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Skiing and Snowboarding around Vancouver, Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America: Catching air at Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V7R 4K9
Tel: 604 984 0661

Cypress Mountain

Cypress Provincial Park
Exit 8 off Highway 1
West Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V7V 3N9
Tel: 604 926 5612

Mount Seymour

1700 Mount Seymour Road
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V7G 1L3
Tel: 604 986 2261's insider take:

If you don't have time for a side trip to Whistler, Vancouver has a handful of terrific little ski areas (and summer hiking destinations) just a quick drive from the city. The aerial tramway to the summit of Grouse Mountain alone is worth the visit—bring your camera for the views of Vancouver from 3,700 feet up. In the winter, there are 200 acres of mainly intermediate skiing terrain, with a few beginner and expert slopes mixed in. (There's night skiing until 11 pm.) In summer, the various hiking trails include the popular Grouse Grind, the city's sweatiest hiking trip and one taken each year by over 100,000 locals. The two-mile track climbs from the parking lot to the mountain's Peak Chalet, where there's a year-round café, a fine-dining restaurant, a wildlife refuge, and hiking to further peaks. The average hiking time is one and a half hours, but those in a rush should know the record: 26 minutes, 19 seconds. Be sure to wear sensible shoes and to carry at least one water bottle. If you don't want to schlep back down, spend $5 to ride the gondola.

Cypress Mountain, north of downtown Vancouver, is the largest downhill facility on the North Shore and the place to ski after a big snowfall. For the advanced skier, it boasts some excellent mogul skiing, especially the Top Gun run under the Sky Chair; the half pipe draws a lot of boarders, too.

Mount Seymour is located over the Second Narrows Bridge, ten miles north of Vancouver. It's where many Vancouverites are exposed to skiing or snowboarding for the first time. All-season tires and chains are recommended for both these mountains.—Kasey Wilson

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