Whoa, if you are like me, December is certainly a month full of indulgences. After all the turkey and fixings accompanied with some Christmas cookies and your share of wine, you might be feeling a bit sluggish.
If this sounds like you, then the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind is one of the best activities around.
When the weather can be pretty crappy down here, there is a good chance that it's snowing up the mountain - and what a great way to stay (or get) into shape.
With the official Grouse Grind closed for the winter, Grouse Mountain has created a really nice alternative for the snowy months.
The Snowshoe Grind will take you on a climb up a spectacular mountain with some stunning views, which will take your mind off your workout. At the top you will be rewarded with a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges and a the city below.
The Snowshoe Grind promises to be a challenge, not a simple walk in the park. In fact, you can burn around 500 calories and hour on snowshoes, and that's just walking on a flat path. You will be able to feel the calories burning away as your legs burn from the exertion.
The Snowshoe Grind is 4.3 kilometres (2.67 miles) and the elevation gain is 240 metres (787 feet). The average time is about 1 hour and anyone reaonably fit could do it.
But, if you are looking for something a bit easier, the Mundy Showshoe Park offers a few other options from beginner to intermediate snowshoe trails of the Blue Grouse.
Whatever you decide, you will be able to find the trails easily with clearly marked signs from the top on Grouse Mountain.
Most of all, have yourself a fun filled Christmas and a happy, safe New Year!