It all started when...
Joe Ryan, a Philadelphia millionaire, established the 2nd oldest ski resort in North America at the base of Mont-Tremblant in 1939, with the installation of the first chairlift known as the Flying Mile. His vision of creating a destination resort area has grown today to something that must far have exceeded his own expectations.
Tremblant today has flourished to become a four-season international destination resort, a result of a myriad of natural recreational activities and decades of investment and continued improvements. It's accolades include being ranked by Ski Magazine as the #1 ski resort in Eastern North America, for the past 19 years. Although known initially as an important ski resort, the area's non-winter selection of activities have made it even more popular during the summertime. A cornerstone to the area is Parc National du Mont-Tremblant, Québec's largest National Park, serving as nature's doorstep to the region, as well as a number of motorized and non-mororized lakes, including magnificent Lac Tremblant situated immediately at the base of the mountain. This juncture of mountain and water is what first attracted Intrawest to the area in 1992 as justification for what was to become the resort's $1billion investment in its make-over. The region today hosts 6 PGA-ranked golf courses, the International Ironman competition, a testament to the region’s natural beauty and amenities, as well as the annual Tremblant Blues Festival, 24-Heures Ski Race, and the Ice Polo Competition, the only such event to be held outside of its home base of Switzerland. Car racing enthusiasts will enjoy their runs on the Mont-Tremblant race track, which hosted the Canadian Grand Prix until the late 60's, and which today serves as an amateur and semi-pro racing centre and international driving school.
The abundance of activities seems endless, with cross-country ski trails, fine dining and entertainment, the Mont-Tremblant Casino, snowshoeing, sailing, waterskiing, hunting and fishing, mountain biking, fat biking and dog sledding, all making their mark on locals and visitors alike.
It's for good reason that today a number of well-known celebrities and icons of the business world call Tremblant their 2nd home.