Visitor reviews for Cypress Mountain Ski Resort

Cypress Mountain Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 110 votes and 106 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: 4.3

(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: 2.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 2.1

(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: 3.7

(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: 2.9

(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: 2.9

(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: 3.5

(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): 3.5

(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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January 11, 2011
Yeesh from Ski Canada Canada
I am one of many Vancouverites, who have for years been happy to walk out my front door and onto a bus to Cypress for a morning or day out in the snow. Lately things are changing, as they always do. The Olympic Cypress 'Legacy' is that of a new logo and the inevitable marketing campaign that comes with it, to attract new customers of course. No problem there I suppose, obviously there will be the legacy of the new facilities/opportunities for all to enjoy...except the half pipe..and maybe the mountain-host volunteers. But what of the 'old' customers? Are we to be the forgotten majority who laugh out loud and promptly pay for our o-so special 'gold medal' card so we can pay the normal raised price and just go riding already? We are the ones who know that the Cypress Mountain Weather center is not to be trusted and we understand. Laugh... the only difference is that now we are not coming back to ride and be amongst friends at Cypress Bowl, and its sad.
January 08, 2011
paul imison from Ski Canada Canada
Mixed feelings on this resort. Last year was not the best snowfall for Cypress Mountain. It started good but during the Jan Feb Olympics, if it was not for helicopters and trucks transporting snow the events may of been moved to Whistler. This is not Cypress fault, they had to shut it early to the public. I think they did the best given the circumstances to keep the event running. However, when the snow did come post Olympics, and plenty of it I might add, the resort seemed closed more often than not. Why? I would think, we have snow so lets make the most of it. It was quite annoying being a pass holder and I was not the only one annoyed discussing it with others. My guess is they were saving money eg, staff wages, electricity which kind of sux. How much do you have to go in debt to hold an Olympics...? Anyway Cypress is a good resort for being so close a major city. The best in North Shore Vancouver. The runs are not that big so you tend to play around more a bit not just going down as fast as you can make it (jumping, jibbing as they call it). The views on a clear day are quite simply beautiful and as I am learning there is quite a few sneaky off piste runs to keep the smile on your face. Opening weekend this year was the best for me for Cypress as we had some really cold temperatures for Vancouver and it made for some really nice snow (not the usual wet snow) and blue skies. They only had a few runs open which suited me perfectly. A short hike and you had whole runs untouched, no one there to yourself. Great way to start a season. So conclusion: For a local mountain, great. But maybe the owners should think about their pass holders more, its helps in the long run.
January 06, 2011
A from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress... what to say about this mountain. I've had a season pass for 5 of the last 6 years (this year included). I've watched with anticipation as they've made many of their 'Improvements' and launched their "Vancouver's only big mountain experience" campaign. Sadly the only things big about this mountain at the current time are the costs and egos. Don't get me wrong, it is by far the best local option. That said one has to question some things. With yet another broken promise of Olympic legacy, carefully worded at the time of writing to imply Cypress would be a legacy venue without actually stating it, Cypress yanked out the half-pipe. There is a consolation promise of at some point putting in a quarter pipe in the small Bell Power park but this has yet to be completed. The lower park was recently ploughed under and has been moved (late December), almost as an after thought, to join up with Collins run at the bottom of what used to be the run-out of the Bell Power park bigger jumps. Yes it is early season but a run through the "Park" last night (Jan 4th) showed 2 medium sized (labelled large) jumps, two upper boxes, and 2 lower larger boxes. All in all, pretty disappointing. Many of the fun features of several runs have been ploughed under recently to make enormous wide open easy greens. Several of the blue runs have been smoothed, in the process neutering many of the jump, banks, etc. This is possibly due to catering to the masses for the holiday breaks but if this trend continues the only thing big at Cypress will be the disappointment in the faces of many of the locals (incidentally the return customers). A trip to the pub cost 45 bucks for 1 pitcher of beer, a shared sandwich, bowl of soup and a tea. That's before tip and taxes which pushed it over 50 bucks-definitely on the higher side. The food was nothing special, just your average pub fare. I can't say I'm not disappointed with where this hill seems to be heading. Next year for my money I think I'll seriously consider upgrading and doing the weekend drives up to Whistler. Or maybe out to Hemlock where, low and behold, they still have a halfpipe. Seriously! That tiny, local non-big mountain resort named Hemlock has a halfpipe! For shame Cypress... you took the Olympic money, bought a brand new Dragon and promised legacy upgrades-put the halfpipe back in...
December 13, 2010
I from Ski Canada Canada
I was up at Cypress Mountain on Saturday and the snow was beautiful (over 6 ft.), the weekend before the sun was out and it was like spring skiing in December. This is going to be a great year. This is not Whistler, Red Mountain or Telluride, but it is remarkable to have such great skiing less than 1/2 hour from downtown - anywhere (and I have no connection to the mountain :)
December 09, 2010
Jill from Ski United States United States
I have been to Cypress Mountain and it can be very good but it can also can be crowded, expensive and snowless - as has been mentioned here. The Olympics were supposed to be "green" and all the trucking & helicopters moving snow you spoke of was environmentally very bad. There is nothing to be proud of there. As a Cypress employee you felt compelled to provide an advertisement here. Sounds like things are quite desperate on that mountain. Jill
November 29, 2010
T from Ski Canada Canada
If you remember, Cypress Mountain pulled off a major Olympic venue with one of the poorest years for snow on record. Numerous truck drivers, heli pilots, snow cat operators pushed snow for hours on end to create a white venue for the world to see. Pass holders did take a back seat due to the conditions Mother Nature threw. As an employee and a citizen of North Van we all took a back seat. However, from the Olympics, Cypress attained expert mountain knowledge, snow guns and snow cats which are now dedicated to making the best guest experience, offering the most snow terrain on the North shore. Snowguns have made for not only an early opening but access to more terrain in early season and long into the spring. Cypress has more then any mountain can offer, 30 mins from a major city! If you are dedicated to the sport, maybe you should try extending your knowledge of the sport and become an employee for the passion, not the pay that ski mountains offer. It takes numerous employees and machine power to maintain alpine, xc and tubing! Tree clearing, snow pushing, grooming, employees, maintained lookout points and a snow cleared paved road is just a few of the things Cypress provides beyonds Parks. All-in-all, Cypress is the best big mountain experience minutes from Vancouver! Mother nature is unpredictable, and closures are for guest safety, not the money! Just like every employee there, it's for the love of the mountain, not the money. 2010-2011 is becoming the best season in 27 years. Many good days ahead!
November 25, 2010
RJK from Ski Canada Canada
Owned & operated by Americans, the new emphasis is on $$$. They'll close the mountain early if there aren't enough $$. I mean skiers - passholders be damned. The excuse will be "too much wind forecast" or "poor weather" (would hate to work there not knowing until the last minute whether I'll have an income day or not). Some years are excellent for snow, others are abysmal (remember the 2010 Olympics at Cypress?) There have been some new areas developed there so if there's snow it will be great - as long as you don't go on a weekend or for a month surrounding Christmas. And the season is really short! The Nordic XC area is separate and they seem not to care about it or really know how to run it. They'll advertise "track-set" but when you get up there it will be very poorly tracked. Their equipment broke down one year and they waited *weeks* to repair it. They are happy to promote the fantastic old Hollyburn Lodge they inherited but they won't put a dime into improving the poor old thing. The food inside is not bad but way over-priced. And, last I saw, they still use those environmentally rotten white styrofoam cups! The people who work in the ticket area seem to know nothing about XC skiing. They stare blankly at you when you question the poor maintenance. And, remarkably, since the Nordic area is in a government-owned provincial park, you are not allowed to bring your own tube to slide in. You must RENT from them! And pay a pretty hefty fee for the privilege of sliding in your own park. All-in-all, you might get a few good days in most seasons. But you'll pay dearly. Kind of a soulless, over-hyped place.
April 15, 2008
JBR from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cypress is ultimately a fun playground and NOT a resort mtn. It is a great place to have short term fun and rip it up for a while but not to have a holiday. The park is small but so is the hill; in perspective, it's good though. The pipe is massive. The runs are all a good crack for jibbing, steeps, bumps, trees drops etc.. And the place gets sooooooo much snow so ice is a rarity unless you go at night when hard packed snow freezes over. Beware: don't expect plenty of bluebird days so bring your clear lenses and ride the trees. Basically, what would you rather have within 30 mins of a major city? A Snow Dome or Cypress???? Not a difficult question to answer.
February 14, 2008
Steve from Ski Canada Canada
Since boxing day I can assure you that things have changed greatly. With nearly 5 meters of snow this season Cypress has been a pow field. With the 2 new quad chairs you can access terrain unlike the other North Shore Mountains. Coming from Ontario and being a park 'rat' myself, the park has a brand new design and can not be compared to previous years. It's BETTER then I have seen in the past 5 seasons and rivals other BC resorts.
December 30, 2007
MCBrown from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is great. I was up there a couple days ago (boxing day). I went up with my cousin at 2.30pm just hoping to rip some groomers and get some laps in the park. First... you park rats will definitely be disappointed. There were like 3 eaaaaaaaasy flat boxes set up and one small-medium kicker and that's it!!!! Funny thing is there were like 6 park crew guys in the park.. make any sense? Anyway, after 4 or 5 runs they finally opened the sky chair (top of the mountain). by this time it was dark out except for the lights. Totally took me by surprise but the sky chair had not been open all day so there was practically untouched knee deep pow up top!! I have never shredded fresh powder at night and let me tell you, it's amazing! All in all Cypress is great. In previous years their park has been way bigger/better, lets hope they get crackin' on that soon. I was pretty much born and raised on Cypress even though I don't ride it often anymore (I'm a Mt Washington local now: way better park and way better terrain) I'd give Cypress 4/5 stars.