24 Hours of Winter is when North Vancouver‘s Grouse Mountain stays open all day and night from Saturday, February 18, until Sunday, February 19, in 2018.
24 Hours of Winter in 2018
For two full days and all night long Grouse Mountain is the place to be for non-stop skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and all kinds of wonderful winter activities.
When and Where
In 2018 the 24 Hours of Winter event runs from just after sunrise on Saturday, February 17th, until 10 pm on Sunday, February 18th.
See below for transportation details (which include a free shuttle service).
24 Hours of Winter Activities
In addition to regular Grouse Mountain winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowshoeing, during the 2-day non-stop event there is also dancing to DJ music, special evening snowshoeing tours and other fun activities.
2018 Event Schedule
Below is the event schedule and list of activities for the 24 Hours of Winter event in 2018. (Note: details are subject to change.)
The following activities are on-going throughout most of the 24-hour event (subject to occasional breaks for venue maintenance and scheduled programs):
- Skiing & Snowboarding – from 8:30 am on Saturday until 10 pm on Sunday.
- Snowshoeing – from 9 am until dusk on Saturday and Sunday, plus additional special guided night tours.
- Skating – from noon on Saturday until 10 pm on Sunday.
All Day or Night Activities
24 Hours of Winter activities that take place for extended periods of the event but during specific times include the following (with some being free and others not):
- Sliding Zone – from noon until 8 pm on both days.
- Theatre in the Sky – films show from 9:30 in the morning until 9:30 at night on the Saturday and Sunday.
- Ziplining – from noon until 5 pm on both days with tours departing at noon, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm. (TIP: book well in advance).
- Eye of the Wind – the wind turbine’s observation deck is open between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon with tours departing at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. (TIP: book well in advance).
- Light Walk – from dusk until 10 pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.
- Lupins Cafe – open as an alcohol-free zone from 10 pm on the Saturday until 11 am on the Sunday. Also open for breakfast between 7 am and 10 am.
- Winter Mingler – DJ music, food and drinks at Altitudes Bistro for folk ages 19+ (from 10 pm Saturday until 3 am on the Sunday).
24 Hours of Winter events taking place at specific times most years include the following activities (but to be confirmed for 2018):
On the Saturday …
- Skating to live DJ music (7-10 pm).
- Jam Over the City – special terrain park activities with chances to win prizes.
- Winter Walk and Meditative Yoga Session – with YYoga.
- Sunset Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour – a guided snowshoe trek plus chocolate fondue (5 pm). (TIP: book well in advance).
- Torch Parade – a spectacle that proceeds down under the Peak Chair and is pretty to watch (9 pm).
On Both Days …
- Snowshoe Tours – 1-hour guided tours at sunrise (7 am) (TIP: spaces are limited so book well in advance).
Parking is available at the bottom of Grouse Mountain during the 24 Hours of Winter event, but spaces are limited and there will be lots of people!
TIP: Have a friend or family member drop you off, or take public transit. Better yet, if you live along the route or know someone who can take you there, use the event’s free shuttle service. See below for details.
A complimentary shuttle service is available most years from midnight until 7 am on the Sunday between the ski hill and key North Shore locations with departures leaving from the base of Grouse Mountain by the Red Skyride west ramp on the hour.
The route for the complimentary shuttle service goes from the parking lot at Grouse Mountain down Nancy Greene Way to Canyon Heights (via Montroyal and Highlands), through Edgemont Village (via Edgemont and Queens), down Lonsdale Avenue to Lonsdale Quay, along Esplanade to 3rd Street and Marine Drive, and then finally up Capilano Road back to the ski hill.
Folks using the shuttle service are welcome to ask the driver to stop anywhere along the route, which makes it wonderfully convenient. Designated hop-on points include Edgemont Village in front of Delaney’s Coffee, at Lonsdale Quay in Chadwick Court, and on Capilano Road in front of the Comfort Inn as well as across from the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
The 24 Hours of Winter event is a fabulous event and highly recommended (for people who love winter sports and staying up late at night)!
For more on the special overnight event in February, check out Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter website page.
For details about the ski hill in general, click Grouse Mountain.