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Cypress Mountain

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Conditions

 

Annual Snowfall measured at Cypress Creek Day Lodge Elevation (910 m):

2009-10 Winter Season was 620 cm (20 feet)

2008/09 Winter Season was 968 cm - over 32 feet! (mid mtn)

2007/08 Winter Season was 995 cm - over 33 feet! (mid mtn)

2006/07 Winter Season was 844 cm - over 27 feet! (mid mtn)

 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

 
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

By Car:

From Downtown Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway One (via Taylor Way). Continue west, take Exit #8 onto Cypress Bowl Rd. Follow this 3 lane, paved highway for 13 kms (8 miles) for Cross Country, SnowShoeing and Snowtubing or 15 kms (9.3 miles) for Downhill.  For a google map with navigational directions from downtown Vancouver to Cypress Mountain - Click HERE.

 

Navigating to Cypress Mountain:

Longitude & Latitude Coordinates - 49°23′46.04″N and 123°12′15.60″W

GPS Coordinates - use 8500 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver

 

By Public Transit: 

Take Skytrain or Bus to Waterfront Station, connecting via Seabus to the Cypress Mountain Shuttle Bus at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

 

By Shuttle Bus (winter season only): 
The Cypress Mountain Shuttle departures range from North & West Vancouver right over to Richmond, Kitsilano and Downtown Vancouver. Check link for schedule.

 

 

Lodging
Lodging
Cypress Mountain is located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. 
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Loden Hotel

1177 Melville St
VancouverBC V6E 0A3
(604) 669-5060

Downtown boutique hotel with bar & restaurant, spa, fitness studio, Trip Advisor says it's the #1 luxury hotel in Canada.

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

From $210

 

 

Robson Suites

777 Bidwell St
Vancouver, BC V6G 3B9

(604) 685-9777

Spacious suites with kitchens, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, washers, dryers, free wireless internet access and free gated underground parking.

 

3 adults

Under $140
       

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Dining
On-mountain in the Cypress Creek Lodge is the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill and the Cypress Creek Grill.
 
 

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Cypress Mountain
Description:

Cypress Mountain is an integral part of Cypress Provincial Park, where development is restricted to preserve the unspoiled beauty of the Coast Mountain range. The resort is just minutes from downtown Vancouver, and offers a wide range of winter and summer activities. Skiing and snowboarding at Cypress is on three mountains - Mt. Strachan, Black Mountain and Hollyburn Mountain (XC area).

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
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Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts8
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner13%
Trails-2-Intermediate35%
Trails-3-Advanced37%
Trails-4-Expert only8%
Trails-5-Terrain park8%
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total53
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run2.5 miles
General-Base elevation2990'
General-Vertical drop2010'
General-OwnerBoyne Resorts
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds600 acres
General-Snow making coverageAll Olympic Venues
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Close to Vancouver, in-city bus

Cons: Low value for cost, icy, hit and miss conditions, minimal terrain, crowded

I spent two weeks skiing Cypress when I first moved to BC. In comparison to smaller eastern hills, Cypress is totally acceptable. It's also totally fine if you're learning to ski or board. However, it doesn't compare to BC interior skiing for several reasons: 

Weather - the variable temperatures (thaws and freezes) make for lots of ice. Some seasons have seen minimal snow and incredibly short seasons. 
Terrain - only a few runs. It was like skiing a really long Ontario hill. Nothing particularly steep. Note they had half the terrain closed for the 2009 season--maybe the other hill is like a dream come true.
Grooming - for some reason they can't seem to groom the runs well. Grooming is better in Ontario/Quebec.
Traffic - tons of skiers in a small area (at least in 2009). You don't have a long wait for a lift, but there are so many people zipping by because of the low number of runs. 
Lifts - sllloooowwww.
Instructors - almost all level 1s and 2s, one or two level 3s for privates only, no level 4s. At least, this was the case in December 2009. Very sad for advanced skiers. Most resorts in comparison are loaded with level 3s and some 4s.

That said, because it's close to Vancouver, Cypress gets top points for night life. I have no idea what the terrain park is like. The price of $200 for an Olympics season pass was reasonable. I pity the fool who pays $1200 for a regular Cypress season pass. Honestly, what a joke--Whistler is the same price.

If you are learning to ski or board, Cypress is completely OK. However, if you want a fun ski vacation, head to Whistler, Big White, Silver Star, or one of the other interior destinations. 

Posted

Pros: 2 mtns, lots of new terrain, only 35 min from van so what is not to like.

Cons: PNW weather variability, fog, rain, heavy snow, climate changes, best to read their website for weather before going up if variable down in vancouver.

 i cut my teeth at cypress in getting back into skiing (sure i also skiied whistler, apex, big white, grouse, seymour, and silver star)....the other local hills (grouse mtn and mt seymour) both blow ie Grouse is limited and too busy given it's local transit access (Read: easy for the crowds to get to so wayyyy too crowded) and Mt Seymour is limited with outdated lift technology (slow is slow on their lifts though i read they're getting a faster lift this 2012/13 season) and their runs are for beginners-intermediates mostly....also way too short.

Cypress rules on the north shore...sure sure: it's not whistler, but to be able to cut your teeth and maintain or increase your skill level at a resort only 30 min away is great for die hards.  

PS the views are stunning too, so take your camera...esp up at the top of Skychair on a sunny day or at sunset...paradise found!eek.gif

 

Dining:  the newer lodge is much closer to the hills/lifts and its very large cafeteria offers pretty good fare with daily specials (they have coupons on their websites for such each day usually) ...there is also the Raven Pub, which is very spacious with many big screen TVs and even live entertainment.beercheer.gif

Night life: have the Raven pub for food/beer/wine...many big screen TVs to watch many sporting events...last few yrs has seen more live entertainment both in pub as well as in large cafeteria, so hats off to the staff....there's no night life to speak of, aside from this.

 

HEADS UP: IF THE WEATHER IS SO SO IN VANCOUVER, BEST TO ALWAYS CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR CURRENT WEATHER AND SKIING CONDITIONS..IF IT READS 'VARIABLE' IT MEANS PATCHY FOG QUITE OFTEN AND/OR RAINING...IF IT READS ''LIMITED'' icon13.gif THEN WORSE STILL AS IT'S OFTEN VERY FOGGY AND YOU'RE DOING '' BRAIL SKIING '',  WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE SHIT, AND THUS NOT WORTH THE DRIVE UP. (YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL THEM UP AND GET AND GET THEIR OP OF CONDITIONS)..OF COURSE IF ITS SNOWING HEAVILY BUT NO FOG (STILL LIMITED) THEN GO FOR IT.