Visitor reviews for Grouse Mountain Ski Resort

Grouse Mountain Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 52 votes and 45 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.5

(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.

Variety of pistes: 3.5

(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.

Off-piste: 3.0

(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.

Scenery: 4.6

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.6

(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: 4.8

(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.

Accommodation: 3.4

(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.

Childcare: 2.9

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(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: 4.1

(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.

Shelter: 3.7

(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: 3.4

(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: 4.5

(1) The staff at Grouse Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grouse Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.9

(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: 4.2

(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: 3.9

(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.

Beginners: 3.8

(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.

Intermediates: 4.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Grouse Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.5

(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.

Cross-country: 1.9

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.6

(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: 3.9

(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.

Eating: 3.8

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.5

(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: 2.8

(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.

Entertainment: 3.6

(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: 4.1

(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: 3.7

(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): 3.5

(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): 3.7

(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.

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May 10, 2011
Dude are you serious? from Ski Canada Canada
Aimed at another reviewers comments: if you know so much about the local mountains then you would know that the cooler place to go for the legit locals who are not about tourism would be Seymour. Grouse is a place to go if you're a tourist for sure, but Seymour is way more chillin' so you should stop hating and go there. [Note from the editor: the review that this post is aimed at has been edited. Elements of that post were left in place by mistake.]
March 08, 2012
harry s from Ski Canada Canada
Small mountain with super short runs, lots of kids. Of the 4 chairs you can really only count 2 as 1 is hardly ever in operation and 1 is so slow you can walk faster and only serves the bunny hill for learners. The other 2 chairs are frequently really busy and lines can get ridiculous on weekends... You can spend more time on the chair or waiting for the chair than you do on the snow. Grouse is really just a tourist destination. On the plus side Grouse is easy to get to if you go via public transit, has a good kicker line and fun terrain park, some good black runs. If you have a car go to Cypress or Seymour, I would never visit Grouse if had a car!
May 20, 2013
Brian Sands from Ski Canada Canada
Grouse Mountain is a beautiful place. Way too expensive and the management are phony. [note from the editor : text removed to maintain anonymity]
February 18, 2019
Nick from Ski Canada Canada
Fun mountain and in my opinion, better than Seymour and equal or even better than Cypress. On the beginner chair the lines on weekends are 5 - 10 minutes. But over at the blue and black chair, lines get to over 5 minutes on powder days.
March 20, 2011
Edward from Ski Canada Canada
Cheapest lift ticket in town. Most crowded lifts in town. Night have the most snow, but also has the most rain. More of a tourist attraction than a ski hill. If you're into skiing or snowboarding, more value at Cypress. If you're into SnowLimos, penned bears, reindeer, crowds and people in running shoes walking on the piste, this (Grouse Mountain) is the place.
March 12, 2012
Ian C from Ski Canada Canada
I declare as both a client, big shot and all around fancy pants that Grouse Mountain skiing is a direct jolt to the pleasure center. With my trusty planks in hand I have jumped, ridden, flipped, flopped, tucked, straight lined, and ripped up this pleasure peak. This place is the best!
January 19, 2012
Roger from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've skied Grouse quite a few times and think another reviewers comments are very fair. Grouse does not pretend to be Whistler - it's smaller, no doubt. But it's offers plenty runs for most day-skiers, friendly staff and a view over Vancouver that is wonderful on a clear day. Lines busy mid morning at weekends but then so are plenty of other ski hills. Enjoy.
February 13, 2012
cameron from Ski Canada Canada
Grouse Mountain is an amazing mountain. It doesn't pretend to be Whistler as much as some people may say. The lineups aren't really as bad as people say, I don't see hour long lineups on the Olympic express! And the two "useless lifts" are great for learners on a very basic run. I've never seen more than a 10-15 min. lineup for any lift Screaming Eagle included. My only issue is that there are too many people biting off more than they can chew on some runs. The food at the chalet is good and definitley cheaper than Whistler. If you have a problem with the amount of people inside, just sit outside! There are many places outside that nobody goes to and is wonderful in a sunny day! Grouse is my fav. local mountain and always will be.
January 02, 2022
Howard Kennedy from Ski Canada Canada
Grouse has no reservation system for winter 2021/2022; however, proof of vaccination is required & masks are mandatory on the gondola & indoor areas. The snow pack this year is healthy. Visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing. Grouse is being cautious with the weather & operational changes are made due to weather. Late openings & early closures should be expected. If you're visiting the North Shore mountains for any reason then please visit the North Shore Rescue site to prepare for your outing. They now offer an interactive video to demonstrate proper decision making because they are experiencing record call volumes from unprepared backcountry users.
January 12, 2011
mike from Ski Canada Canada
Crappy conditions at Grouse Mountain + non transferable ticket = one customer lost. Sorry Grouse Mountain, your competitors would have honoured my ticket for another day and I would have come back, thank you for making me feel unwelcome, don't think I'll be seeing you again.