January 9, 2014
Tremblant history calls Jasey-Jay, Erik Guay

Skiers or snowboarders on Mont Tremblant looking for Le Géant and Grand Prix trails won’t find them, at least, if they have to look for the names of these trails. The names no longer exist. They have been changed, henceforth named after two of Canada’s all-time greatest snow sports champions, both local heroes. Le Géant’s new name is now the Jasey-Jay Anderson, and the Grand Prix has become the Erik Guay. Both athletes’ names are now part of the legendary history of Mont Tremblant, a history that goes back 75 years, to the earliest days of skiing in Canada and indeed, in North America.

The history-making name changes were announced at a special ceremony paying tribute to the athletes last November 25, three days after Tremblant had opened for its 75th season. Their families, friends, fans and a large media contingent gathered for what was a singular occasion in Tremblant’s story and a singular honour bestowed on both champions as Tremblant celebrates a major milestone. As far as is known, never before has the name of a trail on Mont Tremblant been changed. Jasey-Jay and Erik are now permanently part of the mountain’s annals that includes a trail named McCulloch, for the alpine ski racer and past resident director of the Mont Tremblant Ski School in the 1950s and 1960s. Ski Magazine at the time described Ernie McCulloch as the greatest skier of the era.

At the ceremony, Tremblant’s president and CEO Patrice Malo noted that Jasey-Jay and Erik as ambassador athletes had contributed to the area’s acclaim on the world stage. Addressing alpine skier Erik Guay, he added, “As the winner of the 2010 Super-G Crystal Globe, the 2011 World Champion in Super-G and on the eve of matching the Canadian record for World Cup podiums, all honours are yours. That’s why from today on, the Grand Prix will bear your name.” Turning to Jasey-Jay, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic gold medalist in alpine snowboarding, he declared, “Your persistence equals the tenacity of Tremblant’s builders and for this reason, the Géant trail, so named to commemorate the vision of Trembant’s builders, will now be rebaptized in your name.”

Celebrating the 75th

This 75th anniversary year will be a notable chapter in Tremblant’s history. One of its pages will be written on the snow, on the Johannsen pitch behind the pedestrian village, on December 31. The Tremblant Snow School and Mont-Tremblant Ski Club will present an on-snow show, after a torchlight descent by ski instructors and visiting skiers who want to take part, all building to a climax with a spectacular fireworks presentation. As well, Place Saint-Bernard will be transformed into an open-air disco!

On Anniversary Day, February 12, Tremblant is planning a special day of activities including the cutting (and of course, the eating) of the birthday cake.

More on the 75th celebrations in our February issue.

Source:  Tremblant Express January 2014 written by André Courey

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