Six awesome ski resorts near Vancouver

February 02, 2019

Vancouverites are spoilt for choice when it comes to ski resorts. Whistler and the three North Shore Mountains - Cypress, Grouse and Seymour - naturally come to mind when choosing a place to play in the white stuff. However, there are also other amazing ski resorts within a 2-hour drive from Vancouver that you should definitely consider putting on your bucket list!

Here is everything you need to know about six ski resorts that are all within a 2-hour drive from Vancouver.

Cypress Mountain

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  • Overview: Cypress Mountain is the biggest of all the ski resorts on the North Shore and boasts the largest vertical drop. Located near Vancouver, it is equipped with six chair lifts and 53 ski runs and an impressive snowmaking system. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can also do snowshoeing, tobogganing and tubing at Cypress. Cypress also offers breathtaking views of Vancouver and English Bay that can be enjoyed during day- or night-skiing/riding.
  • How to get there: Cypress Mountain Resort is about a 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. There is no public transit to Cypress, however a daily paid-for shuttle bus is available. The shuttle bus leaves for Cypress Mountain around 7am daily from select locations in Vancouver and returns around 5pm.
  • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets: $63 for adults and $42 for night skiing.
  • Trails: Longest run - 4 km; Green - 13%; Blue - 35%; Black - 45%
  • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - yes; Heli-Skiing - no; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
  • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 244 inches.

Grouse Mountain

(Photo credit: Grouse Mountain)

  • Overview: Located on the North Shore, Grouse Mountain is the nearest ski resort to Vancouver. With 33 runs to choose from and a varied terrain, it offers a lot of variety and panoramic views of Vancouver. 
  • How to get there: Grouse Mountain is the only ski resort serviced by public transit. Take a shuttle or transit bus from downtown Vancouver or Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. By car, Grouse Mountain is about a 25-minute drive from downtown.
  • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets: $69 for adults and $49 for night skiing.
  • Trails: Longest run - 1.6 km; Green - 40%; Blue - 40%; Black - 20%
  • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - no; Heli-Skiing - no; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
  • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 120 inches.

    Mount Seymour

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    • Overview: Mount Seymour is the smallest of the three North Shore resorts with 39 runs. The majority of runs are intermediate and beginner level. Mount Seymour is a great family resort and offer snowtubing, snowshoeing and toboggan runs. The views of Vancouver, the Georgia Straight, Mt. Baker, and Vancouver Island are amazing. 
    • How to get there: Mount Seymour is a 40-minute drive from Vancouver over the Second Narrows Bridge. They have also recently started running a shuttle bus service from East Vancouver.
    • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets: $64 for adults and $35 for night skiing.
    • Trails: Longest run - 2.4 km; Green - 40%; Blue - 40%; Black - 20%
    • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - yes; Heli-Skiing - no; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
    • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 175 inches.

    Whistler Blackcomb

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    • Overview: Whistler Blackcomb needs little introduction. It was ranked the best overall ski resort in North America for 2017. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier/rider, Whistler Blackcomb has something for everyone. Head into the bustling Whistler Village for a drink and food if you feel like rewarding yourself after a day on the slopes.
    • How to get there: Whistler is a two-hour drive from Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. You will need winter tires if you plan to drive. A number of affordable shuttle services and day trips are available from Vancouver. 
    • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets typically cost $164 for adults but may vary through the season.
    • Trails: Longest run - 11.2 km; Green - 18%; Blue - 55%; Black - 22%
    • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - yes; Heli-Skiing - yes; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
    • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 458 inches.

       Mount Baker

       (Photo credit: Ski Washington)

      • Overview: Mount Baker is located in the state of Washington. Being on the USA's side of the border, it is not as well-known to Vancouverites even though it is a similar distance from Vancouver than Whistler is (i.e. about a 2 hour drive). It receives a whopping average of 682 inches of snow per year, and offer 38 runs at a majestic elevation of 5,089 feet. Mt Baker is definitely worth putting on your mountain bucket list!
      • How to get there: Mount Baker is a 2-hour drive across the US-Canadian border. There are currently no public transport or shuttle service to the mountain.
      • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets are US$61 for adults on weekends and U$55 during the week.
      • Trails: Longest run - 3 km; Green - 24%; Blue - 45%; Black - 31%
      • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - yes; Heli-Skiing - no; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
      • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 682 inches.

       Sasquatch Mountain Resort

      (Photo credit: Sasquatch Mountain Resort)

      • Overview: Sasquatch Mountain Resort, formerly Hemlock, is located northeast of Mission in the lower mainland. After being closed for a period, it has now re-opened and offer a good mix of beginner to advanced terrain. 
      • How to get here: Just over a 2-hour drive from Vancouver, Sasquatch is located off Highway 7, about 50km from Mission. There is currently no public transport or shuttle service from Vancouver.
      • How much it costs: Single day lift tickets are $65 for adults and $30 for night skiing.
      • Trails: Longest run - 1.6 km; Green - 20%; Blue - 34%; Black - 46%
      • Services: Alpine Skiing - yes; Snowboarding - yes; Terrain Park - yes; Halfpipe - yes; Heli-Skiing - no; Snowboard lessons - yes; Ski Lessons - yes.
      • Snowfall: Annual snowfall: 420 inches.

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