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“Best local mountain”
Review of Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain
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US$801.55*
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Owner description: Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Cypress Mountain - PROUD HOME OF CANADA'S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS ON HOME SNOW! Cypress is only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and is proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders and sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts and best snow conditions on the highest skiing and riding peak of Vancouver's Legendary North Shore Mountains. With the best Winter Skiing & Riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular Cross Country Skiing Area, a huge Snowtubing Park and our unique Snowshoeing Tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Best local mountain”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

If you are only able to visit local Vancouver mountains, then Cypress is your best choice. If not, I would recommend venturing further to some of the bigger mountains with better snow. The views are fantastic on a clear day though - especially from sky chair which only intermediates can visit.

On a good day Cypress can be great. There is enough terrain that everyone can spread out over the mountain and find some good tracks.

More often than not, snow conditions are variable which leads to an extremely high concentration of skiers/boarders on the 2 primary green runs (Collins and Panorama). The freeze/thaw conditions and heavy snow very often leads to icy conditions. The runs are like destruction derby - people are going everywhere and at speeds much higher than safe. There is no safe spot to be on these runs when they are busy - safety officers are rarely seen. Especially on night sessions when the lights are extremely poor.

The chairlifts like sky chair are very old and could do with an upgrade - watch out for the metal bar in the middle which is not common on lifts all around the world.

The bus up to cypress is helpful, but mid-week schedules are not regular so you need to time your visit well. It is very strange that there is not a public bus running from downtown - it seems very unpractical to travel to Lonsdale rather than catch a bus in the CBD near a sky train station.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Best ski/board mountain in Vancouver”
Reviewed 20 February 2014

I've been snowboarding at Cypress since the day they started to allow it. I've ridden all three local mountains and Cypress is still best because of these reasons: Best terrain and access - it's easy to go from your car (if you have a good parking spot) to the lift. There's glade skiing, nice groomed runs, and even some backcountry (but it's illegal to go there now). If the snow sucks, the groomed runs are still fun. Best lodge: it's new (from 2010) and huge. Best lifts: many high speed lists covering almost all the terrain. Very few flat spots. Now the cons: crowds - this has recently become too popular and some days, the parking is so full that it's a LONG walk to the lift. Backcountry: they've closed it off as too many people got lost. If you're wiling to risk it, there's great terrain off the Skychair but you have to duck the rope and possibly get arrested, lost or die. The terrain park is good for pros but not enough stuff for intermediate. In fact, there's no halfpipe anymore (as far as I know) but they should make a small one so we can get the young riders in there training & ready for Winter Games 23.

Visited December 2013
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Langley City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Snowshoe Fondue Tour”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Amazing night!! We drove through the rain & it transformed into heavy snowfall half way up the mountain. It made for a very slow drive but an awesome snowshoeing experience. Paul was a great guide, he & Gillian took us off trail and hosted his version of the Hollyburn Olympics mid mountain. We had a blast!! The fondue was a treat but the hot cider was better. I Highly recommend it

Visited February 2014
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“Awesome If there is Snow”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Cypress Mountain, above the clouds, blue skies, and a ton of snow. Not know. You would think there 100 cm of snow is enough, but no. Only a couple of blues and greens are open. I suggest, that if you could get to the top of the mountain (you would have to take the sky chair) on a cloudless day, I kinda did. You could get some good pictures and have a great run down T-33. When you reach Sky-Chair, go down Humpy Dumpty.It's a 45 degree run, it may look scary but it's not and fun. There are more and exciting runs like the I said. Go there and try it. You will fall in love with the mountain.

Visited January 2014
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Beijing, China
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“Great ski for a daytrip”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Just 30 minutes from downtown vancouver you get a decent mountain with 500 meter from foot to top of the mountain.

Visited February 2014
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