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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March 24, 2011
Mike from Ski Canada Canada
High speed quads on both sides of the bowl, better, more diverse terrain than anywhere I've ridden and a 30 minute drive? Views the whole world travels for, and they sell beer. People need to lighten up and be more responsible for themselves when they go out. Cypress's facilities are better than ever - life is full of change, better deal with it, you might have some fun.
March 18, 2011
Paul from North Van from Ski Canada Canada
This has been my 1st year at Cypress. Love it! C'mon, you can't expect better skiing at your doorstep unless you live at a resort. Prices: if you commit to an Early Bird pass then the prices are very very reasonable. I bought the off-peak pass (on sale now at $400 for next year) and I've been a complete snow snob. Still, I've still been out over 15 times so far with good or great conditions. that's at $25/trip..how cheap do you want it people??? I don't care about the lifties, or the price of food (both seem fine to me). I care about the skiing/snowboarding. It's good, sometimes it's great, but it's Vancouver so sometimes it rains...buy the Early Bird pass and stop crying. If you are paying full price for a day then just pay attention to the conditions. it is what it is and don't blame the hill. If it's over +6 deg in the city, be careful it might be wet snow on the hill. If it hasn't snowed in a while, wait for new snow to fall... Enjoy it, it is a gem! See you on the hill!
March 09, 2011
dean from Ski Canada Canada
Drive to Whistler with your edge card and pay how much more for gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. Not to mention 2hrs driving time each way. How much night skiing does Whistler have?? A full day at Whistler is 6hrs, Cypress...11 hrs. If Cypress price was that out of whack for the product they are offering, then they won't stay in business long. That is a simple fact in business. Cypress's lifts and terrain are so far ahead of the other local mountains it is night and day. So if you want to save a couple bucks, and don't mind having far less vertical and lifts, then go to Grouse or Seymour. But please quit whining about competitiveness, and fairly priced products.
March 07, 2011
Steven from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is by far the best hill local to Vancouver. The ticket prices are expensive but the season passes are a great deal, especially if you buy early. The new lodge is a vast improvement on the old lodge which was small, dirty and always overcrowded. Unfortunately the old food standard (rubbish) has transferred to the new lodge. As for the runs; take your pick - greens to double blacks. Grouse Mtn is simply laughable in comparison.
March 02, 2011
Nightskier from Ski Canada Canada
Loving the fact that the few positive reviews regarding prices are from employees! Cypress has the best skiing on the local Vancouver mountains, there is no disputing that fact. But come on guys, prices are getting way out of line! What has happened to the NiteTimer pass where you could ski any day of the week in the evening? Looks like that has been scrapped and the only option now is the Silver pass that excludes a chunk of Dec and Weekends in Jan and Feb. What's with that? What about us folk with families that only get up in the evening? The alternative of paying $43 for 3 hours skiing 7pm - 10pm (with sky chair closed at 9pm) is ludicrous. With an edge card the price of a day ticket to Whistler is similar to Cypress, doesn't make a lot of sense to me...
March 02, 2011
canali from Ski Canada Canada
Cypruss Mountain is the best place to ski on north shore...Grouse and Seymour suck in comparison...Sure the weather (PNW) can be touch and go...so don't whine and pay $70...instead buy the 'off peak' silver pass....$400...have already used it some 22x this yr by going midweek at night (or any-time in the day mon-fri)....during blackout periods Jan/Feb weekends I go to Whistler or Baker to really let the legs go.
March 01, 2011
Ricardo from Ski Spain Spain
Come on guys, get the Gold Medal Card and after going 2 times you are paying 5$ less than Grouse Mountain and just 5$ more than Seymour. Don't be silly, don't you tell me you are paying those 70 bucks every time you come, because I don't think that people coming at least 2 times in the whole season is paying that at all. Cypress is way ahead in facilities, chairlifts speed and services than the other mountains. Not even the terrain parks are better in the other mountains, because just the fact they are built for people more skilled doesn't mean anything. The terrain park in Cypress is great to start learning your first tricks and have some safe fun, and the upper part has a couple of sick jumps and walls if you want something "better". I work in the parking lot, and we provide the best service we can, under sunshine, snow or rain. If we charged 20$ to park at the top in the weekends is not a matter of an American company owning it and trying to screw the people. It is just Vancouver, ladies and gentlemen, there is money in this city and that extra comfort just has to be there for the ones that can afford it (usually we get it full). Those are the ones that can go to an organic-food supermarket and buy some good stuff for an astronomic price. But nobody would probably complain about that, I guess it is not as visible as a sign right in front of you saying 20$. Go to Cypress, get a Gold Medal Card, have so much fun like a kid on all that snow we are getting and then think again before posting those comments. Let's keep up the good vibes!!
February 26, 2011
Stu from Ski Canada Canada
I live in Vancouver and used to go to Cypress (Cypress Mountain) all the time. However, I agree with the other reviews that $70 for a day ticket is daylight robbery. As well, the new lodge is horrible. It's more like a city centre bar than a ski lodge. One of the best things about Cypress pre-Olympics was the small pub in the old lodge. It was everything a ski lodge should be - cosy, a bit rundown but with lots of character and serving reasonably priced drinks and food. The new lodge restaurant/bar area is pretentious, cold and unwelcoming. If they have any sense they will reopen that for the normal people and leave the SUV driving yuppies to their posh bar. I will probably keep going but have started also going to Seymour when I used to always go to Cypress.
February 24, 2011
Andrew from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing at Cypress (Cypress Mountain) for 12 years and while the facilities have improved (new lodge, expanded terrain) it still simply isn't enough to justify a $70 day lift ticket. I ski Mt. Baker regularly which has about 5 times as much terrain and better snow pack conditions yet still costs only $50. Admittedly, there is the luxury of having skiing so close to the city that makes Cypress more appealing but is no justification for holding it's riding community to ransom.
February 23, 2011
billy okguy from Ski Canada Canada
I'm a little confused about the complainers. I will be the first to admit that I work up Cyp's (Cypress Mountain). The pay really isn't all that great, but comments regarding "bosses breathing down our necks"? Really? I know all the bosses in all the departments and you would not meet a nicer group of people anywhere. I have worked at all three local mountains, they all have their hits and misses. I would have to agree with one complaint, the cafe burgers are kind of weak, but the staff are super friendly. "Incorrectly named Cypress for marketing reasons"? say's another reviewer from Canada. What does that even mean?. My comment is silly, doesn't your comment sound a little silly too? As for prices, people need to realize we have like 600 employee's, 9 snowcats, high speed lifts, mechanics for all the equipment, the day-to-day expenses of running Cypress is staggering. And believe me, it is run as efficiently as possible. Complain about crumbling facilities,...really? You realize all the lifts are brand-new. The chalet is brand-new. There is a ton of new terrain. So what. The old ticket office and ski patrol hut offends? I personally hang-out on the slopes when I'm up Cyp's, not in the old ticket office or lodge (which is now office space) and the American company leases the property, they don't own it, furthermore, 550 of the 600+ staff are Canadian and live in and around Vancouver. Of the three locals, Cypress is the best in all categories. Seymour's newest lift is from the 80's, three slow-speed doubles. The terrain is nice up Brockton and the backside of Mystery. Did someone mention crumbling facilities? The owner, Eddie Wood, is a good guy but clearly wants to maintain a smaller facility to keep lift tickets more affordable for families. In turn you get long lines, and way less terrain. Grouse is limited in terrain, is designed to be more of a tourist site than a ski hill. They have some pluses but again, if you're talking about a ski or riding experience, Cypress doubles or triples Grouse. Don't mean to sound like a big hurrah, hurrah guy, but seriously, the complainers just don't know how good we have it in Vancouver. And Whis., is only 80 minutes up the highway.