Early bird gets the pass: the 2013/14 Vancouver snow season is getting close

Photo credit: J.J. Koeman/Cypress Mountain

Photo credit: J.J. Koeman/Cypress Mountain

One of the best rules of thumb I learned also helped me fall in love with Vancouver winters. The advice was simple: if the temperature is seven degrees Celsius or lower and it’s raining in Vancouver grab your skis or snowboard and uphill because it’s snowing on the  North shore mountains.

Now I warn you, this isn’t a scientific, peer-reviewed statement. It’s an urban myth I heard from a boss who also happens to be a mega-skier. But for the winter of 2011/2012, this simple mantra worked, I headed uphill whenever the weather got cold and rainy and nine times out of ten my boss was right. That season I took more snow days in than I ever had in my life.

Another key to that very successful winter was the early bird pass I bought alongside a bunch of my snow-loving senoritas. As soon as the snow fell, we hit the hills as much as possible on week nights, weekends and the odd week day. “This is the winter I am becoming a snowboarder,” I warned my ancient Burton twin tip.

By late November, carving down Panorama and Crazy Raven at Cypress Mountain faster than you could say, “Winter ale and nachos for après?” My snowboarding improved that season in equal if not better proportions to my beer-and-nacho-eating skills.

All of this to say, in a roundabout way folks, carpe diem and grab an early bird season pass before prices go up soon. You too can entertain fantasies of becoming the next Bilodeau or Ricker on the local mountains.
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Early bird gets the pass: the 2013/14 Vancouver snow season is getting close

Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2012 Starts April 13

WSSF at Whistler Village. Photo: WSSF / Mike Crane Photography

Considered by many to be the “defining celebration of Whistler,” the annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is both a ten-day showcase of the latest progressions in the skiing and snowboarding world and Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series. The festival also covers every facet of mountain culture, transforming Whistler Village into an arts mecca, with additional events in fashion and film, plus the famous Whistler Dogfest.

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Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2012 Starts April 13

Great Deals at Mount Seymour: Ladies Ride Free & Kids Ski Free Starting in January 2012

As Remy made evident in his post on skiing and snowboarding in Vancouver, easy access to nearby mountains is one of the best things about living in Vancouver. And hitting the slopes close to home just got much less expensive, too, with two great deals from Mount Seymour starting this month: Shred for the Cure, Ladies Ride Free & Kids Ski Free.

Mount Seymour’s Shred for the Cure, Ladies Ride Free is a new name for their 6th annual Guys Night Out, Girls Ride Free event: From January 9 – March 12, 2012, ladies ride free every Monday night starting at 6pm. Presented by Granville Island Brewery, Shred for the Cure is both a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation and a great way to grab a group of friends, enjoy the slopes, and have fun, too. The Monday-night event includes food and drink specials at the Rock Chute Inn and nightly prize drawings at 9pm.

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Great Deals at Mount Seymour: Ladies Ride Free & Kids Ski Free Starting in January 2012

Skiing in Vancouver: The mountains are closer than you think

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It’s not easy living in the shadow of North America’s most famous ski resort.  Located two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb has been named the best place to ski on the continent by Conde Naste, Outside Magazine and National Geographic.  And during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, billions of viewers around the world admired Whistler’s pristine slopes from their living rooms.

But, what many visitors to Vancouver don’t realize is that there are also great ski runs a lot closer to the city.  In fact, you barely have to leave downtown.  Just minutes from the city center rise three exceptional ski mountains.  With varied terrain and diverse offerings, Grouse, Cypress and Seymour mountains all receive abundant snowfall and attract world-class skiers.  Here’s a peek at what to expect: Continue reading:
Skiing in Vancouver: The mountains are closer than you think

Cypress Mountain Opens Today – November 8, 2011

Think the opening of the first Vancouver Christmas Market this Wednesday is a sign that winter is on it’s way? Here’s an even bigger sign: Cypress Mountain (located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver) opens today—November 8—making this the earliest opening day in Cypress Mountain history and making Cypress the first ski area in B.C. to open for the 2011/12 snow season!

Though conditions at all nearby snow resorts are nearly ready for ski season—Grouse Mountain could “open any day now,” according to The Vancouver Sun—Cypress was able to open first due to its “amazing snowmaking crew.” In addition to the 12cm of natural snow it got just yesterday, Cypress transformed 4.75 million gallons of water into 30cm of man-made snow last week, covering the equivalent of 24 football fields on the north face of Black Mountain.

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Cypress Mountain Opens Today – November 8, 2011