Vancouver Ski Hills are Open! Here’s What’s New for the 2019/2020 Season

Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

Photo credit: Destination BC/Robin O’Neill

Vancouver is spoiled for choice when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. We have three local mountains on the North Shore, plus three more a short drive away to the north and east. With three of the ski resorts open already and the remaining three scheduled to open in the next week or two, we’re getting excited about hitting the slopes. Here’s what you can look forward to at each resort for the 2019/2020 season.

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Vancouver Ski Hills are Open! Here’s What’s New for the 2019/2020 Season

Grouse Mountain to open Saturday for skiing and riding!

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It’s the news that skiers and riders have been waiting to hear! Grouse Mountain is opening this Saturday to kick off the 2019/20 season with limited terrain starting on Saturday, November 30th at 9am.

Although we haven’t been getting much precipitation these days, the recent cold temperatures have allowed for some excellent snowmaking conditions.

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Grouse Mountain to open Saturday for skiing and riding!

8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

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8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

The Grouse Grind is Open for 2019 + 5 Reasons You Should Seek the Peak

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Are you ready to challenge your legs and seek the peak? Known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, the Grouse Grind is now open for the season at Grouse Mountain! The popular trail recently had a facelift and is ready for its closeup. If you haven’t yet experienced this epic and iconic trail, here are some fun facts, tips, and five reasons to give it a go.

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The Grouse Grind is Open for 2019 + 5 Reasons You Should Seek the Peak

Opening in May: 13 Fun Ways to Explore and Stay Fit on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

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While Grouse Mountain is most commonly associated with it’s excellent skiing conditions, the Skyride, and the incredibly popular and challenging Grouse Grind, when you get to the top of the mountain, you realize there’s even more to see and do! Having such an epic outdoor playground so close to Vancouver is such a treat for staying fit and well, and there are several attractions you need to check out this month — all perfect for an outdoorsy family day out or an epic date!

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Opening in May: 13 Fun Ways to Explore and Stay Fit on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation for 2019 Spring Season

Grizzly Bears Grouse Mountain

Images courtesy of Grouse Mountain. (Photo by Devin Manky)

The bears are back in town! Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, have just emerged from their very long winter nap after after 128 days of hibernation!

The annual awakening of the massive male grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures, even though skiing and riding still remains open.

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Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation for 2019 Spring Season