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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Mont Tremblant

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MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec -

Mont Tremblant is located within the Laurentian Mountains, about 90 minutes north of Montreal. Their higher latitude means that ski season starts early and oftentimes temperatures stay cold.

"We've had an amazing start to the season," said Steve LaFave of Mont Tremblant. "We got going in early November. We had top to bottom skiing early on. The winter's been a little bit of a roller coaster, where we've had a little bit of rough weather. But we're fortunate to be just on the right side of freezing for the most part."

Tremblant offers about 650 acres of skiing on a variety of terrain. With some recent snowfall, snow surfaces are in great shape.

"Today is pretty good. We got some nice pack. It's got a good grip with your board; there's not many icy spots. A little foggy at the top of the mountain. But not too bad at all... it's really good," said Chris Kowalski of London, Ontario.

There's no doubt that this mountain offers some great skiing and riding, but what makes this mountain unique is the fact that after a day of skiing you have this huge village to walk right into and you can have anything from a burger, to fries, to yes, even a crepe. The village houses about 75 restaurants and retail stores. Its close proximity to the mountain adds a unique experience with a European twist.

"The difference with Vermont I think is the village. Here you have everything close by. So you can stay right on the hill, so you've got ski in ski out. And I know you have that in Vermont. But this one has a village, so you have a choice of restaurants. It's quite a big array of places you can go," said Gayle Konarek of Toronto.

Regulars at the resort say the good skiing coupled with the village is a winning combination.

"We love, love, love Mount Tremblant. The conditions are very reliable and dependable... the international flair. We'll be regulars," said Matt Grum of Locust, N.J.

And our northern neighbors welcome us with open arms.

"If you're willing to pay the dime for the dollar," said Elizabeth Drysdale of Montreal. "I go to the states a lot, too. But we love Americans coming up here. Not only are they wonderful as well, but it's economical."

During our time at Tremblant we saw a lot of smiling faces.

"We're just out to have a blast, have some fun, and snowboard and ski, you know? Just enjoy the time. That's it, for sure," Kowalski said.

And don't worry if you don't speak French, the love of skiing here knows no language barriers.

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