November 17, 2011 North Vancouver, B.C. – The announcement that eager skiers and riders have been waiting for has arrived! Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce we are kicking off our 85th winter season on Friday November 18th from 3pm to 10pm. The first Skyride of the day for skiers and riders will be at 2:45pm. For this initial day, Paradise Bowl and Heaven’s Sake will be accessible via the Greenway and Peak chairs but the forward looking forecast from Environment Canada is calling for additional snow early next week. This great prediction combined with Grouse Mountain’s excellent snowmaking and grooming means that more terrain should become available soon. From Saturday onward, we will be open from 9am to 10pm seven days a week for skiing and riding.
“It is already a winter wonderland here at Grouse Mountain. We know that some of our Passholders are itching to get out onto the slopes and we want to ensure we provide as many days on the Mountain as possible this season. In initial days, the operation will be limited but it is still a great opportunity to get out on the snow and play around. For park riders, we will have three jib rails and four boxes available within the Paradise Bowl”, says Grouse Mountain’s General Manager, Michael Cameron.
Last season Grouse Mountain also had an early start and one of the longest seasons on record with skiing and riding into June. With this year identified as another La Nina year, Grouse Mountain expects to have an equally long and epic season for skiers, riders and snowshoers. Until more terrain becomes available lift tickets will be discounted to General Admission pricing.
Grouse Mountain has 212 acres of skiable terrain and visitors have been flocking to our slopes since our first official season in 1926 to enjoy the best in downhill sports. With 26 ski and snowboard runs, 14 night runs, 4 chairlifts, 2 terrain parks plus the Cut Jump Line, 10km of snowshoe trails and the North Shore's most extensive snowmaking system, Grouse Mountain is the city's playground, with an average snow fall amount of 9.7 meters or 31.8 feet.