Ski Canada: Cypress Mountain

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010

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Cypress Mountain is located in the North Shore Mountains, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Beautiful views and more await you at Cypress Mountain just outside of Vancouver. (Cypress Mountain)

The North Shore Mountains are the setting for this winter playground just outside the big city. A short drive gets you to Cypress’ 53 trails on Strachan, Hollyburn and Black Mountains.

Terrain of every type occupies this Boyne resort, including a combined 29 km of cross-country and snowshoeing trails. Nine lifts service the alpine ski area, which has 2,010 feet (610 m) of vertical rise (the highest of the North Shore Mountains!).

The terrain is broken down as 13% beginner (7 green ski runs), 35% intermediate (18 blue ski runs), 37% advanced (19 black diamond ski runs), 8% expert (4 double black diamond ski runs), and 8% freestyle terrain (4 orange areas). The longest combination of trails is 2.5 miles (4.1 km) taking T33 into Collins.

The trails are spread out across 600 acres. Combined, the trails make for the most runs at one resort in the North Shore Mountains!

Cypress had the proud honor of being the only local mountain used in the 2010 Olimpic Winter Games. The games’ freestyle skiing events took place at Cypress, including the moguls, aerials, ski cross, snowboarding and parallel giant slalom.

Night skiing can be done at Cypress on Black Mountain’s Fork, Lower Fork, P.G.S, WindJammer & Panorama trails and on Mount Strachan’s T33, Horizon, Rainbow, Shuttle, Collins, Shuttle, Runway, Ripcord, Webb-Site, Lower Bowen, Blaster & Hut Run trails.

For the 2007/2008 season, Cypress began using a new state-of-the-art snowmaking system which guarantees at least three feet of snow cover on all the slopes that were used for the Olympics.

The cross-country skiing is diverse and can accommodate thousands of visitors every day. Nineteen kilometers of groomed/classic track set trails with skating lanes are open at Cypress with 7.5 km lit for night skiing. During your journey, stop at the historic Hollyburn Lodge restaurant, or one of the other various warming huts along the trail.

There are also 10 km of self-guided, well-marked snowshoe trails. They are interlaced within the Nordic Ski Trail network. Lessons are available for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain.

Snow tubing is another fun way to spend some time with friends and family in the snow at Cypress. The tubing tow at Cypress accesses 6 chutes, which accommodates up to 200 tubers. The Hollyburn Lodge is just a short hike away when you tire out, as is the Nordic Base Café. Open daily with additional scheduled nights.

Cypress Mountain is about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. To get there, take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway 1 (via Taylor Way). Continue west and take exit #8 onto Cypress Bowl Road. Follow for 8 miles (13 km) to reach the cross-country, snowshoeing and snow tubing areas and about a mile further to reach the downhill area.

Telephone: (604) 926-5612
Snow Phone: (604) 419-SNOW (7669)

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