Night skiing at North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain can be an amazing experience, especially on clear nights when you can see the city lights in the distance.
In the evenings on the hill most years there is also fine dining in the Observatory Restaurant, lit up snowshoe trails in the Light Walk, crazy carpet sliding opportunities and excellent snowboarding terrain.
(Note: Due to COVID-19, not all restaurants and activities will be operating as usual at all times. As of late November, for example, the Observatory Restaurant was closed until further notice.)
Evening Activities at Grouse
Grouse Mountain opened for the 2019/2020 season on November 30th (which was a few days earlier than the year before). First day of the 2020/21 season was November 20th. Night skiing started on that date, but with limited lifts and trails in operation.
See below for information on night skiing and other evening activities at Grouse Mountain in winter. For general information about the resort, however, click Grouse Mountain Year-Round, and for general daytime winter activity information (including snow conditions) click Grouse Mountain in Winter.
Night Skiing at Grouse Mountain
Night skiing at Grouse Mountain typically runs from 4 until 9 or 10 pm daily. Starting time for the 2020/21 season, however, is 3 pm.
Weather and snow conditions permitting, about half the mountain’s runs are open and lit up at night, including “The Cut,” “Peak,” “Heaven’s Sake” and other popular runs.
Most of Grouse Mountain’s chair lifts also operate at night including the Olympic Express, Screaming Eagle and Greenway quad chairs.
Night Skiing Rates
For folk without season passes, an evening of night skiing at Grouse usually costs around $52 for adults, $42 for seniors and youth (ages 13-18), $25 for children, and free for kids ages 4 and under.
At between just $2 and $20 cheaper than a full day pass, you don’t save a lot by skiing in the evening instead of for all day. For most people and their legs though, six hours of skiing is usually more than enough.
Note: Below are the regular night skiing rates for the 2020/21 season as of early 2021.
Weekday Night Skiing Rates
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $55
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $45
- Youth (ages 12 to 18) – $45
- Children (ages 5 to 12) – $25
Weekend Night Skiing Rates
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $59
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $49
- Youth (ages 12 to 18) – $49
- Children (ages 5 to 12) – $27
What’s Special about Grouse at Night?
There are many reasons to visit Grouse Mountain in the evening in winter. Night ski passes are slightly cheaper than full-day ski passes, there are hardly ever any lineups at night, the evening views of Vancouver are spectacular, and the whole mountain becomes magical with the snow, dark sky and the lights.
Despite the fact that night skiing is so beautiful, very few Vancouver folk go night skiing, which makes the experience for those that do that much better. No crowds and no lineups – or only very rarely – just lots of great skiing!
In addition to the fine dining, skiing and snowboarding opportunities at night, in winter there are also movies in the Theatre in the Sky, crazy carpet fun in the Sliding Zone and skating on the outdoor ice rink.
During the winter holidays from late November until early January there are also special Peak of Christmas activities, and for much of the winter thereafter sleigh rides continue as do the night time Light Walk illuminations.
Grouse Mountain Light Walk
Grouse Mountain’s Light Walk features a trail through the trees and around a frozen pond that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to stroll or snowshoe from start to finish. The illuminations at night are spectacular and the attraction is free with general admission to the mountain.
The Light Walk is part of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas attraction which usually ends around the first week of January. Most years the Light Walk stays up though for a number of weeks after.
Grouse Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your night skiing experience at Grouse Mountain.
TIP #1: If you just want to see movies in the theatre, play in the snow, check out the Light Walk and/or have fun in the Sliding Zone, plus you want to enjoy dinner and the fabulous view, don’t forget that admission to the mountain, the ride up in the tram and most of the activities other than skiing and snowboarding are free with advance reservations at the Observatory Restaurant.
(Note: As of January 2021 the Observatory Restaurant is still closed due to COVID-19. Hopefully it will reopen soon.)
TIP #2: Go night skiing when there is clear visibility as it’s the evening views of Vancouver and the city lights that make Grouse Mountain at night one of Vancouver’s best places to be!
TIP #3: “The Cut” is a run that’s nice and wide, open and not too steep, which makes it popular for beginners. At Grouse Mountain though, unfortunately, there isn’t much really in between the “Ski Wee” (i.e., bunny hill) and “The Cut,” which means “The Cut” is a favourite for older beginner skiers, including ones not yet good enough to ski there.
TIP #4: If you have very young children, night skiing is perfect as the hill is rarely crowded. Stay close to your little ones, however, just in case some crazy older beginner races by too dangerously close! Also, don’t forget to wear your helmet! Trust us – adult beginner snowboarders don’t always have a lot of control!
Why You Should Go Night Skiing
TIP #5: Ski hills in the Lower Mainland can be crowded, especially on sunny days, weekends and during the Christmas holidays. That’s why night skiing can be so fantastic. For some reason few people take advantage of the opportunity which means minimal lineups and wide open spaces to ski for those that do. Go night skiing! You’ll love it!
TIP #6: If the snow is still good and it’s a sunny day, night skiing in the late spring can be out of this world. With the sun going down late in the evening, it’s like daytime skiing but without the crowds. The snow can get kind of slushy, however, which is more of an issue for skiers than boarders. Still, you can’t beat the weather and sunny skies with spring skiing!
For more information on the resort, click Grouse Mountain.
For information on other local skiing destinations, including Mt. Seymour and Cypress, see Lower Mainland Ski Hills.