After a snow drought most of the winter, the floodgates have opened. The last several weeks have seen the Vancouver mountains blanketed with metres of fresh snow. For skiers who have waited patiently, the time is now to hit the slopes.
I checked out Grouse Mountain over a recent weekend, on a day when it was pouring rain in downtown Vancouver. Up on Grouse, however, all that precipitation was light, fluffy snow; in fact, the mountain had been dumped with nearly 25 centimetres of white stuff in the last 48 hours.
Situated only about 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse is known as the “Peak of Vancouver.” It offers 26 runs serviced by four chairlifts, plus two terrain parks. While the mountain may not have the biggest vertical drop or most technical trails in the area (that distinction generally goes to nearby Cypress), it is a great setting for people (like me) still learning to ski, with more than a half-dozen easy green and blue runs.