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!

Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

Snowshoeing Photo: Rob Weiss

With headlamps, crampons, climbing rope and first aid kits on hand, the brave volunteers of  North Shore Search and Rescue have become regular fixtures on our local mountains.  These local heroes routinely put their lives at risk to provide help to those injured, lost and sometimes misguided hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers who encounter difficulties while playing in the hills.  Saving lives for over 50 years, our incredible group of rescuers is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the country.

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Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

Summer bucket list

Summer hiking in Vancouver | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver

Image sourced from HelloBC

Image sourced from HelloBC

The fresh powder is glistening with moonlight; snowshoes swooshing through new-fallen snow is the only sound. Led by a guide, you work your way through forests of towering hemlock and Douglas fir trees, while the city lights of Vancouver twinkle in the distance, thousands of feet below. Up ahead, a light shines inside a rustic cabin and a you might even catch a hint of chocolate in the mountain air.

Welcome to Vancouver’s unique snowshoe and fondue adventures. All three local mountains offer the chance to explore the alpine scenery after dusk, then warm up in lodges with steaming hot cider and authentic fondue. Continue reading:
3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver

Grouse Mountain to open Saturday for Skiing and Riding!

Grouse Mountain opening 2014

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If you’ve been itching to get into a pair of ski or snow boots and blast yourself down the mountain, the long wait is over. Grouse Mountain is officially launching their 88th winter season this Saturday, November 15th at 9:00am.

“But, it hasn’t snowed!?” you may be asking yourself… Well, Grouse Mountain is the proudly armed with the North Shore’s largest snowmaking fleet, which means that with all this cold weather, the snow guns have been put to task creating blankets of fresh snow for eager skiers and riders.

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Grouse Mountain to open Saturday for Skiing and Riding!

Metres of Fresh Snow on Vancouver Mountains: Exploring Grouse

Photo credit: lawrence's lenses | Flickr

Photo credit: lawrence’s lenses | Flickr

After a snow drought most of the winter, the floodgates have opened.  The last several weeks have seen the Vancouver mountains blanketed with metres of fresh snow.  For skiers who have waited patiently, the time is now to hit the slopes.

I checked out Grouse Mountain over a recent weekend, on a day when it was pouring rain in downtown Vancouver.  Up on Grouse, however, all that precipitation was light, fluffy snow; in fact, the mountain had been dumped with nearly 25 centimetres of white stuff in the last 48 hours.

Situated only about 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse is known as the “Peak of Vancouver.” It offers 26 runs serviced by four chairlifts, plus two terrain parks. While the mountain may not have the biggest vertical drop or most technical trails in the area (that distinction generally goes to nearby Cypress), it is a great setting for people (like me) still learning to ski, with more than a half-dozen easy green and blue runs.

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Metres of Fresh Snow on Vancouver Mountains: Exploring Grouse