Skiers take advantage of the spring snow at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver as the cool weather continues

Grouse Mountain will remain open for skiing and snowboarding through May 1, while Cypress and Seymour have ended their ski seasons. Expect cool temperatures to continue this spring, meteorologists say.

Cooler-than-usual weather means late-season skiers and boarders still have the chance to enjoy a few bluebird days on the North Shore slopes at Grouse Mountain over the Easter weekend.

While Cypress and Seymour ski resorts have both ended their ski seasons, Grouse plans to remain open for skiing until May 1 this year, said resort spokeswoman Melissa Taylor.

“We had a lot of fresh snowfall, especially last week,” Taylor said. “The snow is excellent and we have sunny skies.”

Grouse on Wednesday reported 12 centimeters of fresh snow in the past 48 hours, with a chance of showers and a high of -2℃ on the mountain.

“It’s great to be here,” Taylor said, “Our pass holders are really happy.”

Grouse started the season this year with a mandatory vaccination policy, but with the lifting of provincial health orders, that was removed, Taylor said. However, customers are still required to wear masks on the Skyride.

The mountain remains open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

But the pleasant spring conditions don’t extend to hiking the Grouse Grind Trail just yet, Taylor warned.

“We had a few people show up,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know how much snow we had at the top.”

Cypress and Seymour ended their ski seasons last weekend, despite recent snowfall.

Mid-April is a regular season end date for both resorts, ski resort spokespeople said.

The Cypress and Seymour resorts are operated under a lease with the province.

Skier interest tends to dip in April as other activities — from gardening to barbecues to children’s sports — begin to gain momentum, said Cypress spokesman Joffrey Koeman. Many employees at local ski resorts are seasonal or foreign workers who are also moving on to their next gig by then, he added.

Simon Whitehead of Seymour agreed. “We’re really starting to feel the pinch at the end of March,” he said. “The kids are playing baseball and the adults are pulling out their paddle boards. It becomes more and more demanding. »

“We are a high volume business,” he added. So without lots of skiers it’s not viable to stay open.

It was the first year of the pandemic that the ski slopes of the Côte-Nord were operating at full capacity.

“Lift lines were much shorter” than they were the year before, when ski slopes were limited to 50% capacity, Koeman said.

Seymour plans to continue using its four-hour time slot pre-booking system next season, which has resulted in more manageable parking and elevator lines, Whitehead said.

The season at Seymour ended on an unfortunate note, as the resort’s annual Rockstar Puddle Party had to be canceled following vandalism to the pool liner used to create the “puddle”.

All ski resorts on the North Shore are reporting that passes for the next ski season – now on sale – are selling out quickly.

Sure. ski resorts were not the only ones to experience snow this week on the North Shore.

Unusual weather conditions brought a mix of rain, wet snow, hail and thunder to various parts of north and west Vancouver on Tuesday.

Temperatures six to seven degrees below normal, along with a heavy band of precipitation pulling even colder air from the atmosphere, combined to bring crazy weather, said Derek Lee, meteorologist at Environment Canada.

Snow in April isn’t common, but “it’s not totally impossible at this time of year,” Lee said.

Lee said the Easter weekend should bring a warming trend, with rain likely in the forecast for next week.

Longer term, the Lower Mainland remains in a La Nina weather pattern this spring, which generally means below average temperatures.

Overnight lows on Monday and Tuesday this week hovered around freezing on both nights.

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