The 5th Annual Quiksilver Showdown Over the City

Grouse Mountain hosted it's 5th Annual Quiksilver Showdown Over the City this weekend, and it was awesome! Born five years ago , the event has grown to attract top talent from across Canada and the US with the TTR World Tour 4 Star point designation. Over the past few years the event had been caught in bad weather systems but this year that was not the case. The sun was out, and the beer garden was jumping. Another exciting factor about this years Showdown was the jumps. The Grouse Park Crew built the best course to date. Each of the jumps in the double jump line could have been featured as a stand alone Big Air kicker. With 20' tall wedges and 60' decks these kickers were no joke. Here are a few shots I captured at the event.

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[caption id="attachment_5453" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Judges judge. Darcy Sharpe flying."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_5456" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Snowboarding Roayalty - Chris Dufficy Happy about his cookie and riding in the finals with a huge Cab 9 to Double Wildcat."][/caption]

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1) John Versteeg

2) Darcy Sharpe

3) Craig McMorris


Stay tuned for the Andrew Santos edit for the Filmmaker Showdown.



Showdown over the City Course Preview

I don`t know about you, but I cannot wait for the Showdown over the City. If you don`t know, the Showdown will be taking place this Friday and Saturday at Grouse. The course is pretty gnarly this year with some big features. I thought I would snap some shots of the course exclusively for you, our Grouse Park viewers. Here it is from top to bottom. IMG_1372




For more info check out the official Showdown over the City website here.

See ya there! Andrew Santos


New Snow!

There has been a lot of softer snow in the park these days, it's real mellow! Here are a couple shots from last weeks shredding in the Quiksilver park. The set ups and conditions have been prime lately, nice and soft!

Trees looking awesome after some new snow.

The fun Double Shotgun bank at the end of the day.

All of this snow is going to make great conditions for spring riding....cant wait!


Sun in the Grouse Park

Many students like me got to take advantage of class being out early this week. The sun was out and the park was dialed. My fisheye lens arrived right on time for this and I brought it up to snap some shots. Here's what I came up with while enjoying this wonderful holiday. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Adriano Tongko with a sweet method into the sun."]Adriano Tongko[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Got to learn some new tricks after the big dump on Sunday night. Photo cred to Kaz Yamamura."]Andrew Santos[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Shawn Greensides rides trees."]Shawn Greensides[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Shawn with the Tank."]Shawn Greensides[/caption]


That's all for now, - Andrew Santos


CV – Grouse Park Playlist 5 – Diet Bones

Take out your trumpet, its March: Playlist 5 – Diet Bones , a mix of slow but.. upbeat tunes. Perfect for all the sunny miracle march fast laps that are about to go down. Sip on some diet dew and shake some bones, its go time.

Stream or share here: Playlist 5 – Diet Bones by Caley Vanular. Look for more Grouse Park Playlists coming up on the Grouse Park Grooveshark page.



  1. Dead mans bones - loose your soul
  2. Lana Del Rey - Diet Mountain Dew
  3. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
  4. First Air Kit - When I grow up
  5. Thee oh sees - Warm Slime
  6. Fitzgerald and The Tantrum - Money Grabber
  7. Grimes - Vanessa
  8. Beirut - Santa Fe
  9. Animal Collective - My Girl
  10. The Joy Formidiable - the greatest light is the greatest shade
  11. Flight Facilities - Crave you ft. Giselle




GPC (Grouse Park Crew) Reveals February Photos

You all know the GPC (Grouse Park Crew) is busy maintaining the parks day and night. You probably also know that the crew rips. I mean no one spends more time in there then they do. The crew took some time off of shoveling and raking in Feb to get a some photos for you viewing pleasure.  Check it out! #likeabowse Grouse Park Crew: Snowboard - Edwin Poulsten , Greg Le Patourel , Robert Morrison and Marcus Cartwright. Skier - Liam Mullaly

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A Couple New Quik Park Features

Went up recently to the Quiksilver Park to check out some new features that have been moved around and added. Here is a taste of whats new up there! Looks as though snow is in the forecast this week which is a promising sign!

This rail is set up with mellow banks on both sides - Tom ollies a 360 over it into the new C-rail set up:

I think the C-rail could be my favorite feature these days...

One of the other big features added was this launch box - You can take it to a jump style landing or just hop into the transition early to save you knees!

The 3 jump line on the side cut is looking very promising in the coming days, looking forward to that! A new Quiksilver park edit coming very soon!


Straight from the Quikpark

I have to say that both the Cut Line and Quikpark are prime right now. Did a couple laps yesterday and I was having way too much fun. I brought out the camera for the last run. Here are the results.

These are only three of the many features that are up right now. Come up and check it out! Photo creds to Kaz Yamamura and a big shout out to the Park Crew.

Later! Andrew Santos

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, 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


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.


Inversion in the Park

Clouds covered the city, but that wasn't the case for Grouse. Check out some shots taken on Sunday. grouse mountain

Inversion in the Park

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Nose Press on the new 32' Flat box.

Cut line is sweet right now with new features including a Down C-rail, Down Flat Down Flat Rail, 32' Flat Box, and more! Click here to get full park conditions.

Peace Andrew Santos

Showdown and After-Sesh

This last weekend marked the annual Showdown Over the City at Grouse Mountain. In past years Showdown has been more of a Big Air focus competition. But this year, with the change in venue from Lower Peak to the Cut, the course ended up being a legitimate multi-feature slopestyle instead of a one jump wonder. After the competition was over park crew Rob was kind enough to open up the jumps for some friends to get down on. Here's some shots from the competition and the after-sesh. One more thing, big ups to Shayan for placing top 10 in the pro division, held his own against some big names, congrats man.


That's all for now,


The boys are back in town

The Whistler boys were in town for a couple of days so I brought the 7D out to shoot some pictures with them up Grouse. The conditions weren't the best but they were all throwing down regardless, stomping some of the best tricks these Grousepark features have ever seen. Like I said, conditions were not ideal but I managed a couple of alright shots regardless.

See you all at Showdown,


2011 Showdown Over The City

Quiksilver's Showdown Over The City at Grouse Mountain is coming up quickly! The Showdown is one of the top snowboarding events in Canada that attracts pros and ams alike from across the continent and from around the world. Come up and watch as those boys do their best to compete for the $20,000 prize purse. We'll have an outdoor BBQ set up, a beer garden, product demo centres as well as a Ford Test Drive centre set up at the base. Visit the Showdown Site for more details, photos and videos.

My First Photos

Hey grouse, I am by no means a photographer but I decided to give it a go the other day. Here is what came out of a sick session with Tomas Smyth, Jonah Boretsky and a few others.

Dan Jonas doing a shifty one

Tomas Smyth getting the misty 5

Front 2 out

Jonah Boretsky cork 5 on the last jump in the jump line



Sunset Shoot

Hey Grouse, This week we had a wicked sunny day session,  the jumps were nice and crisp and the sun put everyone in a good mood

It only got better when Bill Hawley rolled up whipped out his cam and as always managed to get some wicked shots. I'm sure you've seen some of his photos floating around the blog, if not you can check his flickr and his blog... Next time you see him on the mountain say hi and jump in on one of his shoots, who knows you might have a new profile pic!

Here are a couple shots from tuesday night:



An Update

The cut jump line daswasup. As most of you already know the new jump line is beyond amazing. I've been lucky enough to get lots of shredding in lately. My buddy Ryan Hirakida brought his camera up the other day, unfortunately the fog had rolled in just as we arrived, but that did not stop him from getting some great shots. Check it out!

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Stay tuned for some new edits coming out soon.


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.