March is officially upon us, which means Spring skiing – and the festivals and events that come along with it – are right around the corner! To celebrate, Mont Tremblant has announced the return of Telus Sïkwâm: Canada’s premier Spring ski fest. Combining après-ski, free concerts, competitions and entertainment in the pedestrian village, the Sïkwâm will take place over four weekends, from March 17 to April 8, 2012, and should not be missed!
Competitions for your viewing pleasure and free concerts for your listening pleasure:
The competition kicks off Saturday, March 17th with the return of the Local Hero event: a slope-style competition where participants act as judges and vote for the winner amongst themselves. Free concerts courtesy of the Mont-Tremblant Outsiders Blues Band and The Roosters will also take place on March 17th and 18th.
For the second weekend of the Sïkwâm, visitors are invited to attend the CAN-AM K2, where the top 140 skiers aged 13-14 of Eastern Canada and Eastern United States will compete in international Super-G, Giant Slalom and Slalom races. Montreal bands, das and The Shades, will provide musical entertainmnet throughout the weekend.
The tradition continues on Saturday, March 31, with the Caribou Cup. Skiers and snowboarders invited to throw on a costume and cross the legendary 75ft-long pool to finish at the P’tit Caribou bar. Nearby, on the Place St-Bernard, Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite will give a live performance, singing blues, jazz, folk and R&B songs. The Burton El Nino event is also back this year, featuring young riders aged 15 and under who want to deepen their freestyle skills.
For Easter weekend, the last weekend of the Sïkwâm, the Red Bull 1976 event is scheduled on Saturday, April 7th. This multidisciplinary friendly competition mixes everything retro: from one-piece suits to moustaches, to jumps and outdated skiing techniques of the ‘70’s. Teams of four compete in two events: Magic Moguls and Old School Air. Additionally, musical guests, the Montreal band ERA 9 and Raffy will both perform.
Après-ski for taste buds!
After a day on the slopes, hungry and thirsty visitors can grab a nice and/or a cold beer at one of Tremblant’s thirty bars, bistros and restaurants. There is a lot of variety, so be sure to check it out!
Sïkwâm Pass and discount on lodging
To take full advantage of unlimited spring skiing at one price, get the Sïkwâm Pass! For only $179 + taxes and fees, this pass is valid seven days a week from March 17 until the end of the season. During the same period, get 15% off lodging by booking a minimum of 2-night stay. All details are available on Tremblant.ca.
For more information about the Sïkwâm event and Mont Tremlant, visit tremblant.ca/sikwam.