Cypress Mountain, Horseshoe Bay

4.0
#3 of 14 in Parks in West Vancouver
Cross-country Ski Area · Mountain
Carve up the snow at Cypress Mountain, just a 30 minute drive north of downtown Vancouver and located in the southern part of Cypress Provincial Park. Choose from over 50 named alpine ski runs and 19 km (12 mi) of cross-country trails. Take a snowshoeing tour through the mountains, filled with cedar trees and offering memorable views at every turn. Relax with a meal and drink at one of the restaurants, cafes or bars. When exploring, be careful of steep cliffs, frozen waterfalls, boulders, and tree wells. Work out when and for how long to visit Cypress Mountain and other Horseshoe Bay attractions using our handy Horseshoe Bay day trip planning website.
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  • If you want to spend your day in massive lineups, this is the mountain for you. One hour vehicle lineup to access the park, only to find out all but the furthest parking lots are full— a 15-minute...  more »
  • Very poor handling of crowds with COVID. Compared with Nov 2020 visit, things slightly better but barely. One staff (female, blond long ponytail, in her 30s) at the door for the grill was extremely....  more »
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  • A local Vancouver mountain with a big resort mountain feel. It's a part of their branding but it's true, while you're busy enjoying the slopes you almost forget you're so close to Vancouver. The quad chairlifts are fast and the runs are a decent length especially if you're used to skiing bigger mountains. The runs vary in difficulty and live up to their rating accordingly (green, blue, diamond, double diamond). This year has been a phenomenal year for snow and the mountain does have enough snow to warrant buying the spring pass. You'll likely get good value if you intend to go a couple of times into the Spring. There is a short and easy bunny hill if you're less experienced with a slow moving chair. To take it a step further there is even a short 20 foot spot where you can attempt to learn how to ski / snowboard on a seemingly flat spot. Not the most ideal as it's right near where the lodge in terms of privacy, but this is a sport / pastime where you're enjoying it with the mass crowds. Most people love to carve the slopes in the bright sunshine on a weekend, but being within driving distance of the downtown core, Cypress is close enough that you can drive up after work at 5 PM and do some night runs in before the mountain closes. The bottom line is regardless of your skill level, Cypress offers a great experience at a convenient location.
  • The mountain itself is by far the most playful, adventure packed, and nicest place to visit out of all local Vancouver mountains. The staff suck though. No one seems to care, why should they though. You only spend hundreds of dollars to come up for a day. Things like keeping the snow makers off on pow days would be nice. Making the line ups easier to maneuver by putting ski poles and rope up. Basic things even smaller mountains around the world know how to do. I know that some experiences are better than others. Although for the people that come more than a handful of days through out the year. We see the lack of ambition. Make Cypress more than a good mountain to ride. Make it somewhere people want to come and enjoy because of the thoughtful staff. The attention to detail. Consistency is key for a solid foundation.
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