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Encyclopedia > Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain
Super Skyride
Location:
Nearest city: North Vancouver
Coordinates: 49°22′46.40″N 123°04′54.49″W / 49.3795556, -123.0818028Coordinates: 49°22′46.40″N 123°04′54.49″W / 49.3795556, -123.0818028
Vertical: 365 m (skiable)
Top elevation: 1,231 m (4,039 ft)
Base elevation: 274 m
Runs: 24 (13 night skiing)
17% beginner
54% intermediate
21% advanced
8% expert
Lift system: 2 chairlifts
2 ropes
1 magic carpet
Web site: GrouseMountain.com

Grouse Mountain is a ski area and tourist attraction located in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1792x1200, 563 KB) Summary A gondola at Grouse Mountain. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... This article is about the District of North Vancouver. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A chairlift A chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... A t-bar lift, also called t-bar, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... This magic carpet is a favorite with young skiers. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... This article is about the District of North Vancouver. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944...


Grouse Mountain is home to the Tyee Ski Club, an organization for training children and youth to become competitive alpine ski racers in slalom skiing, GS, Super-G, and downhill competitions. The club also has a newer program for snowboarding racers. Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Slalom from the Morgedal dialect of Norwegian slalåm: sla, meaning slightly inclining hillside, and låm, meaning track after skis. ... Giant Slalom is an alpine skiing discipline. ... The Super Giant Slalom is an alpine skiing discipline. ... The downhill is an alpine skiing discipline. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder riding off cornice Snowboarding contributes greatly to the economies of ski resorts Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet using a boot/binding interface. ...

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The area at the bottom of what is now called the "Cut" – one of Vancouver's most well-known ski runs – is the original base of the mountain. It was here that the area's first lodge and rope tow were built. The gravel road that was built to access this base, the Old Grouse Mountain Highway, still exists and is currently only used for maintaining the ski area. For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ...


Public access to the mountain is by aerial tramway, the Grouse Grind hiking trail, or the Old Grouse Mountain Highway (foot and bicycle access only). An Aerial tramway in Italy. ...


History

In 1949, the first double chairlift in Greater Vancouver opened, allowing skiing down the Cut from the top of the ridge. Grouse Mountain claims this lift to have been the "world's first"; several other ski areas dispute this.[citation needed] In 1951, another lift – presumably one of the world's longest at the time[citation needed] – was opened. This lift ran from a bus stop on Skyline Drive, at the bottom of the mountain, to the base of the Cut. Both the original 1949 lift and the 1951 lift were removed in the 1970s. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When the original lodge burnt down in the mid-1960s, the government of British Columbia, seeing the possibilities for tourism, provided funding and permits for a new lodge to be built on the ridge, as well as an aerial tramway up from the valley. The "Blue Tram" was built by Voest and was opened and inaugurated on December 15, 1966 by Premier W. A. C. Bennett. Also constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s were the Peak and Blueberry Chairs. The Inferno Chair was built in 1976 and removed in late 2003; it was reportedly one of the steepest, and in quite bad shape.[citation needed] The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... William Andrew Cecil Bennett (September 6, 1900 - February 23, 1979) was a Premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The mountain was purchased from its original owners by the McLaughlin family, who provided additional funding for the construction of the Red Tram/Super Skyride in 1976. They purchased total ownership in 1989, and constructed Canada's first high-definition theatre – the "Theatre in the Sky" – in 1990, by expanding the original lodge. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


In recent years, the mountain has become something of a tourist attraction, as the area's dependence on skiing has been eased by the addition of a "native feast-house", bear habitat, and high-speed quad lifts, as well as other attractions.


Grouse Grind

Grouse Mountain
Elevation 1,231 m (4,039 ft)
Location British Columbia, Canada
Range Howe Sound Group
Prominence 86 m
Coordinates 49°23′10″N, 123°04′35″W
Topo map NTS 92G/06

Grouse Mountain[1] is also the location of a very popular hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind. It is an extremely steep and mountainous trail that climbs 853 meters (2,800 feet) over a distance of 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles). Although the trail is known for being notoriously grueling for its hikers due to its steepness and mountainous terrain, it is popular among the outdoor enthusiasts in Greater Vancouver, and hikers often time themselves on the trail to see how quickly they can reach the top. The average time to reach to the top is approximately 90 minutes, although hikers who are physically fit can finish it in 45 minutes. A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... For exotic financial options, see Mountain range (options). ... Location map of North Shore Mountains The North Shore Mountains are a range of mountains overlooking the Greater Vancouver Regional District. ... In topography, prominence, also known as autonomous height, relative height or shoulder drop (in America) or prime factor (in Europe), is a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains, also known as peaks. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... // Topographic maps are a variety of maps characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief, usually using contour lines in modern mapping, but historically using a variety of methods. ... The National Topographic System or NTS is the topographic system used by Canada for providing general purpose maps of the country. ...


As of November 2005, these are the fastest officially recorded ascents:[2][3]

Event Person Time (min:sec) Date
Overall Jonathan Wyatt 24:22 June 12, 2004
Annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run (Men's) Michael Simpson 26:26 September 25, 2005
Annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run (Women's) Kelly Matoul 32:54 September 14, 2002

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Trivia

  • Grouse Mountain and its aerial tramway stood in for the fictional "Skyland Mountain" in the Blue Ridge of Virginia, in a 1994 episode of TV show The X-Files in which Dana Scully is abducted on top of the mountain. The X-Files was filmed in the Vancouver region for its first five years.[4]
  • Its ski lodge and facilities were also used in the filming of the modern movie adaption of the popular cartoon Mr.Magoo

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References

  1. ^ Information on the Grouse Grind
  2. ^ CBC article
  3. ^ Grousegrind statistics
  4. ^ http://www.mjq.net/xfiles/goodwin.htm

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Grouse Mountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (583 words)
The mountain was purchased from its original owners by the McLauglin family, who provided additional funding for the construction of the Red Tram/Super Skyride in 1976.
Grouse Mountain is home to the Tyee Ski Club, an organization for training children and youth to become competitve alpine ski racers in Slalom_skiing, GS, Super-G, and Downhill competitions.
Grouse Mountain is also the location of a very popular hiking trail known as the "Grouse Grind".
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