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Grouse Mountain (Vancouver): Y2Play deal on

post #1 of 12
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Hi all, 

 

PSA for the Vancouver crowd: Grouse Mountain's offering their Y2Play passes for $359. You can ski all the rest of this season, plus all of next season. If enough people are interested maybe we could start up an EpicSki Lower Mainland meetup ;)

 

Details here: http://www.grousemountain.com/y2play

Note: they also offer a one night/week pass for around $150 at the ski and board show in the fall if you don't think you'll do much skiing. 

post #2 of 12
Does anyone have idea if/when the othe North Shore mountains will have similar deals?
I haven't skied at Grouse, how is it for beginner/experienced beginner runs?
post #3 of 12
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My personal preference is for Grouse this year...

 

Grouse has a bit of everything. The beginner terrain is phenomenal. You can progress all the way through to an expert level at Grouse on their terrain. None of the terrain is shockingly steep like some the double-blacks at Whistler, but you won't get that at any north shore mountain. It's also easy to get to, and the night skiing's good. I'd say it's fantastic for development. 

 

I had a Cypress pass for two years. It was decent. Not much open for night skiing, and most of the runs seem to be on a curve (you're constantly winding counter-clockwise or clockwise depending on the peak). If you can get there daytime, it's great. Takes longer to get to. Less beginner terrain; more intermediate terrain. 

 

I'll probably switch back to Cypress for 2014-2015 to shake it up. The Y2Play pass is such a great deal I couldn't say no to Grouse for this year and next year. 

post #4 of 12

The Grouse website is a bit confusing with all kinds of different passes listed.  I am wondering, if I get the ski pass, do I also need a separate pass to take the Gondolla from the parking lot up to the ski base?  Also, how much is parking there? 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

The ski pass lets you take the gondola. 

 

Best deal is the parking pass plus season pass protection for an extra $59. Alternately you can get just the parking pass for $49. I believe it's $5/day for pay parking. 

post #6 of 12
Thanks Metaphore!
Hubby checked it out yesterday, he said the lifts were nice and line ups not bad, and lots of nice blue runs, though the easy stuff was very busy with lots of overcrowding on the green run. Conditions were quite icy, and parking scarce. He said there seemed to be a lot to do up there other than skiing, and lots of family stuff to do, so I expect if you have kids this is a perfect choice.
post #7 of 12
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Go on a weekday or evening; it's fantastic. We drive up and park right beside the stairs to the gondola.

post #8 of 12

to each their own I guess....personally I don't think grouse compares to cyress  with its 2 hills (black and strachan).....and Cypress' night skiing is easily superior to grouse's terrain for coverage, variety and length of certain runs.

http://cypressmountain.com/trail-maps

https://www.grousemountain.com/mountain-map

 

I was the opposite of you:  I had the grouse y2play pass for 2 seasons (used it 10x each season) until I discovered Cypress...and have never looked back since (seems it's that way with alot of people I've spoken with too).  At Cypress there is no paying for parking and no having to deal with the gondola bottleneck....it has a huge new lodge/cafeteria and a good bar/pub (also huge)...to me cypress feels more like a 'real ski hill' vs grouse which is more touristy and has more family oriented events. 

 

so it's good there is a distinction between the hills, to serve different needs and budgets

 

cypress is offering their silver pass for $400ish starting in a few wks with options for a full pass at discounts (I think silver is best bang for the buck..same gig as grouse in terms of '''buy it and use it for both this and next season'')....cypress might offer even more discounts to us silver pass holders for the black out periods I suspect, too. (last wk of Dec and wkends in jan/feb are blackout periods...most of us just go to wb or baker etc). i suggested 'blkout wkend add ons' as an edge card: buy more and you get better discounts.

 

but regardless of which mtn you like, we're lucky to have THREE hills (grouse, seymour and cypress) just 30-40 min away from Vancouver/lower mainland. ...that is pretty sweet for being able to cut our chops during the weekdays/nights and/or for when we're not feeling up to driving 2 hrs to either whistler or baker.

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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

My personal preference is for Grouse this year...

 

Grouse has a bit of everything. The beginner terrain is phenomenal. You can progress all the way through to an expert level at Grouse on their terrain. None of the terrain is shockingly steep like some the double-blacks at Whistler, but you won't get that at any north shore mountain. It's also easy to get to, and the night skiing's good. I'd say it's fantastic for development. 

 

I had a Cypress pass for two years. It was decent. Not much open for night skiing, and most of the runs seem to be on a curve (you're constantly winding counter-clockwise or clockwise depending on the peak). If you can get there daytime, it's great. Takes longer to get to. Less beginner terrain; more intermediate terrain. 

 

I'll probably switch back to Cypress for 2014-2015 to shake it up. The Y2Play pass is such a great deal I couldn't say no to Grouse for this year and next year. 


Edited by canali - 2/18/13 at 3:57pm
post #9 of 12

I've only skied at Seymour and Cypress. 

 

For my first season I got a pass at Seymour.  They still only had the slow lifts and the full seasons pass was cheap.  That was a great deal and a perfect mountain for learning to ski.  There is a little bit of everything on the mountain with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate terrain.  That said, you can find some trees and there are a few steep pitches such as Devil's Drop.  I usually went on nights and rarely had to wait in line (except for the "Shred for the Cure" nights which I did my best to avoid.)  If you went on a night or early in the morning, it was easy to find good parking (and parking is free.)

 

For my second season, I had outgrown the terrain at Seymour (particularly for nights.)  The lift rates at Seymour also went up a little and that makes sense because they now have a high speed quad.  I also planned on spending more time in the backcountry and so I didn't need a pass that would work on every weekend.  As a result, I got the silver pass at Cypress which has suited my needs perfectly.  Cypress is definitely a much bigger mountain and a lot of the terrain is lit at night.  Lines are short in the mornings and at night.

 

According to wikipedia, Seymour is around 200 acres, Grouse is around 212 acres and Cypress is around 600 acres.  I can't speak to the variety of terrain at Grouse.

 

Although I haven't skied at Grouse, it looks like a reasonable option at that price point if you want a full pass (no exclusions.)  It would be particularly good if:

1) You get the Y2Play pass and start skiing right away this year and use it all of next year (only really makes sense the first time you buy the Y2Play pass.)

2) You don't want to drive up a mountain during snow and would rather take the tram to get above the snowline (although the other mountains do have buses.)

post #10 of 12

Cypress has the best terrain overall.The new chair now offers some more challenge or you can ski the Sky Chair with out crowds. Grouse has some good short pitches off the Peak to Blueberry Bowl. Usually you can find some bump skiing on all three. All have a problem with weekend crowds. Mid week after schools close Grouse also gets a lot of school kids. But If you can ski mid week to early afternoon a pass would be good value at either.          

post #11 of 12

Yeah, Cypress is by far the best of the three mountains in Vancouver.

 

Not to mention, their snowmaking is so superior to Grouse's, they had HUGE parts of the mountain open for almost a whole month while Grouse just had that small Paradise run going. The terrain is way better at Cypress too. And I say this having spent a good chunk of my teen years skiing on Grouse, so there's some sentimentality there. It just doesn't compare though.

 

I can't wait for the Cypress 2013/14 pass to go on sale.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

clearly opinions vary about the north shore mountains, with lots of people snubbing grouse based on acreage stats. Which is fine with me, since it makes it possible to enjoy untracked powder for hours on end on days like today. 

 

redbridge: while everyone's entitled to an opinion, I recommend against spouting opinion as fact. Grouse has fantastic snowmaking, which is one reason I prefer Grouse to Cypress. Their early season issues were related to warm temperatures near the lower lifts; they couldn't actually open most of the mountain. (I'm not sure why they didn't open the chair beside paradise, but that's life.) The lower lifts were spinning early December.

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