Cypress Blog

Dr Jen's Ski Report - April 17, 2016 - Last Day of the Season!

in

It is hard to describe the last ski day of the year. So many mixed emotions. Celebrating with so many familiar faces that have added so much joy to the year, but also realizing that the season has now come to an end.

There was a lovely end-of-the season gathering today just off Glades run, where people had carved a huge snow bear, and were cooking up a storm.  Barbecue’s sporting chicken breasts, lamb sausages and more! Quite the treat. The skies were blue and the snow was great, still at this late date! What a fantastic season we enjoyed this year.

I write this report because it is important for me to share just how much exercising outdoors can really change your winter, and your mood. Often in the Lower Mainland we have overcast and rain throughout the winter season, and up on the mountain it is frequently brighter. Also back at home we tend to not get outdoors when it’s dreary, whereas skiing and boarding pushes us to do that . . . and enjoy it!

Dr Jen's Ski Report - April 6, 2016

in

Alas, the end of the season is fast approaching. Another couple of weeks and we will have to wait six months to enjoy Cypress again :(

I was pleasantly surprised at the conditions today. It was cold enough (only 2 degrees) that the snow was still fast. We got some good runs in today on Mount Strachan down T-33, Collins, Humpty and Horizon. On Black Mountain, we rode Maelle Ricker's, Jersey Jay and Panorama.

My pick of the day: Lower Fork of Maelle Ricker's. It was groomed, soft and fast -- so much fun.

Overall, I would say impressed with April conditions. Great that we had such a fantastic season this year. However, it is also sad that it is coming to an end.

We got our seasons passes today for next year at the reduced rate. That helps soften the blow a little.

 

Dr Jen's Ski Report - March 30, 2016

in

My husband asked me "what are we getting today?" His reply "Vitamin Ski"!!  Boy was he right. Even this wimpy skier who always wears her neck warmer skied in a tank top today.

I think people have forgotten that this is one of the great things that Cypress is known for: amazing spring skiing. There are not many skiers up here today, but still so much great snow. Up on Sky Chair the clear blue skies allowed you to see for miles. I think I spotted Mt. Baker and Mt. Washington too. Majestic.

The soft forgiving snow allowed for a little exploration today. Off Sky chair I checked out Horsefly Canyon, and off of Lions Chair we wound down Gibson through the trees. So fun!

Pick of the day was Humpty Dumpty. Fast and Fun. View of the day was at the top of Eagle Express. I don't want to get him in trouble, but the almost shirtless Liftie at the top was very fine :)

My the sunshine brings out the best in us!

Dr Jen's Ski Report - March 16, 2012

in

Today I convinced a very good friend of mine to come skiing with me today. It was her first time skiing this year, and her report is as follows:

First day on the slopes all year. A little trepidation as we climb to the top, but the front row $10 parking, mild weather and variety of people hugging my best girlfriend Dr. Jen brings me to the edge of paradise.

My biggest worry while snapping on my boots is that my waterproof pants won’t snap up. When they do I decide I’m okay with anything that I may encounter, including death cookies, ice runs and/or teenage snowboarders.

Snow skating to the first lift feels natural and the cool air on my neck and cheeks brings my menopausal body happiness. Merging onto the lift I am one with the mountain. Blue sky starts to peak through the top of Collins as I decide to take the steep entrance.

Dr Jen's Ski Report - March 16, 2016

in

Today reminded me of why it is so important that I ski, and why I write this ski report. I have a busy practice, I run a business, and sometimes it all gets a bit overwhelming.

Mental health management is important for everyone -- including the therapist. I am a firm believer that combining exercise with being outdoors is a natural solution. There is much research on the benefits of exercise, as there is on the value of outside time. Why not do both at the same time?!

Today was a great example of that. First run down a corduroy run on a sunny day, and all stress and troubles forgotten. So happy.

The entire mountain was open today with so much snow it was hard to believe it's mid March. Combine that with bluebird skies and it made all of the runs pretty close to perfect. I even went down Top Gun today the runs were so forgiving.

Dr Jen's Ski Report - March 14, 2016

in

I'm not sure how many places in the world one can be sitting in their living room at 1:30 in the afternoon wondering what to do next, then decide "skiing, that's what I think I will do!"  

That's exactly what happened this stormy Sunday in White Rock. If it's raining here, it's snowing at Cypress. And snowing it was!  What a spectacular,  snowy day it was on the mountain today. It was great to be reminded of how bright it is at the top of Cypress when it is a dark and dreary day at home.

It is so wonderful to enjoy a 400 cm base with more snow continuing at this point in March. We have been blessed with a great season this year, for sure.

Grab your skiis,  grab your board,  rally your friends and family -- and get up to Cypress!  I can't believe what $289 can buy - a Silver Pass for a whole season of fun outside . . . only a stones throw away!

 

 

A beginner Guide to Skate Skiing - Posted February 27, 2016

in

Our Nordic Operations Manager Mike Thomas spoke with  Huffington Post Canada about skate skiing and tips on how to get started!

Read the full interview HERE

 

 

Dr Jen's Ski Report - February 21, 2016

in

Wow I missed this place! Work and weather interfered with my regular skiing these past three weeks. I almost forgot how much Iove it here!

Today the WHOLE mountain was open -- every single Iift. What a treat to have so much to ski.  Many many runs and so much snow. Given our couple of warm spells, I was surprised how deep the snowpack was.

Today I found myself more adventurous with the lovely soft forgiving snow, so I checked out Tomcat. It runs though the trees under Sky Chair. It was great and is actually my pick of the day.

Aside from how close Cypress is for enjoying excellent outdoor exercise, I also truly enjoy the employee "love" I witness. Whether it be with Jamie and his crew helping us park, or on the mountain with the lifties, the positive energy and spirit can be felt.

Keith Nicol Adventures - Posted Feb 11, 2016

in

Keith Nicol is a travel blogger specializing in outdoor activities and adventure. On January 1st he visited Cypress Mountain for a day of cross country skiing in the sun!

Check out his blog post:

http://keithnicol.blogspot.ca/2016/01/perfect-cross-country-conditions-at.html

Dr Jen's Ski Report - January 31, 2016

in

Timing is everything . . .

Woke up extra early today as we knew lots of fresh snow was predicted (they got over 30 cm since 10 pm last night!). Got up to the mountain before most, and was able to park up top.  Timing is everything.

The lifts opened early today (8:20?) and We grabbed some fresh tracks. Timing is everything.

After a few amazing runs off Lions Express I decided to part ways with my husband. He was waiting for Sky Chair to open and I wanted to explore Black Mountain, so he headed to Moons and me to Humpty. As I was passing by, Sky Chair opened!  Had to hop on. Sorry Mike.  I think I was the tenth chair up. The most beautiful fresh tracks I believe I have ever skied. Timing is everything.

Winter Date Night Idea: Skiing or Snowboarding!

in

Inside Vancouver has published a great article on winter date ideas in Vancouver featuring snowboarding on Cypress Mountain.

Check out the full post here

Vancouver Winter Date Ideas by Tara Lee

Dr Jen's Ski Report - January 6, 2016

in

I love this place! What a fantastic Wednesday on the mountain today. Kids are back at school and the mountain was mostly ours.

I must say it didn't start so great-- which then turned into a blessing. We left White Rock at our usual 9:00 am after-the-morning-rush time, but apparently the commuters didn't get the memo. Traffic jams galore! It took us 1.5 hours to get here. Brutal.

Then there was the blessing. Apparently quite early this morning there was a bit of rain. Who knew? What we got was blue skies with a bit of cloud, warm temps, and lovely soft snow. Spring-like conditions I would say. This made every run very fun.

With the entire mountain open today, the pick of the day would have numerous close seconds. Hmmm...let's see. Robert who has worked here almost 20 years votes for Tom Cat. Says it was great. Since I didnt ski that run today, I will say Lower Coyote 7. No bad runs today, that's for sure.

Dr Jen's Ski Report - Dec 30, 2015

in

Today was a fantastic day to learn patience -- with a fantastic payoff!

Some might be disappointed or overwhelmed with the number of people up here today, but not this skier. I would call today job security for Cypress and we want our mountain open and making money. Fantastic to see so many people enjoying the bluebird skies and amazing snow conditions.

All lifts and all runs were open today and we tried as many as possible. My pick today would be T-33 off Sky Chair. Great soft snow with a steep pitch and fantastic views. Close seconds  were Rainbow and Crazy Raven.

Hats off to all of the employees today. From Jamie in the parking lot with hundreds of cars, to the rental folks with a two hour lineup, to the lifties with endless skiers, to the steady stream in the bar -- everyone worked their butts off today! And thanks to Joffrey and Alex in Marketing for being so awesome :)

Happy Wednesday -- life is good!

 

Dr Jen's Ski Report - Dec 23, 2015

in

Holy Winter Wonderland!

I bet there has been 30 cm of new snow in the last 24 hours . Amazing!

We arrived up here later than usual, which really worked out well as it was blizzarding when we got here and continued the whole time we skied.

I did something today I have never done before -- skied the same run over and over and over again. Why, you would ask, would I do that? Because every time I went down Crazy Raven it was fresh powdery tracks! That is crazy. Don't get that too often. Great day to practice skiing powder, over and over again :)

My son Lloyd is visiting for the holidays and he came up with us today to enjoy the Crazy Raven Bar.  He got some computer work done while we were on the mountain. It is a lovely place to hang out while it is raining in the city.

As Travis said so well from the top of Raven's Chair, "another day in paradise!"

Read about all of Dr Jen's ski adventures on her blog!

Dr Jen's Ski Report - Dec 20, 2015

in

Ok folks. 50 cm new in 24 hours!  Oh my goodness. Today was insane.

My spidey sense told me after last Wednesday's amazing day that Sunday would be worth grabbing first tracks. So indeed we arrived here this morning one hour before the lifts opened. What a good call that was! We were met by
Max who declared that "Fun is mandatory!"

I was dreaming of Raven Ridge -- since it didn't even open last year -- so I was determined to start there. Ditched my husband and friend to catch Eagle Chair over to Ravens. Good call! I grabbed a virgin run down Crazy Raven and it was amazing!  

I spent most of my day at Raven with my new friends Krista, Jon, and Dannie from Big White (since I ditched my husband and friend) then grabbed a couple runs over on Lions Chair down Horizon, Cat Tracks and Humpty Dumpty. The huge dump provided mounds of snow, powder and new terrain.

Syndicate content