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Grouse Mountain
At Grouse Mountain, on Vancouver's North Shore, the snow hills are made for thrills. Grouse Mountain offers outdoor adventures for everyone, including helicopter rides with breathtaking views of B.C.'s incredible mountains and valleys. The ultimate challenge awaits skiers and boarders on the Peak, and the snowboard park features a challenging mix of terrain.

Just a short distance from the Peak Chalet, you'll find yourself a world away in the Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park. With four different groomed trails to choose from, you'll discover something new each time you visit, and discover why snowshoeing is the fastest growing outdoor winter activity.

The famous Grouse Mountain Skyride provides a one-mile journey like no other. As you journey up the mountainside high above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views unfold of snowy peaks, the city of Vancouver, the sparkling Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf Islands. North America's largest aerial tramway is your gateway to the majestic nature of the Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself. Whether you're in search of the perfect photo, or a romantic dinner at The Observatory, your adventure begins with the Skyride. Your General Admission provides you with complimentary access to a host of activities and excitement on top of Grouse Mountain.

Grouse Mountain, Vancouver North Shore, BC
There's no better way to experience winter than skating in the fresh mountain air on a smooth outdoor ice skating rink high above the city of Vancouver. So grab your skates and go for a glide on Grouse Mountain's 8,000-square-foot Ice Skating Pond - the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Come up for a romantic evening for two or a fun-filled day with the kids. The Ice Skating Pond is just a few steps from the warmth of the Peak Chalet, surrounded by snow-topped trees.

Bring winter alive on an enchanting sleigh ride through Grouse Mountain's snowy paradise. Take friends and family on a memorable journey around the mountaintop through snow-covered forests. You can also experience unforgettable sightseeing high above the peaks of Vancouver's North Shore Mountains in a helicopter ride of a lifetime. Helijet offers breathtaking tours that begin at The Peak of Vancouver.

During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities on top of Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through the mystical alpine forest. Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on the large high-definition screen, or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs.

In the event of fickle behaviour by Mother Nature, Grouse Mountain has a fleet of 37 snowguns to ensure the best possible conditions throughout the winter and a prolonged snow season.

Ziplining at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

The arrival of spring and summer definitely don't mark the end of Grouse Mountainís engaging schedule of activities at Vancouver's favourite backyard playground. The resort is Vancouverís top four-season attraction, showcasing the best of British columbia to over 1.1 million visitors per year. Panoramic views of the city, ocean and mountains unfold as the Skyride - North Americaís largest aerial tram system - whisks visitors to the North shore mountaintop.

Experience uniquely British Columbian activities including our Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, World Famous Lumberjack Show, or Birds in Motion falconry demonstration. Scenic chairlift rides, mountain ziplines, tandem paragliding, helicopter tours, hiking, eco walks, and so much more round out the summer itinerary.

Ziplines: Come enjoy one of the most unforgettable outdoor experiences on the lower mainland. The Air Grouse Mountain Zipline tour puts you high above the alpine rainforest, careening through the air at top speeds of 80 km/hour. The zipline experience will give you a unique perspective of the Blue Grouse Lake region of the mountain, combining heart-pounding thrills with exploration of BCís breathtaking old-growth forests. Along the way you will learn about indigenous flora and fauna and its significance to First Nations people.

Grouse Mountain is located only 15 to 20 minutes north of downtown Vancouver. Take Hwy 1 to Capilano Road and go north to Grouse Mountain. 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.

Contact: Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9
Phone: (604) 980-9311
Fax: (604) 984-6360
Snow Phone: (604) 986-6262

Season: Late November to end April
Lift Hours: 9 am - 10 pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Night Lift: 4 pm to 10 pm
Annual Snowfall: 305 cm (10 ft)
Vertical Drop: 384 m (1,260 ft)
Base Elevation: 274 m (900 ft)
Top Elevation: 1,250 m (4,100 ft) - Peak
1,128 m (3,700 ft) - Alpine Station
Skiable Acreage: 86 hectares (212 acres)
Number of Trails: 26 trails: 3 green, 15 blue, 6 black diamond, 2 double black diamond
Longest run: 1 mile (1,6 km)
Number of Lifts: 2 high-speed quad chairs, 2 quad chairs, 1 magic carpet, plus 2 two-section aerial tram systems.
Lift Capacity: 6,600 skiers per hour
Night Skiing: Yes, on 13 of 26 runs: 4pm to 10pm during the winter.
Cross-Country: Yes, but not set tracks or designated terrain. Cross Country skiers are welcome though.
Snowshoeing: Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park offers 4 trails. Tour the groomed beginner and intermediate snowshoe trails of the Blue Grouse Loop, or head for Dam Mountain - a pristine loop of three main trails that circle Dam Mountain and Thunder Bird Ridge. You can find the trails easily with clearly marked signs from the top of Grouse Mountain. All areas are well marked and patrolled regularly.
Terrain Park: Grouse Mountain offers world-class freestyle terrain facilities and expertise. Three terrain parks feature a challenging mix of terrain:
Rookie Terrain Park (Rating S M L)
Quiksilver Terrain Park (Rating M L XL)
Paradise Jib Park (Rating S-L)
Camps and clinics in the park zones are coached by the North Shore Snowboard Team and the Vancouver Freestyle Ski Club.
Halfpipe: No
Resort Services: Ski, snowboard & snowshoe rentals
Ski & snowboard school, sleigh rides, three restaurants and a bar
Two restaurants (The Observatory, Altitudes Bistro) and t
Three casual dining spots (Lupins Cafť, the Rusty Rail BBQ & Grill, and Grouse Grind Coffee Bar) and a Starbucks.
Nearest Ski Area: Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour
Nearest Towns: West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, North Shore
Recreation: Skiing & Winter Sports in Vancouver and the North Shore
Skiing & Winter Sports in the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland
Skiing & Winter Sports in Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Skiing & Winter Sports on the Sunshine Coast of BC

Accommodation on or near Grouse Mountain

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver
The Holiday Inn is one of Vancouver's finest hotels, and North Vancouver's premier hotel. Cradled beneath the city's majestic North Shore mountains, and located only 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, the award-winning Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites North Vancouver is close to visitor attractions, a variety of restaurants, theatres, and conveniently located for outdoor adventures to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Seymour Mountain. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, pub, spa, indoor pool, jacuzzi, and meeting and banquet facilities.

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