24 Hours of Winter celebrates Olympics
Experience around-the-clock alpine activities at Grouse Mountain
February 12, 2011
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, B.C. – The one-year anniversary of the most inspiring and anticipated event in British Columbia’s history will be celebrated for 24 consecutive hours at the Peak of Vancouver. Get ready to celebrate and play even more from February 12-13, in honour of the 2010 Winter Olympics anniversary. The entire resort will be open for guests to enjoy activities including a torch relay, kid’s hockey tournament, skiing, riding, snowshoeing, shopping and dining round-the-clock.
Twelve teams represented by nearly 100 hockey players will also take to the skate pond at the Peak of Vancouver for one-day mini-hockey tournament mirroring the men’s Olympic tournament in team match-ups. Children aged nine and ten, will compete morning in honour of the Games event. The children are all from the local North Shore Hockey League, and hopefully, Team Canada can repeat their gold medal victory.
Dozens of Grouse Mountain employees and volunteers will ski from the top of the Peak to the bottom of the iconic Cut ski run, with torches in hand to mark the anniversary to the world spotlight shining on Vancouver. The city’s favourite playground will be aglow with enthusiastic skiers carving their way down the mountain in wide, deliberate turns that will be easily visible from countless vantage points throughout the city. Grouse Mountain will enhance the visibility of the Torch Parade by extinguishing the lights on the Cut for the time it takes the train to make its way down. The countdown is rallying local communities across Canada and the world to celebrate the spirit of the Games.
The 24-hour event revisits the mountain’s momentous decision to remain open 24 hours per day for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (17 days), showcasing the finest in snow sports and alpine recreation to international visitors and media from all time zones. Grouse Mountain was also the proud home of NBC Today show’s Olympic broadcast throughout the Games. The resort held a 48 Hours of Winter in 2009, and the first trial run of 24 Hours of Winter in 2008. Each time, the extensive programming brought thousands of enthusiasts to the mountain in the wee hours of the morning! From a dazzling torch parade to sunrise snowshoe tours, the public is invited to a uniquely Canadian experience as we all celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics anniversary.
Grouse Mountain is now in its 84th season as a winter destination in Vancouver. Its proud history of developing athletes, and encouraging a lifetime passion for snow sports, is a strong motivator for its unique celebration of the Olympic anniversary. All of our winter passes will be valid for this unforgettable experience.
For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to carve down a ski run as the sunrise frames the city in front of you, 24 Hours of Winter is the time to find out. On February 12 and February 13, diehard winter enthusiasts and winter wonderland seekers can take advantage of endless winter sports.
Highlights of 24 Hours of Winter include:
- North Shore Minor Hockey Tournament
- Torch Relay (from the top of Peak to bottom of The Cut)
- Sunset & Midnight Snowhoe tour departures to Dam Mountain Sunset tours of The Eye of the Wind
- Terrain Parks
- Midnight skating
- Endless dining opportunities
- Theatre in the Sky screening of the Gold Medal Hockey game and winter sport films
- DJ spinning tunes all night long
- Oakley deals and prizes in Outfitters retail store
For a full calendar of 24 Hours of Winter activities, visit our events page at grousemountain.com.