Fresh Tracks!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Last year, I braved cross-country skiing for the first time in my life. While my technique is definitely lacking, I must confess that I find myself hooked! Considered to be the granddaddy of all skiing disciplines, cross-country skiing is a terrific fitness activity to add to your winter sports portfolio and Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s hotspot for Nordic adventure. Not convinced you are ready to join the legion of folk in tight pants on skinny skis?

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Fresh Tracks!

There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

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Interested in cross country skiing? For years I have threatened to learn this fabulous outdoor winter adventure sport. Don’t misunderstand, I absolutely love skiing, but my past adventures have always been of the downhill variety. Despite the balmy, spring like weather this past weekend, the snow-capped North Shore Mountains were calling my name. Definitely time to head to the hills and register for an Introductory Cross Country Classic Ski lesson and rental package. Only thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress Mountain, the 2010 Olympic Venue for snowboarding and freestyle skiing, is located in Cypress Provincial Park. On a clear day you can see for miles and savour incredible views of downtown Vancouver, Mount Baker, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

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There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

Mountain Alternatives to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Vancouver

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Vancouver is known for its close proximity to the mountains, and it’s no secret that Vancouverites love skiing and snowboarding. Though it rarely snows in the city, we have some of the best ski and snowboard facilities on our local mountains, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mount Seymour. But what if downhill skiing or snowboarding isn’t your cup of tea? Or what if you’d rather try something different? Luckily, the local mountains offer a lot more than just downhill skiing and snowboarding. So if you’d like to try your hand at something different, here are some mountain alternatives to skiing and snowboarding.

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Mountain Alternatives to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Vancouver