Après-Ski in West Coast Style in Vancouver

Apres-ski Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Photo: Grouse Mountain via The Burrard

Ski season isn’t just about enjoying the chairlift ride up the mountain or feeling the rush of wind on your way down a ski hill. Après-ski plays a big part in Vancouver’s mountain sports scene. Here’s where to ‘après‘ with your immediate household or core bubble in the city this winter.

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Après-Ski in West Coast Style in Vancouver

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

Stay Active in Vancouver this December

Photo Credit: Grouse Mountain

Whether you’re ready for it or not (I am!), the holiday season is in full swing in Vancouver. It’s a season to indulge and feel joy, but don’t forget to get those endorphins going while you’re in the city!

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Stay Active in Vancouver this December

25th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Kicks Off January 22

By Kendell Yan

Shake off the winter blues as the bears (and others) come out of hibernation at the 25th annual Whistler Pride celebration! Whether you’re a dancing queen, a ski bunny, or a fire-side cub, there’s something for everyone under the LGBTQ2+ spectrum, including all-ages fun.

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25th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Kicks Off January 22

Ladies ski for $10 at Mount Seymour in Vancouver, every Monday night

Photo credit: Colin Knowles | Flickr

Photo credit: Colin Knowles | Flickr

The 2016 ski season is shaping up to be one to remember in Vancouver, with great snowfall on the local mountains. Now, there’s a way to enjoy all the snow on the cheap, and support a great cause.

Every Monday night from Jan. 25-March 28, ladies can ski for a donation of just $10 at Mount Seymour in North Vancouver as part of the Shred for a Cause event. The yearly tradition, now in its ninth year, has raised more than $150,000 for charity … and contributed to countless memorable nights on the slopes.

This year, Mount Seymour has upped the price of admission for ladies ever so slightly, from a minimum donation of $5 to $10, half of which goes to charity. Still, that’s an absolute steal considering that guys have to pay the full evening lift ticket price of $31. Just pay at guest services (no special vouchers needed this year) and enjoy unlimited night skiing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Continue reading:
Ladies ski for $10 at Mount Seymour in Vancouver, every Monday night

Vancouver Winter Date Idea: Snowboarding at Cypress Mountain

Source from Cypress Mountain website

Source from Cypress Mountain Facebook page

My boyfriend (“S”) and I drive to Cypress Mountain in the early morn. We’ve settled into an easy silence and suddenly, we round a bend of the road and enter wintry splendour. Clouds and fog obscure the city below, and it feels like we’re far away from our usual urban environment. When holding an umbrella aloft in the Vancouver rain, I often forget that there’s snow on the mountains.

This is the first time we’ve gone snowboarding together and for some reason, I’m feeling a sense of nervous excitement about this particular winter date. I recall my initial snowboarding at Cypress, which, embarrassingly, was only two years ago when I was single.

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Vancouver Winter Date Idea: Snowboarding at Cypress Mountain

No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Take one glance at Vancouver’s North Shore mountains and you’ll probably notice something amiss: snow.  By mid December, the mountains are usually blanketed in white, fluffy snow and full of skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes. This year, however, is a different story.

Never fear.  Not only are two of Vancouver’s three ski resorts actually open for business, but there are plenty of other ways to experience the mountains.  Here are 5 ways to enjoy the Vancouver mountains, with or without the white stuff:

Take a winter hike: Cypress and Seymour Mountains both boast great winter hiking along a network of trails.  Normally, snowshoes would be required but dry conditions this year mean you may be OK with a good set of hiking boots and some crampons if conditions are icy.  Popular, intermediate-level trails include Dog Mountain on Mount Seymour and Cabin Lake on Cypress Mountain. Both of these hikes can be completed in a few hours and offer fantastic views. (Be aware that all winter hiking is challenging and extra precautions are required.) Free Continue reading:
No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow