Cypress Mountain Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Cypress Mountain Ski Resort
April 14, 2017
Peter from Canada
I would say Cypress is the best local mountain. No, it is not a world class resort, it's a local hill. I don't know why you would come from Europe and say "well, this isn't how it's done in Europe". They have the snow guns blowing snow because the window to make snow is usually very short so they do it whenever possible! Every hill here will do the same, welcome to the coast! Wear goggles. And of course there is loose snow close to the snow gun! It's blowing snow! And yes, steep slopes can get icy! In BC we ski all types of conditions, not just corduroy. And they close night skiing because at this time of year only pass holders are there at night; it makes sense to finish night skiing at the end of March. Otherwise they'd jack the price even more and then we'd be complaining about that!
Look, it's not Whistler, it's not Europe but the terrain is great for the proximity to the city. Service is ok, parking sucks on weekends, the food is ok but expensive, the season pass options are pretty good.
Cypress Mountain Ratings
Overall: 3.3. Based on 56 votes and 78 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Cypress Mountain.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Cypress Mountain, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Cypress Mountain, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Cypress Mountain.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Cypress Mountain, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Cypress Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Cypress Mountain relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Cypress Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Cypress Mountain are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Cypress Mountain is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Cypress Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.7
(1) Cypress Mountain usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.1
(1) The staff at Cypress Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Cypress Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Cypress Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Cypress Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Cypress Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Cypress Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Cypress Mountain has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.6
(1) Overall, Cypress Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.5
(1) Overall, Cypress Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 30, 2017
Nats_dad from Canada
I'm a local Vancouver skier. Cypress has great terrain (for the north shore) and good access and some excellent staff. But the management is really poor. On March 26th they eliminated night skiing for the season. Season pass holders (like my family) expect to be able to night ski into the spring, especially when there is such a great snow pack this winter. Ditto for XC at Hollyburn. (BTW the 2 other local hills continue to have night skiing...) In early season Cypress didn't have enough staff to keep order at lift lines, leading to chaos. Another person mentioned using snow canons while customers are skiing/riding. And season pass holders can't plan on bringing a guest up for a discounted lift pass.
March 17, 2017
Dan from Canada
To all the haters, stay away. We don't need you or your expectation on how things work. Been riding here 30 years and never had a bad day. It's funny how everyone complains about everything except the terrain. You are probably not local and we really don't need you here. Next time you think of visiting or making comments, don't. Just stay home. Thanks Cypress and thanks Van City for being the greatest little place in the world. That means you Chris, Jamie and Geoff.
[note from the editor: names will be removed after a short time.]
March 01, 2017
bob from Canada
The food at cafeteria is expensive and small portion. Line up for rental is long and slow. Drive up is not bad if you have winter tires. Whistler is nicer and bigger. There is no accommodations for overnight stay. It rains often too. You may have to walk a long way from parking.
February 10, 2017
Hellen from Canada
Cypress mountain is a great mountain but the resort management is very poor! In December 2016, there was decent snow when they opened so I wanted to go. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my silver pass for 2015/2016. I paid renew fee for 2017/2018 online when they offered early bird rate. I know usually they just put the 2017/2018 sticker on the old pass for renew. I called customer service to tell them I couldn't find my old pass. If there is any possible for me to get a new one. They told me I have to pay $60 for the new card. I asked them again if it was the correct information because I thought I paid renew fee and I shouldn't pay that much for only the plastic card. The answer was yes so I spent three days and searched my whole house to find my old pass. The funny thing is, when I got up Cypress office to renew my pass, I have been told I could get a new card for free if I preferred to get a new one. I wasted three days to find the old pass!! Another thing is the parking problem! Usually, when there is good snow, a couple of staff are standing way far from parking lot and try to stop people to park the car for a far distance of walk! And every time I found out there were a lot of parking space still available at parking lot! Plus, they started charging $10 for the half front parking which is ridiculous! They don't do any effort to improve their public transportation for customer but take advantage to collect money from customer! Again, mountain is great! And so close to city! Guys who work at wax shop are awesome! But I have never gotten good experience from the office service. And the worst thing is Lions chair lift shuts down quite often and people stay on cold seats for more than 15 min is quite normal. Be smart! If you see the lift stopped and crew are making phone calls then don't line up there and wait. You should move to another lift and enjoy you time!
January 14, 2017
Hungry from Canada
They do a great job with the conditions they're stuck with. However, the cafeteria has really gone down hill! Bring back the pesto pizza; it was the best pizza anywhere! Bring back the burritos! Bring back the stuffed potatoes! The new management really fails!
January 06, 2017
Peter from United States
I agree with another reviewer; place is disaster.
I witnessed kids being slammed with snowboards sliding down the mountain: so called ski resort instructor left snowboard to slide down the hill and almost seriously injured a 5 year old.
Apologies like "sorry" just don't cut it, no responsibility at all.
Rental is ridiculously long, so called supervisor at this department rude and unprofessional.
For all folks claiming "if you don't like it go somewhere else", I suggest them to get a passport and go to some other alpine regions in the world to learn how ski resort should be organized.
December 19, 2016
Amy from Switzerland
I visited Cypress this weekend (Sat 17th Dec) and was very disappointed. Snow cannons were working while people were skiing. I have never encountered this in Europe! Sometimes I could barely see anything because of that. I think it shows the huge disrespect to visitors of this resort. Snow was very poorly groomed (very icy on steep parts of some slopes, piles of new loose snow close to cannons). Queues to rent equipment are also very long. We waited about 40 min and it was freezing cold. Queues are also quite long for every lift because they don't have enough capacity. If you are used to European resorts avoid this place!
December 18, 2016
George from Canada
I thought this would be for Cypress Mountain, it is not, it is for Cypress Mountain Resort as shown above. The mountains here are Strachan, Black and Hollyburn.
How about correcting the title for the forecast page too! And give a forecast for the real Cypress Mountain, please.
[note from the editor: Cypress Mountain is the name of the resort. Please refer to mountain-forecast.com for peaks in the area.]
December 10, 2016
Glen (Mennorgleno) Harder from Canada
I love Cypress. But I hate these forums for letting my biggest secret out. Sigh.
I lived next to Grouse when I was a kid and spent most week nights up there, and weekends at Whistler.
Now that I am all grown up but still love to shred, I have made Cypress my new home (averaging 65+ ski sessions for each of the last 10 seasons, except 2010, and who can blame me?).
The reasons are simple:
1.The close proximity to Vancouver, coupled with the near Whistler/Blackcomb experience. If you want to challenge yourself see if you can ski top to bottom nonstop down Raven Ridge ('First Sun', 'Meteor' etc.). Hats off if you can.
2. The outstanding staff (starting with Jamie in parking) and generally ending in with food in the Crazy Raven.
3. The view.
4. The big stupid grin that won't leave your face when you finally go home.
All that being said, please keep it to yourself.