first visit to Tremblant.
Head out with your partner or the entire family (provided your kids are 5+) and zip through some of Quebec’s 30,000-kilometres’ worth of designated snowmobile trails. Each sled is set at “tourist” speed and if it’s your first time, you’ll be given full instruction. There are twists and turns but nothing too strenuous, plus several straightaways where you can really feel your need for speed.
If you don’t have really warm boots, you can borrow a pair when you arrive. And your whole suit and helmet is also provided. But wear super-warm mitts and bring a neck gaitor and/or balaclava, because it’s a cold, windy ride. A helluva fun ride at that!
SNOWSHOE + FONDUE
What a magical tour! Appropriate for the 12+ crowd, whether or not you have any snowshoeing experience. You’ll need warm boots and a backpack to keep the layers you’ll inevitably remove once you get moving. Because snowshoeing — even downhill — is heart-pumping exercise.
First thing’s first: after checking in with your group, you head up to the summit on the last gondola ride of the day. After an orientation in Le Grand Manitou (the summit lodge), you strap on your snowshoes and begin the first two-thirds of your descent, which ends up at Le Refuge where you have dinner. This all happens just in time for a glorious mountaintop sunset.
Le Refuge is accessible during the day via blue and black ski trails, and at night for these fondue dinners. There’s no electricity, so you sit amidst the warm glow of gas lanterns. Where you eat wonderful, traditional fondue with all the fixings and drink lots of wine. (Just remember: you still have to get to the bottom of the nearly 3,000-foot mountain, so go easy on the wine.)
I wish I’d been introduced to snowshoeing before this, because I did find it challenging to be a first-timer and climb all the way down. I was also pretty out of shape at the time, which definitely didn’t help. But I loved the sunset, atmosphere and experience regardless.
And, hey, you can’t beat the sunset views:
Sadly, there is no more nightly tubing onsite at Tremblant. However, you can book a tubing adventure through the Tremblant activity centre. It’s about 15 minutes away and it’s absolutely incredible tubing! Not for the faint-hearted.
Activities in Mont Tremblant during winter: indoor fun
BRIND’O AQUA CLUB (formerly Aqua Club La Source)
A must during every visit we make to Tremblant! This indoor water park has been totally overhauled. There’s no more pool area or rope swing but there’s bunch of new water slides and other water features — all of which are best geared toward 3-10 year olds.
There’s a big fitness studio in there, too, but I’ve never used it. Looks nice.
MAKE SURE TO BRING A LOCK! If you don’t, you’ll need to buy one at the front desk ($3.50). We have a nice collection of locks now if you need one. You can buy an access pass for three hours ($7-16 per person) or the full day ($11-21); we have never used the full three hours.
LE STUDIO CRÉATIF
One of the best ways to après with kids in tow at Tremblant is at Studio Créatif, where the whole family can spend some downtime painting pottery. This meditative activity will certainly help balance all of the adrenaline you’ve expended out on the mountain. Just be sure to do it a couple of days ahead of your departure date, because each piece needs to dry and go in the kiln — about a 24-hour process — before it can be picked up.
Fun tip: you can bring your (well-behaved) dog with you!
Wear your darkest clothes and be prepared to sweat! Laser Tag is made extra-fun here with points being given and taken away from teams based on shooting opponents’ designated areas and not just opponents themselves. Make a reservation in advance to get the time slot you want.
If you want a specific escape room at a specific time, you’ll need a reservation here, too. Some rooms are easier than others, so if you’re a family with littles who’s never done an escape room before, start in the Pirate Room. Our kids were 6 and 8 when we did it, and we came really close to solving the final riddle in time. Close, but no cigar…but it was a blast.
Make a T-shirt! Well, choose a print for a T-shirt in the colour of your choice and watch it get screen-printed. A good souvenir from your time at Tremblant.
And, finally, indoor/outdoor hybrid activities
The helicopter tour literally begins on Lac Tremblant. It can be a chilly walk out onto the frozen ice, so dress appropriately. Your pilot will ensure you get in and out of the four-seater comfortably and there isn’t a bad seat in the joint. Every view is Insta-worthy so be sure to take a camera!
You’ll circle around the lake and the fabulous cottages (mansions) that surround it, owned by people such as Mario Lemieux and the guy who owns Tommy Hilfiger. (Who is not, incidentally, Tommy Hilfiger.) Then you’ll fly to Mont-Tremblant itself, sweeping up over the summit; we loved seeing some of our favourite runs with a bird’s-eye view.
This tour is about 15-20 minutes long, and perfect for romance or family adventures.
As if I didn’t already love this place enough, they’ve gone and added a massive extension that’s about as swoon-worthy as you can imagine in a spa. There’s still all of the hot tub, cold-plunge, infrared sauna and steam room magic you expect from Scandinave, but now there’s also an infinity hot tub with a hydrotherapy waterfall, a cold plunge waterfall (that literally has icicles erupting from it), a fire pit with Muskoka chairs saddled in faux fur blankets and the most heavenly spot of all: a series of outdoor loungers with cozy blankets — under heat lamps.
Book a massage and you not only guarantee your entry to the baths (a.k.a. water circuit), but you also get complimentary access. There’s no reservation times for the baths, so it’s first come, first served otherwise. And, IMHO, worth the wait if there is one. Give yourself a minimum of three hours just to enjoy the circuit — more if you book a massage.
Still want more?
All of these activities in Mont Tremblant are bound to work up an appetite, so don’t forget to consult my guide to Mont-Tremblant restaurants in the pedestrian village and Old Tremblant when you’re looking for some nosh.
And if you have any questions at all about one of our favourite places in the world, just ask.
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