Weeknight Reasons to Get Out of Town in YVR

We’re always on the lookout for ways to enjoy the good life in the city, with a never-ending stream of hot spots popping up around town (more details about our latest finds coming soon). But some evenings call for a night away from the centre of all the action (and preferably the couch).  When said need strikes, we head over and up (literally)…

By this, we mean over to the North Shore Mountains and up. On our must-do list for winter: we’ve got a few. First up, how about nixing that all-you-can-eat buffet for a night on the slopes followed by all-you-can-eat lasagne dinner? Another option we’ve got is a bit more mellow; why not try a leisurely après-work snowshoe adventure and decadently rewarding fondue dinner?

The Notable team has trialed both – and loved every Heidi-esque minute of it.

Here’s our low-down:

Lasagne-lovers can rejoice with the fact that Cypress Mountain hosts boarders and skiers alike for a night of fantastic, slope-fused fun at one of Vancouver’s largest local resorts every Thursday (starting at 5pm). After you’ve rode to your hearts content, head into the Cypress Creek Lodge for a home-cooked meal of all-you-can-eat pasta (lasagne), garlic toast, salad and complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. If you hanker for a brew or glass of vino to wash down your meal, they’ve got that too. Lift ticket and meal are served at just over $40. That’s definitely worth noting.

For those a bit less driven by the need for pasta and adrenaline…

Starting at 7pm, six days per week, Grouse Mountain offers guests a one-hour guided tour (with equipment rentals and headlamp included) and stunning après dining experience at their Altitudes Bistro overlooking the cityscape. Work up your appetite on kilometres of user-friendly trails before settling down in their laid-back lounge for a seriously filling fondue feast. Dinner features an obligatory cheese fondue (I mean, how could you not?), vegetable or chicken broth fondue, and grand finale: chocolate fondue served with banana bread. Drinks are extra, but the $95 price tag is priceless. 

Cover photo courtesy Cypress Mountain