Sunday, February 22, 2009

Skiing around Vancouver: Grouse Mountain

Located just over the Lions Gate Bridge, a mere 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is the closest of the three city mountains, and is therefore the first choice for a lot of the local riding population. If there's anything to remind you why living in Vancouver is so awesome, it's having a ski resort you can see right from your apartment or your office window.
Panoramic views of the city, ocean and mountains unfold as the Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tram system, whisks visitors to the mountaintop, 3,700 feet (1,128 m.) above the city.
For everyone visiting Vancouver Grouse Mt is a great spot to warm up before a Whistler trip.
Once you reach the Alpine station, you can choose from 26 ski runs for varying levels of experience (3 green / 15 blue / 6 black diamond / 2 double black diamond) served by 5 lifts (2 high-speed quad chairs / 2 quad chairs / 1 magic carpet). Skiers and snowboarders share these hills during the day and evening with select runs and times available for thrilling night skiing.
Grouse Mt Manager and former pro rider Dave Cashen, says the great thing about the resort is that you can have a good time, any time: "On pow days, you can enjoy Grouse's great fall line on the back runs, or on the days when it's hard-packed, you cruise over the rollers. And with our two terrain parks, there's always something for everyone".
One of the best experiences for Grouse Mt visitors could be dining in The Observatory, Grouse Mountain's finest restaurant (accessible via the Skyride). Chef Dino L. Gazzola offers his Italian based, west coast inspired cuisine using the finest and freshest regional ingredients available.