Each year, people flock to British Columbia to take advantage of our winter sports; when there are plenty of mountains to choose from, can you blame them? We just had our first light snowfall here in Vancouver this weekend and when it’s snowing in the city, you know it’s been snowing on the mountains already. Some local mountains are ahead of schedule and have opened a week before the “official” opening day. Here’s your guide to what’s already open and when others are scheduled to open:
Whistler Blackcomb opened on Nov 19, six days ahead of schedule and currently have five lifts running. On November 25, Blackcomb will be open, along with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. All dates are weather permitting and it’s best to check their official website to get up to the minute details.
Grouse Mountain has opened up it’s doors for business and they have three of their five lifts running already. If you’re not into skiing or snowboarding, they offer snowshoeing which is a great alternative. They’re keeping eager snow bunnies up to date too.
Vancouver’s third mountain, Cypress (Grouse and Seymour being its siblings) has officially opened and you can get your ski on there from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I sense a sick day coming on for many locals.
If you’re staying in the lower mainland, Seymour, Grouse and Cypress are great options because they’re easy to get and if you don’t have a car, they’re accessible by public transportation. If you have the time to make it up to Whistler, it’s certainly well worth the visit and a British Columbian winter standard.