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Trail Map
Trail Map
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3D Grouse Mountain Trail Map based upon Google Earth

 

 

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Conditions
Average Annual Snowfall: 102"
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Fly to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

 
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

Directions:

Follow Georgia Street through Stanley Park and across the Lion's Gate Bridge. Take the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive, then left up Capilano Road for 5 km (3.1 miles).

 

Or, from the Ironworkers' Memorial Second Narrows Bridge, follow Highway #1 westbound to Capilano Road Exit North.

 

Public Transit:

The public transit system offers regular service to the base of Grouse Mountain every half hour. Catch Bus 232 from Phibbs Exchange or Bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. For more details, visit Coast Mountain Bus Company website.

 
 
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
Grouse Mountain is just 15 minutes from Vancouver, B.C. and a vast array of lodging options. 
 
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Dining
The Observatory "The crown jewel in the resort's restaurant collection."
Attitudes Bistro "Contemporary dining; great food, cocktails, hip night scene."
Lupins Cafe: "Fast, convenient, self-service dining."
Grouse Grind Coffee Bar
Starbucks at Grouse Mountain
 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
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WHAT'S NEW
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
SERVICES

Snowsports School

 

Equipment Rentals

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Grouse Mountain
Description:

Enjoy Grouse Mountain, just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ski and snowboard into the night on Grouse Mountains lighted trails. Guests can also enjoy the many other outdoor activities that Grouse Mountain offers, including: snowshoe tours, helicopter rides through the British Columbia mountains, and a ride on North America's largest aerial tramway system.

Details:
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Snow making percent75%
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Lifts-Total number of lifts5
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Trails-2-Intermediate15
Trails-3-Advanced6
Trails-4-Expert only2
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Trails-Total26
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General-Base elevation900'
General-Vertical drop1260'
General-OwnerGrouse Mt. Resorts Ltd.
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Posted

Pros: extras like a nice lodge, theatre, ice skating, and snow shoe trailes. A few steep runs, some nice blues. Gondola going up can be nice for tourists.

Cons: Limited terrain for beginners. Long lineups at the beginner runs. Gondola going up is a mixed blessing because it can get super busy.

I've had a pass here for two seasons. It's a good local hill with some added bonus attractions if you have out-of-town guests or if you have kids who need a distraction besides just going skiing. Of the three local Vancouver hills this one does the most marketing and they try the hardest in terms of trying to be a mini-resort.

 

The attractions include a movie theatre that shows two different 30 min features during the day. There's a couple snow shoe trails that are becoming popular. Plus an outdoor skating rink. During the summer they have bears, interpretive talks, a birds of prey show and a lumber jack show.

 

But the real reason you're here is the skiing right? The snow is usually dependable with a >200 cm base considered an average year. The beginner terrain is limited and there's a big difference between the beginner "Paradise" run and the green run "The Cut" which sometimes scares a lot of newbies. The intermediate runs are mostly based on the other side of the hill - serviced by another chairlift. If you're comfortable with blues and blacks then head over to Olympic chair right off the bat to avoid the crowds at the bottom of The Cut. There's a few mogul runs and a few steep ones as well. The blue ones are OK although I'd classify Upper Peak and Blue Face as dark blues - both have moguls and can be difficult in icy conditions. 

 

There's some really nice views from The Cut and from the top of The Upper Peak. If you're a terrain park person there's 3 areas that you'll want to visit. The Cut has features on either side (it's a very wide run). And it allows you to be seen by those on the chairlift. The Sidecut also has a few rails and jumps as well - but hidden from the chairlift if you're an exhibitionist. 

 

The gondola brings guests up from the parking lot. It's quite pricey if you are only coming to snow shoe. But if you're a tourist you may enjoy the view coming up. During busy season (Christmas break, spring break) the lineups for the gondola to get back down can get pretty long during rush hour (around 5 pm) so try to plan your departure for before or after that. 

 

The chalet is nice although seating is limited for the food court downstairs. Upstairs there's a decent pub (with some pricey but OK food) and also a fancy restaurant with nice views. The staff are mostly very friendly and my daughter has taken week-long lessons for two Christmases in a row and has had very friendly and competent instructors both times. 

Posted

Pros: easy access; glades; steeps; groomers

Cons: poor early season coverage; small vertical

Nice local mountain. I actually prefer it to Cypress: fun glades, good lift system, great groomers and nice steeps. 

Posted

Pros: Less than 1hr from downtown on public transport, night skiing, good snowmaking, fast lifts, varied terrain for small resort.

Cons: Busy, messy lay out at the top of cable car.

On my way back from Whistler in 2009, I decided that I should drop in on the local mountain of some relatives before flying back to the UK.

 

Grouse Mtn was a pleasant suprise, excellent snow and a good selection of varied terrain were both welcome. The visibility was poor as we were stuck in a cloud for most of the day, but it was snowing, and the snow cannons had obviously done an excellent job also, with a base of almost twice that at Whistler when I visited.

 

I felt the lift system was quite good, and despite being a city hill, with lots of people in a relatively small space, the detachable lifts certainly helped to prevent any ridiculously long waits.

 

There is plenty of good steep and gladed terrain for such a small area, and the variety that was on offer was very good I felt. When the cloud got too bad I hit Paper Trail, a narrow, fun gladed run. I didn't get to try out the terrain park, but had a quick look at the small one I could find, as well as the boardercross that was set up under the Screaming Eagle chair.

 

I really enjoyed the opportunity to ski under floodlights (just until the hordes arrived after work and school, at which point I headed back down), there was a great break in the clouds too, allowing for a good view of Vancouver as it lit up for the night. Within an hour of leaving I was back in by downtown hotel having a shower and deciding where to go for dinner and drinks. This is where I was torn for 'nightlife' - Grouse Mtn itself doesn't really have any other than the skiing and a restaurant, but within the city at the base is plenty to do...

 

Overall, I was quite pleased with my time on Grouse Mtn, though probably wouldn't go there over somewhere else for more than a day/evening, simply because of its compact size. The value is reasonable, presumably due to the sheer numbers that head up the cable car.