Grouse Mountain Hosts an All-Night Party for 24 Hours of Winter

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Ever seen the sunrise from a local ski hill? This weekend in Vancouver, you can check that off your Vancouver bucket list! Grouse Mountain will be hosting their 24 Hours of Winter festival on February 7 until February 8, 2015 to celebrate the ever-lasting Olympic spirit.

From sunset to sunrise you can dance the night away under starry skies as DJs spin your favourite tracks late into the night or glide down The Cut while taking in the spectacular Vancouver sunrise. There will also be countless family-friendly activities to everyone entertained.

If you’re planning on lasting the whole 24 hours up Grouse Mountain, you’ve got to be ready to keep yourself awake. But, with the fresh mountain air and a cup of warm coffee in your hands, you should be able to hit all of the activities, including:

Skiing/Snowboarding – Open from 9am Saturday until 10pm Sunday night. At the moment there are three chairs running, which opens up tons of terrain for you to get some nice turns in at three in the morning.

Terrain Park – Do you know how many new tricks you can learn if you go at it for 24 hours straight? A whole lot, that’s how many! The ski & snowboard terrain park will also be open from 9am Saturday until 10pm Sunday, so you can see how many times you can hike the park before your bed beckons.

Mountaintop Ice Skating – Figure-eights just look more impressive at four in the morning. Grab some hot chocolate and rest by the fire before strapping on some ice skates to glide the night away. The open-air rink will be open from 11:30am Saturday to 10pm on Sunday and will be closed briefly for you to enjoy a Junior Pond Hockey Tournament.

Snowshoeing – Don’t forget your head lamp! Snowshoeing trails will be open from 9am to dusk, Saturday and Sunday, and there will be complimentary guided tours at sunset (5pm Saturday), midnight Saturday and sunrise at 7am on Sunday, each lasting about an hour.

Ziplining – Zoom through the tree tops with the Grouse Mountain ziplining experience – a whole new way to fly! Ziplining is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and there will be special night tours held every 2 hours between 6pm and 6am, so you can get your Batman on!

24 Hours of Winter Vancouver 2014

The amazing torch parade.
Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

On top of the traditional mountain-top activities, the 24 Hours of Winter celebration will also include several special activities to mark the occasion. You can look forward to:

  • A Scavenger Hunt (5pm Saturday till gone) – Find branded disks around the mountain (do not go out of bounds) and bring them to Alpine Guest Services to receive your prize!
  • A Torch Parade – This fiery parade has skiers carve down the mountain with torches. The best view of this parade is from the Peak Flats and Lower Peak.
  • Jam Over the City – A terrain park competition will be held from 11pm Saturday to 1am Sunday, whether you are a skier or snowboarder, guy or girl, young or old, you could win loads of prizes and have a good time!
  • Junior Pond Hockey Tournament – Cheer on local hockey dynamos as they represent the countries who competed at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Will Canada win gold!?
  • Redbull Storm Chase Video Premiere – An exhilarating video by Redbull will be screened in the Theatre in the Sky documenting the most challenging windsurfing competition of all time.

24 Hours of Winter 2015 will start from 9am on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and will finish off at 10pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Will you be able to stay up the whole night? Let us know in the comment section below!

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