Visitor reviews for Grouse Mountain Ski Resort
January 04, 2018
Cryophile from Canada
Handy Dandy slopes within range of the city. Gondola access, no snow driving or winter tyres needed. Watch out for busy days, lineups and limited parking. All local mountains have this problem. Mid week is the best; almost a private hill and still groomed snow. Ski or ride from 8:30am morning to 10pm at night. Cheap eats on the mountain. Save your time and pick your days. Whistler is now too expensive for locals. Night skiing is great (watch out for ice if temperature drops) with a spectacular view of the city lights.
Grouse Mountain Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 45 votes and 41 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Grouse Mountain.
Public Transport: 4.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Grouse Mountain, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Grouse Mountain, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Grouse Mountain.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Grouse Mountain, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Grouse Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Grouse Mountain relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Grouse Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Grouse Mountain are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Grouse Mountain is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Grouse Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.3
(1) Grouse Mountain usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Grouse Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grouse Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.1
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Grouse Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Grouse Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Grouse Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Grouse Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Grouse Mountain has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.4
(1) Overall, Grouse Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.6
(1) Overall, Grouse Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 28, 2017
Josef from Canada
Great local ski hill. Excellent value if you buy the Y2-play pass that comes out mid February.
Best local steep runs if you ski the Olympic chair.
Avoid weekends; go early or late to find good parking. It's only $40 parking for a year (before 9am or after 4pm).
My go-to place for the last 15 years. Quick & easy if you live on the North shore. No long car rides to get there.
Awesome staff great service and mountain preparations.
January 18, 2017
Caroline L from Canada
After purchasing an annual parking pass, within less than a month I realized I would not be using it due to the parking lots being full on numerous occasions. I did not realize how much they must oversell their parking passes.
I requested a refund, which I was denied by Nick Sutherby, the Base Operations Supervisor. As he said: "we find that the number of passes sold meets the needs of our guests". I guess I am not a guest, as it certainly did not meet my needs.
Customer service is appalling for a tourist spot! We will be writing reviews everywhere. Hope the $40 they gained from me is worth losing at least three customers. And I hope many more read my reviews.
December 19, 2015
ShredJesus from Canada
Grouse Mountain is known as the iconic backdrop of Vancouver BC and is a host to many tourist activities ranging from shopping to skiing. Technically, the ski resort is home to some of the most accessible fall line and tree skiing in the Vancouver area. But it can be hard to find amongst the hoards of tourists. With tram-only access, there isn't much of a mountain road to deal with and you get a spectacular view of Vancouver on the way up. Be prepared to pay for parking. If you time it right (check the snow phone for the most up to date snow report) you can be hot-lapping amazing snow 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. For the best terrain ride the Olympic chair; for park riding, the Screaming Eagle is your friend. Avoid weekends and holidays (or expect to wait) and watch the weather closely as it can fluctuate between freezing and raining which will affect the snow immensely. I've had some of the best snowboarding of my life up Grouse. And it's an amazing place to crew up and ride with a big group of friends. Hell, you can take the city bus there! Accessible amazing terrain. Sweet!
January 18, 2015
Country Grammer from Canada
Best park in Vancouver hands down; super fun. Everything is on point. Seen this place go from average to Bear Mtn Park status. Just needs snow. Oh yeah, hardest working park crew.
January 05, 2014
dave t from Canada
For a ski resort that's less than an hours drive from a major city, Grouse can't be beat. Sure, it's expensive but that goes with the real estate. And what resort doesn't have expensive food. The blue gondola is run just for staff and supplies, and running a gondola isn't free.
Work in Vancouver in the day, be on the slopes for night skiing by 7pm.
September 07, 2013
Tina from Canada
Grouse Mountain is a great place. Staff seem to always be having a great time. Looks like everyone loves their job. Also, lots of activities for children and adults to enjoy. From the shows to the scenic chairlift. Loved every min I spent up there. Will be telling my friends and family to check it out.
May 20, 2013
Brian Sands from Canada
Grouse Mountain is a beautiful place. Way too expensive and the management are phony.
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October 16, 2012
Sean from Canada
Grouse is terrible, it is a straight tourest trap. Long lines. The mountain is so unbelievably crowded and full of kids that are learning to ride so basicly if you want a hill to learn on or don't have a car go to Grouse. If you have a car go to Cypress or Seymour.
March 27, 2012
Skiing Rules from Canada
Grouse Mountain is an excellent place to go for a memorable day of skiing. You will start on a road called Nancy Greene Way, there will be multiple parking lots but usually, unless you are there early, Lot D is the best because it isn’t as crowded and it is free, unlike the others. After you are parked haul all of your stuff up to the Skyride. The line is usually about 15min long but it’s not that bad, unless you aren’t used to ski boots in which case those 15 minutes will be torture. But it’s all worth it when you are going up to the top and see the magnificent views of Vancouver. At the top, walk down the stairs. If you need to use the washroom, or if you haven’t yet done your boots up, put your skis in the racks and make the slippery walk into the Chalet. The Chalet is also the place to go if you need to get warm after skiing. When you get out of the Chalet grab your skis but don’t put them on just yet. I suggest, as the first run of the day, “the Cut”. From the gear rack go right up a small hill and then put your skis on. Continue down the trail. If you go off the trail near the beginning it takes you to the “Paper Trail” which is a fairly easy blue run that goes into the trees and has a lot of small jumps off to the sides but is not a terrain park. If you continue down the trail it will feed into the Cut. This is the second easiest run, next to “Paradise”, on the mountain but even me, as a pro, can enjoy it. There is lots of terrain to choose from. If you want a terrain park the cut jump line is for the pros and the “Side cut” and “Lower Side Cut” are for all abilities. But don’t be fooled, the side cut does have some very large jumps for those who are up to it. All of that terrain, the “Paper trail”, “the cut” and the “side cut”, goes into the Screaming Eagle High-speed Quad chair. If you get bored of that then go to the other side of the mountain for other runs. “Expo” is always a good run. It is probably the next easiest run after “the Cut” but it is still a fairly steep run. “Centennial” which is like skiing through moguls for giants is probably one of my favorites. There is a really good ungroomed run that I think should be classified as a black called “Blue Face”(yes, that is the actual name of the run). I don’t suggest it for people who are in the early stages of skiing/riding but for more advanced people I defiantly recommend it. The entrance is on “Expo” but there is an upper entrance and a lower entrance so be careful. There are also lots of black runs, these include “Blazes” “Hades”, “Inferno” and “Purgatory”, a double black. But my favorite black is “Coffin” which is a natural half pipe. I love it. So all of those runs lead into the Olympic express High-speed Quad chair, but it’s not over yet. The Olympic Express goes to the top of “The Peak”, an amazing blue run. “The Peak” is very steep so if you look at it and don’t like it, there is an easy run off to the right called “Heaven’s Sake” that takes you to the same place, trust me. There is another benefit to “Heaven’s Sake” is that you get to pass very close to The Eye of the Wind, the wind turbine. If you want to figure out where to go there is a map of the entire mountain there as well. If you explore the mountain you will find lots of trails and paths that can add to the experience. If you are feeling snacky, at the bottom of “The Peak” in a small shack they sell a favorite Canadian treat: Beaver Tails. For all you people out of town they are not actually beaver’s tails, just really yummy pastry. For lunch I suggest Lupins café. My favorite is the macaroni and cheese. So the bottom line, literally, is come here and you will get an experience that you will never forget.