Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain (Dam Mountain trail)

Hi Everyone!

You are invited to join me for a fun-filled Social Snow Shoeing event at Grouse Mountain. This event is open to all levels of snowshoers, including beginners.
We will meet at 12.00pm inside Lower Grouse Mountain Starbucks Restaurant (I will be seated inside Starbucks close to the fireplace).
After we complete the snow shoe out to Dam Mountain and back, those of us who want to can socialize over food and drinks in the upper Grouse Lodge in Altitudes Bistro.

- Rating: Moderate
- Elevation Gain: 215m
- Start elevation: 1128
- Max elevation: 1342m
- Distance: 8km

What to bring:
- Snowshoes are required; hiking/ski poles recommended but optional.
- A Backpack.
- Warm, weather/waterproof layered lightweight, quick dry, polyester or merrino wool clothing and insulated, waterproof footwear are recommended. Cotton clothing of any kind is NOT RECOMMENDED!
- Hiking/snow boots and gaiters are a definitely needed. Running shoes are not suitable for this event.
- You should try to bring the 10 hiking essentials including snacks and water. For more info on the 10 hiking essentials, see the following webpage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials
- Your cameras, happy faces, a cheery attitude and big smiles!
- If you don't have annual Grouse membership, please remember to bring enough money to take the gondola up and down (see costs below). If you are planning to visit Grouse more than a few times a year, having annual Grouse membership is a good idea. It is $99 valid for a year, and it comes with some benefits.

Non-member Regular and Discount Pass Pricing
Return Trip Non-member Skyride Ticket without a Grouse Mountain member Discount - $39.95 plus tax.
Return Trip Non-Member Discount Ticket while accompanied by a Grouse Mountain Pass Holder - $22.38 tax included. Those needing regular or discount Skyride passes will pay for the pass directly to Grouse Mountain Guest Services.

How to get to Grouse Mountain:
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes
From Downtown Drive westbound along Georgia Street and continue along the Stanley Park Causeway and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Right after crossing the bridge, take the right-hand turnoff to North Vancouver and immediately change lanes into one of the furthest left two lanes. At the first set of lights, the left two lanes turn onto Capilano Road. Follow Capilano Road as it continues northbound, passing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Capilano Dam, until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
From Highway #1
Take the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) westbound across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows Bridge) to North Vancouver and take the Capilano Road Exit. Turn right onto Capilano Road and head northbound until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
Transit Access to Grouse Mountain
For those downtown, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #236 to Grouse Mountain. People travelling from East Vancouver or Burnaby may find it easier to take a bus to the Phibbs Exchange bus loop in North Vancouver and then take bus #232 to Grouse Mountain.

Event Pace and Duration
The event pace will be comfortable to moderate. The expected duration of this event will be 3-4 hours.

Event Cancellation

There is always a possibility snowshoeing events may be cancelled due to unsafe weather, trail or snow/avalanche conditions. All event cancellations will be sent out by e-mail 3 hours or more before the event scheduled start time. Please ensure you check your e-mail before you leave to attend this event.

Liabilities, Obligations and Responsibilities
We are a group composed of volunteers. We are NOT a professional organization or pro trail guides and/or pro event organizers. However, as a group of friends and acquaintances, we will look out for each other. The organizer and any/all assistant organizers and other attendees are in no way responsible and liable for your personal safety and health state, before, during and at anytime after this event. By RSVPing "Yes", for this event, you acknowledge that you fully understand and accept the aforementioned conditions and following event attendance conditions and, you are solely responsible for your own health, safety and well-being before, during and at anytime after the event as stated previously. All attendees shall forever hold harmless the organizers and other attendees and unconditionally waive any liabilities resulting from attending and/or participating in this event.

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  • Sherry

    Hi Neil - well I sent a message to you last night but didn't realize that it went to the info site for meetup until I arrived home today. I was just letting you know that we wouldn't be meeting up with you as we decided to try it on our own for the first time, since we are true beginners so neither of us was sure we could do a 3-4 hr moderate level trip. We had a great time for the first snowshoe adventure, did some easy and then more difficult, mid range runs at Cypress, and after 2 hrs called it a good first time and went for a late lunch. We are going out again on Sunday, to see if we can do a 3 hr trek. We hope to get together with you soon!

    December 28, 2012

  • Sherry

    Hi there - we now have snowshoes and poles for xmas gifts - Ron and I. Neither of us have ever snowshoed previously. He is a regular runner/workout guy but I have not done much since the summer hiking up Garibaldi with a heavy backpack and then up to Panaroma Ridge - that was my first time for that activity and I did just fine, so I hope it will be a similar experience for this moderate level snowshoeing. It looks like we may need waterproof boots - I have hiking boots but not waterproof - we have all the other gear though.

    December 26, 2012

    • Neil

      Hi Sherry,
      Hiking boots are fine for this event; and this trail is also suitable for beginners.

      December 27, 2012

  • cindy R

    I wanted to catch a ride with someone, can meeet at a sky train

    December 11, 2012

    • Neil

      Which sky train station do you want to meet at? I can probably offer you a ride.

      December 14, 2012

    • cindy R

      HI; I dont think I will go because of my shoulder. THX>

      December 15, 2012

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