Did you know? The hike to Quarry Rock gives you an incredible view of the Indian Arm, a 20 km glacial fjord which was formed during the last ice age.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Nov 28, 2014

Everything you need to know for ski season

Ski season is upon us. Whistler, Cypress and Seymour have all partially opened (with recent rain hampering things a bit on the North Shore), and Mount Seymour is working to get things opened up as soon as they see some more of the white stuff.

With this in mind, here's a collection of some recent articles that will help you hit the slopes, backcountry or resort, newbie or pro! 

- Where to go to find snow: the mountain lowdown: A good table of all the resorts in southern BC and their stats.
- Vancouver's cross-country skiers get back to nature: An inside look at the culture and benefits of cross-country skiing.
- Heli-skiing is easier to tick off your bucket list than many realize: Converts find this sport is far more affordable than expected and it’s not reserved for extreme athletes.
- Backcountry secrets to Rogers Pass in local's new book: Details a new guidebook on one of Canada’s best, but most seldom travelled backcountry areas: Rogers Pass.
- Ski/mountaineering/backcountry clubs 101: A nice review of local ski clubs.

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Camping on Mountain Summits in BC. @Hello BC
2. Places to be: Hanes Valley Trail. @The Ubyssey
3. 4 Spots to take your kids fishing. @VIA
4. Upgrades cut North Shore mountain biking injuries. @24 Hours
5. New pictures of missing tourist Tom Billings released. @CBC News
6. Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters lock themselves to B.C. courthouse doors. @CBC News
7. Future of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park hinges on 2015 plan. @Georgia Straight
8. Icy Rescue on Mount Seymour. @NS SAR
9. 10 Amazing Bike Routes in Vancouver. @Vancity Buzz
10. Great Local Vancouver Bike Shops . @VIA
11. North Van’s Gary Robbins second in 100k Saloman SkyRun. @The Province
12. The Best Backcountry Ski Lodges in British Columbia. @Outside
13. Salmon spawning in West Van streams for first time. @CBC News
14. GPS devices and know-how lead outdoor enthusiasts home. @Georgia Straight
15. BC Coast sea star wasting disease likely caused by virus. @CBC News
16. 8 sharks you didn't know lived in BC waters. @VIA

Get a free double-pass to the advance screening of 'Wild'

Wild, the new movie based on the New York Times bestselling book, will be released in a few weeks and I have some advance screening tickets to give away. If you want a double-pass (as well as some Wild swag) I'm going to make you earn it. We'll be doing a small group hike to Quarry Rock on Sunday, Dec 7. Be one of the first ten to sign up for the hike and you're in! These are double passes valid for two people, so it will be a good chance to score some points with your significant other if you can make it.

The movie trailer, hike details, and RSVP details are all here.

Black Friday deals on outdoor gear

With American Thanksgiving always comes some great deals, even for those of us in Canada. If you're in need of some outdoor clothing and gear, Live Out There currently has a site-wide sale of up to 50% off. This is a Canadian company with free shipping to anywhere in the country. They carry all the usual suspects like Arc'teryx, Icebreaker, etc, and some neat backpacks and equipment.

You have until Monday, Dec 1 to score a deal. You can see their sale here.

Until next month!


Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour
Dec 5 - 6, 2014
Gunner Shaw Cross Country Race
Dec 6, 2014
Holiday Hustle 5k
Dec 7, 2014

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Wild Hike Presented by Outdoor Vancouver
  2. Hiking Quarry Rock
  3. Viewing the Adams River Salmon Run


  1. Outdoor Clubs around Vancouver
  2. Gear Review: Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System
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