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!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Relatively new to the sport of snowshoeing, I must say I am sold! As an avid hiker, the onset of winter often limited my choice of trails and ability to access the backcountry. Eager to extend my hiking season, the move to snowshoes seemed like a natural transition. Without much research, I decided to embrace the season, dress for the elements, rent a pair of snowshoes, and start. It was that simple, and I was hooked.

One of the fastest growing winter sports, snowshoeing is easy to learn, relatively inexpensive and a great winter alternative to running or hiking. Where to go? Well, if there is snow, you can snowshoe! Fortunately, our majestic North Shore mountains are rich in trails, just waiting to be explored!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Top places to Snowshoe In Vancouver:

Cypress Mountain

Hollyburn Ridge has been a hiking and snowshoeing favourite since the early 1920’s. Enjoy the subalpine forests and meadows as you meander along the trail through a winter wonderland. Rentals are available.

Grouse Mountain

Famous for the Snow Shoe Grind, a 4.3 km and out and back trek, Grouse Mountain features four different groomed trails within the Munday Alpine Park. With a wide variety of clinics and tours to choose from, Grouse is a perfect locale to get your snowshoes on! Rentals are available.

Mount Seymour

Imagine fresh snowfall, old growth forests and a terrific network of beginner to advanced Discovery Snowshoe Trails. Rentals are available.

Photo: Rob Weiss

Like all outdoor activities, there are certain risks associated with the sport. Before venturing out into the backcountry, consider a visit to our local ski hills. Pack your Ten Essentials, learn the basics, and gain skill on the well marked and maintained trails. These routes are avalanche controlled and patrolled. Anyone considering backcountry travel should complete an avalanche safety course and be well prepared. Avalanche Canada offers a wealth of snow safety resources.

Let it snow!

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