The venue is a private, 6-bedroom home in West Vancouver's upscale neighbourhood, the British Properties. Perched at the base of iconic Grouse Mountain, it boasts stunning panoramic ocean views from the common areas and the dance room. There is a separate dance space, 2nd kitchen, and plenty of parking.
The British Properties neighbourhood is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 1h20 from Olympic ski destination, Whistler, BC. Ambelside ocean beach is only 7 minutes drive, with massive shopping complex Park Royal next to it. In less than 20 minutes East or West, you can be parked at the base of a ski hill.
Spend your days curled up by the fire, using free WiFi, going hiking or skiing, enjoying the wild beaches, or touring Whistler village or downtown Vancouver. See tourism suggestions below, or check out this timelapse video to get a taste.
The WCS Study
Imagine going on vacation and getting full access to Champion coaches
in an exclusive small group for 5 days leading up to a big event!
Spots available for only 6 leaders and 6 followers total. The retreat is open to any level of dancer: the group is not expected to be at a homogenous skill level, because the instruction is mostly in the form of private lessons: your learning experiences will be tailored to your needs and preferences. Over the course of 5 days and nights, you will have access to Myles and Tessa both in private and group formats, right in the comfort of the chalet.
- Up to 4 hours of private lessons per person
- Optional evening group activities: lectures, tutorials, video analysis, Q&A, games, etc.
- Social dancing & guided practica
- Bonus: Video review of your comps following Swingcouver
Please note that these suggested tourism activities are not included in the price of the Retreat.
Vancouver weather in January
Vancouver is known as the "San Diego" of Canada - it boasts the mildest climate of the country. Summers are long and comfortable (20-26 degrees Celcius daily), and during the winter Vancouver hardly sees any snow in the city, and it rarely drops below freezing. When it rains in the city, it snows on the ski hills, making local skiing spectacular without the headache of traffic issues due to weather.
Local ski mountains Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour offer easy-to-access quality downhill and cross-country skiing just minutes away. Night skiing available till 10pm. (30 min drive)
World-famous Olympic ski resort Whistler/Blackcomb (45 min drive) offers two side-by-side mountains connected both at the base and at the top via peak-to-peak gondola. All snow activities available.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a beautiful, wild, rock and sand beach good for walking, sunsets, and getting right up to the ocean.
Capilano Suspension Bridge (30 min) Beautiful rainforest walking trails combined with elevated platforms suspended in the trees. World famous suspension foot bridge over Capilano River ravine.
Grouse Mountain Skyride (30 min) Best day and night views of Vancouver. Although this is the access point for skiiers, many pedestrians take the ride for the views and restaurant at the top. Check out the observation deck inside the wind turbine.
Stawamus Chief, Squamish (10 min) A "short" (90 min one way) but steep mountain hiking trail, with unobstructed views from its rocky dome summit.
Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola (7 min) Newly build gondola, suspension bridge and lodge at the summit with spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Stawamus Chief. 3 restaurants at the summit to enjoy sunset views around 4:30pm. While you're there, check out Shannon Falls, a short walk from the road.
Whale Watching from downtown (full day) or wildlife boat tours from Horseshoe Bay (half-day)
- Self-led walking tour #1: Denman->Davie->Granville->Robson
- Self-led walking tour #2: Gastown->Convention Centre->Stanley Park
- Self-led walking tour #3: Seawall from Kitsilano Beach->Olympic Village->Sunset Beach
- Granville Island (take a water taxi!)
- Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant
- New casino called "Parq"
- Drive around Stanley Park and stop for photos at the lighthouse and bridge viewpoints
- Stanley Park Seawall: World's longest uninterrupted waterfront path (28km) encircles all of the downtown peninsula and extends west towards UBC. Great for walking, running or renting a bike or rollerblades.
Find details on all of these here: www.tourismvancouver.com
Whistler Village (45min) is beautiful to stroll around or take in a meal, and the gorgeous coastal mountain drive is part of the experience.