WELCOME TO CYPRESS MOUNTAIN!
Vancouver’s BIGGEST Ski and Snowboarding resort. 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 22 runs lit by state of the art LED lights, Cypress boasts the most night skiing in Western Canada.
The fun doesn't stop there though - we also offer Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snow Tubing and Sliding!
This guide will help you navigate through the basics of visiting Cypress Mountain, whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor. Planning a ski trip takes a lot of logistics – and we’re here to make it 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.
Cypress Mountain gets an average annual snowfall of 230" of snow per year. You could be skiing fresh powder on opening or closing day! With over 600 skiable acres of terrain and 53 ski runs from beginner to double black, Cypress has something to offer for all abilities.
Traditionally, peak visitation to Cypress Mountain is over Christmas and New Year’s, and the long holiday weekends in January and February. Many school breaks fall in March, which also makes that a popular time to visit. If you have the flexibility, skip the holidays and come when it’s a little quieter.
Spring time is also a popular time to visit-most of our terrain is reliably open and temperatures become milder for outdoor après on our heated patio or participate it one of our many hallmark Spring time events such as Slush Cup or Brewski Fest!
During our Summer, our Eagle Coaster operates from June - September. The Eagle Coaster ride will take off from the top of Eagle Express Quad Chair on Black Mountain and travel over 1700 metres with 279 meters of vertical drop. Riders can control their own speed by using the brake and can safely reach thrilling speeds of up to 40 km per hour winding down the track with forested vistas and exciting bends in the track. The Eagle Coaster is suitable and great fun for all ages and physical capabilities - young tots (ages 3+) can even experience the thrill of riding in the lap of an adult!
The average temperature during the summer months in Vancouver is 22° Celsius. Be sure to dress appropriately and pack plenty of sunscreen and water for your visit.
TRIP PLANNING CHECKLIST
Lift & Trail Access
You probably wouldn’t show up at the airport to buy a same-day plane ticket—the same goes for booking a ski trip. You can save up to 20% by booking lift tickets online in advance – that's major savings. The same goes for rentals, and all activities in the Nordic area – all of which can sell out on busy days, so book early.
If you plan to visit for more than one day, we recommend a Sky Card. Sky Cards are the best way to save on Lift and Trail Tickets and are available in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day quantities for both Downhill and Nordic.
Visiting the Nordic area? Pre-book your trail, tubing, sliding or snowshoeing ticket online, in advance and save.
Due to the popularity of our Eagle Coaster during the summer months, we recommend purchasing your Eagle Coaster ticket online, in advance. Lift access is for Eagle Coaster ticket holders only.
Lift & Trail Access
There’s no need to pay oversized baggage fees for your gear with our on-mountain rental fleet. Our fleet includes day rentals and high-performance rentals for those feeling more adventuress. Our rental service is dedicated to ensuring you’re equipped with comfortable, fitted gear for any type of skier, snowboarder or cross country skier.
For those guests with Season Passes or Sky Cards, we offer Seasonal Rentals for both Nordic and Downhill. Seasonal Rentals are yours for the entire season and can be taken home.
With day, performance and seasonal rental options, you’ll be ready to take on any conditions.
Our Nordic area offers daily and seasonal rentals for both Classic and Skate skiing for all ages.
Try the ultimate lesson experience with a Private Lesson featuring one-on-one instruction with our top pros. The Skooters' Kids Camp program for tots is a fun introduction to skiing featuring the Magic Carpet and Magic-Go-Round Carousel. Our Raven Rider Camps will keep your kids going all day while improving technique and having fun. Kids and teens ready for the whole mountain experience are covered with our Sky Rider Camps. Adults and Youth can become Skiers or Snowboarders in just one weekend with our Learn to Ski and Ride Camps.
Make sure to check out our Adult Lesson Program including a Oneniter Season Pass plus 4 evening lessons. Our Group Lessons for children, youth, and adults are a great way to discover skiing and riding or to fine-tune skills.
Looking to try something a little different? Cypress Mountain offers one of the largest Cross Country areas in North America with 19km of track set trails. We offer group and private lessons for all abilities.
From Downtown Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway One (via Taylor Way). Continue west, take Exit #8 onto Cypress Bowl Rd. Follow this 3 lane, paved highway for 13 km (8 miles) for Cross Country, SnowShoeing and Snowtubing or 15 km (9.3 miles) for Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding. Please note from Oct 1 to Apr 30 Winter tires are required when travelling on Cypress Bowl Rd.
By Public Transport & Shuttle
Take Skytrain or Bus to Waterfront Station, connecting via Seabus to the private Cypress Mountain Shuttle Bus operated by Cypress Coach Lines. Cypress coach lines offer pick-up and drop off to various locations within Vancouver during winter and summer operations. A free parking lot shuttle is offered during our peak times.
Fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Click below for a google map with navigational directions from YVR to Cypress Mountain. Learn More.
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!
If you are looking to treat yourself to new gear, check out our on-mountain retail store the Big Bear Sports store.
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|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.
Restaurants and Pubs
Explore our six dining options at Cypress Mountain.
Trail Maps and Stats
Everything you need to know about the terrain at Cypress Mountain
Cypress Mountain APP
Feb 15, 2021
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 sports 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
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