This is the view from the cable car station on Grouse Mountain, just north of Vancouver.
NBC Sports has selected this spot to set up its Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics studio.
Grouse may be one of the view places in the world where one can hop on a city bus and be skiing just a short time after having walked on the beach.
In the summer it's the home of tourists and exercise enthusiasts who experience the hiking and other outdoors activities in and around the nearby peaks.
I celebrated my birthday by walking in the area, hiking along the north side of the mountain where I was surprised and scared out of my wits by a large bear on the trail. I was very happy to later celebrate my escape with a bottle of beer and by taking in the view from the peak, at just over 1,250 meters above sea level.