Vancouver boasts three ski hills about half an hour away from the downtown area, and more destinations within a few hours’ drive. The three mountains located close to the city are Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mount Seymour. They all offer ski rentals and classes.
While the mountains stand in close proximity to each other, each one offers unique opportunities to skiers. Cypress Mountain is the largest and most reputable, and hosted 2010 Winter Olympic events. By contrast, Grouse Mountain is the most conveniently located, and is easily accessible by public bus and cable car. As for Mount Seymour, it offers a slightly gentler skiing experience, and it is more remote than the other two.
125 kilometers from Vancouver in Whistler, BC, skiers and snowboarders can also visit the Whistler Blackcomb Resort. It served as one of the 2010 Winter Olympic venues. With 200 ski trails and 38 lifts, the resort offers skiing on glaciers and above the tree line. Many consider it one of North America’s premier ski resorts.