Winters in Vancouver offer the best of all worlds. Within 30 minutes of downtown are three ski hills that host a range of winter activities, complemented by amazing city views. Mild weather at sea level makes it possible to enjoy an equally broad range of outdoor activities in the city, even in the middle of winter. Winter events, such as Vancouver's Chinese New Year celebrations, add to the fun. All this in a cosmopolitan city, with a stunning ocean and mountain backdrop.