12/19/2012 05:05 EST | Updated 02/18/2013 05:12 EST

Some Real Winter Activities in Vancouver's Mountains


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- If you're on your way up to Whistler, check out the Vancouver snow scene along the way. If you're visiting Vancouver and you'd like to try your hand at winter sports, the local mountains have a variety of activities for the casual winter tourist to the more adventurous and serious boarders and skiers.

Grouse Mountain Ski Deals

On clear days, you can see the city and the forests that surround it from Grouse Mountain's famous gondola, the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Stop for hot chocolate at the top and look out onto the snow, or get busy snowshoeing, snowboarding, or downhill skiing. In the winter, Grouse also boasts an outdoor skating rink: a relative rarity in Vancouver's warmer winter weather. For those with limited mobility, Grouse is a good choice, as the Skyride is accessible.

Feeling adventurous? Check out the mountain's zip-lining adventures that help you soar over Vancouver vistas. Want to take in the atmosphere? Grouse has several options for casual dining, including Lupins Café and the Grouse Grind Coffee Bar.

Unique Winter Attraction: In addition to ski, snowboard and snowshoe trails, Grouse puts on a great Christmas show. Children large and small can visit The Peak of Christmas to chat with Santa, listen to choirs and learn about real reindeer.

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Report by Tricia Edgar, Outdoors Columnist

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