While green grass is still visible in Vancouver, this is not necessarily the case throughout the local mountains surrounding the city.
And now, one of the region’s most popular trails is closing this weekend due to snow.
On Twitter, Metro Vancouver announced that “due to snow accumulation today, anticipated subzero temperatures and more snow on the weekend,” the Grouse Grind Trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park will be closed as of this Saturday, December 12.
Due to snow accumulation today, anticipated subzero temperatures & more snow on the weekend, the Grouse Grind Trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park will be CLOSED effective Sat, Dec. 12.
For your safety, that of parks staff & first responders, please respect the closure. pic.twitter.com/oxwi5HUhgM
— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) December 11, 2020
“For your safety, that of parks staff and first responders, please respect the closure,” they added.
Grouse Mountain also took to Twitter to inform people of the closure.
— Grouse Mountain (@grousemountain) December 12, 2020
For those looking to get their vertical fix, however, the mountain is now open for the ski and snowboard season.
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The mountain has implemented several COVID-19-related safety measures, including requiring face masks on the resort property. Only people who are skiing or riding together will be able to sit on the same chairlift.
And if you’re looking to take a sparkling snowshoe stroll this winter, you can head to Grouse Mountain’s Light Walk, which is open every night at dusk until the end of the ski season.
The entrance is marked by a glowing light tunnel, just off of the mountaintop skating rink, and the walk takes visitors through firs, spruce, and stunning light installations around Blue Grouse Lake.
Snowshoes or YakTrax are recommended, as snow pathways can be slippery. Snowshoes are available for rental at the Outpost.