The 2016 ski season is shaping up to be one to remember in Vancouver, with great snowfall on the local mountains. Now, there’s a way to enjoy all the snow on the cheap, and support a great cause.
Every Monday night from Jan. 25-March 28, ladies can ski for a donation of just $10 at Mount Seymour in North Vancouver as part of the Shred for a Cause event. The yearly tradition, now in its ninth year, has raised more than $150,000 for charity … and contributed to countless memorable nights on the slopes.
This year, Mount Seymour has upped the price of admission for ladies ever so slightly, from a minimum donation of $5 to $10, half of which goes to charity. Still, that’s an absolute steal considering that guys have to pay the full evening lift ticket price of $31. Just pay at guest services (no special vouchers needed this year) and enjoy unlimited night skiing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Plus, there’s special festivities. Things kick off at 7 p.m. with a park jam at the Young Guns Terrain Park, featuring pumping tunes spun by Mount Seymour’s resident DJ, as well as prizes and giveaways. The party continues at 9 p.m. with an apres ski bash in the lodge, where Okanagan Springs Brewery will be giving away a pair of snowshoes and a snowboard.
This year, proceeds from Shred for a Cause go to support The Bloom Group, which provides housing and social services for women and children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In 2014, they housed 177 women at their Powell Place and Springhouse facilities.
Located about 30 minutes from downtown in North Vancouver, Mount Seymour boasts 40 trails with a vertical drop of 330 metres, and also has terrain parks, snowshoe trails, snow tubing and tobogganing. But it’s just one of several skiing options in and around the city.
Grouse Mountain, just minutes from downtown, is known as the “Peak of Vancouver.” Ride up the mile-long Skyride tram and you’ll discover more than two-dozen runs, with plenty of easy blue and green trails for beginners. Grouse also boasts 10 kilometres of snowshoeing trails and a pair of terrain parks, as well as an expansive lodge with fine dining options.
In West Vancouver, Cypress Mountain hosted the 2010 Olympic snowboard and freestyle skiing events and is considered the most technical of Vancouver’s mountains. With a vertical rise of more than 600 metres, the mountain has more than 50 runs (including 23 black diamonds) serviced by six chair lifts, plus freestyle terrain parks. It also has an extensive Nordic area with nearly 20 kilometres of trails for cross country and snowshoe enthusiasts, as well as a snow tube park.