Grouse Mountain, BC

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14 thoughts on “Grouse Mountain, BC

  1. Lucas DR June 1, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Just wondering how there is a 169 vertical feet difference between the blue skyride and the red skyride? They should be almost the same vertical seeing as they load and unload at the same place.

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  2. Douglas Sewell September 10, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Hi Peter, another update here, the third lift on the mountain was a T-bar from the old Blueberry mid-station to the top of the inferno chair (before either was built). The Tbar listed in your table was actually 2 side by side. The homemade cut double was nowhere in sight in 1980, so I assume removed in 1972.

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    • John U January 3, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      As far as I know, the t bar was on the other side of the cut from the old cut chair. You can still see an old lift shack on the side of the cut presumably from a midstation. There were two side by side. This appears on old maps.

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  3. Milan S April 10, 2019 / 10:31 am

    I don’t know if this is true, however some people at grouse where saying the Skyline chair was the first double chair in the world. The grouse mountain website also states it. Anybody know the truth?

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  4. MilanYVR September 5, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Folks I found out officially today that the Skyline Chair in the removed section of the menu is in-fact The Worlds First Double Chairlift. Grouse was originally going to build an incline railway up to the present top area, however it got cancelled twice, both thanks to world wars. Once 1945 hit, when WW2 officially ended, the skiing industry was on the rise, and grouse decided to hired some conveyer belt workers to build the lift. It had wooden towers, and the chairs can still be seen at grouses museum, located right before the theater in the sky entrance. It operated right until the red skyride was constructed when it was deemed “unsafe”. The lift can still be found today, abandoned. Its not standing anymore however old sheaves, towers and more still remain, after 65 years. If your looking for sources, the grouse website clearly states it under “about us” and also the museum has a whole exhibit including one of the original chairs.

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    • Tim Skolds January 15, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I’m not sure about the accuracy, but coloradoskihistory.com states that the Heron double at Berthoud Pass began operating in 1947.

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    • powderforever45 January 20, 2020 / 7:11 am

      That is not true. There was a double called Green at MT Hoodoo, Oregon that was built in 1942. Peter has it listed as homemade but in fact it was a very early Riblet with wooden towers.

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  5. JR January 28, 2021 / 9:49 pm

    There was a t-bar on the right side of the cut for sure. And a rope tow on Paradise and a rope tow kinda where Greenway is now. The old Peak chair had a unique bar system that swung outward and locked closed with a pin that could get stuck.

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  6. Myles Svec September 29, 2021 / 1:24 pm

    Based on the pics of the mountain, the snow looks very wet all the time. Is that true?

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    • Joe Blake June 15, 2022 / 10:11 am

      The North Shore is fairly low; the summit of Grouse is only a little north of 1200 metres. While not a truly coastal range, it is still the first set of mountains off the Fraser Delta and the Salish Sea. That said, the Fraser gap does allow some goodly east wind during a strong continental high/Pacific low contrast, which draws in cold air from the interior. The Fraser Outflow doesn’t affect Grouse as much as Port Angeles–which can sometimes get 25-40 cms in an afternoon if the flow is right–due to the face of the range being parallel to the mid- and low-level flow, but more cold air is more cold air. All this to say that it depends on your perspective, but it is not as wet as some folks would say it is. In the scheme of things, it’s certainly wetter on average than in any interior or continental range. If you are used to skiing somewhere like Summit Co, CO, it is basically water. If you, like me, grew up in the Salish Sea Basin, it’s just plain ol’ snow.

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  7. Montana Powder Skier June 14, 2022 / 12:46 pm

    If they don’t want to replace the trams, they should definitely limit ticket sales.

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  8. Tom White June 15, 2022 / 7:50 pm

    I was in Vancouver 2 weeks ago to begin a cruise. I didn’t go to Grouse Mt. but I could see it from town and the ship. I may have missed it, but I didn’t see comments about what they have on their website. They plan a new gondi to open 12/23. It will handle 1000 pph. This plus the Red Tram will give them 1900 pph from the base. This is the 1980s ref. below. It will start looker’s left of the Red Tram and cross under it, ending to it’s right at the summit. Two paragraphs from their site:

    We are excited to share the latest news with you about our transformational lift replacement project. Grouse Mountain is proposing a project to replace the Blue Tram, which first opened in 1966, with a new state-of-the-art, world class Gondola.

    The proposed new lift structure includes a total of 13 towers and 27 cabins, with each cabin holding up to 8 people. The Gondola will allow Grouse Mountain to return back to capacity levels of the 1980s. The proposal also includes updating existing infrastructure, such as the current base operations building and expanding parking.

    https://www.grousemountain.com/gondola

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  9. Bluebottlenose January 19, 2023 / 8:26 pm

    i was here this summer and they keep the towers for all of the old lifts up for lighting and stuff like that, which think is really cool. Also there was this run with abandoned towers and no replacement chairlift.

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