Casino Express – Tremblant, QC

Doppelmayr and Tremblant partnered to built a third gondola in 2008 that connects two base areas and services a new casino.
As of 2019, the Casino Express only operates on weekends.
Tower 1.
The second station at Soleil.
The lift line rises out of each terminal and is flat in the middle.
Tower 15.
Loading area at Soleil.
A small maintenance area.
Parking rail.
This is one of only two lifts in North America built with CWA Ethos cabins.
A tall tower 5.
Combination assemblies on tower 3 above the main village.
View up the village side of the lift.

10 thoughts on “Casino Express – Tremblant, QC

  1. adrian1701 January 21, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    Which is the other built with CWA Ethos cabins?


    • Peter Landsman January 21, 2019 / 8:51 pm

      Texas Skyway near Dallas. On my list of places to visit one of these years.


  2. Collin Parsons July 20, 2019 / 4:23 pm

    This lift has a feature called “Comfort Mode” where the cabins stop completely for loading and unloading, but the lift stays moving. You can see it in my recording.

    Also, this lift can only operate at 4 m/s due to the very short terminals (same as Sweetwater and Mt Rainier). During my recording the speed is about 3.1 m/s.

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  3. skitheeast July 20, 2019 / 11:59 pm

    This gondola has a ridiculous schedule. It is only open for small windows of time during the evening (prime casino time) on only a handful of days. It should really be open from ~7 pm to casino close every day of the week at least in the winter. It is very frustrating to wait for the shuttle, especially when there is a gondola sitting right there. I have also seen countless people walk up to the gondola to head to the casino, see it not running, and turn around and head back into the village.


    • Collin Parsons July 21, 2019 / 7:49 am

      I’m not really sure why the schedule is the way it is. I think the shuttle makes more sense a lot of the time since it can pick up in more places than the gondola. When the hotel is built on the Soleil side, the lift will operate more.


      • skitheeast December 27, 2021 / 6:28 pm

        The schedule is designed for skiers, not for pedestrians and casino goers. However, this lift is pretty pointless for skiers, as it was built as a transport lift between the main village and the (incomplete) Soleil village, so it does not need to run very often.

        Once the restrictions are lifted, Tremblant should experiment with running this lift and the Cabriolet until 9 or 10. The village has enough traffic after skiing where they could be used, and management should really take a trip out to Telluride to see how gondolas can serve dual purposes for both skiers and pedestrians.


        • atc1701 December 27, 2021 / 8:31 pm

          Currently the Casino Express is run during skiing hours on weekends and some weekdays, but its schedule has historically been very inconsistent. Nearer to when it was built and the casino opened (2008), it ran evenings during the high season in order to provide transport to the casino as opposed to the soleil side for skiers. That scheme did not last for too long, probably because it wasn’t generating enough traffic for the casino to justify its operation (now we have a shuttle bus). For some time in the middle of the prior decade, it didn’t even run on many weekends.

          If I’m to be honest, the village is quite small. The cabriolet crosses it, true, in under 3 minutes, but even by foot it only takes 10-15 minutes. From a business perspective, it might even be smarter not to run the Cabriolet when the only need for it is village foot traffic (and not skiers/snowboarders with gear in hand). Many shops are along the way from the parking lot to the top of the village where the upper station of the Cabriolet is. Not running it could mean more exposure for those shops, and probably more consumer expenditure.

          But yes, it’s certainly inconvenient.


  4. Mason Schade December 4, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    The Ethos cabins remind me of Sigma diamond cabins without the bulge in the middle.


  5. max January 19, 2022 / 6:34 pm

    whats the red thing that is blocking the entryway for grips called


    • Ben Eminger January 19, 2022 / 7:42 pm

      Those are weather/storm doors, they block the weather from making it into the terminal and icing everything over and helps trap heat overnight. They’re quite handy, we have them on our new high speed.

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