There’s some kind of myth floating around that when you choose a ski holiday, you need to head up into the mountains away from a bustling and exciting city. While the idea of a truly outdoors holiday will appeal to many (and Canada is perfect for that!) there are some ski-fans who want the best of both worlds. That’s where Vancouver comes in. Already a great city in its own right, there are three first-class ski resorts right on its boundaries offering that perfect ski/city-break when you don’t want to choose between the two.
This ski resort was the official freestyle skiing and snowboard venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games for a reason. Boasting three mountains, the resort offers skiers everything from freestyle to nighttime terrain, as well as easy and double-diamond ski-slopes. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, this is a perfect resort for skiers who like to mix it up.
Aside from skiing the Nordic and Downhill areas both have places to stop for food and drink. Ranging from the Olympic-themed Gold Medal Café, through to the Nordic Café that is perfect for a quick bite to eat.
Grouse Mountain Resorts
Grouse Mountain has quite the impressive resume: “33 ski and snowboard runs, 15 night runs, 4 chairlifts, 3 terrain parks, 9km of snowshoe trails and the North Shore’s most extensive snowmaking system.” However, it’s not even just skiing that Grouse Mountain offers – there’s also snowshoeing and mountain zip lines!
Skiing is open from Monday – Friday 9am until 10pm every night, and on weekends is open from 8:30am-10:00pm. While up on the mountain, skiers will have a wide selection of places to grab some fuel. There’s 8 places to eat including a 5-star restaurant and a Starbucks!
With 40 trails lying on the resort’s grounds, there’s plenty of twists and turns to excite the most enthusiastic of skiers. There’s plenty for all levels and abilities however the ski trails are officially split as 40% novice, 40% intermediate and 20% advanced/expert, while the four terrain parks also offer beginners and advanced skiers the chance to practice their technique.
The Mount Seymour Park is also home to an impressive amount of facilities. There are five places you can stop for food and drink, as well as a rental shop and event space.