Vancouver: Skiing - Snow Boarding
A multicultural metropolis with snowcapped crags, city-hugging beaches and waterfront forests
Although the resorts of Whistler and Banff are bigger and more renowned for skiing and snowboarding than Vancouver, the city still sports some of the best skiing in Canada. After all, Vancouver has three ‘local’ mountains only a short drive from the centre of town. It’s a proud boast of the locals that during spring you can ski in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon – the perfect après ski!
Grouse Mountain is fifteen minutes from the centre of Vancouver and has award winning terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders of all levels as well as a well-respected snow school for those wishing to learn or brush up on their skills. And if you don’t want to ski or board Grouse Mountain offers lots of alternatives, including the newly installed zipwire tour.
Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and sports the most vertical drop, most terrain and most lifts on the highest skiing and riding peak of Vancouver's three mountains. As well as straightforward skiing and snowboarding, Cypress Mountain has Canada's most popular cross country skiing area, a huge Snowtubing Park and offers Snowshoeing Tours.
35 minutes from downtown Vancouver is Mount Seymour. Mount Seymour was one of the first places to teach snowboarding in the 1980s and still maintains a great snow school teaching new skiers and snowboarders the ropes. It also has other activities such as snowshoeing and snowtubing for those who tire of skiing or boarding.