Visitor reviews for Cypress Mountain Ski Resort

Cypress Mountain Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 104 votes and 100 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(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.

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.

Off-piste: 3.1

(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.

Scenery: 4.2

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.3

(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: 3.5

(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.

Accommodation: 2.1

(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: 2.2

(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: 1.8

(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.

Childcare: 2.2

(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.

Snowmaking: 3.7

(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: 3.9

(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.

Shelter: 3.8

(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: 3.0

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.0

(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: 3.7

(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.

Beginners: 3.9

(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.

Intermediates: 4.1

(1) No intermediate terrain at Cypress Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.6

(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: 3.5

(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.

Cross-country: 4.1

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.1

(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: 3.3

(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.

Eating: 3.3

(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.

Apres-Ski: 2.9

(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: 1.9

(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.

Entertainment: 2.3

(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): 3.4

(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.

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April 11, 2021
Bruce from Ski Canada Canada
Upper management needs to do better and doesn't listen to their customers or employees. They care only about the bottom line, and that profit doesn't ever return to Cypress. They only fixed the sinks in the washroom due to Covid rules demanding touchless faucets. To start, Cypress is severely understaffed. This leads to 30-40mins wait times on each lift. They decided to close Raven chair because there is not enough staff this season. They employ marketing tactics that confuse customers and increase profit. An example was the decision to remove the 48 hour snowfall count from the website. Thankfully, we still have snow-forecast. The Main lodge is messy. Too small for the amount of people that go in. The prices of anything are ridiculous, but that is to be expected. Getting Covid because you decide to use the washroom or talk to guest services? Not acceptable. They say there is a limit on the number of people, but it still leads to unbelievable large lines waiting for each lift. More people than the last festival I went to. I only got 3 runs the last time I went to Cypress, due to the lines. Ridiculous. Now the good: Night riding. That's about it. Cypress is no longer my main mountain, it just makes me sad.
March 31, 2021
Rob Kin. from Ski Canada Canada
As a season ticket holder, this has been the busiest year yet. But still the best local mountain you can get. Awesome people, awesome prepared slopes and if you time it right no lineups. Thank you Cypress Mountain
March 14, 2021
James from Ski Canada Canada
The ski runs are the best in the local Vancouver area, but the management is just terrible. The queues this year have been enormous, most weekday evenings it is a minimum 15-20 minute wait for either Lions or Eagle, after queuing for 45 minutes in your car. I often see people skipping the huge lines by using the ski school entrance, with no lifties or anyone calling them out. The app is atrocious, you would be better off flipping a coin to determine if the lifts are open than checking the app. I don't know why it is so hard for Cypress to provide some kind of lift/line/weather updates on their app or Twitter. I've spent evenings there where it has snowed all night only to have the app show 0cm for the last 7 days.
March 14, 2021
Bennett from Ski Canada Canada
This season has sure been busy, but if you play your cards right it is quite manageable. Come up on off-peak times, such as Saturday and Sunday night, or weeknights avoiding Friday and Tuesday.
February 09, 2021
noah benjamin from Ski Canada Canada
Waste of money getting a season pass this year. Ridiculous lineups. They say they limited ticket sales. I highly doubt it. I managed to purchase a ticket on a black day, a Saturday, with school out for Christmas. So basically no limitations. Mostly a total waste of a season. I go early and then ski for two hours before lineups are totally ridiculous. No effort to be true to season pass holders or to not grab money from anyone wanting to buy a ticket. Thanks guys! If I could give you 1 star here I would. I love the way on the website there are completely negative reviews yet they turn out to have 4 out of 5 "stars".
January 26, 2021
Andrew from Ski Canada Canada
If you want to spend your day in massive lineups, this is the mountain for you. One hour vehicle lineup to access the park, only to find out all but the furthest parking lots are full— a 15-minute walk to the bottom of the lift and a 45-minute chairlift lineup — mismanaged operation. Season pass holders are not required to book in advance like Whistler, so Cypress is jammed packed.
January 18, 2021
Ben from Ski Canada Canada
Great hill! [note from the editor: reference to other submitters not included amongst reviews.]
January 17, 2021
north shore skier from Ski Canada Canada
worst website you could ever imagine [note from editor: do you mean the resort's website or ours?], mountain itself can be good a few days of the season, but way too crowded. massive crowds whenever the conditions are reasonable , spend more time if line ups than skiing or riding
December 29, 2020
Hank from Ski Canada Canada
It is very scary if you are concerned about catching COVID-19 as physical distancing is non-existent and there is no enforcement. some people have a very thin layer of cloth coving their face. some don't even bother to cover their mouth al all in the very looong line-ups. I mean looooong as it took 1 hour each run. Some idiots even jump the queue and stands beside you on the line up. Some idiots even go past you in the line with no face covering. I feel like I just got COVID afterwards. I will not go back this year.
December 29, 2020
ekkehard from Ski Canada Canada
Most expensive, worst little downhill run in my life. Restrictions because of Covid? Didn’t seem like it. All parking lots packed, line-ups on the chairlifts as far as the eye could see. Pre-booked ticket pickup meant 1:15 minutes line up, followed by 50 minutes line up at Eagle Express. Social distancing not happening. The cost of a half day for my family of 3, 218 CAD between 2:00 pm and 5:00pm 1 single run down on Eagle Express. You would be best advised to stay away. It is an unsafe, total rip off.