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 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!
January 07, 2022
Derek Steep from Ski Canada Canada
Another day, another service disaster at Cypress. Yesterday, no lifts open till 11am, no update to the website so thousands of people wasted their time. Today, lifts did not open til 9:15/25(?) again, only one lift running (not counting Bunny Hill). Massive lines, got three runs in by 11:30 then called it a day. Next year just going to go to Whistler unless they start operating their lifts. I just continue to shake my head at this potential gem that is run so poorly. I'd recommend no one buy a pass here anymore.
January 07, 2022
Garth from Ski Canada Canada
I am amazed that more has not been written concerning the issues at Cypress Mountain, as those opinions expressed in early January 2022. There has been a total disregard for the public who have invested a lot of their time and money to go to Cypress to try to enjoy a day on the slopes. It surely is an example of Corporate irresponsibility and arrogance. I feel sorry for the many hard-working lift-operators, kitchen staff, equipment operators, etc. doing their best to provide a service to the thousands of ski enthusiasts. I also was at Cypress Mountain on Tuesday, January 4. I got only two runs in before 12:00 noon. While it's understandable that avalanche concerns were responsible for delays, understaffing and/or selling too many passes surely must be an issue. Sky Chair was closed, which is understandable but Midway was not open, nor was Raven Ridge. The website that morning stated there would be slight delays in opening Lions and Eagle chairs. The Lions Chair did not open until 12:00 noon. I was at the hill from 9:00am until 2:00pm and got only five runs in. I would be fuming if I had to pay $120 for a one-day lift ticket. The snow was fantastic but no one had an opportunity to enjoy it...... I returned to Cypress on Wednesday, January 5. It was also a frustrating start to the day as only the Eagle Express and Easy Rider were open at 9:00am. Midway chair was closed and the Lions Express Chair did not open until after 10:00am. Parking lots were full once again. Thankfully, the Raven Ridge eventually opened and I spent most of my time there but I feel for the hundreds of families who went up for the day and had to endure very long lift lines on the only two chairs open(except Easy Rider) Eagle and Lions Express, in probably one of the best snow conditions of the season. At the very least, Cypress Mountain should communicate both on their website and at the hill concerning lift status and waiting times as it is not fair to the public who has reasonable expectations to get value for their money on what is potentially the best ski hill on the North Shore.
January 05, 2022
Thomas from Ski Canada Canada
Sadly, my favourite local mountain has gone very much downhill. Today I had to park in a lot that is 1 km away from the lodge and walk in ski boots with children in deep snow carrying our equipment on the side of the highway. Unlike every other ski resort in North America, there are no parking shuttle buses. We were told by the parking attendant that it was a seven minute walk (why do they lie for the corporation that pays them minimum wage?). Of course I slipped and fell on the way. We finally arrived only to find out that one lift was operational with lines of 45 minutes. The runs were very crowded as well. This was on Tuesday Jan. 4, which is normally a school day. But schools were shut due to Covid so everyone went skiing en masse. For this they charge $114 plus tax. You may as well spend a little bit more and go to Whistler/ Blackcomb. I suggest that you only go on school days mid-week. Otherwise you are wasting your time standing in line for a very long time to ski on a relatively short run. For every 15 minutes of skiing you might wait 45 minutes in line. If you are worried about Covid then stay away. The lines I was in were very tightly crowded with 200-300 people…
January 05, 2022
Erik from Ski Canada Canada
I echo the comments below. Cypress has the potential to be a great hill but always delivers the worst service possible. Today is a great example; a foot of new snow and one of the busiest days of the year; half of Vancouver was there. But they were running one lift of the 5. My friends paid $120 each and we had two runs in 3.5 hours. We finally left. The crowds are insane. Cypress just collects this money and doesn't deliver any service to the customer. Why Vancouverites put up with it I'll never know. Just run your damn lifts, or stop selling so many lift tickets.
January 03, 2022
SJ from Ski Canada Canada
Jan 3 2022. Today was the third time this season I tried to ski at Cypress and there were lift issues causing horrendous wait times. As a result it was total waste of time and money, since I paid for parking. On my other visits this season, the lifts have seldom open at 9am, which while less negative, is not the customer experience I expect from a professionally? run organization. Tired of the excuses Cypress!
April 11, 2021
Bruce from Ski Canada Canada
Upper management needs to do better and doesn't listen to their customers or employees. They care only about the bottom line, and that profit doesn't ever return to Cypress. They only fixed the sinks in the washroom due to Covid rules demanding touchless faucets. To start, Cypress is severely understaffed. This leads to 30-40mins wait times on each lift. They decided to close Raven chair because there is not enough staff this season. They employ marketing tactics that confuse customers and increase profit. An example was the decision to remove the 48 hour snowfall count from the website. Thankfully, we still have snow-forecast. The Main lodge is messy. Too small for the amount of people that go in. The prices of anything are ridiculous, but that is to be expected. Getting Covid because you decide to use the washroom or talk to guest services? Not acceptable. They say there is a limit on the number of people, but it still leads to unbelievable large lines waiting for each lift. More people than the last festival I went to. I only got 3 runs the last time I went to Cypress, due to the lines. Ridiculous. Now the good: Night riding. That's about it. Cypress is no longer my main mountain, it just makes me sad.
March 31, 2021
Rob Kin. from Ski Canada Canada
As a season ticket holder, this has been the busiest year yet. But still the best local mountain you can get. Awesome people, awesome prepared slopes and if you time it right no lineups. Thank you Cypress Mountain
March 14, 2021
James from Ski Canada Canada
The ski runs are the best in the local Vancouver area, but the management is just terrible. The queues this year have been enormous, most weekday evenings it is a minimum 15-20 minute wait for either Lions or Eagle, after queuing for 45 minutes in your car. I often see people skipping the huge lines by using the ski school entrance, with no lifties or anyone calling them out. The app is atrocious, you would be better off flipping a coin to determine if the lifts are open than checking the app. I don't know why it is so hard for Cypress to provide some kind of lift/line/weather updates on their app or Twitter. I've spent evenings there where it has snowed all night only to have the app show 0cm for the last 7 days.
March 14, 2021
Bennett from Ski Canada Canada
This season has sure been busy, but if you play your cards right it is quite manageable. Come up on off-peak times, such as Saturday and Sunday night, or weeknights avoiding Friday and Tuesday.