WELCOME TO CYPRESS MOUNTAIN!
Welcome to Vancouver's premier destination for skiing and snowboarding, Cypress Mountain! Situated just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, we take immense pride in being the largest ski and snowboarding resort in the area. Nestled in the legendary North Shore Mountains, our slopes offer the most vertical drop, expansive terrain, numerous lifts, and unparalleled snow conditions. With 22 runs illuminated by state-of-the-art LED lights, Cypress Mountain is renowned for providing the most extensive night skiing experience in Western Canada.
But that's not all – our offerings extend beyond downhill thrills. We also invite you to explore the excitement of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and sliding, ensuring a diverse range of winter activities for all to enjoy.
Whether you're a first-timer or a frequent visitor, this guide is designed to assist you in navigating the essentials of your Cypress Mountain visit. We understand that planning a ski trip involves numerous logistics, and our aim is to make your experience as seamless as possible.
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We traditionally open for the winter season mid-November to early December. The amount of ski terrain open varies each year depending on weather and conditions. Stay tuned to our social media channels for real-time updates leading up to the season.
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable winter wonderland at Cypress Mountain, where an average annual snowfall of 230 inches ensures abundant opportunities to carve through pristine powder. Whether you're fortunate enough to hit the slopes on opening or closing day, the exhilaration of skiing or snowboarding on fresh snow awaits!
Spanning over 600 skiable acres, Cypress Mountain boasts a remarkable variety of terrain, featuring 53 ski runs ranging from beginner-friendly slopes to thrilling double black diamond challenges. Regardless of your skill level, there's something for everyone to relish.
While the peak visitation periods traditionally align with Christmas, New Year's, and the long holiday weekends in January and February, it's worth considering the option of visiting during quieter times. If your schedule permits, bypass the bustling holiday season and opt for a more serene experience.
Springtime also beckons as a delightful season to explore Cypress Mountain. The majority of our terrain remains open, and the milder temperatures create the perfect backdrop for outdoor après activities on our inviting heated patio. Don't miss out on the hallmark Spring events such as Slush Cup or Brewski Fest, which add an extra layer of excitement to your visit.
Embrace the exhilaration of summer at Cypress Mountain, where our highly anticipated Eagle Coaster takes flight from June to September. Launching from the pinnacle of the Eagle Express Quad Chair on Black Mountain, this awe-inspiring ride spans over 1700 meters, boasting a thrilling vertical drop of 279 meters. As you wind down the track, be prepared for a pulse-pounding adventure through forested vistas and thrilling twists and turns. With the ability to control your own speed using the brake, you can experience the rush of reaching speeds of up to 40 km per hour.
The Eagle Coaster guarantees excitement for all ages and physical abilities. Even young tots aged 3 and above can revel in the thrill by riding in the lap of an adult. It's an unforgettable experience that leaves no one behind!
During your summer visit, expect an average temperature of 22°C in Vancouver. Dress comfortably for the weather and don't forget to pack essentials like sunscreen and an ample supply of water to stay hydrated throughout your adventure.
TRIP PLANNING CHECKLIST
WHAT TO PACK
When you visit the North Shore Mountains conditions can change rapidly. Come prepared with a few different options of clothing. A hat, waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, long underwear, warm socks and solid footwear are important. Helmets are also highly recommended and are available for rent or purchase. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also important on sunny days, and extra socks are helpful when fitting rental boots. Whether you’re out on the mountain or hanging out in the base area, layering will keep extra warmth trapped in, and it’s easy to adjust throughout the day.
If you don’t have gear, don’t sweat it. Our Rentals department has got you covered with skis and boards, suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced plus clothing and helmets!
The weather can change rapidly even in the summer months here at Cypress. It is recommended you dress in layers as there is usually a difference in temperature from the base to the mountaintop. UV levels can rise with an increase in altitude. Please wear appropriate sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from these harmful UV rays.
If you are looking to treat yourself to new gear, check out our on-mountain retail store the Big Bear Sports store. Located in Guest Services during our Summer operations.
|Winter Parking Lot Shuttle||Times|
|Weekends in Jan & Feb||
10am - 7pm
10am - 7pm
ARRIVING AT CYPRESS
When you arrive on the mountain head towards the Cypress Creek Lodge where all of the amenities you will need are in one convenient location. The Snow School, Rentals, Big Bear Sports Shop, and Guest Service's are located on the lower level. The Cypress Creek Grill and Crazy Raven Bar & Grill can be found on level two.
TICKET PICK UP
Before you hit the slopes, swing by the nearest ticket pick-up box to collect your Lift Tickets or Sky Card. Boxes are located near the ticket windows in the Downhill area and near Guest Services in the Nordic area. Simply use the scanner to scan the QR code in your confirmation email, and it’ll print out your Ticket or Sky Card with your lift tickets pre-loaded. Place your Card in a pocket of your ski coat by itself. Your Card is reusable year after year, so hang on to it!
ON THE SLOPES
With 600 acres of skiable terrain and 53 ski runs, there is plenty to explore. There are maps and wayfinding signage in the base area and on-mountain, but to get a lay of the land, be sure to take a look at our trail maps before heading out for the day. Trail maps can be found in our Guest Services or on our app.
For first-timers to Cypress Mountain, we recommend booking a private lesson to have an instructor show you around. These experts will help you figure out the best spots on the mountain for what you’re looking to ski based on your ability level.
Outdoor adventure is sure to enhance your appetite, and Cypress Mountain Resort offers a wide range of dining options designed to satisfy every palate.
Everything you need to know about the terrain at Cypress Mountain
Download our new Cypress Mountain APP. Purchase lift tickets, book lessons and browse other services on mountain.
Whether it's a Cypress hallmark event, weekly family night, holiday tradition, or performance snow competition, there's always something going on at Cypress Mountain. Explore all our events and happenings during our winter or summer operations.
A few tips to help get you on your way!
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. Instead of a single-use ticket, guests receive a card with an embedded RFID chip. After placing the card in a pocket, electronic scanners at the bottom of the lift read the RFID chip from inside the pocket and open the gate. RFID cards can be reused season after season.
Always check weather conditions and hours of operation prior to visiting the mountain by calling Guest Services at 604-926-5612 or checking our Conditions & Cams page.
- Weather Conditions
Checking your fuel levels before heading up to the mountain is always a great idea! The nearest gas station located on exit west of the Cypress Bowl Road exit. The return drive to the ski area is 30km from the highway.
Lockers are available in our Rental Department. Always remember to stash your keys and wallet in a safe, sealable pocket. It is also a good idea to store a separate car key in another location just in case you misplace the original.
- Personal Property
Labeling all equipment with your name or family name is a good way to keep tabs on your gear, as well as deciphering it from others that may look similar. Security is always on duty; however we are not responsible for lost or stolen equipment. Remember to use a ski or snowboard lock to keep your gear safe. Locks are available for purchase at the Retail Store.
Drinking plenty of water is important, even when it is cold out. It is easy to get dehydrated on the mountain. Water fountains are available throughout the mountain, as well as bottled water from one of our many Cafes/Restaurants.
Weekends and Holidays are our busiest time. We recommend arriving with 1 hour to spare, to provide adequate time to park and prepare for your day on the mountain.
- Peak Periods