Grouse Grind Opens Up for the 2014 Summer Hiking Season

Grouse Grind Hike 2014

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No visit to Vancouver is complete without a trip up the Peak of Vancouver, and for many visitors and locals alike, the best way to get up Grouse Mountain is by foot. The only way you can go about doing that is by conquering the Grouse Grind, Vancouver’s notoriously hard hiking trail that’ll get you sweating, cursing, and shaking your fist at the world.

This past long weekend, the Grouse Grind opened up for the season after weeks of maintenance. Often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, the Grouse Grind is a great excuse for a workout in the woods.

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Grouse Grind Opens Up for the 2014 Summer Hiking Season

48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on Inside Vancouver featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on thrilling adventures for travelers who love to add a little spice to their vacations to make things interesting.

What You’ll Need for This Adventure:

• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Surfboard/Kiteboard
• Snowboarding Gear/Clothing (Equipment can be rented on the mountain)
• Hiking Boots
• Warmer clothing for higher altitudes
• Mountain Bike
• Daredevil Attitude

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Metres of Fresh Snow on Vancouver Mountains: Exploring Grouse

Photo credit: lawrence's lenses | Flickr

Photo credit: lawrence’s lenses | Flickr

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.

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Metres of Fresh Snow on Vancouver Mountains: Exploring Grouse

Get Your Grouse Grind On Even During the Winter

Snowshoe Grind Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

The Grouse Grind is one of the most famous outdoor workout spots in Vancouver. Nothing can match the full-body exercise regime that comes from hiking up a mountain. So, where can all the Grind-addicts go when the snow falls and renders the Grouse Grind impassible?

Grouse Mountain has answered your sweat-craving prayers by opening up the Snowshoe Grind, a 4.3 km snow-covered challenge that is just as rewarding as your summertime Grind routine.

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Get Your Grouse Grind On Even During the Winter

Grouse Mountain Stays Open All Night for 24 Hours of Winter 2014

24 Hours of Winter Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

This Saturday, Grouse Mountain is hosting its annual 24 Hours of Winter all-nighter that has guests snowboarding, skiing, and dancing the night away until the sun rises the next morning.

Back for its 4th consecutive year since its introduction during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 24 Hours of Winter is a unique Vancouver event that runs from Saturday evening until Sunday morning (February 8-9, 2014) with skiing, snowboarding, dining, and plenty of family-fun activities!

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Grouse Mountain Stays Open All Night for 24 Hours of Winter 2014