Ski season officially opening this weekend!
Mont Tremblant in eastern Canada is in eager anticipation for the opening of the 2008-2009 ski season, they have prepared the slopes and have confessed it is, “The place to be for everyone who loves downhill thrills and chills!” The ski lifts will open for the first time this season at the weekend and for those who love the buzz of boarding, it couldn’t come soon enough.
Last year saw the deepest snow fall in 10 years with 600cm (236”) coating the slopes, 218cm more than the average Mont Tremblant usually enjoys. Of course skiers and businesses are confident in this ski-sure setting that the precipitation will be similar this season for another tremendous Tremblant ski experience.
Skiing is not only a past time enjoyed by ‘board bums’, Mont Tremblant offers something for skiers at all levels. 17% of the trails are perfect for beginners and nearly double that amount are suitable for intermediate skiers so you don’t have to worry whether your turns are more snow plough than parallel, with 631 acres of skiable ground there is plenty of space to learn. For the self confessed ski and snow board enthusiasts 50% of the trails will suit you plus 18 acres of ramps, rails and jumps as well as an Olympic calibre superpipe.
Tremblant as a resort and settlement dates back to the 19th Century when the first locomotive put it on the map in 1892. Later in 1938 a gold prospector named Joseph Bondurant Ryan climbed the summit of the ‘mountain of spirits’ and vowed to make its beauty known to all and only a year later the Mont Tremblant Lodge opened. By 2001 and a cool $850million later, the Lodge is now where the picturesque pedestrian village of Tremblant stands and it continues to enchant visitors as it did Joseph Ryan so many years ago.
With increased tourism and visitor demands so is there an increased requirement for accommodation. As the resort evolves there are plans to build two more alpine villages on the north side and on the versant Soleil of the mountain, John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties, has already seen this opportunity and is promoting log homes for sale close to the slopes. John states, “Mont Tremblant appeals to so many throughout the whole year but of course the winter season brings with it snow and with some European destinations floundering under a lack of the white stuff the demand for the Canadian ski resorts is on the rise. It is not only Canadians who like to get away to the fresh clean air of the mountains but interest from the international markets is strong even with the economy as it is.
“As well as those looking to use the homes themselves, many buyers are purchasing properties speculatively, looking to rent out their log homes to tourists and so far owners haven’t been disappointed. Rentals have increased every month to the point we were sold out in the height of the summer and are also sold out for Christmas/New Year. We estimate 60-80% occupancy for next year based on the trends we have seen.”
Undiscovered Properties is offering La Grande Foret, nestled in acres of unspoilt maple, cherry and pine forests only 5 minutes from the village of Tremblant. Properties will be rustic log and custom timber homes built with expert Quebec craftsmanship. You can choose to invest in a 3, 4 or 5 bedroom property, with log homes starting at £365,000/ €429,000
And for those looking to purchase an investment ski log timber lodge on an already completing project at Fiddler Lake, night-skiing capital of Canada, properties are being offered from £215,000/€253,000 and for those interested in making a ski-inspection visit over the winter, the developer is offering a CAD$2:£1 exchange rate deal on the deposit paid, if exchanged contracts by March 09, making that a whopping 12.5% discount on the deposit and with mortgages easily available, this makes for an attractive offer
If you want to wake up to the cool freshness of the Mont Tremblant mountain air then speak to Undiscovered Properties and ask about their subsidised ‘ski-inspection visits’ over a long weekend. Tel: 0870 7347968, Web: www.undiscoveredproperties.com.
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Further properties on the market:
Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club, Canada
Mont Tremblant snow information:
· Average annual snowfall: 382cm / 150 inches
· Precipitation 2007-2008 : 600 cm (236″)
· Precipitation 2006-2007 : 301 cm (119″)
· Precipitation 2005-2006 : 432 cm (170″)
· Precipitation 2004-2005 : 302 cm (119″)
· Precipitation 2003-2004 : 404 cm (162″)
· Precipitation 2002-2003 : 416 cm (166″)
· Precipitation 2001-2002 : 358 cm (143″)
· Precipitation 2000-2001 : 348 cm (140´´)
· Precipitation 1999-2000 : 343 cm (138´´)
· Precipitation 1997-1998 : 280 cm (112´´)
· Precipitation 1996-1997 : 482 cm (190´´)