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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February 21, 2011
Jo from Ski Canada Canada
I live in Vancouver and skied Cypress for years and always liked it, but since the Olympics it really 'sux'. Most of the staff are really moody (some are alright though)and the overall cost is way, way too high. Not good value anymore for what you get. The Olympics screwed things up royaly for locals. I go to Baker more regularly now and Cypress quite a bit less.
February 17, 2011
Remi from Ski Canada Canada
I would not say it is better to go to Seymour. Cypress (Cypress Mountain) has at least twice the amount of runs, probably three time the runs, has higher elevation and always has better snow. The person who posted "...better off heading to Seymour" is wrong.
February 13, 2011
Andy from Ski Canada Canada
It's nice to have a ski resort with as much area and fast chairlifts like Cypress so close to Vancouver. The price is okay when you consider that tickets at Seymour with the old slow lift and tiny area are only about $15 less - I bought a Cypress card this year and it is even closer to Seymour and cheaper than Grouse. The staff seem friendly and the food is okay and the riding is usually pretty good and the park is better this year.
February 07, 2011
Cypress fan from Ski Canada Canada
I have been going up Cypress (Cypress Mountain) and don't understand the complaints that are posted here. The staff are more friendly than ever before and have adopted a customer first attitude. Cypress has the most skiable terrain of all three local mountains. Yes, the ticket prices are high, but it is worth it. The one guy that was complaining earlier about not being able to hike or cross-country ski for free was mistaken because back-country passes are free. The one negative is the food in the cafeteria, but the food next door in the bar is amazing and reasonably priced. I love it up there. I don't agree with all the complainers.
February 05, 2011
Joe McLovin from Ski Canada Canada
Disappointed, that pretty much sums it up. Cypress (Cypress Mountain) is run by an American owned company operating in a Canadian provincial park. Their emphasis is on $ not quality. Here overpriced tickets, poor customer service and crumbling facilities (except for the new Cypress Creek Lodge) are the norm. As a resident or citizen you are not allowed to walk/ski/snowshoe through the area (unless you pay the Americans $$$) that they made a deal to lease. This is a provincial park, we should have some rights to use our "home and native land". shame. Also, there is no 'Cypress mountain' at Cypress Mountain. There is Black mountain, Mount Stratchan and Hollyburn peak which all form the 'Cypress bowl'. The real Cypress Mountain is north of Port Coquitlam, a few hours east of 'Cypress resort'. The bottom line is if you want to pay a large American company inflated prices for a below par experience in a BC provincial park then Cypress is right for you.
February 04, 2011
jeff from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress (Cypress Mountain) used to be "the" place to go and should still be with the new terrain they have opened but sadly it's not. The new "Corporate first" mantra they seem to have adopted really just makes for an uncomfortable experience where it seems they are trying to suck every penny from your pocket. The food is standard corporate junk, the ticket and seasons pass prices are through the roof, did someone say "pay parking?!" etc... The staff even seem more stressed and like they are having less fun but being instructed from above to pretend like they are enjoying themselves (like there is a boss breathing down everyones necks all the time). Looks like the Olympics have ruined another city piece by piece. If you want a nice riding experience you are way better off heading to Seymour.
February 03, 2011
Sara from Ski Canada Canada
I'm in my twenties and grew up skiing and snowboarding at Cypress Bowl (now incorrectly renamed Cypress Mountain for marketing reasons). I had a pass every year through elementary, middle, and high school. I have not purchased a pass since then because of the skyrocketing prices. Staff (including the ones working in the cafeteria) used to get perks such as passes to offset the low wages and volunteers at the kids camp were given family passes in lieu of pay. Such community minded things have been discontinued in the lead up to the Olympics. I would rate it as some of the best local skiing/boarding because the lift lineups are shorter than they are at Seymour but that is the only reason. It's also the only place that offers cross country skiing but this is clearly not a priority for the owners since they are removing the iconic Hollyburn Lodge. The downhill area has new terrain, equipment, lifts, and snow-making thanks to the Olympics but I refuse to pay Whistler-like rates for a seasons pass when everyone who skis the North Shore mountains knows that some years are fantastic while others are warm and rainy. If I pay that much for a pass I'm going to go somewhere like Whistler, Big White, or Sun Peaks where the season is longer and I know I can get some quality snow. In principal I object to a mountain (like Cypress) tailoring their operations to daily ticket purchasers to the detriment of the pass holders - I understand that the daily tickets pay them a lot more but those season's pass holders give them a much needed investment of capital during the off-season so should be valued just as often. Overall: Olympics seem to have given Cypress the idea that they deserve to be expensive when they offer the exact same snow conditions as Grouse and Seymour who offer full season's passes for half to a quarter of the price. If the mountain stopped being so exorbitantly expensive I would not hesitate to return there but for now I'll ski and board elsewhere. Last note: excellent experinces lead to 1 in 20 people telling people but poor experiences lead to 1 in 7 people talking about their experience and each person they speak to is more likely to tell someone else.
January 28, 2011
Buck from Ski Canada Canada
1.Complaining about the Cypress (Cypress Mountain) snow report on Snow-Forecast? You haven't figured out which one is more accurate and aren't using it? Seriously. 2.Yes,the hill is changing. Things are always changing. Evolution is all about adapting to change or getting left behind. 3.Thank goodness the "Superpipe" (aka terrain ditch) is gone.
January 25, 2011
Kelly from Ski Canada Canada
I'm new to Vancouver and absolutely love Cypress (Cypress Mountain). I am also a season pass holder, but have not noticed excessive or early closures (only when it was raining so hard I didn't want to ski anyway!). I find this place so great, especially at non-peak times. I rarely wait in a line. Sure, the staff don't know as much as they should, but the trails are well maintained and I always have fun.
January 22, 2011
Andrew from Ski Canada Canada
Is anyone else here sick of the lies their weather condition report spews? I live 2 hours away from Cypress Mountain and am frustrated with their reports saying base temp -4 and snowing and arriving to find it plus 2 and raining! Then checking it again and low and behold it says it's minus 2 and snowing! That's why they won't put up a web cam. I hold a season's pass and have done for the last 4 years but I won't be next year as, since the Olympics, most of the staffs' attitudes towards their customers is so poor it's almost insulting. Everything is totally over priced even the food quality has gone downhill. Not to mention the maintained condition of the hills and rest rooms. In years gone by the staff at Cypress Mountain seemed happy, helpful and polite. What's going on up there to make them change so much?