Even if you’ve only been a reader of mine for a year, you know how much we love visiting Mont-Tremblant. But until this year, we’d only ever stayed in the Tremblant village.
There’s something to be said for broadening one’s horizons, so for our first visit of 2017, we opted to stay in a luxury Tremblant condo courtesty of property management company Tremblant Living.
Tremblant Living rents out beautiful accommodations with easy access to everything Tremblant has to offer — many of which are ski-in/out or within walking distance to the village.
Figuring out which Tremblant accommodations will work for your needs is very easy using the “find a property” option at TremblantLiving.ca. Whether you’re a party of two or 20, you’ll find a luxury chalet that’ll fit everyone who’s joining the getaway.
The chalet descriptions are very detailed, right down to what’s included with your rental (like firewood, bed linens, dish soap, etc.).
The communication with Tremblant Living was excellent from the moment we booked right through to arrival, when I called to find out where the ski-out trail was located and someone made a special trip to deliver an instruction sheet that she was unable to leave for us ahead of time because of the weather.
Directions and access to our chalet were spot on and really simple to follow. Everything is accessed with codes that are sent a few days in advance. They all worked perfectly — no glitches whatsoever.
The parking garage for our condo in the Altitude block of buildings, which we have always admired during the cabriolet ride from Tremblant’s lower to upper village areas, was nice and big — so even if you’re driving a huge pick-up or SUV, don’t worry about it fitting.
Let’s get to the condo — because it was spectacular. We took our private elevator (!!!) up to the third floor, took off our coats and boots in the dedicated mudroom that acts as the entryway and walked into a truly stunning space. Its huge A-frame windows overlooked the entire village, with views all the way to Lac Tremblent. The open design was well thought out and decorated to perfection.
We had three bedrooms in the Altitude 170-9 property (two with a king and one with two twins), all of which were well-appointed — including extra linens, pillows and comforters — and spacious. The master on the top floor also had an ensuite with Jacuzzi tub. If you have a big family, this is the way to go. Same goes for planning a getaway with a group of friends.
The photos online didn’t lie. And that’s often a sore spot with renters because real estate photos can be deceiving and they’re also usually taken when a unit is brand new — leaving time to take over and leave the reality falling quite a bit short of the pics. But not in this case. The photos didn’t even totally do the property justice in my opinion because you miss seeing the WOW view down below (especially at night and as the sun comes up over the village in the morning).
All of the toiletries were full-sized L’Occitane products! Hello, luxe.
There was more than enough toilet paper, dish soap, firewood and kindling on-hand for our entire five-day stay. The first fire was even already set up and ready to be lit when we arrived. Not having to worry about much beyond food, drinks and some paper towels was really nice.
There was also an abundance of supplies that any family would need to make a chalet feel like home — plates, glassware, cutlery; spices for cooking; pots and pans; cutting boards, scissors, corkscrews; and even plenty of Saran Wrap and tin foil. Having only stayed in the village before, it was a nice change to prepare food in a beautiful kitchen and enjoy it at a dining table.
When they told us it was a three-minute walk to the village, they weren’t kidding. It’s SO CLOSE! The walk to the village is downhill and easy — but there are no sidewalks so just be sure to walk hand-in-hand with your children. The walk back up is more exhausting for little legs, but ours managed it.
There’s a ski storage unit available if you need it. We ended up just using the Valet Ski near the gondola. At only $5 per person per night, this is so ideal because you don’t have to carry the family’s skis and poles to and from your chalet.
The WiFi was fast and free. Nice.
Overall, I just can’t reiterate enough how gorgeous our chalet was — really the epitome of luxury. Even my very picky, design-savvy friend who stayed with us was gobsmacked with the chalet’s size (1,800 square feet, décor and layout. (I mean, the kitchen bar alone sat five people across; I couldn’t even do that in my own home.) It makes me want to try several more of the chalets that Tremblant Living manages because the experience was so, so good.
Considering prices start at $445 per night, for a property that was more than comfortable for the four adults and two children we had staying there, booking accommodations through Tremblant Living can provide excellent value.
We thought from the description and photos of our chalet that we would have a hot tub built into our unit’s balcony. Unfortunately, it was located in an adjacent building to which we had secure access. But it wasn’t convenient for us to use — and certainly not in the way we expected (after putting the kids to bed with glasses of wine in-hand). I see now that the description has changed and is noted as a “semi-private outdoor hot tub,” which is far more accurate.
Unfortunately, “easy ski-in/out” was originally listed in the chalet’s description but it turned out that the only easy part was the ski-out. This description is also written more accurately since I last looked at the Tremblant Living website. Unless your kids have at least a season or two under their belt, though, you’re better off walking to the upper village and using the Valet Ski or driving down to the free parking area in the lower village. It’s definitely harder than a bunny hill but kids who are comfortable on greens will manage it just fine. However, skiing back into the Altitude area requires more confident skiers who can navigate a steep blue run.
The condo description also mentioned that one of the twin beds had a pull-out trundle, which it did not when we arrived. Good thing we didn’t invite an extra person to stay!