Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Early weather reports promise Vancouverites an above average and perhaps an epic snow year. Furthermore, Accuweather predicts the potential for a couple of Arctic intrusions, “which may set the stage for a few snow events near the coast.” While many will cringe at the thought of a “snow event,” those of us who adore winter, glance up at the North Shore Mountains with joy in our hearts. Yes, if you live for snow, this may be your year to try snowshoeing, and the trails will be opening soon!

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Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

 

Scenic views from the Snowshoe Grind Photo: D Coo Badger Photography

Missing your fitness fix on the Grouse Grind?  Resolved to up your fitness level in 2017? With epic snow on our North Shore Mountains if you have not yet traded your hiking boots for snowshoes, now might be the time to challenge the Snowshoe Grind!

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Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

Snowshoeing Photo: Rob Weiss

With headlamps, crampons, climbing rope and first aid kits on hand, the brave volunteers of  North Shore Search and Rescue have become regular fixtures on our local mountains.  These local heroes routinely put their lives at risk to provide help to those injured, lost and sometimes misguided hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers who encounter difficulties while playing in the hills.  Saving lives for over 50 years, our incredible group of rescuers is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the country.

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Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

Visit the Ancient Giants – Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Trails

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Photo: R. Weiss

I find it difficult to believe that it has been 6 years since Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It seems like yesterday we were welcoming the world to Vancouver. I am and forever will be an “Olympic Junkie.” The Games, the athlete’s stories, the volunteerism and the incredible display of excellence in sport have a hold on me. Every four years I find myself captivated by the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. As my personal homage to the Winter Games, I felt compelled to grab my snowshoes and visit Cypress Mountain to reflect upon those wonderful moments of 2010.

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Visit the Ancient Giants – Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Trails

3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver

Image sourced from HelloBC

Image sourced from HelloBC

The fresh powder is glistening with moonlight; snowshoes swooshing through new-fallen snow is the only sound. Led by a guide, you work your way through forests of towering hemlock and Douglas fir trees, while the city lights of Vancouver twinkle in the distance, thousands of feet below. Up ahead, a light shines inside a rustic cabin and a you might even catch a hint of chocolate in the mountain air.

Welcome to Vancouver’s unique snowshoe and fondue adventures. All three local mountains offer the chance to explore the alpine scenery after dusk, then warm up in lodges with steaming hot cider and authentic fondue. Continue reading:
3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver