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.

Show all 35 ratings

January 23, 2006
Travis Mulluion from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It's a nice local mountain with a great atomosphere, some really good runs, good snow and a good developing park, which is what I like the most, a great park with everything you could need at a strong intermediate level. Would recomend it to everyone and anyone.
February 08, 2006
John from Ski Canada Canada
Snow is kinda sticky. Spring like conditions that harden up at night. Good wax and edge recommended. Lots of good inbound tree runs.
February 09, 2006
bill from Ski Canada Canada
Very icy. Need good edges. Repair shop is expensive but did a very good job.
March 08, 2006
Bill from Ski Canada Canada
Today was a rad day on the hill. After almost a month of poor conditions today was a blessing. There was not that much new snow, mabey 20 cm, but it was nice to ride some fresh. There was no lift lines and hardly anyone there. The trees were the best place to be, I found a fresh line almost evey run. Sky Chair opened late (around 12:00) and had tones to offer. I have had a season pass for the last 5 years and today was the first in the last 3 seasons where I could ride my fav run Top Gun. It was awsome.
April 07, 2006
Farbod from Ski Germany Germany
This resort has a great view. Probably the best I've ever seen. It's pretty fun to ski there. There are all kind of runs for beginners and advanced skiers. The only problem is that the resort is a bit too small and there aren't any bars or restaurants.
April 17, 2006
Dirty D from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is rad but they have'nt had a pipe in 4 years.
December 30, 2007
MCBrown from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress is great. I was up there a couple days ago (boxing day). I went up with my cousin at 2.30pm just hoping to rip some groomers and get some laps in the park. First... you park rats will definitely be disappointed. There were like 3 eaaaaaaaasy flat boxes set up and one small-medium kicker and that's it!!!! Funny thing is there were like 6 park crew guys in the park.. make any sense? Anyway, after 4 or 5 runs they finally opened the sky chair (top of the mountain). by this time it was dark out except for the lights. Totally took me by surprise but the sky chair had not been open all day so there was practically untouched knee deep pow up top!! I have never shredded fresh powder at night and let me tell you, it's amazing! All in all Cypress is great. In previous years their park has been way bigger/better, lets hope they get crackin' on that soon. I was pretty much born and raised on Cypress even though I don't ride it often anymore (I'm a Mt Washington local now: way better park and way better terrain) I'd give Cypress 4/5 stars.
February 14, 2008
Steve from Ski Canada Canada
Since boxing day I can assure you that things have changed greatly. With nearly 5 meters of snow this season Cypress has been a pow field. With the 2 new quad chairs you can access terrain unlike the other North Shore Mountains. Coming from Ontario and being a park 'rat' myself, the park has a brand new design and can not be compared to previous years. It's BETTER then I have seen in the past 5 seasons and rivals other BC resorts.
April 15, 2008
JBR from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cypress is ultimately a fun playground and NOT a resort mtn. It is a great place to have short term fun and rip it up for a while but not to have a holiday. The park is small but so is the hill; in perspective, it's good though. The pipe is massive. The runs are all a good crack for jibbing, steeps, bumps, trees drops etc.. And the place gets sooooooo much snow so ice is a rarity unless you go at night when hard packed snow freezes over. Beware: don't expect plenty of bluebird days so bring your clear lenses and ride the trees. Basically, what would you rather have within 30 mins of a major city? A Snow Dome or Cypress???? Not a difficult question to answer.
November 25, 2010
RJK from Ski Canada Canada
Owned & operated by Americans, the new emphasis is on $$$. They'll close the mountain early if there aren't enough $$. I mean skiers - passholders be damned. The excuse will be "too much wind forecast" or "poor weather" (would hate to work there not knowing until the last minute whether I'll have an income day or not). Some years are excellent for snow, others are abysmal (remember the 2010 Olympics at Cypress?) There have been some new areas developed there so if there's snow it will be great - as long as you don't go on a weekend or for a month surrounding Christmas. And the season is really short! The Nordic XC area is separate and they seem not to care about it or really know how to run it. They'll advertise "track-set" but when you get up there it will be very poorly tracked. Their equipment broke down one year and they waited *weeks* to repair it. They are happy to promote the fantastic old Hollyburn Lodge they inherited but they won't put a dime into improving the poor old thing. The food inside is not bad but way over-priced. And, last I saw, they still use those environmentally rotten white styrofoam cups! The people who work in the ticket area seem to know nothing about XC skiing. They stare blankly at you when you question the poor maintenance. And, remarkably, since the Nordic area is in a government-owned provincial park, you are not allowed to bring your own tube to slide in. You must RENT from them! And pay a pretty hefty fee for the privilege of sliding in your own park. All-in-all, you might get a few good days in most seasons. But you'll pay dearly. Kind of a soulless, over-hyped place.