When I arrived in Vancouver two years ago a common question I would get was "What kind of wintersports do you do?" or even just "Do you ski or snowboard?". At first I found it funny that everyone is supposed to do some kind of wintersport around here, but when the winter actually came around I quickly learned what this was about.
Within 30 minutes we can drive to one of the many surrounding mountains in the north (Cypress, Grouse, Seymour) or a bit further up to Whistler, which is one of the top places worldwide.
Snowshoeing on Mt. Seymour
Seymour is not our favourite among the Downhill areas, but not bad either. One day we decided to try out Snowshoeing
This is the mountain we go to most of the time. It's close, the area is great with many lifts and routes and the prices are also reasonable. Her some pictures to give you an idea of the views. The ski area is build on two mountains: Mount Strachan (1440m) and Black Mountain (1200m) and it hosted the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
For those who don't know Whister, it's a resort town 2 hours north of Vancouver. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in summer, mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb. The prices for the downhill pass are a bit over the top, so this is more of a rare visit for us. But if we go then it's always a treat. The area is so big that you have to be careful the you don't lose each other.