Need to escape the fog? Head to Vancouver’s North Shore

Photo credit: keepitsurreal | Flickr

Photo credit: keepitsurreal | Flickr

How’s this for a cruel joke? While downtown Vancouver has been lost in a blanket of fog for the last two weeks, the sun has been blazing down on parts of the North Shore, bringing a stretch of weather that’s more like August than October.

It’s all the result of the city’s latest temperature inversion. Vancouver is one of a handful of places on the planet prone at certain times of the year to this strange weather phenomenon.  In very basic meteorological terms, everything has gotten flipped. Normally, temperatures get cooler with elevation. But right now, a cool, dense air mass is trapped on the ground beneath a warmer layer of air.  Short story: The city is fogged in below the inversion cap.

But there is an easy way to get relief.  I found out for myself over the weekend when I checked out the North Shore’s Cypress Mountain. Continue reading:
Need to escape the fog? Head to Vancouver’s North Shore

North Shore Ski Hills Enjoy Snow Bonanza

Photo Credit: Remy Scalza

What a difference a year makes!  Remember last winter, when snowfall on the North Shore was so paltry that Cypress Mountain had to truck in snow just to keep the slopes covered for Olympic snowboarders and freestyle skiers?

This year the situation on Cypress, as well as on Vancouver’s other local slopes – Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour – is exactly the opposite.   Plentiful snow and cold temperatures have created exceptional skiing conditions.   In place of last year’s slush, meters of dry and powdery snow have fallen.  Runs are packed with skiiers and snowboarders enjoying conditions rarely seen outside the Interior.

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North Shore Ski Hills Enjoy Snow Bonanza