North Vancouver, B.C.
Rolling into its first winter under new ownership, Grouse continues to be the most convenient of the Locals, thanks to its famed gondola. It’s all about making it easy for metro Vancouver residents and visitors to get above it all.
Whether it’s by public transportation, ridesharing, Grouse’s fleet of shuttles, Uber—just grab your skis, a coffee, relax and soak in the view on the way to the top.
Off gondola, Canada’s first natural terrain park, Grouse Woods, now in its second year, serves up features of logs, recycled wood and snow to give riders the feel of hitting off-piste freestyle, but in a controlled park environment. The park is in constant flux with moveable wooden obstacles—just how Mother Nature dishes it out. Marked as a terrain park, but accessible to anyone, Grouse Woods adds a touch of spice to the Buckhorn run. This year, the resort has also opened up gladed runs through the tree islands between Expo and Centennial as well as on Peak.
Open late, Grouse is a buzz nighttime activity thanks to nine-to-fivers and students looking for laps after last class. Nearly half of Grouse’s 33 runs are open for night skiing.
In the summer, the resort offers hiking (the Grouse Grind is a right of passage, so skip the gondola and hoof it to the top), fine dining, ziplining, disc golf and a 360-degree view from inside a 20-storey, fully functioning wind-power turbine. Don’t forget to say hi to the resort’s longtime locals, Bella and Grinder, two rescued grizzly bears that call this place home.