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

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.
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.
December 30, 2012
Alfantaztic from Ski Canada Canada
I have been shredding Cypress for 3 years and coming from Grouse I haven't turned back. Way less busy, triple the terrain, less noobs/tourists to get mad or have collisions with. Amazing food and parking. And great staff that help out alot behind the scenes. Best mountain on the West Coast and affordable too, anyone complaining should be way more appreciative 'cause anyone who rides Cypress should feel lucky. Cheers.
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.
December 29, 2011
Aaron from Ski Canada Canada
Cypress has surprisingly diverse terrain, with two mountainsides to enjoy, giving diversity allows dodging times of variable weather conditions. More good rides, in more conditions. Decent enough food, friendly staff, great parking coordination with spillover amenities. It stands up on its own, and bonus it's only 20-30 min from downtown Vancouver core. Great value going with the silver pass. Will do that again next year. Cheers! - Aaron
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 11, 2011
Yeesh from Ski Canada Canada
I am one of many Vancouverites, who have for years been happy to walk out my front door and onto a bus to Cypress for a morning or day out in the snow. Lately things are changing, as they always do. The Olympic Cypress 'Legacy' is that of a new logo and the inevitable marketing campaign that comes with it, to attract new customers of course. No problem there I suppose, obviously there will be the legacy of the new facilities/opportunities for all to enjoy...except the half pipe..and maybe the mountain-host volunteers. But what of the 'old' customers? Are we to be the forgotten majority who laugh out loud and promptly pay for our o-so special 'gold medal' card so we can pay the normal raised price and just go riding already? We are the ones who know that the Cypress Mountain Weather center is not to be trusted and we understand. Laugh... the only difference is that now we are not coming back to ride and be amongst friends at Cypress Bowl, and its sad.
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!
March 17, 2017
Dan from Ski Canada Canada
To all the haters, stay away. We don't need you or your expectation on how things work. Been riding here 30 years and never had a bad day. It's funny how everyone complains about everything except the terrain. You are probably not local and we really don't need you here. Next time you think of visiting or making comments, don't. Just stay home. Thanks Cypress and thanks Van City for being the greatest little place in the world. That means you Chris, Jamie and Geoff. [note from the editor: names will be removed after a short time.]
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!