Sea to Sky: Same-day Biking and Skiing in Vancouver, B.C.

Outdoor Adventures Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Written by

World-class cycling and skiing in the same day — is it possible? It is if you’re heading north to Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Sea to Sky corridor.

“Sea to Sky” is the fitting named used to describe the scenic highway that connects Vancouver to Whistler. The entire stretch is full of gorgeous seascapes, urban attractions and mountains that seem to touch the sky.

If you’re planning a trip up north, here are a few ideas to help you get the most out of your time.

Biking

Stanley Park — A classic Vancouver ride, the 5.5-mile loop around the seawall of Stanley Park is not to be missed. It’s also not far from North Vancouver, which puts you closer to some of the nearby slopes like Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park — String together all kinds of rides through this forested and coastal park along a network of 31-plus miles of trails.

Mt. Seymour-Bridle Path  For something more ambitious than a pedal through the park, head to this year-round, 3-mile mountain biking trail in Vancouver’s North Shore area.

Skiing

Grouse Mountain  Located so close to downtown Vancouver — just 15 minutes outside — Grouse Mountain makes it easy to grab some turns before or after a bike ride in town. The resort offers 26 ski and snowboard runs, 14 night runs and two terrain parks. Don’t have a car? No worries. Vancouver’s public transit system offers bus service from downtown every half hour.

Cypress Mountain  Just 30 minutes outside of downtown along the Sea to Sky Highway, Cypress Mountain’s 53 skiing and boarding runs offer something for just about everyone, day or night. Ranging in elevation from 3,000 feet to more than 5,400 feet, the peaks at Cypress offer some of the best snow conditions in the North Shore Mountains.

Whistler Blackcomb  The undisputed king of British Columbia skiing, Whistler Blackcomb is about a two-hour drive from Vancouver, but it’s worth it. Combined, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains offer more than 200 runs, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. Note that there is no night skiing at Whistler Blackcomb. Lifts and gondolas run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 or 3 p.m., so plan accordingly.