For those on the grind from nine-to-five, it’s hard to find time for yourself and your favourite hobbies during the week when the daylight hours are limited. Often referred to as “weekend warriors”, these folks generally wake up and are getting ready for work or class in the dark and coming home in the dark (this isn’t necessarily the case for the spring and summer months). This leaves very little time to enjoy active pursuits that require daylight so they make up for it on the weekends, hence the name “weekend warriors”.
In order to make the most out of each day on the hill, certain ski resorts across Canada offer night skiing so you can get in some turns after class or work even after the sun has gone down. Night skiing is a great opportunity for those with busy weekday schedules to enjoy some activity and burn off some energy before calling it a night. So layer up and enjoy the slopes under a starry sky.
Night Skiing in Canada:
• Cypress Mountain – British Columbia
Enjoy a night of skiing while admiring the twinkling city lights of Vancouver City below across the Burrard Inlet from the slopes of Cypress Mountain. Situated on the north side of the Fraser River and to the east of the Howe Sound Inlet, from the top of Cypress you get unlimited views from sea to sky and can enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding or cross-country skiing until 10pm from December 26 until March 26. Only a short drive from the downtown city core, night skiing at Cypress Mountain is as convenient as heading to the gym for a workout. For only $35, you can spend the night on the mountain and get your ski and snowboard fix.
• Grouse Mountain – British Columbia
Home to the famous Grouse Grind, Grouse Mountain is also a hot spot for night skiing within the city limits. Located on the North Shore, Grouse Mountain, along with Cypress Mountain, are nestled in the Pacific Range which are the southernmost grouping of the Coast Mountain Range. Conveniently located only a short drive from the heart of Vancouver City, you can enjoy a few turns after a long day while admiring the sparkling city below. Head on up to ride your favourite runs for as little as $48 from 4pm until 10pm and keep up your skills for your weekend missions.
• Blue Mountain – Ontario
Located in the Niagara Escarpment region, Blue Mountain is around a two hour drive from the bustling city of Toronto. For those city dwellers looking for a ski or snowboard fix after a long day in town, they can head to the slopes as early as 3:30pm and shred until after the sun goes down at 9pm. Tickets for a regular evening of night skiing are $45 but if you make your way up on a Coca Cola Monday night you can get a screamin’ deal! For only $29, you can work up an appetite on the slopes then head to the base lodge for your choice from a selection of meals accompanied with a 16 ounce Coca Cola fountain drink. Weekday night skiing has never tasted so good!
• Bromont – Quebec
Located about an hours drive from the metropolitan city of Montreal, Bromont is a popular spot for night skiing with 98 lit trails to explore for only $47. Pack your ski gear with you to work and when the clock strikes five it’s go time! Open as late at 10pm with the occasional Friday and Saturday nights open until 10:30pm, why wouldn’t you finish your weekday shredding at Bromont? Check out White Nights (Nuits Blanches) which are designed for the night owls and allow you to shred until 2 am. Hit the slopes while listening to music, enjoying entertainment and share some laughs on the slopes with friends.
• Saint-Sauveur – Quebec
Within an hours drive from the heart of Montreal, Sommet Saint-Sauveur offers a variety of runs to explore and is open until 10pm so you can carve some turns after a day in class or at the office. Buy your ticket online and enjoy a night of skiing for only $34.99. If you forget to purchase your ticket ahead of time, don’t worry, you can purchase a night skiing ticket at the mountain for the price of $42.75. Finish off a hectic day by doing what you love and spend the night skiing at Saint-Sauveur.