The Casino de Mont Tremblant, situated near Mont-Tremblant’s other tourist and vacation spots, has unique access compared to other casinos. In addition to its shuttle bus service that connects it to Tremblant’s pedestrian village, it is “ski-in, ski-out,” says Rivet, so patrons can access it in the middle of skiing sessions. It can also be reached via a free gondola service that connects it to Versant South, on the other side of the mountain.
The gaming floor boasts “400 slot machines as well as 25 croupier operated gaming tables, among them 5 reserved for Texas Hold’em Poker,” says Rivet. It has a staff of about 225. “We also have a large area specific for high rollers that we invite to visit this special place. This section, around 13% of the gaming floor, is proportionally bigger than other casinos.” This is because of the casino’s unique location and feel. In terms of amenities, the casino has a sit-down restaurant serving mostly finger-food with a 125-person capacity bar, and two private salons. “We are trying to complete the restaurant offerings in the area where there are many restaurants and hotels. We are mainly a casino,” says Rivet. The interior of the building has lots of windows for natural light and a modern design corresponding with the building’s natural materials. The interior is also permanently appointed with a selection of works from Loto-Quebec’s art collection.
Looking to the future, Rivet says that customer reaction has been very good, corresponding to Loto-Quebec’s expectations. “The Casino de Mont-Tremblant is unique in the heart of the mountain,” says Rivet. “There are a few condos in walking distance. We’re confident that within the next few years the success of the casino will be a start up for other tourist attractions.”
By Sam White, Toronto writer