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Towering over North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has been a popular outdoor getaway for years, especially since the views from the summit span the entire city on a clear day. Originally used only for skiing, Grouse now offers year-round activities, including the Grouse Grind, a nearly 2-mile trail often referred to by residents as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster" (there are a total of 2,830 stairs along the trail). During the winter – a favorite time for locals – you'll have a bevy of activities to occupy your time. Grouse Mountain's slopes boast 33 ski and snowboard runs, four chairlifts and six terrain parks, not to mention four snowshoeing trails. There's also a zip line, a skating pond, a high-definition cinema, a wildlife refuge and several eateries, including a Starbucks and The Observatory, a formal dining room with 360-degree mountaintop views. Many past visitors raved about the excellent (albeit pricey) food at the top.
There are two ways to reach the top: You can break a sweat on the Grouse Grind or enjoy a scenic ride on the Skyride gondola (the cost of which also covers several of the activities offered at the summit). General admission can be a bit pricey at CA$44.95 (about $34) for adults and CA$25.95 (about $19) for children, but includes entry to several activities located at the summit. If you choose to tackle the Grouse Grind, you don't need to pay for the hike up, but you will have to pay CA$10 (about $7.70) for the Skyride back down. (Downhill hiking is not allowed.) Grouse Mountain welcomes visitors every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full-day lift tickets for adults cost CA$63 (about $48.50) and CA$45 (approximately $35) for youths ages 13 to 18; tickets for children 5 to 12 years old cost CA$28 (about $21.50). If you don't have your own gear, make sure you factor in the cost of equipment rental, too. The Skyride offers round trips from 8:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For a complete list of Grouse Mountain activities and prices, visit the Grouse Mountain website.
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