High winds force Grouse Mountain to shut down

Dec 19 2017, 8:02 pm

Grouse Mountain has shut down its operations due to the forecast of high winds.

Operators made the announcement on their website, stating that “high winds and inclement weather” forced an early closure beginning late this afternoon.

The closure is a precaution as the SkyRide, the only way to get up and down the mountain during the winter, cannot operate in high winds. In December 2015, hundreds of skiers and snowshoers found themselves stranded on the mountaintop overnight when winds made the aerial tram unsafe. Those stuck on the mountain were provided with blankets, food, and warm drinks inside the chalet.

The mountain will reopen at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Mostly sunny conditions are expected on Saturday and Family Day on Monday. Some rain and cloud cover is expected on Sunday.