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Major investment at Tremblant - $17 million with replacement of Lowell Thomas lift


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Just received by email a media invitation ...

Mont Tremblant Resort invites media representatives to attend a press conference March 12 regarding new major investments.

The event is starting at 10am so sometime afterwards we will know what’s coming. I’ll be sure to share here when the press release comes out. The announcement will be webcast live on Facebook here : https://www.facebook.com/tremblant

Has anyone heard any rumours? I’m sure a new lift is in the works. Haven’t had any new lifts since the Gondola was installed in 1998 and the Soleil was installed as a result on Versant Soleil. The Destination Soleil gondola does not count as it operates on a limited schedule and doesn't serve any skiing.lowell-7.thumb.jpg.ef702deb4ccf7cc0936f217a368acb81.jpg

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I would expect more year-round access type projects to attract people in the off season, in addition to hopefully some improvements to the various lifts. Maybe they'll find a way to stick some more hotels and condos in there too.

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$17 million in investments.

  • Replacement of the Lowell Thomas (fixed grip triple) with a detachable Quad, built by Doppelmayr.
  • Expansion of the Grand Manitou, adding 400 more seats, and more windows. (photos show an additional floor will be added).
  • Some new trails (glades) will be added on the North side, bringing the total trail count to 101.
  • Expansion of the tent-style area of the North Side Fourchette du Diable into a permanent addition.
  • 31 new snow guns.
  • New snow groomer.

--- Other improvements here and there in the village and on mountain, which include improvements to the washrooms and facilities in the Chalet des Voyageurs, but the above are the major points.

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You can find all the details on the official release here: https://www.slopeedge.net/content/17-million-dollar-investment-in-station-mont-tremblant-infrastructures

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"Reinvented foodservice area" in the Le Grand Manitou! More glades will be nice as the Edge is not always open.  The plans seem very ambitious. The window to build the new summit lodge is pretty tiny. Like May till October. Good luck with that.

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Tremblant has posted an update to their blog with plenty of pictures showing the progress to date on the removal of the Lowell Thomas triple to make room for its detachable quad replacement. 

Check it out here. 

https://blogue.tremblant.ca/lowell-thomas-progression/

interesting uses for some of the old lift’s components.

I’ll post new links as new entries are posted by Tremblant. 

Very excited to see this new lift arrive. With the exception of The Edge the mountain will now be entirely served by detachable high speed lifts. ( Porte du Soleil doesn’t count as it’s mainly an access lift from the parking ).

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Here are two new pictures I just saved from the Webcam at the summit.

The concrete base pillars have been set, and we should no doubt start seeing the upper terminal begin its assembly very soon.

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Tremblant also posted a blog update on the progress on the Grand Manitou lodge, with some pictures. You can check it out here : https://blogue.tremblant.ca/makeover-for-le-grand-manitou/

I was initially a bit skeptical they could do such a big expansion in half a year but the way they are doing it by adding on the steel extensions then building the roof and walls seems like it will be done in record time.

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The contours and bull wheel are going up quickly. Remember that Tremblant opens November 22nd, and this will be the first lift to open for the season. With the foundations and towers going up quickly, and both terminals, the lift is forming before our very eyes each and every day.

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Technically yes the Gondola is the first to open but it is just an access lift to get to the upper mountain. Typically the Lowell Thomas is the first lift to ski laps from, and on good years the TGV as well.

For me, eager to see the new lift and the upgrades / expansion to the Grand Manitou summit chalet.

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