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

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

Skiing in Vancouver: The mountains are closer than you think

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It’s not easy living in the shadow of North America’s most famous ski resort.  Located two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb has been named the best place to ski on the continent by Conde Naste, Outside Magazine and National Geographic.  And during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, billions of viewers around the world admired Whistler’s pristine slopes from their living rooms.

But, what many visitors to Vancouver don’t realize is that there are also great ski runs a lot closer to the city.  In fact, you barely have to leave downtown.  Just minutes from the city center rise three exceptional ski mountains.  With varied terrain and diverse offerings, Grouse, Cypress and Seymour mountains all receive abundant snowfall and attract world-class skiers.  Here’s a peek at what to expect: Continue reading:
Skiing in Vancouver: The mountains are closer than you think

North Shore Ski Hills Enjoy Snow Bonanza

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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

Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour

Vancouver tends to get much more rain than snow during the winter.  But, as any outdoor lover can tell you, you don’t need to travel far from the city to experience a real blast of winter.

The North Shore mountains, as close as 20 minutes by car from downtown, are often meters-deep in snow throughout the winter months.  With plenty of icy lakes, frosted pines and firs and mounds of deep, fluffy snow, they offer a winter wonderland right at the city’s doorstep.

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Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour