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Mont Tremblant
Lyne Geoffroy
Mont Tremblant, Quebec: For many years, loyal visitors have loved the unique Mont Tremblant pedestrian village, a crêperie- and café-filled streetscape seemingly transported whole from the French countryside to the base of a large ski mountain. Now Tremblant offers even more of a good thing, with a separate, second village developed over the last two years. Versant Soleil Village, or the “Sunny Side,” will be self-contained and when complete will be about two-thirds the size of the main base, serving a new section of the ski mountain; the first lifts and trails are already up and running. The big news this winter is the debut of Smoke’s Poutinerie, a temple to all things poutine, the traditional Quebecois comfort food — basically, variations on French fries smothered in cheeses, meat, and gravy. tremblant.ca

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Fox Hotel & Suites
Jake-Bauer; courtesy marmot basin; courtesy fox hotel
Banff, Alberta: Established in 1885, Banff was Canada’s first National Park and today is home to three major ski resorts: Lake Louise Ski Area, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay. At the other end of the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s greatest drives, lies Jasper National Park and its ski resort, Marmot Basin. Marmot has Alberta’s longest high-speed chair, an $8 million project that opened in 2009. In Banff, Sunshine Village has the most news — on and off the slopes — with another high-speed quad replacing a dated triple. The main base building has been gutted and reopened with several refurbished dining outlets, and last season the slopeside Sunshine Mountain Lodge resort got a multimillion-dollar face-lift that added a new wing of 30 deluxe rooms. In downtown Banff, be sure to check out the luxurious Fox Hotel & Suites. skibig3.com