Spring Skiing on the Vancouver Mountains Begins

Cypress2014-17After a challenging season for Vancouver ski mountains, the snow has finally arrived – better late than never. March is serving up some of the best conditions of the year, and ski and snowboard fans are betting on a solid April.  I decided to check out the “spring skiing” vibe at Cypress over the weekend.

Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly spring skiing.  No one was in a t-shirt, let alone a bikini top.  But the sun was shining under a blue sky on Cypress Mountain and the temperature at the base was a balmy 5 degrees.  Better still, the mountain had been dumped with 8 centimetres of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

I was also on a mission – to ski my first black diamond run. Continue reading:
Spring Skiing on the Vancouver Mountains Begins

Beginner’s Quest for Spring Skiing on Grouse Mountain

GrouseSki-21While cherry blossoms may be blooming on the streets of downtown Vancouver, a few thousand metres above the city, there’s still plenty of snow on the mountains.

It’s spring skiing season on the North Shore mountains.  That precious window of time when you can hit the slopes in a t-shirt and get a tan by the time the day is out.

Or so I’ve heard.  This is my first season on the slopes, so I’ve never actually experienced Vancouver’s legendary spring skiing myself.  But on a recent sunny Saturday, I decided to head to Grouse Mountain to see what all the excitement is about. Continue reading:
Beginner’s Quest for Spring Skiing on Grouse Mountain

Sun, skis and bikinis: Spring Skiing through April 29 in Vancouver

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Anyone ready for some spring skiing?

With the sun finally shining and the weather practically balmy, you might be thinking about heading to the beach.  But it’s not too late to get some time in on the slopes.

Grouse Mountain had a near record year in terms of snowfall, with a whopping 1,100 centimetres of snow since last fall (Remember all that rain we had in the city?  Well, that was all white stuff in the North Shore mountains).

Even with the warm temperatures over the weekend, Grouse still has a 518-centimetre base at the peak. With all that snow, the mountain plans to stay open to skiers for at least another week, until April 29Continue reading:
Sun, skis and bikinis: Spring Skiing through April 29 in Vancouver