Recreation plays a role in personal development. The renewal of mind and body readies you for learning and growth. The majestic geography of British Columbia makes Vancouver an ideal location for going to school because you’ll have opportunities all year to enjoy the outdoors. If you like to breathe brisk air and leave your tracks in fresh snow, the region’s slopes present world-class venues for skiing, snowboarding, or exploring magical landscapes.
Ski Resorts Everywhere
- The Sea to Sky Highway will take you to the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This skiing paradise is open November through May and boasts 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, and over 200 trails. Plan for over 2 hours of driving to reach the resort that is 136 kilometres north of Vancouver. Lodging and ski packages start at $118 U.S. per night but jump up to $375 a night over the holidays.
- Cypress Mountain was a ski competition venue during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it’s only a 30-minute drive north of Vancouver. Here you’ll find 53 alpine ski runs, and some of them are open for night skiing. Full-day adult lift tickets cost about $60 on a weekday.
- Sun Peaks is a 411-kilometre drive from Vancouver. It’s Canada’s second largest ski area. Lift operations run from November through April. Three mountains offer over 1,700 hectares of ski slopes. Weekday lift tickets start at about $66.99 Canadian.
- Big White Ski Resort is 450 kilometres west of Vancouver. Abundant white powder welcomes skiers and snowboarders. Pre-holiday specials offer a $150 a night special for lodging that includes 2 lift tickets. Expect higher prices during the peak weeks of December 23 through January 7.
If you’re not inclined to strap on ski boots, don’t think you have to stay indoors. Vancouver is still a superb region for outdoor winter activities.
- The Celebrate Canyon Lights winter festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park runs from November through late January. Hundreds of thousands of lights adorn the suspension bridges that let you walk among 250-year-old Douglas fir trees.
- In Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola venue offers winter activities like the Christmas Forest Walk and snowshoeing. You can also try snow tubing, a fast moving but easier activity than skiing.
- At Grouse Mountain in the Lower Mainland, you can tour the alpine region of Blue Grouse Lake on zip lines.
When you’re a student at the Universal Learning Institute, many enriching experiences beyond the classroom await you throughout the Vancouver area.