Mont Tremblant

Resort Village Design

Project Details
LocationMont Tremblant, Quebec
ClientStation Mont Tremblant, Alterrra
Master Plan Completed1992, 2004
Project StatusOngoing
Services Rendered Detailed Site Planning
Resort Business Consulting
Resort Village Design
Resort Master Planning
Ski Area Design

Ecosign had the responsibility to prepare the overall Resort Area Master Plan for Station Mont Tremblant in the mid 1990’s for the Intrawest Corporation.

We were working in conjunction with Eldon Beck and Associates who was responsible to design a new resort village and outlying real estate developments. During detailed design, we had a major conundrum in that the three major lifts at the upper level of the village was 11 meters (36 feet) above the logical top of the new village. Some proposed a massive stairway that would need daily cleaning of icy surfaces and others proposed a system of inclined ramps which are also problematic when covered with ice. Another opinion was just leave it as an uncomfortably steep slope of snow and ice.

Ecosign provided the opinion that we either had to bring the entire new village up to the same level as the three existing lifts or we had to drop the lower terminals of the three lifts by 11 meters. Unfortunately, the ground in question was solid Canadian Shield Granite rock.

In the end, Mr. Joe Houssain concurred to lower the three lifts at a cost of $650,000. When complete, the new lifts were perfectly on grade with the new upper village plaza (Plaza St. Bernhard) and the new Cabriolet lift which transports guests from parking and the lower village. Once implemented, all agreed the solution while costly, was absolutely necessary.