What are the best places to ski near Vancouver?

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Carolyn B. Heller

Vancouver is only a two-hour drive from Whistler Blackcomb, one of North America’s top ski destinations, with more than 200 trails, 37 lifts, and a pedestrian village packed with restaurants and bars.

Even if you don’t have time to get to Whistler, you can choose from several smaller but still worthwhile ski destinations on Vancouver’s North Shore. Less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has 26 runs, including 14 that stay open for nighttime skiing. On a sunny day, the views from the summit are spectacular.

Cypress Mountain, which hosted several events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, is the highest and largest of the North Shore ski mountains, with 53 runs and nine lifts. It’s a popular destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. You can drive from Vancouver in less than 45 minutes.

With five lifts accessing 40 trails, family-friendly Mount Seymour is also less than 45 minutes from downtown. Seymour is a good spot for snowshoeing, too.

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