Hello Everyone! My name is Matthew Waring and this is my first year producing content for the grouse blog! I am exited to get this season going and to spend as much time as I possibly can up in the mountains. I am originally from Ontario and am currently going to school at Capilano University. I have been living in BC for 3 years, one in Whistler and two in Vancouver. My main passions are skiing and photography so I am happy to be able to combine the two using Grouse Park blog as an outlet. When I'm not in school you will see me in the mountains skiing, filming and generally having fun, because we live in an insane part of the world!

Here are a couple of clips from December in the Hike Park - One of the best parts about this set up is that you can re-learn all of those rusty tricks you may have lost from the summer. Perfectly mellow features to get tricks on, before taking them to bigger stuff. That’s it for now - see you up there.


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Fresh Season Fresh Photos

What's up Grouse Park blog readers? Jason Macfarlane here to put out content for another season. If you're new to grousepark.com, this is my third season writing for the blog. I am an 18 year old skier from North Vancouver, currently enrolled in my first year of university. This year I am also a part of the Park Crew staff on Grouse Mountain. So I'll be writing about the park, helping to build, maintain and keep it running smoothly. Lack of snow has been a bit of a challenge so far this year, but that doesn't mean we haven't pulled off some good features. The Park Crew have worked hard (which hasn't been me so far so I can't take credit for this) and have put together an awesome line of rail features in The Cut park. Jam packed, it is probably one of the jib parks with the best flow the mountain has ever seen.

Recently, Trint Thomas and I spent a few hours in the sun shooting some pictures and video clips. Here's one of my favourites from that day.

-Jason Macfarlane

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Rider: Trint Thomas Photo: Jason Macfarlane


Good to be Back

Hey everyone, my name is Jeremy Cox.  I have been involved with the Grouse Park blog for the past couple years, mainly focused on video.  If it's a sunny day and I am up the mountain chances are I will have my camera so feel free to say 'hi'!  Keep posted for, what I hope will be, some cool edits this season.  I got a couple lap's in with Zac Dolesky recently and here is a one run edit from the session. -Jeremy


It's On

It's on. Another season of snowboarding on Grouse Mountain. Another year of tree runs, park laps, and powder turns. To introduce myself, my name is Myrosha Daley and I have been riding for almost 20 years, competitively for 15, and I have worked in the snowboard industry for nearly 10. I have been fortunate in my shred life to snowboard at many different mountain resorts. Grouse is still one of my favorite places to ride. It might be how close it is to my house. Or it might be how I can get a hot lap with rollers one run, and hit the park the next. It will be another year of getting off work, quickly grabbing my gear while eating dinner, and out the door to catch the Skyride tram for a night session. It will be another year of laughs on chairlifts,  9:30pm powder slashes and eventually slushy spring fun wearing jeans, a t-shirt and shades. When I really think about it, it makes sense. Another year of riding Grouse Park and I can't wait. [caption id="attachment_4906" align="alignnone" width="504" caption=""It's on""][/caption]

This is my first year on the Grouse Park blog and I am stoked to be contributing and acting as editor. Hyped to join the team and bring you some killer features:

  • Real Talk - Interviews with snow pros and snow industry heads
  • Playlists - New tunes for your park riding pleasure
  • Trick Tips - Delivered to you from the Grouse Park Crew
  • Game of D.I.C.E - You'll have to wait and see...

Keep updated with us on the Grouse Park blog for these features, videos, regular posts from the contributors and more.


Happy Holidays,


First Daze First Post

The Cut Line is fun and the GoPro's are out. My first post and first year with the Grouse Park blog. I am excited to be contributing and riding up at Grouse Mountain this season. Some background info on myself: snowboarding for over eleven years, blogging for about six and living in Vancouver for almost two. An enthusiast of all things culture, I plan on adding a fresh perspective and some frequent content to the blog — from 'day in the park' to product reviews, it's going to be a fun season.


Up and Running for the 2011-2012 Season!

I'm stoked to say that the Grouse Park blog is up and running for the 2011/2012 season! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Andrew Santos. Grouse Mountain is pretty much a second home for me and I get up there as much as I can. This is my second year with the blog and this season, along with the crew of bloggers, I will be posting tons of new content so you know what's going down in the park. The Park Crew has some sick new features that are just waiting to be seshed. If you haven't checked out the Cut line yet, get up there. You won't be disappointed. Here's a shot by Kaz Yamamura of me on opening day:

Andrew Santos

If you see me give me a shout, I'm always down to do some laps. For now you can check out my Vimeo here and Look out for some more posts coming your way.

See you in the Park!

Andrew Santos

An Introduction: It's Dylan!

Hey all, My name's Dylan Gillespie and I'm super stoked to be one of the Grouse Park bloggers for this season! I've been skiing Grouse all my life, and got into the park/freeski scene a few years ago, though I love doing anything with skis on my feet. I live really close to Grouse, so you can be sure to see me lapping the park on weekends and after school. If you see me, stop me and say hi! I'm usually wearing a orange jacket or black hoody, and blue pants. I always enjoy meeting someone new and spining laps with another stoked rider!

Now overall, the weather's been pretty good this season which has let the Grouse Park Crew put together an AMAZING park setup, week after week. Add a bunch of new and improved features for them to work with, and you've got one of the best parks Grouse has seen in a long time. So be sure to get up there as soon as you can and check out either the Quiksiver Park or the Paradise Jib Park, both of which are sweeeeet right now.

I will be posting numerous edits, photos, and videos thoughout the season, and you can check those out on my Vimeo page and my Flickr page (which shall be set up with content in the near future).

In the mean time, here are a couple of my favourite photos from my past season.

Skier: Dyan Gillespie   Photo: Matt Hutchinson

I'm not going to sit here and claim I'm any good at photography, because I'm not. I'm really hoping to improve this year, because right now, I can't tell the differance between f-stop and flash sync. But very, VERY rarely I can sometimes click the shutter button on my Casio point-and-shoot at the right moment, which I was luckily able to do here.

Skier: Casey Klimock Photo: Dylan Gillespie

That's all I got for now guys, but keep checking back for more great updates from me and my fellow bloggers.



An Introduction: It's DJean!

Hi! My name's Jean Lavigne, and this season I have been chosen to be on board blogging for grousepark.com. I'm a snowboarder and a Grouse local. I've been snowboarding since I can remember and since then I've always called Grouse home. The last four winter seasons I've spent working up Grouse as a snowboard instructor teaching kids of all ages how to shred! I live on the North Shore and when I'm not at work or schooling, you can find me up Grouse lapping the park or hunting down pow on the Olympic Chair. I normally come up alone but always meet up with the shred posse, so if you ever see me around give a shout, I'm always down to cruise. THE MORE THE MERRIER!! Something else I'm really passionate about is music, and when I'm not busy with the above, I'm either listening or finding new music. I put together mixes under the alias DJEAN, so you can look out for some bangin' mixes from me this season or from other local riders who too love to jump on the VDJ tables.

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Look out for some edits and photos from me this season of all things awesome up Grouse, especially the park, we all know the talk about the snow this season, hopefully that pulls through because no doubt with enough the Quicksilver Park is going to be killin' it.

Make sure to get Djean on Facebook, for all updates on the music side, Here's a link to some of my older mixes, and I've got some in the works too so look out for those. Stoked to meet all the fellow park rats!

DJEAN on Soundcloud

PEACE, Jean.

An Introduction: It's Andrew!

Hey Guys and Girls,

I'm Andrew Santos, I've been both a snowboarder and videographer for over three years. I live in Burnaby and I'm attending Burnaby Central Secondary School. I'm currently living in my parents basement, but that's okay because I'm 16 years old. Any day I get to ride is a good day for me and if I'm not at school, you can usually find me on the slopes. With a handful of new camera gear, I will be giving you guys the full update on what's going on this season. I have no doubts in my mind that this is going to be killer year and I'm so stoked to be one of your Grousepark bloggers for this season. If you see me on the mountain feel free to give me a shout, I'll be the guy with the purple Grenade jacket and I'll usually have some sort of camera in my hands. I'm Andrew Santos, that's a little about me and I'm looking forward to seeing you guys on the slopes.



2010/2011 Bloggers Announced

We have spent the last couple of weeks looking over the applications for this years blogospondent search and out of more then 30 applications we have finally picked our blogger team for the season.  Please join me in welcoming and congratulating the following new bloggers: Andrew Santos

Dylan Gillespie

Simon Stulberg

Jean Lavigne

Also returning for another season will be Jason Macfarlane and Jeremy Cox.

We would like to take the time to thank everyone who applied and if you are still interested, please apply next year.  Expect the posts to start flowing with some awesome content, so sit back, relax and enjoy the season!


So here it is; my first post to Grouse Park.  Being as none of you really know me, I should probably introduce myself.  My name is Hamish and I'm Scottish.  I grew up there, though I now live near Boston, MA.  I started snowboarding in Waterville Valley (East Coast jeaa!), NH, and it wasn't long before shredding began to take over my winters.  I finished high school after a few years of being a weekend warrior and proceeded to spend the following year as a ski bum in New Zealand and Colorado.Now, I go to school at UBC, which despite the work and classes, really isn't all that far off from living like I did in a ski resort.  I'm up at Whistler pretty much every weekend, and now, thanks to Sam as well as all of you reading this, am going to be spending a lot more time on the North Shore Mountains shooting photos… stoked! But rather than go on rambling, I'm going to leave you with two of my photos; the first is from the bottom of the world, and the second is from a more familiar place just up the road. Enjoy.

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="333" caption="Dylan Green, Blackcomb Park"]Kyle Dillon, Blackcomb Park[/caption]


Another Introduction

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Bill Hawley.  Born and raised seven minutes from the mountains in North Vancouver, I'm a new addition to the Grouse Park Blog and very grateful for it!  As much as I'm new to the blog, I'm not so new to the mountain. I started skiing at Grouse when I was 3 years old and it just became the regular thing to do after school and on weekends. Things progressed from there and when I was about 12 years old, I picked up my parents little point and shoot camera, took a few pictures around the house to keep myself busy and that's when I realized what I wanted to do for fun.  Skiing and photography.  Now, I'm finally starting to combine the two and it's proving to be the most kick ass thing I know how to do. So, now that you know who I am, don't be shy if you see me up the mountain, I'm the guy wearing the bright blue jacket and pants looking like I shouldn't be shredding the park.  Come say hi and maybe strike up a conversation! The temperature's dropping a little bit, so let's be optimistic and say that's a sign of snow on the way. Here's some of my most recent shots to keep you stoked on the season, enjoy!

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Hey Everyone!

Hey guys, My name is Alice Gorton and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to write for Grousepark.com this season! I started skiing at Grouse Mountain when I was around 8 years old. I had no idea how to do it, I would just rip down the mountain and fall when I needed to stop. After that phase, I started snowboarding, I was 11 years old and I instantly fell in love with it. I am 16 now, and since then, Grouse has become like a second home to me. I have made some great friends through this sport and through grouse and together we have had some wonderful experiences.  This season, I have been lucky enough to have ridden Grouse Mountain, Seymour, Whistler and a mountain called Sunshine in Calgary. However, Grouse Mountain has always been the go to mountain for me, as I live in Richmond and have a very convenient sky train, sea bus and bus ride there, which is actually a lot shorter than it sounds.  Anyways, the game plan for this season is to have the best day ever, every day. I'll also keep you updated with whats going on in snowboarding, whats going on at Grouse Mountain and who's killing it. Don't be afraid to come up and say hi if you see me riding this season! It would make my day!

Below are a few pictures of me snowboarding at Grouse mountain


Eric Beckstead's Life

Hey everybody, Seeing as this season I'm going to be sharing the latest and greatest in the ski world and well, everything else to do with that white stuff that seems to fall out of the sky every year around this time, I thought I'd first share what I'm all about.  That way, you know it's legit.

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Alright so my name's Eric Beckstead. I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta for 18 years and I first started skiing at age two and a half. Those first turns...or snow plows, were taken at Kimberly ski hill in B.C. I immediately fell in love with the sport, everything about it intrigued me. From the good vibes, adrenaline rushes, beautiful settings, to generally just the good atmosphere of skiing. I couldn't imagine a better way too spend a winters day. Throughout the winter, as a kid, I would drive my parents nuts, begging them to take us skiing. By the time I was 6, I was ripping past my parents and I was even giving my then 12 year old sister a run for her money. I would always be cutting into the trees and ripping as quick as I could and launching of anything that, well, could launch me off at all. It wasn't until I was 14 or so that I began to make skiing my life. I was skiing in the park one day at C.O.P (Canada Olympic Park) when I randomly ran into one of my good friends Ryan Waddell. Remember that name, whenever he's not injured he's always out killin it.

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Anyways, not to digress, but when I watched him and a friend, Noah, hitting the jumps there and floating the smoothest 3's and 5's I'd seen up too that point, I instantly decided to make skiing the main focus of my life. I joined C.O.P's club ski team, C.O.P Freeskiers, the next season where I skied and competed for three years. I also began teaching at C.O.P when I turned 16. I then went on to coach Freeskiers the following season. When i graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School, I realized I would need to live somewhere where I could go to school and ride as much as possible.

I got accepted into the Art Institute of Vancouver for film and video production. This seemed to workout well with my plan, seeing as I have several incredible ski hills just hours away. Once here, I wanted to be skiing whenever I could and keep in touch with the community. Once again, my plans worked out when I got accepted as a Grousepark.com Blogospondent for this 09/10 season. Here, I plan on letting you guys know the lowdown on all things important on the snow and industry fronts. I also plan on filming as much as i can when out and throwing up something new for you all.

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My camera got stolen, so hopefully mom and dad are feeling generous this Christmas and help me out with the camera fund. Then I can throw up some pics. Oh, and any donations are quite welcome! Anyways I'm really stoked on coming out here and spending the season at Grouse. Enjoy it locals, this place has the most beautiful views! (I'd put up some pics if I had a camera..). If any of you see me ridin' give me a shout, always down to shred! Currently, I'm reppin' some earth tone gear, green pants, brown jacket and ridin' Urban Punx or my JJ's. I like to switch it up so you might have too see through my disguises, hahah. So, there's a little insight on what makes me who I am. Hope too see all you locals and visitors alike up there!

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Shredd it like cheese!!

Eric Beckstead

Hello, My Name is...

Hello readers, My name is Jason, or as most of my friends call me, Frodo, and I have been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Grousepark bloggers this year. I am a skier and have been skiing at Grouse Mountain since I was about 4 years old. Luckily enough, I live a mere 15 minute bus ride away from the mountain, so if I am free, you can bet I will be skiing. I am pretty recognizable on the hill, with an outerwear look consisting of tight pants and tall tees. If you see me, don't be shy and say hello! Another thing I can usually be recognized by is a camera in my hand. I love to shoot pictures and if the weather is good chances are I won't be caught up Grouse Mountain without my camera.

Speaking of pictures, here are some fresh pictures from the other day in the park.

Max Buchanan on the new, longer pontoon:

Trint Thomas nospressing while Shayan gets the shot:

That's all for now, thanks for reading,


PYP Teaser 1 of 3!!

Hello! Ok so very exciting stuff today, the first of 3 PYP teasers is here for your viewing pleasure.  I made this one, Mr. Graeme Meiklejohn and Mr. Patrick King will be making their own as well so everyone can see lots of footy, so enjoy!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/3553665]


Check grousepark.com and www.YOUTHofTODAY.ca for more photos and vids!

PYPeaches n' Cream!


Hey it's Cam!

Alright! So, after many attempts and failed trial runs, the account finally works! I may have, according to many of those who know me, a head full of sawdust, and my luck with blogging so far has been a direct result of it. Until now! I guess I should do this intro thing... cam-harris

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cam Harris. Locally grown, I have skied at Grouse Mountain basically for my entire skiing career, which began in a rather recent grade four. I did the race program on the mountain for a couple years, but very quickly migrated towards the park, having a budding and keen interest in big jumps and rails and what not. I've been hitting the park avidly for the past 4 years, and have never lost interest.

I love to bring up my camera and get shots of, well, basically anything around the mountain. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I also like to do a little video editing, provided there is some footy my buds can throw at me. Thanks guys!

I am super, super stoked to be working with the rest of my fellow bloggers. From what I've seen so far, this is going to be THE place to stay updated and get learned on everything park-savvy. Like everyone behind the blog, I will do my absolute best to throw some innovative and insightful words together, topped off with pics and the occasional fun, fresh edit. Count it!


So, until next time, I look forward to seeing all of you in the park soon. I'm that guy in the orange helmet, red jacket and white pants, most likely followed by some crazy guy with a cane and his Nikon Coolpix. Feel free to hit me up on Facebook and drop me a line!

Make it artsy, make it poppin,