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The Morph of the Ski Experience: from Ski Week to Snow Days

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There was a time when the Ski Week was the ultimate ski vacation experience, seven days of total immersion in skiing on the hill and socializing at the hotel. The Ski Week package – six or seven consecutive days of skiing including lift tickets, lessons and meals, was a total experience that had a large hand in shaping the culture of skiing. It was a one-week social event bringing guests staying

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Introduction to switch skiing

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Freeskiing seems challenging but anybody can do it. If you can ski well, why not try out some jumps and fun boxes and get a little more thrill? What I like about freeskiing is that you can develop your own style and make it what you want. All people have their own unique style and creativity. Safety is important, so let’s start working on the basic skills before taking on rails and jumps. Here

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How to dress for fatbike

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The key to enjoying fatbike is being dressed properly. As in other cold weather activities like cross-country skiing and alpine touring, it is essential to dress wisely. The body produces a lot of heat.  The only chance we have to regulate body temperature and avoid overheating — the biggest problem for beginners — is to layer properly. RULE OF THUMB You should be fairly cold

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Where to ride your fat bike in the Laurentians

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More and more keen cyclists are taking to the trails on their fat bikes, which are bikes with oversized tires. You should know, however, that not all trails are open to these mastodons of the snow. So…where can you practice this sport in the Laurentians and what are the rules to be respected when you mount one of these newcomers to our snowy trails? Sharing the trails You will be bigger and

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Is Ullr the god of skiing?

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Legend would have you believe that Ullr was the god of skiing in the time of the Vikings, although there is no scientific proof to bear that out. But within the winter skiing communities of Europe and North America, the old Norse god "Ullr" is considered the guardian and patron saint of skiers. An Ullr medallion, depicting the Scandinavian god Ullr on skis holding a bow and arrow, is widely worn as

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Alpine touring: back to the origins

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One thing for sure is that the trend of AT (alpine touring) is growing in popularity. Ullr has fascinated me ever since skiing became part of my life, so at least for the last 35 or so years. In the past five years, however, I have been drawn closer to AT after being introduced to the sport by my good friend Robert Brunet, founder of Le Yeti ‘’Boutique’’ in the best way ever,

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Iceland

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Pierre-Etienne is guiding a new adventure in Iceland this coming spring, an AT ski trip that will bring you closer to Ullr and the origin of alpine touring than ever before. This is how Pierre-Etienne describes Iceland.“Iceland is a skiing paradise, still unknown to most of us. From the northwest part of the island known as the “Trolls Peninsula” surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, it

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Equipment: hot gear

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A brief guide on what’s essential to make your alpine touring season a successful experience  These are suggestions only. You can visit your ski shop specialist for a deeper evaluation of your needs.  1-The Black Diamond Helio 105 ski balances playful, soft-snow performance with technical precision. If you’re looking for a light-weight ski for ascent and a strong performer in

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Employees on the health track!

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For the past nine months, Aquaclub La Source has led a program for some lucky Station Mont Tremblant employees which encourages and teaches them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Four employees from the resort and two more from on-resort shops committed to take on the Active-Action program’s challenge on February 1, 2016. Participants were chosen by draw last December from among various targeted

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New trends in soft goods and hard goods

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This month I’m providing an excursion into the world of new trends in both soft goods and hard goodsso you can take full advantage of winter with friends or family at your favourite ski resorts. An industry close to families This year, more than ever, the ski industry is courting families and adapting to the changing needs of households. The resorts are doubling their efforts to provide rates

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The Classique Salomon is back

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The third running of this now classic race will take place on October 22, on Tremblant’s pedestrian trails. In order to be well prepared for this event, it’s important to run up hills. Don’t count on your capacity to run on a flat course at a fast pace: La Classique Salomon features a changing and uneven course where newcomers to the genre, with no trail running background, will

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Canada strikes gold in 2016 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships

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Fifteen teams of men and women from 10 countries of the British Commonwealth, including two Canadian teams, Canada Red and Canada White, were registered in this international event. The competition was so close, throughout, that the size of each fish caught proved to be of utmost importance. Team Canada White earned the honours of the gold medal, while the Scotland Men’s team was awarded the

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At the summit for 19 years

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For 19 years now, readers of SKI Magazine have voted Tremblant the top ski destination in Eastern North America. In addition to standing on the coveted top step of the podium, Tremblant has managed to take a place in the top 10 in a number of esteemed categories, including Overall Satisfaction, Service, Value (quality/price ratio), and Unique Character of the Resort. Family Activities and Learning

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The latest trends: winter 2016-17

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For skiers, fall is the time to start surfing the net or visiting their favourite ski boutique to find out what’s new and exciting from the manufacturers. Just when you thought everything had been invented, you’ll be surprised to note how many innovations are available. The biggest surprise of all is that these new products will really improve your performance. Lighter, more efficient

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Get ready to ski!

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Get ready to ski!   Summer vacations are over; you’re back at work and to your normal routine. The air is getting cooler and the trees are changing colour; fall is coming. It is now time to get back in shape for the next ski season. First, set yourself a goal for the next season. Some will want to learn to ski; others will want to improve their technique, and some lucky ones will be planning

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A marathon human in scale

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The fifth Vallée de la Rouge marathon will take place on Sunday, October 9, when the fall colours are at their peak. The temperature should be perfect for what very few of us, all things considered, can boast of achieving: a marathon. Unique in the Laurentians, the Marathon Desjardins de la Vallée de la Rouge is held in the fall, when summer’s sometimes-crushing heat is only a

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The post-Ironman blues

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The days following an Ironman can be difficult for the athletes. Some of the participants feel empty, lost and demotivated after having accomplished such a major trial of endurance. What is this temporary distress and how can it be addressed? In an effort to shed some light on the subject, Tremblant Express called on the expertise of Heidi Malo, sports psychology consultant. Tremblant Express: What

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The volunteers

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They contributed an enormous amount to the 70.3 and Ironman Mont-Tremblant. Every year, the athletes sing the praises of the courageous volunteers who brave the heat and UV rays to support the participants and sustain them throughout the race. Who are these volunteers who make the Mont-Tremblant Ironman events such a success, and where do they come from? Whether they’re ensuring safety at the

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Try A Tri : Everyone is a winner

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The 6th edition of the Club Tri-Action de Mont-Tremblant “Try A Tri” took place on July 3 at Lake Mercier, and was a great success, reflecting the growing interest in triathlon in the region.  Sandra Sabourin, President of the Club, and two-time Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant finisher, provides us with a summary of this great day of challenges and victories. Mont Tremblant has become

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A story behind every achievement

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Since it was first run in 2010, the Demi-marathon de Mont-Tremblant has allowed thousands of runners to rack up a personal athletic achievement. Considered, and rightly so, to be a major challenge, particularly because of its many hills and dales, the race has a very specific character: it’s a way of showing that no obstacle is insurmountable. Whether from here or elsewhere, participants in

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Going up and down hills

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Here are six tricks for running up and down hills because for some runners, hills are a total challenge while for others, they are pure pleasure. So…how do you run up or down hills more efficiently? 1.Try to keep the same stride as on flat sections. The foot stays on the ground longer and requires more propulsion. 2. Avoid bending forward too much (which limits breathing and stride amplitude).

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Thrive with acupuncture

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Sports injury got you sidelined?  Whether it’s an acute muscular spasm, tendonitis or an old injury come back to haunt you, acupuncture can help get you back in the game quicker. While professional athletes know how valuable acupuncture is for the treatment of pain, most recreational athletes are only just discovering how ideal acupuncture is for sports injuries of all kinds. In fact, the

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Bike touring is back in vogue

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For this third column, I have decided to set you to dreaming by telling you about some cycling trips. In recent years, interest in road biking has soared to unprecedented levels. Events such as the Grand Tour and the Petite Aventure, organized by Vélo-Québec, have contributed greatly to the rise in interest, as have “cyclosportives”, Gran Fondos and the development of the

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Nutrition For Cycling and Triathlon Events.

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Many well trained endurance athletes have failed to perform up to expectations or complete an event due to failure to address a key component of proper training and competition: nutrition.   The gastro-intestinal system can make or break an endurance athlete. Proper nutrition leading up to an event, and proper fueling during an event is critical and should be included in the overall event planning

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Record attendance at Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant

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Nearly 2000 cyclists registered to come to Mont-Tremblant the last weekend in May for the fourth annual Gran Fondo, which offered courses ranging from 45 km to 160 km. "We have gained in popularity," says Simon St-Arnaud, producer of the event. “This has become an unmissable event to open the cycling season and appears to be a winning formula for a great number of cycling fans.” Event

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Urban Legends Related to Cycling

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For this second column, I suggest that we put to rest a few persistent cycling myths. In some cases, the myths originate from practices dating back a few century ago, while others are simply urban legends. Shaving your legs to gain more speed For decades, most road cyclists have shaved their legs without really knowing the origin of this practice. It dates back to several decades, at a time when the

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Two tournaments not to be missed!

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Play golf at Le Maître for a good cause!Tremblant Mountain Chalets is pleased to announce that it will continue in the footsteps of Les Versants Mont-Tremblant by organizing this year the renowned golf tournament to raise funds for PALLIACCO. The tournament (golf, cocktail and dinner) will take place on Thursday, June 9, at Le Maître golf course.To register: 819 421-3761; events@tremblantmountainchalets.com   Chamber

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Pumptracks in Mont-Tremblant

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Bikers and boarders will be happy to learn that three new pumptracks will appear in the sports block over the summer. Three closed tracks will be laid out in the woods north of the parking area of Mont-Tremblant’s Complexe aquatique. According to the information received, the trails will be integrated into the surrounding landscape. In other words, the felling of trees should be moderate and

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Local champions’ stars still shining

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Erik Guay’s star isn’t fading away just yet…and Valérie Grenier’s star is still bright. That much is clear after each athlete’s  season concluded last month on a gleaming note. Erik won a bronze medal in the downhill at the World Cup Alpine Ski Finals in Saint Moritz while 19-year-old Valérie Grenier won gold in the downhill and silver in the super

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Nancy Greene & Al Raine on developing champions

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“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to produce a ski champion”. So says Nancy Greene. To this day Nancy is Canada’s greatest ski champion. Her winning ways provided the inspiration for the next generations of aspiring  Canadian racers. Nancy won gold and silver medals at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, two overall World Cup titles in two years including

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Slopestyle skiing for intrepid youngsters

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For about the past 10 years, some young skiers have been choosing to hurtle down the Tremblant slopes in a fairly spectacular manner. The Snow School supervises them in one of the best playgrounds in eastern North America. Let’s take a look at how tomorrow’s elite freeskiers are being taught and trained. Just over 10 years ago, the Tremblant Snow School established the “New School”.

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Springtime = back on the bike

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The days are lengthening and on the slopes, the white stuff is turning to sugar snow. No question, spring is on its way and it’s time to think about cycling and the Gran Fondo events. Before you climb on your steed, it’s a good idea to bear in mind some basics so that you get the most out of your season and, in particular, avoid injuries. Whether you’re aiming for a podium or just

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Dan Lachance has a gleam in his eye

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After having achieved a longstanding dream to launch his own range of skis, Daniel Lachance is now working to set up a project which—fingers crossed— will allow children of this area to start their day with a full stomach. Tremblant Express met with the philanthropist—skier at a time when his eyes were twinkling even more than usual. Founded in 1980 in the heart of the original Village

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“Sliding sports” option at Mont-Tremblant high school

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In response to a demand in the community, Mont-Tremblant’s high school (Polyvalente Curé-Mercure) has added new options to its 2015-2016 curriculum.  The students can choose from arts, sciences and sport options.  A new ski and snowboard option has been made possible through the collaboration of Station Mont Tremblant.  Close to a hundred students have enrolled. “The

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The fatbike finds its place

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Mont-Tremblant now has 54 kilometres of trails for cycling on snow, which is 14 km more than it did last year. The extent and diversity of this network makes it a favourite spot for fatbiking – or fat biking, or fat-biking – in Québec. Again, the organization Plein Air Mont-Tremblant is at work. For cycling buffs, the fatbike provides the opportunity to bike all year round. For

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Cross-country skiing in the heart of winter

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The Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) has been celebrating winter for 50 years. This year will be no exception. Two days, divided into five sections each, will again provide cross-country skiers at every level with the opportunity to ski as much as 160 km between Gatineau and Montebello. It is not, properly speaking, a race – there’s no winner or loser – but it’s still a major challenge.

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North American elite racers in town

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Many of the most talented female skiers in Canada, the United States and a few from Europe will be in town this month for Nor-Am Cup women’s slalom races on the Flying Mile on February 6 and 7. The Nor-Am series is only one rung down from the World Cup, the very summit of world alpine ski racing. In fact, several Canadian National Team World Cup racers also currently compete in some Nor-Am races,

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The 50+ Winter Games 2016

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The eighth Jeux d’hiver 50+, organized by the regional seniors organization, the FADOQ - Région des Laurentides, will take place from January 29 to February 7. The mission of the recreational winter games is to bring people together and promote a healthy way of life, for those 50 and better from here and elsewhere. The festival is unique in Québec and, again this year, offers a

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The growing popularity of Alpine Touring

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In the spirit of Tremblant’s Alpine Touring Festival (TATF), this is a good time to take a closer look at Alpine Touring, or AT. The first order of business is to understand the motivation behind it. Why would anyone want to go up a mountain under their own power and not take advantage of the lifts? After all, the mountains have become so much more accessible,thanks to the lifts’ detachable

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Festival Rando Alpine: it’s back!

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For a second year, this fun and friendly festival for mountain lovers and adventure seekers will enliven Tremblant…this year, the weekend of January 8 to 10. It’s a weekend custom-made for lovers of winter sports and the outdoors. Alpine Touring, which is very popular in the big mountains of Europe and the North American West, is growing by leaps and bounds in Québec. The sports

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Festival Rando Alpine: it’s back!

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For a second year, this fun and friendly festival for mountain lovers and adventure seekers will enliven Tremblant…this year, the weekend of January 8 to 10. It’s a weekend custom-made for lovers of winter sports and the outdoors. Alpine Touring, which is very popular in the big mountains of Europe and the North American West, is growing by leaps and bounds in Québec. The sports

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The 50+ Winter Games

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The eighth Jeux d’hiver 50+, organized by the regional seniors organization, the FADOQ - Région des Laurentides, will take place from January 29 to February 7. The mission of the recreational winter games is to bring people together and promote a healthy way of life, for those 50 and better from here and elsewhere. The festival is unique in Québec and, again this year, offers a

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A first freeskiing film for Alexi Godbout

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Mont-Tremblant professional freeskier Alexi Godbout has created, working as both actor and executive producer, an independent freeskiing film filmed on some of the world’s most beautiful massifs and skiable terrains. The quality of the resulting film is exceptional, and immediately piqued the interest of major players in the field. Welcome to the future of a slopestyle champion. The adventure

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How CrossFit changed my life

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Three hours a week of intense exercise will be enough to transform an intellectual into a Spartan mammoth hunter. It tempted me. Coach Karl Britten’s new CrossFit gym had just opened and I decided to check it out. After asking some questions about how it worked, I dared to ask if CrossFit would be appropriate for my somewhat paltry physical condition. The response was unequivocal: “I wouldn’t

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Cycling: potential finally coming to fruition

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Is Mont-Tremblant in the process of becoming a destination of choice for mountain biking? Well, that’s the objective of Vélo Mont-Tremblant (VMT), the not-for-profit organization that’s working to develop and promote the activity in the region. A significant $100,000 financial boost along with a partnership with MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) could well allow the Mont-Tremblant organization

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Racing tips: the last straight line

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In this third and last article written in collaboration with Jean-Yves Cloutier, coach, speaker, and author of the successful books Courir au bon rythme, we’ll see just where you should place yourself in the starting pack, depending on the objective you’ve set for yourself, and how to recover after the race. Where to place yourself in the pack It will come as no surprise, if this is a

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Profession: race car driver

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If there’s one milieu where it’s surprising to see a woman, it’s race car driving. For professional race car driver Valérie Chiasson, however, this is her realm. When she came third this year in the Micra Cup, part of the Formula 1  Grand Prix du Canada event, Valérie Chiasson became the first ever woman to place in the top three of a Canadian series, across all

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Achieving your goal . . . safely

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Here we are with less than five weeks till the Mont-Tremblant Half-Marathon. This second article – written in collaboration with Jean-Yves Cloutier, coach, speaker and author of the popular books Courir au bon rythme – features recommendations to help you prepare properly for the big day. While running remains a hobby for most runners, Jean-Yves Cloutier maintains that it’s important

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Half-marathon: directions for use

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With less than 10 weeks to go until the Mont-Tremblant Half-Marathon, Tremblant Express is providing a series of three articles about running and the preparation required to complete this event. The articles, which will be published in our June, July and August issues, were written in collaboration with one of the major spokespersons for running in Quebec, Jean-Yves Cloutier. A coach associated with

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Ariane Lavigne: looking for consistency

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Local alpine snowboarder Ariane Lavigne has the talent to ride with the best in the world. A World Cup bronze medal in parallel giant slalom at Sochi in February, 2013, followed by a fifth place result in a World Cup PGS at La Molina, Spain, the same season, and an eighth place finish in her Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games a year later is ample evidence of that talent. But her past results including

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