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This past weekend we received our first snowfall of the 2012 fall season here on Grouse Mountain. It started on Friday evening and has continued through the weekend and the early part of this week. As I write this it is still coming down.

Grinder and Coola, our two grizzly bears, really enjoy the first snowfall of the year - in fact, they are like two giant kids happy to romp around sliding, rolling and wrestling in the fresh powder. Despite their large bulk as they prepare for hibernation, they have mustered up the most energy we've seen in weeks and all for snow play.

When not wrestling with each other, we've observed the bears tobogganing down hills, barrel rolling through the fields and plunging into the ice covered pond.
Of course all of this play makes two bears, who are prepared for hibernation, quite sleepy.  So after a good exertion, both bears crash pretty hard and have long afternoon naps.  Recently, to the delight of our staff and guests, Grinder and Coola have napped right out in the open allowing for prime naptime viewing. 

I wonder if they are dreaming of playing in the snow?


Due to bi-annual maintenance on the Red Skyride we will be operating on the Blue Skyride Monday April 16th to Friday April 20th and from Monday April 30th to Friday May 4th. Expect delays while departing the mountain. Open for skiing and riding 1pm-8pm weekdays and 9am-10pm on weekends.