snowboard/vancouver area

Old Jan 21st, 2003, 07:56 PM
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snowboard/vancouver area

Our family is planning a snowboard/sightseeing vacation 4day weekend to Vancouver bc at the end of January.

The kids, 12 and 17 are beginner snowboarders, the 12 year old neverhaving done it. Which area is better for snowboarding beginners? Grouse Mountain, Mt Seymour or Cypress? Which is easier on the pocketbook? Which is better for the warmth- loving mom who doesnt mind sitting around with a good book and a cup of tea?

We also want to spend thursday and sunday sightseeing in vancouver. We need a hotel room with a microwave (for a medical treatment mom has to do) with a short walk to fun things to do/eat. We love "tea" shops. any suggestions?

also, what time do we need to leave Vancouver to get to south seattle by evening?
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 08:34 PM
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Hi Annie,

I'm not much of a skiier or snowboarder, but I did join a ski club in high school (in 1996), and I learned how to ski at Cypress. Out of the three Vancouver mountains, they probably have the largest amount of terrain, and some of the better runs. I remember a lot of my friends learning to snowboard at Cypress, and they had a blast. However, they don't have much in terms of restaurants. They have a chalet/cafeteria, but nothing deluxe.

Both Seymour and Grouse are smaller than Cypress. Seymour has a loyal following with snowboarders because it has a halfpipe, but I just looked at their website, and it's closed. Unfortuately Vancouver's been having a warm, dry winter, so the snow conditions haven't been the best. Some runs are closed. This goes for all three mountains. Going back to information about Seymour, I don't think they have any place to relax other than a cafeteria.

Grouse, however, do have a restaurant, if not several. It's been at least 15 years since I was last at the top of Grouse, but that might be the place to go if you're looking for somewhere to relax while your kids go snowboarding. You might want to check their website for more info:
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 08:44 PM
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Oh! About tea shops, there are two specifically that I can recommend.

1. Murchie's. They're a local BC company that's been around since the late 1800's. They have a location on Robson Street, just off Burrard (across from Virgin Records). They sell all kinds of gourmet teas, bulk or in boxes. They also have a bakery and gift shop. It has an old fashioned tea shop atmosphere.

If you're a tea fan, you'll love Murchie's.

If you're going to be in the Kitsilano "Kits" neighbourhood, there's "T" on Broadway, - a newer, trendier tea shop.

As for driving south to Seattle, give yourself 4 hours. If the border crossing and traffic is good, you can usually make it in less time. I think three and a half hours is typical.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:12 AM
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Thank you! Your response about the ski areas was helpful...While they are skiing Im going to go for the tea shops!
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:19 AM
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Robyn, is one tea shop more teen friendly than the other? These are wellmannered kids who say I cant go without them. They enjoy going to tea in victoria,(havent gotten to the empress yet) want to try vancouver too.
thanks! Annie
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Both Murchie's and T are very casual.
They do have cafes in both stores, but it's not a seperate dining room. Murchie's is more old fashioned, British style. They have a tiny bakery/cafe at the front of their store, but the attraction to their Robson location is their actual shop - where you can purchase tea pots and dozens of varieties of loose leaf tea. It's a great shop for a tea fan, but not a place to go for afternoon tea.

T is very trendy and modern. I found a website about T that said this:

"On Broadway near Granville, patrons at Tearoom T pore over 100 specialty teas and tempting tea-time paraphernalia before sipping in one of a dozen different styles, from afternoon tea with Devonshire cream and scones, to soothing Indian chai or Japanese green tea in a cast-iron teapot."

I think, however, Hotel Vancouver, downtown on the corner of Georgia and Howe serves an afternoon tea too. That would give you more of the fancier afternoon tea experience. Over all, I think Victoria is known for its high tea... Vancouver is most definitely a coffee town. You'll soon find that out!

If you're looking for a very unique tea experience though, there is "Don't Shoot the Elephant" in the Yaletown neighbourhood, which is located in the south-east corner of downtown Vancouver. It's a trendy modern Asian tearoom that quite a few of my friends rave about. That might be worth looking into as well!

All places would be teen friendly.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:17 PM
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Thanks Robyn. Have to admit to being curious about "Dont shoot the elephant" just because of the name!

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