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History of Mont Tremblant

History of Mont Tremblant ski resort

Looking at Mont Tremblant ski resort today it’s hard to imagine that this quaint village with all its modern conveniences is so rich with history. Below is a brief timeline of Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec that includes important events that were significant in shaping this ski town into one of the most popular vacation resort destinations in North America.

1872

The first settlers

In 1872, a French Catholic Priest named Antoine Labelle and 5,000 settlers were the first to colonize Mont Tremblant. Labelle went on to open twenty-nine counties and twenty parishes in the Tremblant region.

1892-1904

In 1892 the railway line from Montreal to the village of Saint-Jovite was completed and the first train arrived. By 1904 in had extended to Lac Mercier and the train station there would eventually become the village of Mont-Tremblant.

1906

The Grey Rocks Inn

In 1906, just two minutes away from Mont Tremblant, The Gray Rocks Inn was founded in lac Ouimet by Lucille Wheeler. Later on his daughter won the Bronze Medal for alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics.

1937

Explorer, Joe Ryan

In 1937, Joe Ryan, a wealthy American explorer, climbed to the top of Mont Tremblant. It was there that he had the vision to create the biggest resort in North America. It would be named Mont Tremblant ski resort.

1938

The first ski lift

1938 saw the opening of the new Mountain Lodge and its first ski lift which had 4,200 feet of cable. It took 250 skiers per hour.

Early 1990's

Intrawest

After the opening of the first ski lift in 1938, Mont Tremblant Canada quickly became a successful resort and by the early 1990’s a large ski resort company, Intrawest, bought the village. This new company completely redevelopment Mont Tremblant by building new attractive buildings, chalets, hotels and boutiques. Intrawest forged new ski runs and modernized the ski lifts and gondolas.

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