North Vancouver, South Western British Columbia, Canada
Grouse Mtn. ski area. From Highway #1, travel north
along Capilano Road/Nancy Greene Way to the end and
then take the Gondola to the top of the mountain. Pilots
must hike up to the actual launch area near the mountain's
Cleveland Park. From Highway #1, travel north along
Capilano Road to Prospect Avenue.
Excellent in spring and summer, virtually closed in
Type of Site:
Coastal Mountain Thermal soaring suitable for PG and
(very restricted LZ for HG, hot ships almost impossible
None allowed, due to controlled airspace just outside
of the small CYA
Description of Launch:
4000' (1200 m) ASL SSW facing launch with excellent
groomed slope on ski hill. Moderately sized set-up
area on rocky and bushy ski slope. Get a good clean
run as sink could be present just in front of launch.
Grouse is a very restricted site. Grouse Mtn. is privately
owned, next to one of the main water reservoirs for
the city, and the landing field is a sports-field
in an upscale area of greater Vancouver. Because of
these circumstances, in order to fly Grouse, you first
have to get onto the guest pilot list. To be accepted
as a guest, you have to have an intermediate or advanced
rating, liability insurance, a reserve, and you have
to be a responsible pilot (You will be asked for a
contact person who can vouch for you). Once approved
as a guest, you can fly Grouse, but you must always
be accompanied by one of the members of the Grouse
Mountain Flying Team. The team member will brief you
on the site, sign you in, and see you off at launch,
Description of LZ:
600' (180 m) ASL Soccer field in an upscale area of
greater Vancouver. Very tight landing area surrounded
by high trees, houses, backstop and busy roadway.
Sports may be in progress also. Best approach is:
A westerly downwind, then turn behind / in front of
the tree off the southwest corner of the LZ. (10 ft
max above - HG) head north over houses on west side
of road (closer to the field if sink is present).
When in line with the filed make a right turn, dive
for the edge of the field, ground skim across field,
Any vehicle to the gondola lift.
Formal, HPAC Insurance, Intermediate rating and guest
pass minimum requirements
Skill demonstration and log book may also be required.
You can only fly this site as an approved guest of
a Grouse Mtn flying team member. Demo flight may be
required at another Mtn site. Grouse Mountain is a
year round mountain resort and a very high profile
CYA 133 (H) to 5000' (1524 m) ASL.
Radio Frequency 123.4 Mhz (Aircraft), 173.640 Mhz
Local: 146.460 or 146.550 MHz