Killer views and a payoff feast await atop Grouse Mountain

Deana Lancaster

Rain-slicked city streets often mean snow in the mountains. And inVancouver, B.C., you've got 4,100-foot Grouse a mere 15 minutesnorth. There's no easier way to tackle it than by snowshoe ―and no prettier time than under the starry winter sky.

Bundle up, strap on a headlamp and snowshoes, and trek through aquiet forest of droopy spruce, cedar, and Douglas fir to a cheeseand chocolate fest at Grouse Mountain resort's aptly namedAltitudes Bistro.

Those hoping for a more heart-pumping climb before indulging mayjoin resort staff on a guided trip to Dam Mountain, which looksacross the city to Mt. Baker, Mt. Washington, and Black Tusk.

Never tried it? If you can walk, you can snowshoe, promisesadventure programs manager Eric Langhjelm. "The learning curve isabout 30 seconds."

Info: Grouse Mountain fonduetours (through mid-Apr, weather permitting; $64 U.S., includingrentals, guide, and dinner; 604/980-9311)

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