Grouse Mountain says it is ready to open some of its ski facilities tomorrow, on Friday, November 20. Paradise Bowl and Paradise Jib Park will be open for skiing and riding beginning at 2 p.m.
According to operators, huge accumulations of snowfall over past week supplemented by the mountain’s extensive snowmaking equipment are permitting the mountain to open early this season.
The mountain has already received 58 cm of new snowfall this season, including 34 cm over the past week. The continued forecast of temperatures near or below freezing will allow operators to continue with making new snow. Clear and cold conditions are in the forecast until Monday, when precipitation returns.
On Tuesday, snowfall also prompted officials with the regional district to close the Grouse Grind for the season due to safety concerns. And it should be noted that both of the mountain’s orphan Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, have fallen into hibernation.
Grouse’s announcement today joins Cypress Mountain, which announced earlier this week it will be opening this Friday. There is no indication when neighbouring Mount Seymour could open, but operators there have indicated it will be soon. Unlike Cypress and Grouse, Mount Seymour does not possess snowmaking equipment.
Further up north, thousands of avid skiers and snowboarders descended on Whistler Mountain for today’s early opening. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 26, as previously scheduled.
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