Three Local Mountains where You’ll Find It.
Whether you’re a visitor to Metro Vancouver or you’re lucky enough to call this home year-round, there are several things that stand out about our great city. Scintillating mountain views are top of the list. And everyone knows that where there are mountains… there’s powder!
All three of Vancouver’s local mountains are seasonally open for alpine business, whether you ski, snowboard or snowshoe. Check ‘em out…
Cypress was the freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics, famous for being where Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada’s first home-turf gold medal. Boasting several new chairs and trails, Cypress is a must-see for pure powder lovers. Choose from 53 alpine ski runs (many which are open for night-skiing), 21.2 kms of cross-country skiing trails and fantastic snowshoeing areas. Be sure to check out the Snowtube Park as well, where you can slide down a 100m, snow-lined chute!
GROUSE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Known for the gondola ride up, or Skyride, Grouse offers a wide-range of activities throughout the winter. Not only can you ski & snowboard the slopes, but you can also snowshoe, sleigh ride, and even ice skate on the mountaintop pond! The Eye of the Wind is also open, which features jaw-dropping 360° views from the only clear-glass, wind-turbine viewing pod on the planet! From Nov 24-Dec 24, experience The Peak of Christmas, featuring all sorts of reindeer games, special activities, and Santa meet & greets.
Mt. Seymour is the easternmost mountain of the trio. Voted #1 snowshoe-friendly ski-resort in North America, this mountain is unparalleled for its trails, and sweeping valley views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm. Stuck on snowshoeing? Try Dog Mountain – a peak that offers an expansive eagle-eye view of Metro Vancouver. Spot the Golden Ears Bridge far to the east, gaze down at the hustle- and-bustle of Vancouver, or make out the coastline of Boundary Bay. Seymour has the 3rd best terrain park in Western Canada.
There’s no denying it. Vancouver knows how to do mountains!
Photo Credit: Grouse Mountain Resorts