Vancouver ski areas cater to night owls. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mt. Seymour are the place to be in coastal British Columbia for those who enjoy watching sunsets from the slopes or catching sight of the night sky. The resorts are so close to the city that you can hop to the slopes after work for a few runs and still return home in time for some decent shut-eye.
Three resorts surround the city, with the closest depending on where you live or where you are staying. Each resort runs lifts nightly from 4 to 10 p.m.
Cypress Mountain outside West Vancouver has the most night skiing available with lifts operating to access 20 runs on two mountains. Night skiing lasts to 10 p.m. until March 27, when closing drops back to 7 p.m. for the duration of the season.
A shuttle links Vancouver with the resort, allowing night skiers to let someone else do the driving. Cypress Coach Lines runs a regularly scheduled bus from multiple locations in Vancouver with the last bus departing the ski area at 10:30 p.m. Fares, which can be purchased at the resort or from the driver, cost $15-23 CAN round trip.
Night skiing tickets cost $47 CAN starting at 4 p.m. for adults, but it drops to $39 CAN starting at 7 p.m. The Cypress Gold Medal Card, which costs $30 for night skiers, includes the first ticket free and then gives a 20-40 percent discount after that. Child, youth, and senior tickets and Gold Medal Cards are available, too.
Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver runs lifts that access 14 runs for night skiing the longest in the season-until the end of April. An adult ticket costs $45 CAN.
The resort also offers Winter Social Nights every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. through April 6 at Altitudes Bistro. The nights feature specials on food and beverages plus a DJ and giveaways.
Adult night skiing tickets cost $45 CAN. Children, youth, and senior tickets are available, too.
Mt. Seymour, located on the east side of North Vancouver, lights up 12 runs for night skiing through mid-April. Adult tickets cost $36 CAN, with child, youth, and senior tickets available, too.
Guys Night Out, Girls Ride Free has returned every Monday night until March 14 for its fifth season. Girls get on the lift for free with vouchers from participating local ski and snowboard retailers. The fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation offers prizes and specials for event participants.
Check the snow reports and road conditions before zipping off to the mountains for night skiing or riding. Conditions are available by phone or online.
Two mountains light up for night skiing at Cypress Mountain--Mt. Strachan in the foreground and Black Mountain in the distance. Photo: J.J. Koeman