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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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.
November 29, 2011
billy miner from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress: high prices, greasy food, bad weather reports, overcrowded, rain, foggy, lift lines... Whistler's that way.
November 20, 2011
canali from Ski Canada Canada
btw, the smarter skiers/boarders at Cypress take advantage of the $400 silver pass...you can ski/board anytime, day or night with exception a few 'blackout periods': notably the of last wkend in December (since that period is nuts with a lot of newbie or occasional skiers during Xmas rush, why not pass anyway...it's way overcrowded place) and also the wkends in Jan and Feb...and again who cares as during those wkends you just ski elsewhere i.e go to Whistler, Baker or the interior....so the silver pass is best bang for the buck with most locals, hands down. Again, Seymour and Grouse don't even compare to Cypress...like eating at McDonalds when you're used to 'the keg'.
November 18, 2011
One Great Resort! from Ski Canada Canada
Anyone not enjoying themselves at Cypress is not a serious rider. There is terrain for everyone there, beginner to off-piste rider. I find it gives Whistler a run for it's money on Cypress's best days - you can find powder stashes here long after Whistler is tracked (which only takes about 2 hours before you really have to go searching at Whistler). You can find pow at night at Cypress at times. The resort is well operated. The staff will not react inappropriately if you appear capable when ducking a rope. Nothing like Grouse, where the rude staff will scream at you all the way up the lift simply for not lowering your safety bar. Grouse pales anyway, with no off-piste riding. The new lodge is great, I actually do go in for a pint on occasion. Food is fine in the caf, but great in the Crazy Raven. Get the chicken sandwich there and a winter ale. This year they seem to finally want to get serious about their park riding (must have taken my numerous written threats seriously!) so maybe they will finally emerge as the clear choice this winter. As far as line ups, anyone complaining about lift lines should be fully ignored. You sail through every lift if you play your day smart. I have no suggestions on ways to improve Cypress this year. Good work!!
November 13, 2011
canali from Ski Canada Canada
I'm a Vancouver local, and Cypress is my ski hill mid wk and on wkends when I'm too lazy to go to Whistler or Baker or the interior...ski Cypress about 30x each season alone. I disagree that the food sucks..to me it's pretty decent...love the $7 pizzas....the Raven's pub is also good to catch some sports on the big screens while chugging some beer and apres appies after a day of skiing too. You should always check the weather forecasts before coming up as often the weather might read -2c in the morning only to go up past 0 in the afternoon so any 'snow' will now be rain...so get up early and enjoy your runs first thing if that's the case....a great place for night skiing too (when it's not too foggy) which can happen here in the pnw. Grouse and Seymour blow compared to Cypress (and I've skied them all)...only 'real' ski hill of the three, imo
October 27, 2011
Adam from Ski Canada Canada
Gotta agree with another reviewer, not quite getting the complaints. Paying full price day rate is a mug's game at any hill, so why worry about that price? Season passes pay for themselves in like 7 trips, and if you don't get one of those, get the Gold Medal thingy, or go at night. Cypress season pass is about 2x Grouse and 1/2 of Whistler, which seems pitched about right to me. The food's terrible, but it's a _ski hill_. If I wanted to eat I'd go to a damn restaurant. I pack a thermos of gatorade and a couple sandwiches in my backpack and eat on the chairlift. Ski hills are for skiing/riding, not eating. Staff are mostly foreign exchange workers on typical Vancouver wages, but hey, they usually seem to be having fun and the place runs smoothly, don't really see a problem there. And the lifts are the best and least busy of the local hills, so I don't quite get that complaint either. Comparing Cypress to Baker or Whistler? Srsly? Cypress is a local hill, the others are resorts. Totally different thing. I mean, you want to set aside a day or a weekend completely to go to a resort, sure, that's one thing. A local hill you can take a bus to is another thing. They're not the same thing. It's not really fair to compare them. Heck, my gold season ticket for 2011/2012 paid for itself in the last month and a half of 2010/11, this whole damn winter is house money...=)
October 25, 2011
MS Snowboard Girl from Ski Canada Canada
What's up with people complaining about the pricing at Cypress?! $59/day, no lodging required AND night riding VS $100/day plus lodging and NO night riding at Whistler - not to mention the lovely HST - there is no contest! Don't get me wrong, I like Whistler but for local terrain Cypress is definitely a good deal. I got the Silver Pass for this year and it will pay for itself after 7 visits which will be easy to do as Cypress is right here and I can get my shred on when ever I want. What's with the complaints about the lift lines? I road just about every weekend last season and didn't wait more than 5 minutes on average for the lifts. Week nights are even better for wait times! I agree Snowhound - Think Snow!
October 24, 2011
Port Moody Skier from Ski Canada Canada
Agree with other comments that the changes this year to season passes must have cost them money. As a family of 4 we did not want a 'Big 5' and didn't know anyone to come in on it. When I phoned Cypress they said "look on Craiglist" for a 5th person!. They offered a discount (one year only, thanks!) and said prices were less than last year, but when you have the feeling of being ripped off it sticks in the throat. We've got Edge cards for Whistler. They can get the money we spent on kids lessons, food, shop, etc.... Perhaps Cypress will learn.... next year... or perhaps it's only day tickets they want???