Definitions

Weather Conditions & Reporting Terms: 
Overnight Snow This measurement is estimated by our Grooming Crew as the amount of snow that has fallen since 10PM last night. This measurement is confirmed by 9AM in the morning when Ski Patrol performs an actual measurement at the mid-mountain weather station. (elevation 3950')

Average Annual Snowfall

the amount of snow a mountain receives during a year. Also referred to as “total snowfall (season)” at Cypress Mountain.
Base the bottom of the mountain where the Cypress Creek Lodge is situated or the average depth of snow on a mountain’s Average Annual Snowfall.
Blue Bird Day a blue bird day is a beautiful sunny day after a overnight snowfall. It's a perfect skiing day with a clear blue sky, bright sun, and fresh snow.
Inclement Weather undesirable weather conditions that are extreme, storms, high winds, etc.
Low Overcast low lining clouds with limited visibility.
High Overcast highly situated cloud cover with decent visibility.
Mid Mountain the mid mountain mark between the Cypress Mountain Base Area and the top of Sky Chair. Often referenced, as our main weather station is located between the "High Road' to Moons Ski Run and LTD Glades Area. (Approx 3950 ft / 1204 m)
Vertical Drop (or Rise) the vertical drop (rise) is the distance from the bottom lift station to the top lift station.
Snow Conditions Terms: 
Powder untouched soft snow that has just fallen; excellent for skiing or riding.
Packed Powder compressed freshly fallen snow.
Machine Groomed Freshly groomed ski runs compacted by a snowcat.
Hard Packed when natural snow becomes firmly packed by repeated grooming or continuous wind exposure.
Soft packed usually from a fresh snow fall, compressed snow that is soft in texture and fairly forgiving.
Corduroy the surface left after a grooming machine has finished with rooming of the snow. Corduroy describes the appearance of this snow before boarders and skiers sink their edges into it.
Spring Skiing Conditions late March/April skiing; generally with warmer weather hitting the local mountains, snow conditions soften and warm up.
Olympic Terms: 
Freestyle Skiing this is a skiing discipline which incorporates techniques in skiing and acrobatics. Moguls, Aerials, Ski Cross are considered Freestyle Skiing Sports.
Aerials the Olympic Aerial format consists of a two-jump qualification followed by a two-jump final. The combined scores from the two jumps in the qualification round determine who qualifies for the finals, with 12 men and 12 women advancing to the finals. Scores from the qualification round do not carry over to the finals.
Moguls are a series of bumps on a trail that a skier skis around, formed naturally after many skiers travel down the slope on the same path or man-made by machine.
Ski Cross a race held on a steep, tight, winding course filled with jumps, rollers, burms and tabletops fashioned out of artificial and natural features; 4 skiers race to the finish line.
Parallel Giant Slalom (P.G.S.) a downhill snowboard race in which participants must pass between pairs of gates set along a course that is larger and often steeper than a slalom course.
Snowboard Cross a race held on a steep, tight, winding course filled with jumps, rollers, burms and tabletops fashioned out of artificial and natural features; 4 snowboarders race to the finish line.
Halfpipe (Superpipe) a smooth-surfaced structure shaped like a half cylinder constructed out of snow and used for stunts in snowboarding.
Ski Run Terms: 
Beginner (easiest) Ski Run a ski/snowboard run that requires little or no skills to complete. These runs are marked with a green circle.
Intermediate (more difficult) Ski Run
a ski/snowboard run that require a moderate skill level to complete. These runs are marked with a blue square.
Advanced (difficult) Ski Run a ski/snowboard run that requires a highly moderate skill level to complete. These runs are marked with a black diamond.
Expert (most difficult) Ski Run a ski/snowboard run that require a highly advanced skill level to complete. These runs are marked with 2 black diamonds.
Freestyle Terrain may include half-pipes, as well as terrain parks and terrain features.
Green Circle
is the color and symbol used to mark beginner trails.
Blue Square is the color and symbol used to mark intermediate ski trails.
Black Diamond is the color and symbol used to mark advanced ski trails.
Double Black Diamond is the color and symbol used to mark expert only ski trails.
Bunny Slope a gently sloped hill within a ski area; this is where novices are taught how to ski. At Cypress this area is located off of the Easy Rider Chair; the run is called “Easy Rider”.
Orange Oval the orange oval is a symbol, which identifies Freestyle Terrain on the hill.
Terrain Park a contained outdoor area that houses features that enable skiers and snowboarders to preform tricks. Cypress Mountain has 4 terrain parks; The Skate Park, The District, Stomping Grounds and The Patio Park.
Nordic Ski Terms: 
“Classic” Cross Country Skiing
to glide on a flat surface in set tracks on specialized skis; different to downhill (alpine) skiing.
“Skate” Skiing Country Skiing to glide on a flat surface, a different type of ski with a specialized technique different to Classic Cross Country Skiing.
Cross Country Skiing is skiing over level ground or small hills in tracks.
Nordic Ski Area is the cross country ski area within Cypress Mountain, once called Hollyburn Ridge.
Snowtubing is a recreational activity of riding an inner tube down shoots on snow. Located in our Nordic Area.
Tube Park the area with in the Nordic Ski Area that is designated for snowtubing.
Snowshoes
a racket-shaped frame that can be attached to the foot to facilitate walking on deep snow. Snowshoeing is located in our Nordic Area.
Track Set set track marks in the snow that enable people to Cross Country Ski. Skis remain in the straight parallel tracks.
XC abbreviation for ‘Cross Country’.
General Ski Terms: 
Alpine Area the downhill ski and snowboard area of Cypress Mountain.
Fall Line the fall line is the line on the mountain which water would flow if poured down the slope (the straightest and the steepest line down the mountain).
Glades a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area.
Groomed Trails ski/snowboard runs that have been maintained and compacted to allow for easier and smoother skiing/riding.
Chair Lift a chair lift is a mechanized, cable-suspended, aerial chair device used to carry skiers up a mountain slope.
Quad Chair a chairlift that holds up to 4 skiers/snowboarders at one time.
High Speed Quad a high speed chair lift that holds up to 4 skiers/snowboarders at one time.
Detachable Chair Lift the chair detached from the cable at the base and top station to allow for easy loading or uploading.
Skiable Terrain the acreage within a resort’s boundaries that is open to skiers and snowboarders.
Ski-In/Ski-Out facilities that are mountainside so that you are able to ski-in and ski-out from the building, directly to the slope.
SnowCat a tracklaying vehicle for travel on snow; generally used for grooming ski slopes with in a resort area.
Snow School (Ski School) a lesson oriented school located at a ski resort which teaches guests how to ski or snowboard.