New horizons for Mont- Tremblant cross-country skiing
For its 46th birthday, Ski de fond Mont- Tremblant (SFMT) is giving itself a whole new playground at the Manitou golf course. It’s a big change for the organization, which has been at the Domaine Saint-Bernard for 22 years. While the location will be different, SFMT is promising to provide an offer of impeccable service in enchanting surroundings which will delight winter sports enthusiasts.
This new centre, which is close at hand and easily accessed via the Montée Ryan, will provide 20 km of trails including a dozen or so dedicated to cross-country skiing (classic and skate-style). Walkers and snowshoers will each enjoy five km of trails dedicated to their own favourite activity.
Add to that the 110 km of municipal trails for skiing, snowshoeing and walking, which can be accessed from Golf Manitou, for a total of 130 km. And please note that this network, as well as the SFMT trails, remain free of charge for the citizens of Mont-Tremblant.
“The Golf Manitou terrain is very interesting, because it’s far from flat,” explains Serge Dubois, cofounder and president of the Centre de ski de fond Mont-Tremblant. “The flat parts will be reserved for beginners and intermediate skiers, and the more experienced will enjoy some nice changes of level,” he explains. “The landscape is magnificent and provides superb views onto the Diable River. It’s pretty spectacular.”
“The trails run alongside each other and make a series of loops, like on championship courses, which is nice,” Serge adds. “The big loop, which runs around the edge of the golf course, takes you to a picturesque little forest by the river’s edge. I think people will like it.”
Families are important…as are sprinters
This season, Ski de fond Mont-Tremblant will concentrate on initiating individuals and families into cross-country skiing thanks to a certified ski school run by experienced teachers François Beauchemin and Michel Villeneuve.
Families will be important. In addition to being welcomed warmly, they will even be able to enjoy a snow slide created on one of the golf course’s slopes.
As for seasoned skiers, they will find something to please them thanks to a cardio corner reserved for sprinters. This latter will be accessible every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’re becoming a playground; we’re reinventing ourselves,” Serge Dubois admits. “We have set ourselves the mission of providing a warm, friendly welcome to families and beginners. But we want to think of everybody: skiers, whatever their level; snowshoers and winter walkers.
Grooming: tailored to SFMT
As to its equipment, SFMT will continue to rely on experienced operators and on a Prinoth Husky XC groomer to ensure the quality of the trails. It’s worth mentioning that this tracked vehicle, used during Québec’s World Cup of Skiing in 2017, was autographed last year by the world champion of cross-country skiing, Alex Harvey, during the commemoration of SFMT’s 45th birthday.
Equipped with rubber caterpillar treads, the groomer allows for gentle grooming when conditions are tricky. A four-wheeler on caterpillar treads with a track setter, and a snowmobile for the patrol, complete the equipment list for Ski de Fond Mont-Tremblant. “The trails will be impeccably groomed,” Serge Dubois promises. “Our trademark has been and remains the meticulous daily maintenance of our trails.”
The Manitou clubhouse will be used to welcome the sportspersons. There they’ll find a quality health bistro where they can get food and drink. On the menu: cafés, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, muffins, and delicious sandwiches and daily special soups from the Sandwicherie.
There’ll be a rental boutique offering a large inventory of skis and snowshoes, and it will be possible to buy some accessories there, as well. There’ll also be an outdoor fireplace near the clubhouse.
Lastly, let’s just note that architecture students from the Université de Montréal have donated a shelter pavilion, which is installed on the edge of the Diable River in the centre of the trail network. It’s a gift that comes at exactly the right time for this Mont-Tremblant organization which is far from having celebrated its last winter season.
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Rédacteur et journaliste de profession, Guillaume Vincent a fait ses armes au sein de l’agence QMI. Il s’est joint au Tremblant Express en 2014. Promu en 2017, il y assume depuis le rôle de rédacteur en chef et directeur de la publication. / A writer and photojournalist by profession, Guillaume Vincent won his stripes in the QMI agency. He joined Tremblant Express in 2014. Promoted in 2017, he has been editor-in-chief and co-publisher since then.