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First Grouse Mountain Snow Shoe of 2012

Once again this year, my son is taking ski lessons each Sunday morning in January.  Although this makes for an early start for both of us, it is a great opportunity to get up and out on the mountain first.  This past Sunday was our first time up at Grouse Mountain this year.  

The weather was less than ideal.  Raining at the top of the Skyride and 0C do not make for great conditions.  As I started to climb the Snow Shoe Grind, the weather did improve but visibility never really became and clearer.  


At the bottom of the Snow Shoe Grind (SSG).   The great thing about an early start and poor weather...it makes for a very quiet trail.  

Looking behind


Looking ahead


I am LOVING my new MSR Snow Shoes.  They are perfect for the Snow Shoe Grind and the local packed and groomed trails.


Icy directional signage 


This waterfall was flowing pretty good in the warm weather

Comments

BEADLE said…
That looks TOUGH ! Is it as steep as the regular grind ?

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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today