The Grind is closed (and let's face it, why would you do the Grind anyway), so how about the BCMC trail as a short-n-steep cardio workout? It's been a couple of years so my memory has dulled just enough to make me want to try it again :-)
The trail is pretty bad as usual, and yet somehow it didn't seem that bad. Maybe my idea of what constitutes a trail has changed over the years. It's steep, and ill-defined at times but there are plenty of markers and the route is obvious.
Patchy snow began around 910 m, and was compacted and icy by about 1000 m. Yak Trax or similar would have been a good idea...
Skyride was $10; parking $4 for all day.
See my post for Dam Mountain for more info and photos: