Got Snow? Cypress Opens Friday!

Photo: Flickr, Zac McDougall

Dust off those boards, tweak those bindings and dig out your long undies because it is snowing in the mountains! Like most winter enthusiasts, this is the time of year I longingly watch our magnificent Lions for that first dusting of white. With bated breath, I diligently monitor temperature and precipitation predictions. Anticipation builds! While commuters curse, I gleefully thank Mother Nature for the early season storms and unexpected blast of winter. I visualize fresh tracks and apres ski! Well, Vancouverites, the wait is over. It is official; Cypress Mountain kicks off the season this Friday, November 10th.

Photo: Rob Weiss

What’s new this season on the North Shore?

Cypress Mountain

Located in Cypress Provincial Park, a 2010 Winter Olympic games venue, Cypress has much to offer. With an expanded state of the art snowmaking system, the resort has produced enough snow to cover the equivalent of 28 football fields. Opening this Friday, the mountain will celebrate the third earliest opening in the resort’s 33-year history. To get the snow party started, opening day tickets will be offered at 40% off.

Photo: Rob Weiss

Grouse Mountain

The snow guns are on, the 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond is ready and the downhill runs will officially open Friday, November 10th at 3:00 pm! Known to regulars as the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a local treasure.  Towering high above the city, visitors travel up to the slopes aboard the Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tramway system. Enhancements for this coming season include a new wall ride in Grouse Woods, Canada’s first natural feature, surf style terrain park.

Photo: Flickr, Mohit, J

Mount Seymour

Located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, with 200 acres of downhill ski and snowboard terrain, Mount Seymour is a family owned and operated resort. Season tickets are now on sale for 2017/2018. New this year, Mount Seymour season pass holders will be able to enjoy two complimentary lift tickets at Mt Washington, Manning Park and Apex Mountain Resort. Visit the website for up to date information on opening dates.

Curious about current conditions?

The resort webcams will certainly wet your appetite for all things winter! Remember to check the weather and hours of operation before you head out to the slopes, as conditions on the North Shore Mountains change quickly and frequently.

Photo: Courtesy Grouse Mountain

Hard pressed to pick a favourite mountain; I would recommend grabbing your gear and exploring them all!  After all, vacations are better with snow!

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