There are plenty of places to ride during the Olympics all day and all night long with prices starting as low as 35 dollars Canadian. Here's a rundown of where to go.
Ninety percent of Whistler will be open and (we're predicting) fairly uncrowded during the Olympics. Whistler/Blackcomb is one of the premier snowboard destinations in the world, having won Best Overall Resort in the TWS Resort Poll for five years in a row! One catch, make sure to book your Whistler lodging in advance--from February 11--28 there will be a checkpoint on the Sea to Sky Highway (from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) between Vancouver and Whistler; you'll be required to show a permit to prove that you're either a resident or have a lodging reservation to proceed.
Web site: whistlerblackcomb.com
Stats: 38 lifts/200 plus trails
Park/pipe: 5 parks, 1 Superpipe
Lift ticket: $89-$91
Night riding: No
The park goes off at Seymour--with 40 features including fifteen-to-twenty-foot step-downs and 35-to-40-foot tables; down bars, flat rails, butter boxes, and some unique culverts. The freeriding, especially in the backcountry, is where Seymour really shines. Crews head out to build kickers and get a taste of the fresh.
Web site: mountseymour.com
Location: 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, in North Vancouver
Stats: 5 lifts/39 trails
Park/pipe: Three parks, no pipe
Lift ticket: $44 adult, $37 youth and student
Night riding: $35, 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., 12 trails plus all terrain parks
Comments: Shuttle service is available from both Parkgate Mall and, during the month of February, Lonsdale Quay
The entire resort will be open 24/7--that's right, all day and all night long during the Olympic games (February 12-28)! Be on the lookout for special ticket pricing. Grouse is famous for the Quiksilver Park, but the freeriding goes off, too--it's steep and the trees are epic. The views of the city and inlets alone are worth the drive up.
Web site: grousemountain.com
Location: 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, in North Vancouver
Stats: 5 lifts/26 trails
Park/pipe: Two main parks, no pipe
Lift ticket: $55 adult, $45 youth
Night riding: $45 adult, $40 youth, after 4:00 p.m.,13 runs
Cypress Mountain will be closed from February 1 to March 8 for the Olympic events.