GROUSE MOUNTAIN, NORTH VANCOUVER
- total height: 1,231 m (4,039 ft)
- 365 m (skiable)
- base elevation: 274 m
- runs: 24 (13 night skiing), 17% beginner, 54% intermediate, 21% advanced, 8% expert
- 2 chairlifts, 2 ropes, 1 magic carpet
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Looking south towards the Vancouver Westside, from Grouse Mountain, there is a copper sheen on the water as the sun sets. Ships queue, waiting to make their way under the Lions Gate Bridge and unload their cargo. Grouse Mountain is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver across the Lions Gate Bridge. Night views of the City and the Grouse Nest Restaurant are fantastic, even for those that don't ski. Cypress & Mt. Seymour are nearby & Whistler is about 70 km to the north of Grouse, via the Sea to Sky Hwy.
In 1949, the first double chairlift in Greater Vancouver opened, allowing skiing down the Cut from the top of the ridge. Grouse Mountain claims this lift to have been the "world's first"; several other ski areas dispute this. In 1951, another lift – presumably one of the world's longest at the time – was opened.
The ice skating pond near the lodge
From the peak of Grouse Mountain, you can see the lodge below on the left bottom corner. And below, is Vancouver covered in fog.
Near the lodge at the top of the mountain, there is a Grizzly Bear and Grey Wolf exhibit.
Don't worry, they've never escaped....unless the electric fences go out - Jurassic Park all over again...These bears were originally rescued orphan cubs that could not be send back into the wild.
Like the bears, the wolves were also found as orphans without their parents. They would not have survived in the wild.
Capilano Suspension Bridge at the base of the mountain. 450 ft. across, 230 ft. above Lynn Canyon.