Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Photo: Rob Weiss

It never fails to take my breath away! Every time I leave sea level and venture out to the North Shore Mountains I feel invigorated. Perhaps, the feeling is amplified while alpine skiing. On those perfect days, the sun shines brightly; the air is crisp and the snow sparkles. As I raise the chairlift safety bar, lift my ski tips and prepare to unload, a sheer sense of joy comes over me. Moving away quickly from the unloading area, I begin to anticipate the views, and they never disappoint! Imagine panoramic ocean and city views all from the top of a snow-covered alpine run. Awe-inspiring and breathtaking!

Photo: Flickr, Greg Thomas

Craving time in the mountains is a common affliction amongst Vancouver snow enthusiasts, myself included. Ask any competent skier or snowboarder, and they will tell you that nothing beats the thrill of fresh POW and first tracks. Fortunately, we are blessed with three local ski mountains all within minutes of the downtown core, offering up unique and varied terrain. From the uninitiated beginner to the seasoned veteran, I am proud to say our local downhill runs promise an adrenaline rush like no other.

Photo: Rob Weiss

Bundle up, wax your skis, grab your helmet and check out Vancouver’s Big Three:

Cypress Mountain

With six chairlifts, 53 runs and 600 acres of skiable terrain Cypress Mountain offers the most vertical drop and perhaps best snow conditions on the North Shore. The official venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events, Cypress holds in a special place in our hearts. Check out their First Timer’s Guide for everything you need to know to enjoy a day in the snow.

Grouse Mountain

Known as The Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain boasts 33 alpine runs, four chairlifts and six terrain parks. Locals will insist that while testing your skills at Grouse, you must take a run on “the Cut” arguably Vancouver’s most iconic downhill run. While carving your way down the slope the entire city of Vancouver lies below you. Truth be told, I have yet to complete this run, without stopping to savour the scene below.

Mount Seymour

Family owned and operated; Mount Seymour features 80 hectares of terrain. From gentle, beginner slopes to challenging terrain parks tailored made to test advanced riders, there is something for everyone.

Photo: Rob Weiss

All of our local hills feature lessons, rental packages and night skiing options. Beginners are always welcome, but be warned; once you taste the downhill lifestyle you may become hooked! On the off chance that ocean views and alpine thrills are not quite enough for you, consider embracing the apres-ski scene. I could go on, but I would suggest apres-ski is a story for another blog and another day!

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Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Photo: Rob Weiss

It never fails to take my breath away! Every time I leave sea level and venture out to the North Shore Mountains I feel invigorated. Perhaps, the feeling is amplified while alpine skiing. On those perfect days, the sun shines brightly; the air is crisp and the snow sparkles. As I raise the chairlift safety bar, lift my ski tips and prepare to unload, a sheer sense of joy comes over me. Moving away quickly from the unloading area, I begin to anticipate the views, and they never disappoint! Imagine panoramic ocean and city views all from the top of a snow-covered alpine run. Awe-inspiring and breathtaking!

Photo: Flickr, Greg Thomas

Craving time in the mountains is a common affliction amongst Vancouver snow enthusiasts, myself included. Ask any competent skier or snowboarder, and they will tell you that nothing beats the thrill of fresh POW and first tracks. Fortunately, we are blessed with three local ski mountains all within minutes of the downtown core, offering up unique and varied terrain. From the uninitiated beginner to the seasoned veteran, I am proud to say our local downhill runs promise an adrenaline rush like no other.

Photo: Rob Weiss

Bundle up, wax your skis, grab your helmet and check out Vancouver’s Big Three:

Cypress Mountain

With six chairlifts, 53 runs and 600 acres of skiable terrain Cypress Mountain offers the most vertical drop and perhaps best snow conditions on the North Shore. The official venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events, Cypress holds in a special place in our hearts. Check out their First Timer’s Guide for everything you need to know to enjoy a day in the snow.

Grouse Mountain

Known as The Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain boasts 33 alpine runs, four chairlifts and six terrain parks. Locals will insist that while testing your skills at Grouse, you must take a run on “the Cut” arguably Vancouver’s most iconic downhill run. While carving your way down the slope the entire city of Vancouver lies below you. Truth be told, I have yet to complete this run, without stopping to savour the scene below.

Mount Seymour

Family owned and operated; Mount Seymour features 80 hectares of terrain. From gentle, beginner slopes to challenging terrain parks tailored made to test advanced riders, there is something for everyone.

Photo: Rob Weiss

All of our local hills feature lessons, rental packages and night skiing options. Beginners are always welcome, but be warned; once you taste the downhill lifestyle you may become hooked! On the off chance that ocean views and alpine thrills are not quite enough for you, consider embracing the apres-ski scene. I could go on, but I would suggest apres-ski is a story for another blog and another day!

Inside Vancouver Blog

Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Vibrant Street Food City takes over Vancouver Art Gallery plaza from January 22 – 28

Week-long daytime event presents food truck fare during Dine Out Vancouver

The seventh annual Street Food City, Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s cheap n’ cheerful ‘food truck pod’ takes place January 22 – 28, from 11am – 3pm weekdays and 11am – 5pm weekends, at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s newly renovated plaza.

More than 20 food trucks will rotate throughout the week. Whether your tastes run to Reef Runner’s famous jerk chicken, or Tacofino’s codfish taco with chipotle mayo and salsa fresco, or one of Mr. Arancino’s hearty Sicilian risotto balls, you’ll be smacking your lips over this experience. Not yet full? Old Country Pierogi has a cure or five for that. And if you crave a healthful sweet, in addition to its rib-sticking savoury pies, Aussie Pie Guy offers a traditional Anzac Cookie made with rolled oats, coconut and golden syrup.

Chow down at a table with work colleagues and friends, or with strangers who might become friends. Tents will be provided by new sponsor EVO Car Share, so rain needn’t be a deterrent. Music will enliven the event on Wednesday, courtesy of JACK FM, and Saturday, courtesy of KISS FM.

Tourism Vancouver, StreetFood Vancouver Society and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) present this informal branch of Dine Out. Partial proceeds will help support the BC Hospitality Foundation.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Street Food City back for a seventh year. It has become one of the annual highlights of Dine Out Vancouver Festival,” says Lucas Pavan, Manager, Membership & Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Tourism Vancouver. “2018 is Dine Out’s biggest year yet with more than 300 participating restaurants, over 30 culinary events, and 12 hotel offers, taking place over the 17 days of the festival!”

Street Food City 2018 will feature the following food trucks and carts:

AUSSIE PIE REEF RUNNER
CANNOLI KING REEL MAC AND CHEESE
DISCO CHEETAH ROAMING DRAGON
FAT DUCK ROLLING CASHEW
FEASTRO SLAVIC ROLLS
KABOOM BOX SUPER THAI
KAFKA’S COFFEE TACOFINO
LE TIGRE TASTE OF MALAYSIA
MELT CITY TATERS
MOMS GRILLED CHEESE VIA TEVERE
MR ARANCINO VIJ’S RAILWAY EXPRESS
OLD COUNTRY PIEROGI

Social Media:
Twitter @streetfood_yvr
Instagram @streetfoodvancouver
Facebook /streetfoodvancouver
#streetfoodcity #DOVF

Inside Vancouver Blog

Vibrant Street Food City takes over Vancouver Art Gallery plaza from January 22 – 28

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence

Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a Riverdale spinoff.

Hollywood North fluttered back to life last week, with numerous TV productions getting back on set after holiday hiatuses.

A few more are back to work this week, and a new TV series is wrapping up its inaugural season already.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene this week. 

Riverdale

Everybody’s favourite dark take on a classic teen comic, Riverdale, is back today (January 8) after taking a holiday break that started on December 22.

Archie (KJ Apa) and the gang continue shooting Season 2 until March 21.

Kiernan Shipka

In other Riverdale news, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) has been cast in the forthcoming Archie spinoff Netflix series that’ll be a spooky adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

It’s described as a far cry from the comedic version that aired from 1996 to 2003 starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead it will be based on the horror comic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, involving witchcraft and the occult.   

According to IMDb and initial reports, the series will shoot in Vancouver this spring, though dates haven’t been announced yet. It also remains to be seen if Shipka makes any crossover appearances on Riverdale—or vice-versa.

Stay tuned, true Riverdalers.

Will we see Kiernan Shipka appearing on Riverdale? Or will Riverdale cast members appear on the Sabrina spinoff?

Moving on to more paranormal subjects, UFO believers had quite the day in December when former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, who formerly headed a U.S. government program to research UFOs, implied that there was evidence that alien spacecrafts had visited Earth.

Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor followed that revelation up by speaking out about a UFO he witnessed during a routine training mission.

U.S. government officials did confirm that the program, called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, ran from 2007 to 2012. 

But did you know that there was another secret U.S. government program to study UFOs called Project Blue Book that started in 1952 and was discontinued in 1969?

Aiden Gillen

Well, you’ll get to know more about it in the near future as the new sci-fi drama TV series Blue Book being shot in Vancouver is based on that earlier program.

It started filming on December 6, gets back into production on Wednesday (January 10) after a holiday season break, and continues until April 24.

Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) stars as astrophysicist Josef Allen Hynek who is recruited by the government to become the chief scientific advisor of a top-secret UFO investigation program. 

Lucy Hale

Meanwhile, another new TV series is finishing up its first season this week.

Life Sentence, which just resumed production after a holiday hiatus, wraps up shooting Season 1 on Friday (January 12). The TV series began filming on August 9.

Most people might think that finding out that you’ve been cured of terminal cancer would be the most positive news in the world. But this dramedy series puts a spin on that by exploring what happens when a young woman (Lucy Hale) has to face the longterm consequences of what happened when she lived as if she were dying and she discovers what her family hid from her as they helped her through what they thought were her final days.

The cast includes Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Gillian Vigman (The Hangover), Jayson Blair (Whiplash), Brooke Lyons (The Affair), Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush), and Riley Smith (Nashville).

The series will premiere on the CW on March 7.

Riley Smith

That’s it for this week’s roundup but there’s plenty more looming on the horizon to chat about in the weeks to come so be sure to check back in with us.

Inside Vancouver Blog

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence

Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a Riverdale spinoff.

Hollywood North fluttered back to life last week, with numerous TV productions getting back on set after holiday hiatuses.

A few more are back to work this week, and a new TV series is wrapping up its inaugural season already.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene this week. 

Riverdale

Everybody’s favourite dark take on a classic teen comic, Riverdale, is back today (January 8) after taking a holiday break that started on December 22.

Archie (KJ Apa) and the gang continue shooting Season 2 until March 21.

Kiernan Shipka

In other Riverdale news, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) has been cast in the forthcoming Archie spinoff Netflix series that’ll be a spooky adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

It’s described as a far cry from the comedic version that aired from 1996 to 2003 starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead it will be based on the horror comic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, involving witchcraft and the occult.   

According to IMDb and initial reports, the series will shoot in Vancouver this spring, though dates haven’t been announced yet. It also remains to be seen if Shipka makes any crossover appearances on Riverdale—or vice-versa.

Stay tuned, true Riverdalers.

Will we see Kiernan Shipka appearing on Riverdale? Or will Riverdale cast members appear on the Sabrina spinoff?

Moving on to more paranormal subjects, UFO believers had quite the day in December when former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, who formerly headed a U.S. government program to research UFOs, implied that there was evidence that alien spacecrafts had visited Earth.

Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor followed that revelation up by speaking out about a UFO he witnessed during a routine training mission.

U.S. government officials did confirm that the program, called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, ran from 2007 to 2012. 

But did you know that there was another secret U.S. government program to study UFOs called Project Blue Book that started in 1952 and was discontinued in 1969?

Aiden Gillen

Well, you’ll get to know more about it in the near future as the new sci-fi drama TV series Blue Book being shot in Vancouver is based on that earlier program.

It started filming on December 6, gets back into production on Wednesday (January 10) after a holiday season break, and continues until April 24.

Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) stars as astrophysicist Josef Allen Hynek who is recruited by the government to become the chief scientific advisor of a top-secret UFO investigation program. 

Lucy Hale

Meanwhile, another new TV series is finishing up its first season this week.

Life Sentence, which just resumed production after a holiday hiatus, wraps up shooting Season 1 on Friday (January 12). The TV series began filming on August 9.

Most people might think that finding out that you’ve been cured of terminal cancer would be the most positive news in the world. But this dramedy series puts a spin on that by exploring what happens when a young woman (Lucy Hale) has to face the longterm consequences of what happened when she lived as if she were dying and she discovers what her family hid from her as they helped her through what they thought were her final days.

The cast includes Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Gillian Vigman (The Hangover), Jayson Blair (Whiplash), Brooke Lyons (The Affair), Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush), and Riley Smith (Nashville).

The series will premiere on the CW on March 7.

Riley Smith

That’s it for this week’s roundup but there’s plenty more looming on the horizon to chat about in the weeks to come so be sure to check back in with us.

Inside Vancouver Blog

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence

Vibrant Street Food City takes over Vancouver Art Gallery plaza from January 22 – 28

Week-long daytime event presents food truck fare during Dine Out Vancouver

The seventh annual Street Food City, Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s cheap n’ cheerful ‘food truck pod’ takes place January 22 – 28, from 11am – 3pm weekdays and 11am – 5pm weekends, at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s newly renovated plaza.

More than 20 food trucks will rotate throughout the week. Whether your tastes run to Reef Runner’s famous jerk chicken, or Tacofino’s codfish taco with chipotle mayo and salsa fresco, or one of Mr. Arancino’s hearty Sicilian risotto balls, you’ll be smacking your lips over this experience. Not yet full? Old Country Pierogi has a cure or five for that. And if you crave a healthful sweet, in addition to its rib-sticking savoury pies, Aussie Pie Guy offers a traditional Anzac Cookie made with rolled oats, coconut and golden syrup.

Chow down at a table with work colleagues and friends, or with strangers who might become friends. Tents will be provided by new sponsor EVO Car Share, so rain needn’t be a deterrent. Music will enliven the event on Wednesday, courtesy of JACK FM, and Saturday, courtesy of KISS FM.

Tourism Vancouver, StreetFood Vancouver Society and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) present this informal branch of Dine Out. Partial proceeds will help support the BC Hospitality Foundation.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Street Food City back for a seventh year. It has become one of the annual highlights of Dine Out Vancouver Festival,” says Lucas Pavan, Manager, Membership & Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Tourism Vancouver. “2018 is Dine Out’s biggest year yet with more than 300 participating restaurants, over 30 culinary events, and 12 hotel offers, taking place over the 17 days of the festival!”

Street Food City 2018 will feature the following food trucks and carts:

AUSSIE PIE REEF RUNNER
CANNOLI KING REEL MAC AND CHEESE
DISCO CHEETAH ROAMING DRAGON
FAT DUCK ROLLING CASHEW
FEASTRO SLAVIC ROLLS
KABOOM BOX SUPER THAI
KAFKA’S COFFEE TACOFINO
LE TIGRE TASTE OF MALAYSIA
MELT CITY TATERS
MOMS GRILLED CHEESE VIA TEVERE
MR ARANCINO VIJ’S RAILWAY EXPRESS
OLD COUNTRY PIEROGI

Social Media:
Twitter @streetfood_yvr
Instagram @streetfoodvancouver
Facebook /streetfoodvancouver
#streetfoodcity #DOVF

Inside Vancouver Blog

Vibrant Street Food City takes over Vancouver Art Gallery plaza from January 22 – 28

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence

Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a Riverdale spinoff.

Hollywood North fluttered back to life last week, with numerous TV productions getting back on set after holiday hiatuses.

A few more are back to work this week, and a new TV series is wrapping up its inaugural season already.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene this week. 

Riverdale

Everybody’s favourite dark take on a classic teen comic, Riverdale, is back today (January 8) after taking a holiday break that started on December 22.

Archie (KJ Apa) and the gang continue shooting Season 2 until March 21.

Kiernan Shipka

In other Riverdale news, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) has been cast in the forthcoming Archie spinoff Netflix series that’ll be a spooky adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

It’s described as a far cry from the comedic version that aired from 1996 to 2003 starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead it will be based on the horror comic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, involving witchcraft and the occult.   

According to IMDb and initial reports, the series will shoot in Vancouver this spring, though dates haven’t been announced yet. It also remains to be seen if Shipka makes any crossover appearances on Riverdale—or vice-versa.

Stay tuned, true Riverdalers.

Will we see Kiernan Shipka appearing on Riverdale? Or will Riverdale cast members appear on the Sabrina spinoff?

Moving on to more paranormal subjects, UFO believers had quite the day in December when former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, who formerly headed a U.S. government program to research UFOs, implied that there was evidence that alien spacecrafts had visited Earth.

Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor followed that revelation up by speaking out about a UFO he witnessed during a routine training mission.

U.S. government officials did confirm that the program, called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, ran from 2007 to 2012. 

But did you know that there was another secret U.S. government program to study UFOs called Project Blue Book that started in 1952 and was discontinued in 1969?

Aiden Gillen

Well, you’ll get to know more about it in the near future as the new sci-fi drama TV series Blue Book being shot in Vancouver is based on that earlier program.

It started filming on December 6, gets back into production on Wednesday (January 10) after a holiday season break, and continues until April 24.

Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) stars as astrophysicist Josef Allen Hynek who is recruited by the government to become the chief scientific advisor of a top-secret UFO investigation program. 

Lucy Hale

Meanwhile, another new TV series is finishing up its first season this week.

Life Sentence, which just resumed production after a holiday hiatus, wraps up shooting Season 1 on Friday (January 12). The TV series began filming on August 9.

Most people might think that finding out that you’ve been cured of terminal cancer would be the most positive news in the world. But this dramedy series puts a spin on that by exploring what happens when a young woman (Lucy Hale) has to face the longterm consequences of what happened when she lived as if she were dying and she discovers what her family hid from her as they helped her through what they thought were her final days.

The cast includes Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Gillian Vigman (The Hangover), Jayson Blair (Whiplash), Brooke Lyons (The Affair), Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush), and Riley Smith (Nashville).

The series will premiere on the CW on March 7.

Riley Smith

That’s it for this week’s roundup but there’s plenty more looming on the horizon to chat about in the weeks to come so be sure to check back in with us.

Inside Vancouver Blog

Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch, UFO series Blue Book, Life Sentence