Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant back on track
The task of improving, growing and administering Mont-Tremblant’s extensive trail network is moving ahead nicely under the new President and Managing Director of Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant, André Jean Lauzon. Named last fall to head PAMT, Lauzon has already produced a three-year action plan to be implemented beginning this spring. Trail repairs and upgrades to international standards, two new trails to be cut, improvements in trail signage including GPS markers, enhanced access into the network, putting in place a search and rescue system in cooperation with the Town’s Police forces, firefighters and organization partners, mapping are all in the works for this spring, summer and fall. This extensive undertaking will likely have to be carried over to next year. With the mapping plan, Tourisme Mont-Tremblant, with its own budget, is to produce trail maps.
Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant has a budget of $270,000 for this year alone.
There are presently 180 kilometres of trails in the Mont-Tremblant network for hiking and mountain biking in summer and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking in winter. Links are projected to other extensive networks in Mont Tremblant National Park and Lac Supérieur, putting the region within the top ranks of North America’s major trail network centres.
Mont-Tremblant’s town council considers the region’s trails to be among the area’s primary tourism assets. That’s why Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant was created by the Town, joined by representatives of nine organizations, associations and outdoor clubs as well as Tremblant Resort and Mont Tremblant National Park, to work on developing the network. After a slow start when PAMT was created almost three years ago, André Jean Lauzon’s appointment last fall to head the body and give it impetus was favourably received and headway now seems to be well in motion. After a couple of working meetings, Lauzon says there is positive consensus among the constituents and he expects good progress to continue.