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This season Tremblant is celebrating its 75th anniversary season. Many things have changed since Joe Ryan official opened the ski area on February 12th, 1939.

This month I present the circa 1953 version of the Mont Tremblant Lodge. The previous Tremblant Mad Attic posts have featured the Laurentians resort 1970s and early 1980s versions (see links below).

Mont Tremblant Lodge circa 1953: Tremblant has expanded to the North side with the Devil’s River Lodge opening in 1948 and three lifts.

The essential of this Tremblant Base Village remained the same until Intrawest bought the resort in 1991 and proceeded into redesigning the village. Joe Ryan’s vision was an imitation of a typical Quebec rural village. Today’s Tremblant architecture is based urban setting: the Old City in Quebec City.

There are a few pieces from that era that are still visible. A few of the small chalets have been moved as well as the old day lodge; le Chalet des Voyageurs. The Inn and the Chapel are the only buildings that remains in their original locations. Some of the trails are still there, but most of them have blasted and redesigned. Eleven of the twenty-one trails are still on the map today like the following South side trails:
– Nansen
– Kandahar
– Mi-Chemin (now Charron)
– Ryan’s Run & Lover’s Lane (part of Ryan)
– Flying Mile
– Sir Edward Beatty (mostly Curé Deslauriers)

Most of the North Side trails can still be found:
– Andy Moe & Axel
– Lowell Thomas
– Devil’s River Run
– Sissy Schuss
– Habitant Slope which is possibly part of upper Beauchemin

The first lift, the single chair was replaced in 1980. The Alpine T-Bar disappeared the previous decade and that line became the Alpine trail. The North side single disappeared a few seasons after that first chair. The Upper North side were serviced by two rope-tow where the Tunnel and Rope-Tow trails are now located. People needed to take 3 lifts to reach the summit from the North and 2 on the South; it wasn’t until 1988 that the first top-to-bottom lift was installed.

The following illustrations were drawn by Pierre Cochand and are included in John and Frankie O’Rear 1954 book (reprinted 1988), The Mont Tremblant Story.

Click images in order to access larger versions

Mont Tremblant Lodge
1. Nansen
2. Taschereau
3. Tower
4. Kandahar
5. Mi-Chemin
6. Ryan’s Run
7. Lover’s Lane
8. Standard
9. Flying Mile
10. Sir Edward Beatty
11. St. Bernard
12. Simon Cooper
13. Hans Falkner Slope
14. La Pente Douce
15. Dam Slope
16. Chalet Slope


Devil’s River Lodge
1. Andy Moe & Axel
2. Lowell Thomas
3. Devil’s River Run
4. Sissy Schuss
5. Habitant Slope


1. The Inn
2. The Lodge
3. Chalet des Voyageurs
4. Brook House (Dormitories)
5. The St.Bernard Chapel
6. Staff House
7. Cottages “F” & “G”
8. La Boutique
9. Salon de Beauté
10. Ski Shop
11. Cottage “E”
12. Guest Cottages “F” & “G”
13. Family Chalets
14. One-Room Chalets
15. Stables & Maintenance Buildings
16. Swimming Pool Cottage
17. Swimming Pool

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Previous Mad Addict’s Attic features on Mont Tremblant:

Mont Tremblant Lodge 1 (1979-80 brochure and prices)
Mont Tremblant Lodge 2 (ski map circa 1973 to 1978)
Mont Tremblant 3 (brochure circa 1984)

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What a beautiful day ❗ ❗ ❗

It didn’t start off that way, unless you’re a duck. Forecast, rain, rain, heavy rain at times, rain. Leaving from Montreal in the pouring rain, raining all the way to MSA (3 hours drive). The parking lot was virtually deserted at 10:30am, 20 cars under the pouring rain.

Geez 😕 , my stuff was barely dry from the last time I skied in the rain (MRG on April 2th). The snow report called for 29 trails open (most of the sleeper – bump south side runs were on hold). Skiing the south side would’ve brought a more or less long walk in the rain back to the gondola. I am not sure they ever soften up to be opened. Hard to see, the top of the mountain was covered in a dark cloud.

Surprise, Surprise. It was snowing on top, not wet snow, winter snow. 😛 Most of the runs on the North side are shorter and groomers. The skiing was typical great early december skiing. Slightly below freezing temps, dark, frozen base covered with 2 or 3 inches of fluff. As the day went by, the snow started falling harder. It’s was fresh tracks every runs.

Unfortunately 😥 , they advanced the lift closure to 3pm (instead of 3:30). No use running a lift for a few of us diehards. The last run of the day was done on the south side, I tried to find my way to see what was opened, however it was a total white-out on top. Once I got in mid-mountain, it’s was pouring rain and you can tell by the wet snow on the trail that it didn’t snow here all day. Back to the car, I was very wet, but very happy.

I have had a similar trip in desert fresh tracks days when it’s raining all over. Among the most memorable, I would included some April visit to Sugarbush (late), Cannon (early) or Sunday River (May 1st?).

Ste.Anne is closed midweek, but will open for a last Hourrah next weekend. 8)

Originally posted on Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:57 am on firsttracksonline

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MT-STE-ANNE – 23 avril 2005 – plutôt décembre???

Pluie battante de Montréal à Québec, rien de très encourageant. Il me semble que j’ai skié souvent dans une pluie battante cette hiver, mon stock de ski avait à peine sècher de ma journée mémorable 😕 du 2 avril à MRG.

Arrivée à la station, le stationnement était desert, une vingtaine d’auto maximum sous la pluie. Le rapport de ski parlait de 29 pistes, mais plusieurs devaient ouvrir graduellement (La Crête, la Super S…). On devait marcher pour se rendre à la gondole.

Au sommet, White-out, hiver et tout blanc. Au lieu de la pluie, c’était de la neige, de la neige pour les plus téméraires. Les conditions de neige étaient fresh tracks à chaque descentes sur un fond dur. Il va sans dire que le fond n’a pas ramolie de la journée, la neige a également pas arrêter de la journée, au contraire, il neigeait de plus en plus fort. 😀

J’ai skié la plupart des pistes du côté nord, sublîme. 8) Je n’ai pas voulu voir ce que le sud avait l’air (je n’aurais pas vu dans le brouillard de toute façon). Malheusement la station ont devancé la fermeture à 15heures (faute de monde, j’imagine 😕 et allait fermer pour dimanche étant donné que les conditions météorologiques allait amener des températures plus chaudes avec précipitations).

La dernière descente (ce que j’ai pû voir 😆 ) fut par la Pichard. Au milieu de celle-ci, la limite pluie-neige a eu l’effet d’une douche. 😮

Belle journée dans l’ensemble. Est-ce ma dernier journée de ski de l’année ❓ ❓ ❓ (je ne peux pas skier la semaine prochaine et mon employeur va décider mon sort ensuite). Si c’est le cas, ça sera ma fin de saison la plus hâtive depuis que je comptabilise mes journées (1981-82, exception de la saison 1983 qui fut écourtée par une blessure en 1983). On est très loin des fins de saison à la fête de reine ou en juin. 😥

En tout cas, ça aussi été ma saison avec le plus de sorties. 😕 Je me croise les doigts pour continuer encore quelques fois.

Initialement affiché le lundi 25 avril 2005 – 11:27 sur zoneski

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