Christmas holidays are near, and for many that means family time skiing on the snow covered slopes of south-west British Columbia.The 2010 Winter Olympics solidified Whistler’s place as a world class ski resort destination. Many guests of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel in downtown Vancouver spend a night with us on their way to or from this winter sport mecca.
While Whistler is well-known by skiers around the world, even closer to downtown Vancouver are three fabulous ski hills. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour ski resorts provide excellent winter sport activities, and are corner stones of Vancouver’s fabled “sail in the morning, ski in the afternoon” reputation.
Rising up above Vancouver’s North Shore, these three ski hills are easily seen from the downtown peninsula, their lighted ski runs shining like streams of jewels down the mountainsides.
While not as famous as Whistler, Cypress Mountain was actually a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, hosting the free style skiing and snowboarding events. It was on these slopes that Canada won its’ first gold medal of these immensely successful games. Cypress Mountain has long been a local favourite, with an average annual snowfall of about 1000cm (35 feet), and an average temperature that seldom goes below the freezing mark.
Grouse Mountain Ski Resort is the jewel atop Vancouver’s skyline. The gondola takes you from below the snowline in North Vancouver, to high above the snowline where 1163 cm of snow fell in over the 2010-2011 ski season. As with all three local hills, the temperature seldom drops into the deep negatives, making Grouse Mountain a comfortable, easily accessible ski destination. Along with spectacular views, Grouse Mountain also offers restaurants from fine dining to rough-hewn hikers fare, a terrific gift shop, and the ever popular Theatre in the Sky movie theatre, for those interested in an indoor activity.
Mount Seymour is the perfect family resort. A comfortable lodge offers all the amenities, without the pressures or costs of the other two local hills. A great tube run is also popular with the kids and the young at heart. As with the other two local hills, Mount Seymour offers deep snow and moderate temperatures that make for an easy, comfortable day of local skiing.
“Sail in the morning, and ski in the afternoon!” It really is possible on any of Vancouver’s three local ski hills. With each ski hill located only minutes from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel in downtown Vancouver, we really are your perfect home base for a south coast ski destination holiday.