It's not all indoor hockey rinks and Ice Capades. Here in the West, we skate with a spin
A tram swoops you up to 3,700 feet for rinkside views of the Coast Range and Vancouver city lights.
The scene: Bundled families come for Grouse Mountain's "Peak of Christmas" celebration (through Dec 24) with sleigh rides, holiday movies, and Santa.
The inside scoop: Poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy) is served up hot and with a panoramic view at the Peak Chalet, just steps off the ice.
Through late Mar; grousemountain.com/ice-skating