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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October 24, 2011
snowhound from Ski Canada Canada
Just hiked Cypress today and things are looking good, checked the weather here and I can't wait to get on my board. Just looked up all the local ticket rates after getting all these negative waves reading stuff from people having bad hair days. Whistler $96.00 (9 AM to 3:30 PM), Cypress $59.00 (9 AM to 10 PM), Grouse $58.00 (9 AM to 10 PM), Seymour $46.00 (9 AM to 10 PM). Whistler has its advantages of course (talk about terrible food service!) but I personally like Cypress and maybe Baker if I feel like committing to the drive. The price looks pretty reasonable to me especially compared to Seymour, $13.00 more for two high-speeds plus the Raven Quad and at least 5 times the terrain, and a $1 more than for the little bit of terrain that Grouse has to offer - where's the beef? Snow, Think Snow!
October 22, 2011
Buck from Ski Canada Canada
To everybody Grousing(pardon the pun)about Cypress, take heed to a bumper sticker seen locally-Whistler is That Way
October 18, 2011
Cypress Skier from Ski Canada Canada
Hey, Cypress didn't scrap the cheaper 7pm ticket - they added 2 full hours to it to add further value. The NiteOwl rate last year was $38.39 (from 7pm to 10pm - 3 hours) and this season is $39.00 (from 5pm to 10pm - 5 hours).
October 11, 2011
Van Skier from Ski Canada Canada
Note: Cypress have also scrapped the cheaper after 7pm night ticket, this new pricing model they have is garbage. They have to be hurting season ticket sales this year, I have 5 friends who normally buy night passes and none have bought this year due to these pricing changes. We'll be heading to Whistler more often instead.
April 26, 2011
15 years at Cypress from Ski Canada Canada
Get the seasons pass off-peak silver for 400 bucks... This place ain't worth it on a day pass 60-70 bucks forget when conditions are hit and miss. Weekends are painful, too many peeps and the quad chairs are packed, lineups take forever. For pass holders it's a great deal. I ride 40-50 times a year... majority a quick two hour work out after work on weekdays where else can you work and ride the same day. Food is greasy and expensive but I don't come here to eat. Overall, not great for day pass person... they need to lower their prices as peeps would rather go to Whistler for a day and make it an event instead of paying these prices. Seasons pass silver is the way to go
April 17, 2011
Sue from Ski Canada Canada
Our family went to Cypress (Cypress Mountain) for years and now $400 X 5 (money to be put up now) has become way too expensive to board and ski on. The food has always been bad so start sending it back. We now go to Hemlock where prices are cheaper: no line ups, where the food isn't bad, snow is great and the bar lets minors in until, I believe 8 pm, staff are great. It would be nice to have web cams, so we can see if it's raining, snowing or sunny on Cypress, most mtns have this. See you all, on the Mtns.
April 14, 2011
Jo from Ski Canada Canada
Took my brother and 16 year old nephew night skiing a few weeks ago (they were visiting from Ontario). We had a pretty good time. Love the night lighting here, and there was tons of fresh snow. This time most of the lift operators were really cool, except two of course who just sat there like a bumps talking to each other even though the load area was a mess. I ragged on one and she just rolled her eyes and waddled into the cabin. When we went to Raven for a burger it turned into big disappointment - aaaagghhh...no underage allowed!! Which meant we had to eat the crap in the cafeteria - and trust me it's overpriced greasy crap. I don't mind paying a premium, but it should at least taste good. Altitudes at Grouse is better all 'round re price and quality. Get with it Cypress and make the Raven a restaurant, not a lounge. BTW, I agree with another reviewer, unfortunately trickery is part of the game at all the local hills. Once you drive up, it's hard to drive back down if it's only lightly raining - Gotcha. This site, Snow-forecast does a pretty good job, but you're right, Cypress could do a better job of customer service all round. All in all though, still my fav local hill.
April 14, 2011
Jake from Ski Canada Canada
With the Gold Medal card, it's actually quite reasonable. You'll be hard pressed (if you hold a day job) to get your moneys worth out of a season pass of any kind, although with the record snowfall this year, it might have been worth it...but add a few weekends where you go to Whistler or Baker, it ain't really worth it. Favourite has been Sunday late afternoon/evenings. No crowds, no lift-lines and there'll always be at least one decent groomed run to ride under the lights when darkness falls Food is crap and expensive, but not quite as bad nor overpriced as Whistler. I can't see why it has to be so bad and expensive when Baker serves a much better fare for half the price?
April 13, 2011
Triplany from Ski Canada Canada
I haven't been to Cypress in about 6 years and was shocked by the changes. I was super impressed compared to what it used to be like. The new lodge is amazing. Loved how easy it was to get from the different chair lifts (I did not use Raven Ridge lift so can't comment on it). Staff were pleasant but the lady in the retail store was absolutely fantastic (wish I could remember her name). I loved the runs, mainly sticking to the blues. They offered enough of a challenge and a good variety. Runs where well maintained (especially for this time of year). Can't wait to go back.
April 07, 2011
Dman from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress! Get with the times... you need automated real time temperature reports that show a rolling log for the past 24 hours. This is not cutting edge technology or an expensive investment. Why is this needed??... your weather reports are both misleading and infrequent. Customers appreciate a business they can trust and accurate reporting contributes to that; especially for a sport that sucks when it rains. Nothing p1sses a customer off more than being mislead. Do any of you powder hounds disagree? People can be more responsible for themselves if they know what their getting into... rain or snow.