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Old 01-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My friends and I are heading up this coming weekend and have never been there before. We are looking for suggestions on places to eat/drink/chill, trails that are a must, places to avoid, etc. We are all pretty much the same level, intermediate. Any input is appreciated.

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I'd appreciate some tips as well. My friends and I are going up there next weekend for 2 nights. Hopefully they've got some better snow than Blue Mountain (absolutely horrible tonight).
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Was up there last weekend, but not since and I hear more trails are now open. It was actually better than what I thought it would be, but the bottom line is: we haven't had any snow.

Try to avoid using the gondola more than once a day. Either take a late lunch or stay up top for lunch, the post-lunch lines are stupid long.

If you like long cruisers, stay on Devil's River, Geant on the North Side.

Personally, I'd stay out of the glades. We haven't had any snow and they don't make snow in the glades. Most weren't open last week and from what I could see, it was very thin among the trees. They're open now, but.... As well, "natural grooming" tends to mean "there wasn't enough snow to use a cat on", so rock hard moguls with twigs in the gullies.

Tremblant makes a lot of snow, but without natural on top, it gets very icey over the the rise of every pitch where people slam on the brakes. Get there early, lap trails with good conditions all morning.

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Thanks for the info.
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All things considered, it's not as bad as I may have made it out to be.

Tremblant can make a lot of snow pretty quickly if the weather cooperates, they have a shitload of permanent guns on almost every run. We may not have had much snow, but it's been consistently cold enough to make snow since Xmas. I still can't see the glades being rock free though.
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i was up there last week, the conditions weren't bad but i was there for 3 days during the cold cold freeze. it's still quite icy, and the last day i was there was quite foggy (they closed off the south side for a few hours because of the fog). most of the blues and some of the blacks were open. the double blacks weren't open as far as i could tell. i would avoid the green runs if you can since they are really made for skiers (they tend to be quite flat and you would end up pushing for a long distance if you stop). watch out for crossing trails as alot of riders there goes fast (it's heaven if you're a speed freak like me).

the north side is usually less busy but the chair lift isn't fun since it's a cold and long ride up. if you guys just run the south side, i would definitely go in the single lines as they go much faster and chances of you guys getting the same gondala is high (unless there are more than 4 of you).

for food, you're kinda in a crap shoot since most places in the village is pretty pricy. i would say Casey would be a bit more decent priced. If you guys are up for a drive, you can go to St Jovite (about 5 min away) where you get more selection and better pricing. bring a backpack during the day, so at least you can save a bit of money by bringing your own drinks and snacks.

enjoy! hope it's more powdery for you!
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What side is better? North or South? I dont think that the ice conditions there will be any worse than what we have around here. We have not received any real snow here so everything is all the fake snow.

Any food places that we should def. hit up? Money is not a concern.
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What side is better? North or South? I dont think that the ice conditions there will be any worse than what we have around here. We have not received any real snow here so everything is all the fake snow.

Any food places that we should def. hit up? Money is not a concern.
I prefer the north side myself because i find it to be less crowded. just go for a few runs on each side and you can decide yourself. the reason i run the south side cause it's easier to just jump on the gondola to get up there

i dont think there is any spectacular place for food there. it would be best to just find a resto-bar for drinks and maybe catch some sports game. better than fine dining unless you're on a date
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I prefer the north side myself because i find it to be less crowded. just go for a few runs on each side and you can decide yourself. the reason i run the south side cause it's easier to just jump on the gondola to get up there

i dont think there is any spectacular place for food there. it would be best to just find a resto-bar for drinks and maybe catch some sports game. better than fine dining unless you're on a date

Sounds good. Thanks for the input. Def. will not be on a date..ha-ha. Don't think my wife would be to happy. . Going with a group of friends so we'll have to find a bar to chill at and watch the games.
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I prefer the north side myself because i find it to be less crowded.
North side is always way less crowded and Duncan Express Quad to the top is usually faster than waiting in line for gondola on the south side. The best runs on South side are all up top, so just lap TGV chair. there isn't much below TGV chair anyway.

Just spoke with friends that were up there Monday. Le Soleil side is very icey (and that's coming from Tremblant pass holders. read: skating rink)
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