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

Grouse Mountain Olympic Celebration: 24 Hours of Winter, February 12 – 13, 2011

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Along with all the amazing free Olympic Anniversary Celebrations happening around Vancouver this weekend (find the complete list here), Grouse Mountain is hosting it’s own Olympic Anniversary with the special two-day event 24 Hours of Winter.

During Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter, visitors to the famous North Vancouver ski and snow sport resort get to feel the rush of skiing at sunrise or snow shoeing at midnight, since the mountain will be open 24 hours. The celebration doesn’t end on the snow, though—the weekend is packed with special events to round out your experience, including a Torch Light Parade, Theatre in the Sky, nighttime ziplining, and a live DJ at Altitudes Bistro.

Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter runs from February 12 – 13, 2011.

Mount Seymour’s Guys Night Out – Girls Ride FREE Starts January 10

One great thing about the cold weather we’ve been having: the skiing and snow sports near Vancouver are flourishing! Mount Seymour, one of the closest ski mountains to Vancouver—it’s just a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, in North Vancouver—has a great deal to get you on the mountain on Mondays: its 5th annual Guys Night Out – Girls Ride FREE event, which starts this Monday, January 10, 2011.

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Mount Seymour’s Guys Night Out – Girls Ride FREE Starts January 10