Visitor reviews for Cypress Mountain Ski Resort

Cypress Mountain Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 126 votes and 113 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.6

(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: 3.0

(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: 2.8

(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: 3.7

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.0

(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: 3.0

(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: 3.4

(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): 3.4

(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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June 08, 2012
Christian from Ski Canada Canada
To everyone that has something bad to say about our paradise on the hill, shut up or go somewhere else!!! I got 70+days in last season and most were on par with some of my best days ever.. Cypress has grown in leaps and bounds due to the fact that we got the Olympics. All that brand new snow making e.g made it possible for a Nov.7 or something crazy opening... lets see who is still complaining next year with another historic early opening up Cypress and all you complainers are waiting for the other shitty mountains to open....
April 22, 2012
Brow from Ski Canada Canada
It's the best damn riding anywhere and close to the city. Anyone who complains must have some dicksyndrome or something. The snow this year was awesome and the terrain park was kickass. The guys who groom and build the park are masters. This mountain rivals Whistler for performance. You don't get the the "Whistler experience" because it's Cypress! God, people shake your heads your eyes are stuck.
April 06, 2012
Todd from Ski Canada Canada
Do not speed going up the Cypress road!! There are police waiting in various spots with a tow-truck waiting to impound your car. The Cypress road is now probably the biggest heat-score in the lower-mainland, I have seen at least six cars impounded in the last 3 months. Save your speed for the slopes!!!
March 02, 2012
Mark from Ski Canada Canada
What makes people think they are so special that they can cut in front of everyone else. If you don't want to wait, pay for a lesson or go in the singles line up. On the busiest of days the singles line up is no more than 5 minutes long. [note from the editor : edited to maintain anonymity]
February 04, 2012
Mary Jane from Ski Canada Canada
Not complaining about the ski school lines anymore. Whenever the lines are big we use the ski school/employee line, say hi using the the guys name. The guy always says hi back and never stops us. We did this at Grouse also except they didn't have name tags.
January 08, 2012
Get over it from Ski Canada Canada
Most hills in Canada let ski school classes jump the queue because not only have they paid for a lift ticket they have paid for a lesson. They have not paid to stand in a line. And I ride Cypress every day and compared to a lot of hills all over the world the lines are not long at all.
January 02, 2012
Joanie from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is great! Good skiing, snow-making whenever they they can, Raven pub is great, food in cafeteria improved a lot too. Close to city, what else can you wish for.
December 31, 2011
Mary Jane from Ski Canada Canada
The runs are long and there are a good variety. I like riding here. The lift lines are really starting to annoy me. The lift people allow big groups of ski schoolers to crash the line at the front. The beginners do not know how to get on the chair and keep falling and stopping the chair so that even a short lineup takes a f***ing long time to get to the chair. These groups are really slowing things down. So my friend and I started getting on the chair with ski school people. No one noticed and we beat the long waits. Just wait by the ski school sign for a couple of big groups and line up with them.
December 29, 2011
Aaron from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress has surprisingly diverse terrain, with two mountainsides to enjoy, giving diversity allows dodging times of variable weather conditions. More good rides, in more conditions. Decent enough food, friendly staff, great parking coordination with spillover amenities. It stands up on its own, and bonus it's only 20-30 min from downtown Vancouver core. Great value going with the silver pass. Will do that again next year. Cheers! - Aaron
December 14, 2011
Derek from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is the best local ski hill. The groomers are amazing. The amount of coverage is exceptional with the little amount of snow this year is exceptional. All of the beginner and intermediate terrain has been perfect. I am very excited about this season. I have enjoyed many bluebird days so far and the snow forecast looks good. The three areas where Cypress has been lacking in the past have been addressed this season. The park has been moved to black mountain and has become a major focus. It will be bigger and better this year. The snowmaking guns were moved in the off-season. They are now placed to provide better run coverage. This allowed Cypress to have a record early opening of Nov 8th. Another major improvement has been the food in the cafeteria. The other day I had a caesar salad and an open faced grilled turkey & swiss sandwich. An excellent alternative to the stock greasy burgers. I will see you on the slopes.