Half-Price Skiing on Grouse Mountain, Family Day (Feb 11)

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

The family that skis together, stays together.

That’s the logic behind a great family day promotion at Grouse Mountain for B.C.’s first Family Day, Monday, Feb. 11.  All B.C. residents will get half-off lift tickets (regularly priced at $58), plus access to some family-friendly fun.

Start the day with a by-donation pancake breakfast.  Then hop on the Skyride – Grouse’s mile-long air tram – for a ride to the peak, where there will be family photo ops, a snow-painting station, a puck shoot out, special family-friendly terrain parks and, at night, a family apres-ski dinner.

Family Day caps off a busy weekend at Grouse Mountain, which offers more than two dozen runs just a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  What else is in store?  The action kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 9, when Grouse stays open for 36 hours straight to commemorate the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as part of its 24 Hours of Winter event.

Apart from non-stop skiing and snowboarding, enjoy snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating and even a pond hockey tournament during the day.  At night, the mountain takes on a party vibe with after-dark snowboard and ski contests, a festive torch parade (on skis) down the Cut and drinks and dancing until the wee hours at the mountaintop chalet.  You can even start Sunday morning with a sunrise snowshoe trek.

Photo credit: Dano | Flickr

Photo credit: Dano | Flickr

And for true fitness buffs, there’s the annual Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run, taking place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.  A wintry take on the popular Grouse Grind (the grueling, 2.9 kilometre hike dubbed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”), the Snowshoe Grind is a five-kilometre run through scenic alpine terrain atop Grouse Mountain.  Registration is now open (starting at $25).

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