Eastern Canada - Single-speed mountain biking at Mount Tremblant?
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04-23-11, 04:54 PM
I'm coming from New Jersey with my family to spend a few days biking on the Petit Train du Nord this summer. We had considered staying for a couple of days at the Mont Tremblant resort, to let the kids have a couple of days of low-energy splashing in a swimming pool after all the pedaling.
I was wondering if whether it would be worth bringing my 29er SS for the trails around there? Are they highly technical? Can one pick them up from the pedestrian village?
And, more generally, as we are sort of crunchy people in general, I was wondering if the village itself is pleasant or a plastic Disneyland tourist hell. (Enfer plastique Disneyesque pour les touristes is the phrase in French, I think.)
Merci en avance,
05-04-11, 08:14 AM
Tremblant resort village is, imho, a plastic Disneyland tourist hell, all full of fake Alpine shops and indifferent, expensive food. But there are people who like it. I can't speak to the trails -- I was there in ski season and in shoulder season, when no biking was possible. But they are only too happy to rent bikes and take your money for bikes, for trail passes, for lift passes and anything else.
There are also places to stay away from condoland central of the resort itself, but then you won't get the splashing.
Why not stay in Montreal or Quebec City instead? You can find a hotel with a pool (for splashing), eat good food at far lower prices and just seep up the atmosphere.
(Having said that, I admit I am not quite sure what you mean by crunchy people. Sounds interesting though.)
05-04-11, 09:26 PM
Have to agree with Boudicca's opinion, Tremblant was an excellent mountain bike destination before Intrawest sank their claws into the resort. Last time I went, five years back, bikes had been banned from the mountain and all technical single track trails. There were some paved bikes trail, family friendly. Maybe it's changed for the better since I was there.
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