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Jan 05, 2023
Top ski hills in and around Vancouver

Vancouver outdoor activities and recreation

At HighStreet Accommodation, many of our team members love to take advantage of the amazing outdoor activities in and around Vancouver. That’s why this week we’ve decided to cover the top ski hills in and around Vancouver.

If you’re looking for a good ski hill to hit up this winter, you’re in luck. There are plenty of great options near Vancouver, and world class skiing if you’re up for a weekend drive outside the city. Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, this article is a great place to start if you’re looking for skiing and snowboard in and around Vancouver.

The North Shore

The first thing to understand about skiing “in” Vancouver, is that the mountains are actually located outside Vancouver in North and West Vancouver, the mountains here are collectively known as “the North Shore“.

Skiing on the North Shore is an unforgettable experience. With picturesque snow-covered hills and winding slopes, the trails provide a thrilling adventure for all levels of ski enthusiasts. From easy routes great for novice skiers to extreme runs that challenge more experienced folks, you’re sure to find something that fits your skillset and interests. The pristine crisp air, combined with sublime vistas make skiing on the North Shore a must-do winter activity for anyone coming to the area. In addition to downhill skiing, visitors are also able to enjoy snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and fatbiking on a groomed trails network.

Here are the three options for skiing and snowboarding on the North Shore:

1. Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain, located in West Vancouver is just a short 20-minute drive from Vancouver. The mountain boasts some of the best powder and terrain in British Columbia with over 200 acres of ski area to explore. With 6 lifts spread across 2 peaks, Cypress Mountain gives skiers and snowboarders access to 52 runs ranging from green to double black diamond, the mountain has something for every skill level. Cypress Mountain is renowned for its diverse variety of terrain. In addition to an impressive mountain range, the resort offers ski lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all ages as well as a lift ticket plus equipment rental package for those looking to gain an introduction. For visitors eager to take on even bigger challenges, the unique bowls located at Cypress provide a thrilling experience that is sure to leave lasting memories.

2. Grouse Mountain

Home to the “Gourse Grind” during the summer months, Grouse Mountain is your first top after crossing over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into North Vancouver. With 33 runs ranging from beginner to expert levels, Grouse Mountain offers a variety of options for any skillset. Take a ride on the Gondola for unparalleled views of the surrounding area. The mountain even has night skiing available (14 runs), meaning you can catch a weekday ski after work. On top of all that, the experienced instructors provide lessons for both skiing and snowboarding. If you’re looking for an easy-to-get-to option that is super close to Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a great hill to try.

3. Mount Seymour

Flanking Grouse Mountain to the east, Mount Seymour is more easily accessible to Vancouverites living in the suburbs east of Vancouver. In cities such as Burnaby, Surrey, and beyond. Like the other hills, the mountain offers a range of slopes of varying difficulty levels. In total Mount Seymour boasts 41 runs and 3 chairs. Visitors can look forward to recreation and lessons all within one convenient location, created with comfortable ski lodges and open-air restaurants. Snowmobilers can also take advantage of the area, as there are designated areas specifically designed for this purpose. No matter which activity appeals, Mount Seymour promises an unforgettable getaway full of exceptional sights and sounds.

Whistler Blackcomb

Although it’s located a bit farther way at 1.5 hours from Vancouver, we couldn’t write this article without mentioning Canada’s most famous ski resort: the world renowned Whistler Blackcomb. Host of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, the Whistler Blackcomb resort features two side-by-side mountains connected via the record breaking Peak to Peak Gondola. With 16 alpine bowls and over 200 marked runs, this mountain is regarded as one of the best resorts in North America. It offers world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all skill levels.

Whistler Blackcomb has won numerous awards, including Best Ski Resort in the World from Ski Magazine 2020. It also provides many other activities such as mountain biking, heli-skiing, zip-lining and glacier hiking.

Whistler Blackcomb is located in the small resort town of Whistler, B.C. Whistler is far more than just a ski destination; visitors can explore miles of trails perfect for mountain biking, indulge their adventurous side in its incredible hiking paths, or relax over an unhurried game of golf at one of its many picturesque courses. For those wanting an urban escape, there are plenty of galleries, cafes, and shops tucked away in Whistler Village where visitors can sample local cuisine and culture. Enjoy fine dining opportunities as well as high end resorts and spas. Whistler Village is an incredible escape to compliment your ski weekend at Whistler Blackcomb. We recommend visiting for at least a weekend and during both the winter and summer months.

So there you have it. All you need to know about the top ski hills in and around Vancouver. Try Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, or Mount Seymour if you don’t want to venture too far. If you’re looking for an unforgettable winter getaway, book some time off and take the trip up to Whistler Blackcomb, for great skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, or epic hiking, mountain biking and more during the summer months.

Are you visiting Vancouver or another city in the Lower Mainland for an extended stay? Not sure where to lay your hat? Reach out to the team at HighStreet Accommodations we’ll be happy to assist. With over 200+ properties in the top neighbourhoods, we’ll help you find the ideal home away from home.

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