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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January 06, 2017
Peter from Ski United States United States
I agree with another reviewer; place is disaster. I witnessed kids being slammed with snowboards sliding down the mountain: so called ski resort instructor left snowboard to slide down the hill and almost seriously injured a 5 year old. Apologies like "sorry" just don't cut it, no responsibility at all. Rental is ridiculously long, so called supervisor at this department rude and unprofessional. For all folks claiming "if you don't like it go somewhere else", I suggest them to get a passport and go to some other alpine regions in the world to learn how ski resort should be organized.
December 29, 2020
Hank from Ski Canada Canada
It is very scary if you are concerned about catching COVID-19 as physical distancing is non-existent and there is no enforcement. some people have a very thin layer of cloth coving their face. some don't even bother to cover their mouth al all in the very looong line-ups. I mean looooong as it took 1 hour each run. Some idiots even jump the queue and stands beside you on the line up. Some idiots even go past you in the line with no face covering. I feel like I just got COVID afterwards. I will not go back this year.
February 10, 2017
Hellen from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress mountain is a great mountain but the resort management is very poor! In December 2016, there was decent snow when they opened so I wanted to go. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my silver pass for 2015/2016. I paid renew fee for 2017/2018 online when they offered early bird rate. I know usually they just put the 2017/2018 sticker on the old pass for renew. I called customer service to tell them I couldn't find my old pass. If there is any possible for me to get a new one. They told me I have to pay $60 for the new card. I asked them again if it was the correct information because I thought I paid renew fee and I shouldn't pay that much for only the plastic card. The answer was yes so I spent three days and searched my whole house to find my old pass. The funny thing is, when I got up Cypress office to renew my pass, I have been told I could get a new card for free if I preferred to get a new one. I wasted three days to find the old pass!! Another thing is the parking problem! Usually, when there is good snow, a couple of staff are standing way far from parking lot and try to stop people to park the car for a far distance of walk! And every time I found out there were a lot of parking space still available at parking lot! Plus, they started charging $10 for the half front parking which is ridiculous! They don't do any effort to improve their public transportation for customer but take advantage to collect money from customer! Again, mountain is great! And so close to city! Guys who work at wax shop are awesome! But I have never gotten good experience from the office service. And the worst thing is Lions chair lift shuts down quite often and people stay on cold seats for more than 15 min is quite normal. Be smart! If you see the lift stopped and crew are making phone calls then don't line up there and wait. You should move to another lift and enjoy you time!
December 19, 2016
Amy from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I visited Cypress this weekend (Sat 17th Dec) and was very disappointed. Snow cannons were working while people were skiing. I have never encountered this in Europe! Sometimes I could barely see anything because of that. I think it shows the huge disrespect to visitors of this resort. Snow was very poorly groomed (very icy on steep parts of some slopes, piles of new loose snow close to cannons). Queues to rent equipment are also very long. We waited about 40 min and it was freezing cold. Queues are also quite long for every lift because they don't have enough capacity. If you are used to European resorts avoid this place!
April 22, 2012
Brow from Ski Canada Canada
It's the best damn riding anywhere and close to the city. Anyone who complains must have some dicksyndrome or something. The snow this year was awesome and the terrain park was kickass. The guys who groom and build the park are masters. This mountain rivals Whistler for performance. You don't get the the "Whistler experience" because it's Cypress! God, people shake your heads your eyes are stuck.
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.
January 16, 2022
G. Adams from Ski Canada Canada
As a seasons pass holder, I know that if I come up the hill anytime after 9:30 am, I will be spending all day in lineups. It's just insane. Management, you need to limit ticket sales so that at least it's a reasonable experience for those that purchase first. 30-40 min lift lineups with ten minute (if that) runs is a little much, don't you think? And the number of skiers on the hill just gets dangerous!
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.
December 29, 2020
ekkehard from Ski Canada Canada
Most expensive, worst little downhill run in my life. Restrictions because of Covid? Didn’t seem like it. All parking lots packed, line-ups on the chairlifts as far as the eye could see. Pre-booked ticket pickup meant 1:15 minutes line up, followed by 50 minutes line up at Eagle Express. Social distancing not happening. The cost of a half day for my family of 3, 218 CAD between 2:00 pm and 5:00pm 1 single run down on Eagle Express. You would be best advised to stay away. It is an unsafe, total rip off.
November 26, 2016
Chris from Ski Canada Canada
When it snows, the secrets of Cypress rival any mountain in the world. Spend some time getting to know the locals and if you have the skills, you can have the thrills!