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Where to Snowshoe on the North Shore: Seymour, Grouse, Cypress


Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 10:22am PDT
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Last weekend, John and I noticed a trend as we observed fellow shoppers on West Broadway: Every second person was holding a brand new pair of snowshoes. Fun for the whole family and for all skill levels, snowshoeing is quickly becoming the hottest snow activity around. Whether you bought your own pair of snowshoes last weekend or you will be renting, here are some options for your next North Shore adventure.

Where to Snowshoe on the North Shore

Snowshoeing with a View

Mount Seymour

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The snowshoe centre is open Monday-Friday (until April): 10:00am to 4:00pm; Weekends & Holidays (until April): 9:00am to 4:00pm. Seymour offers 9 types of snowshoe tours if you’re looking for a guided or package experience. From “Legends and Lanterns” at night to “Chocolate Fondue”, “Baby and Me”, and “Snowfit” options. Check out the Snowshoe Trails Map if you’re coming up on your own. Rentals are available and if you have your own gear, simply purchase a trail pass and head out on your adventure.

Grouse Mountain

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Access to Grouse’s snowshoe trails is included with your Alpine Experience ticket or valid pass. Once you’re up the SkyRide, you can pick up rentals or hit the trails. Tour options include “Baby and Me”, “Boomers and Zoomers”, “Snowshoe Fondue”, “Snowshoe Grind”, guided tours and more. Looking for a challenge? Try the “Snowshoe Grind” at 4.3 km long and with an elevation gain of 215 metres.

Cypress Mountain

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Cypress offers self-guided trails on a 11km network through the snowy sup-alpine forests and meadows of the Nordic Ski Area located on the Hollyburn Ridge. Tours offered include “Girls Night Out”, “Snowshoe Fondue”, “Music Nights”, and the regularly scheduled “Hollyburn Meadows Tour”.

Snowshoe Tips

  • Get there early, and by early I mean before 9:00am as parking lots fill up quickly.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Wear sunscreen if it’s sunny. Wear layers that are waterproof. Bring eyewear (sunglasses).
  • On your feet, wear insulated, waterproof boots or hiking boots. If you’ll be in deep snow, gaiters will keep your ankles dry.
  • Plan your trail route so that you know where you’re going and are in designated areas.
  • Bring water. Even if it’s cold you’ll still need to hydrate from the exercise. Also bring some snacks (granola bars, trail mix, etc.) to keep you fueled during the day.

Have fun and be safe out there! Remember to also take lots of photos of the beautiful alpine scenery, the views of Vancouver from the hills, and of course the smiles on everyone’s faces.

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