Snowshoe Off the Holiday Bulge

Over the holidays, you ate too much comfort and joy. And now you’re fat.

Lucky for you, you live in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, where you can hit the local mountains with naught but a pair of snowshoes and blast away all those holiday transgressions. Plus you get to fight the January blahs with some gorgeous Coast Mountain scenery.


Try the Hollyburn Meadows interpretive tour (2 hours) for an intro to the sport. Clomp through the forest and stop at the lodge for a drink ($38; Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 pm or Saturday/Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm). Cypress has tons of other self-guided trails and tour packages. (604) 922-0825

Like they say up at Grouse, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Try the guided fondue tours (you need to book them with six people). The Wednesday night social events begin at 7 pm (inspired by the summertime Grouse Grind social group). After the workout, you can head up to Altitudes Bistro for a little relaxing. (604) 980-9311

The trails at Seymour are great for an after-work session or short day trip explorations. If you go out at night, you can even stay pretty much bathed in the light of the ski hill. Check the schedule for full moon tours and the drop-in clinics. (604) 986-2261

But, please, for the love of logic, stay on-trail unless you’ve done your avalanche course and at least have an idea of what you’re doing. North Shore Rescue has already saved too many off-trail goons these past weeks. And trust us, you don’t want to be that guy.

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