For students everywhere, March Break is the much anticipated vacation time after grueling mid-terms. For those who wish to brave the cold and are looking for a fabulous winter tourist destination not too far from home, Mont Tremblant is the perfect destination to experience winter at its best with a bevy of exciting activities in and around their alpine village to keep everyone busy, active and happy!

   With 96 possible trails spread over the North and South slopes, Mont-Tremblant has gained international recognition for its colorful ski resort village, the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, tucked away in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. Situated approximately 130 kilometers North-West of Montreal, the village is just an easy two hour drive along the 15 North by shuttle bus or car from the city center.

There are a wide variety of excellent accommodations around the village. During my stay I observed that several avid skiers chose to stay in the heart of the pedestrian village in one of the mountain resort hotels and vacation homes that offer special activity privileges and convenient ski in/out access to their guests.

One such hotel is the newly renovated Westin Resort & Spa tucked comfortably between the mountain and the village that has recently benefited from a multimillion dollar transformation to its lobby, spa, Mediterranean restaurant and 122 rooms.

With an Eco-friendly philosophy that includes a fresh green wall and an innovative soap recycling program. The hotel really conveys an overall feeling of wellness to all its guests.

I loved how all the staff, from bell-hop to valet, were courteous and knowledgeable about the village and its surroundings. The hotel was pet and kid friendly and as an added bonus, offered the only outdoor heated salt water pool around the village – quite magical when you take a moment to relax with fresh snow all around!  My spacious suite room was equipped with comfy beds and a useful kitchenette. I was thrilled to have a balcony opening onto an excellent view of the mountain and colorful pedestrian village below.