MONT-TREMBLANT, QC, Nov. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Mont Tremblant Resort today
unveiled its brand new gondola in the presence of Jacques Gourde, Member of
Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and Parliamentary Secretary
to the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of
Canada Economic Development.The gondola will link the Versant Soleil to the
Resort's south side village and will be in service from summer 2008.
The project has been made possible by the financial support of Canada
Economic Development and Infrastructure Canada, which are contributing to the
Versant Soleil construction to the tune of $47.5 million in order to provide
the Village, as well as the City of Mont-Tremblant, with the necessary
"I am delighted to take part in the unveiling of one of the cornerstones
of a major project that, over the short and medium terms, promises to generate
considerable economic spin-offs for the Laurentides region, the province of
Quebec and Canada. This project is directly in line with Advantage Canada, our
government's long-term economic plan for improving Canada's infrastructure and
enhancing the role it plays in our country's prosperity," noted Jacques
Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of
Labour and Minister of Canada Economic Development.
Development of this mode of transportation, which is as ecological as it
is panoramic, marks a new milestone in bringing the Versant Soleil project to
fruition - a project that will become an integral part of the resort.
"The arrival of the new Mont Tremblant Resort gondola indicates that
we're into a whole new phase in the development of our tourist project," said
Charles Massicotte, newly appointed president of Mont Tremblant Resort. "At
Intrawest we believe it's important to consider each and every aspect of
development, even small details, in order to create a balanced whole. It's why
we opt for installations and equipment that add a dimension to our guest
experience. An investment of this magnitude signals the level of confidence
that both Station Mont Tremblant and Intrawest have in the development plan
and future of the Versant Soleil."
In summer 2008, resort visitors will be able to enjoy this fast, pleasant
and safe means of transportation and take advantage of the all-new Versant
Soleil and its new Loto-Québec Ludoplex, which will open at the same time.
The new gondola, designed by Doppelmayr, has a number of interesting
features. It will carry eight passengers as well as offering two seat
configurations, back to back and face to face. To facilitate loading and
unloading of passengers, the cabin will be at ground level and as a result,
there won't be a step to manage when entering or leaving the gondola. In
addition, users will have 30 seconds to make themselves comfortable upon entry
and exit, during which period the gondola will be completely stopped. This
delay will not slow the other cabins, however, which will remain in motion.
There will be a total of 33 cabins on the cable supported by 15 towers. The
trip will last six minutes and 45 seconds.
The project promises to add further enjoyment to the Mont Tremblant
Resort guest experience, promoting safety and contributing to making the
Tremblant visit unforgettable.
Mont Tremblant Resort is the number 1 ski resort in Eastern North America
for the eleventh consecutive year according to Ski Magazine. It is owned by
INTRAWEST, a world leader in experiential destination resorts. For more
information, visit www.tremblant.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Virginie Barbeau, Supervisor, Public Relations,
Station Mont Tremblant, Cell. (819) 808-1705, firstname.lastname@example.org