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As we head into the final days of a fun-filled summer, the winter season may still seem like a looong way off. But here at the Peak of Vancouver, we’re already going full steam ahead as we gear up for the flaky white stuff to fall. The snow season is just around the corner…you’ll be strapping on those skis, snowboards, skates and snowshoes before you know it!

We’re getting our downhill runs ready for the season

On our side, we’ve been doing a little digging and maintenance as we get our downhill runs ready for the 2014/15 snow season including work on Devil’s Advocate, Purgatory and Hades, with Blazes and Upper Limits to be wrapped up later this fall.

This brush cutting and overall maintenance means we’ll be able to open these runs with less snow and we’ll be able to hold on to the snow for a lot longer…which means a longer season for you. Great news, isn’t it?!

Coming soon: new night terrain!

Also new this season is the expansion of our night terrain to include our Blazes run, a black diamond favourite that until now was only available for daytime skiing and riding. Well, that’s all about to change! Our mountain operations crew has been re-contouring the run so that it can be opened earlier in the season and building a better transition from the cat track at Mountain Highway down to Lower Blazes.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be adding eight light standards (powering energy efficient LED lights) which will give our intermediate-to-advanced skiers and riders some terrain to play on after sunset. All this new terrain means that we’ll have the best, most extensive night skiing in BC, which is pretty great news for our ski/snowboard community. Needless to say, our mountain operations team is incredibly excited about this work – they’re all passionate skiers and riders who can’t wait to hit the slopes this season!

Terrain park: under construction

Looking ahead to late September, our terrain park staff will have some drawings and ideas down on paper as they prepare to build. To quote them directly, “the goal is to have the best park on the North Shore while pushing the boundaries with our features and what we can create out of snow.” Just wait and see – we’ll have more to come on that in the very near future.

Get excited – winter is coming to the Peak of Vancouver!

Announcements

Please be aware, Altitudes Bistro is undergoing renovation. Lunch service with the Altitudes menu will be available in The Observatory beginning at 11am. Grouse Grind coffee bar open 7:00am-10:00pm and Grill board menu available from 11:00am. The Observatory will be open 5:00pm - 10:00pm.