Cypress Mountain is Metro Vancouver’s largest ski hill and it features fantastic downhill slopes, cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails and a tubing park.
The resort is located in Cypress Provincial Park which also has hiking trails and backcountry camping opportunities.
As of early March, Regular Silver, Gold and Cross-Country passes are still available for purchase. They were on sale at an especially discounted price during a special flash sale in February, but not anymore. Silver eXtra passes, meanwhile, are all sold out. Click Ski Season Specials for details.
Final day of the 2020/21 season is Sunday, April 11th. Last day of night skiing is March 28th. As of March 29th, hours of operation are just 9 am until 4 pm.
This article contains the following information:
2021 Season | Ski Conditions | Resort Activities | Cross-Country Rates | Snowshoeing Rates | Tubing Rates | Downhill Skiing Rates | Special Events | Facts About Cypress | Ski Tips | Mountain Views | Stats from the Past | Other Information
Cypress Ski Resort in West Vancouver
Home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Cypress Mountain is the most advanced of Vancouver’s local ski hills, with the most vertical drop, terrain and lifts.
Located in West Vancouver, Cypress Mountain boasts 53 runs, 6 chairs, 600 acres (240 hectares) of terrain and 610 metres in vertical elevation.
This is more than either of its two neighbouring competitor ski hills, which are Mount Seymour (which some argue is the best ski hill for beginners and young families) and Grouse Mountain (which offers the most year-round activities and is the most accessible with its Skyride tram up the mountain).
All three of the North Shore’s ski hills are “best places” to ski for their own reasons. With “the most vertical drop, most terrain and most lifts,” however, Cypress is the local hill that Vancouverites tend to ski at after they outgrow Seymour and Grouse. It’s also where more serious skiers go when they don’t want to drive all the way to Whistler.
Cypress also has some of the region’s best cross country ski terrain, as well as some of the most extensive artificial snow-making equipment in BC.
Click Lower Mainland Ski Hills for general information about all the region’s various ski resorts (including a comparison of the different mountains). Or continue reading for information specifically about Cypress.
2021 Cypress Mountain Ski Season
The ski season at Cypress typically runs from late November until mid to late April. Cypress Mountain opened on Saturday November 30th in 2019, which was around when Grouse Mountain opened for the season that year as well. In 2020 Cypress started up on November 13th (which was earlier than usual).
For the 2020/21 season, day pass tickets must be booked in advance online. You can’t just buy tickets onsite at the ticket booth when you arrive, as one normally can in years without COVID-19. If you have a season’s pass though, you don’t have to pre-book your skiing time in advance (as is the case at some other ski hills this year).
Recent Ski Conditions
As of the early afternoon of April 11th, 2021, it was 0 degrees and cloudy at the ski hill.
The mountain’s website reported 0 cm of new snow in the previous 24 hours and 38 cm in the previous 7 days. It also reported 1123 cm so far for the season (which was more than Whistler and either of the other North Shore ski hills). 543 cm remained at the mid-mountain level and 272 cm at the base.
Also as of the same date, the Lions Express, Eagle Express, Easy Rider, Midway Raven Ridge and Sky chairs were all scheduled to be in operation.
In addition to downhill trails being open for skiing, the resort’s tubing park has been open from Wednesdays to Sundays. April 11th, however, is the final day for all snow sport activities on the mountain for the 2020/21 season.
Last day of the season for both night skiing and the Lights to the Lodge snowshoeing trail was March 28th. New daily hours of operation after that date were 9 am to 4 pm.
Weather in West Vancouver
To give you an idea of what to expect weather-wise, check out the following forecast for the District of West Vancouver. The weather at the ski resort will likely be similar to that in town, although colder and with snow more likely than rain.
Cypress Ski Hill Activities
Not only does Cypress offer some of the best downhill skiing on the North Shore, but also some of the best cross-country trails.
The downhill skiing takes place on two mountains which face each other, which is why the resort is also called Cypress Bowl. The mountains that make up the downhill skiing area are Mount Strachan and Black Mountain. There is also Hollyburn Mountain where the cross-country, snowshoeing and tubing take place.
Cypress 2021 Ticket Prices
Below are ticket costs at Cypress for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and downhill skiing. Also, parking at the resort is free, although at peak times there is sometimes a charge for the lots closest to the lodge and the ski hill base.
(Note: Rates and other details may change over time. See the Cypress Mountain website for exact details).
2021 Cross-Country Ski Rates
As of late January, 2021, cross-country rates at Cypress when purchased at the gate were the following:
- Adults (ages 19-64): $29 for a full day and $24 at night
- Seniors (ages 65+): $18 for a full day and $16 at night
- Youth (ages 13-18): $18 for a full day and $16 at night
- Child (ages 6-12): $15 for a full day and $12 at night
- Skooter (ages 0-5): $5 any time
When open for the season, full-day cross-country skiing usually runs from 9 am until closing and evening/night rates apply after 3 pm.
Cypress Mountain is home to 19 km of cross-country ski terrain (of which 7.5 km of trails are lit up at night).
2021 Snowshoeing Rates
As of January 2021, the snowshoe trails at Cypress cost the following (with prices and other details subject to change):
- Adults (ages 19-64): $16 (or $36 with rentals)
- Seniors (ages 65+): $10 (or $26 with rentals)
- Youth (ages 13-18): $10 (or $26 with rentals)
- Children (ages 6-12): $6 (or $18 with rentals)
- Skooter (ages 5 & under): $4 (or $14 with rentals)
When operating, snowshoe trails are usually open from 9 am until dusk. There is no lighting on the snowshoe trails, which is why they close early.
2021 Tubing Rates
For the 2020/21 season a tube park ticket cost about $26 or $28 (depending on your time slot) for everyone over age 5. It is valid for just under two hours.
To access the tubing park participants must be 105 cm (or 42 inches) in height or at least 6 years of age. For children ages 0-5 there is a sliding area instead and the cost is about $10 per little kid.
Tubing at Cypress is a blast! There is a lift, so you don’t need to hike up the hill with your tube. Tubes are also included in the ticket price. You can fly down the hills on your own or in groups while hanging onto your friends.
Note: In the 2019/2020 season, similar to the previous year, tubing had to be reserved in advance, online and for set times. This is the same for the 2020/2021 season.
2020/21 Downhill Ski Ticket Rates
The cost of a day pass for downhill skiing depends on your age, when you ski, when and how you buy your ticket. It also depends on whether you have a Sky Card (formerly called a Gold Medal Card) which gives you an additional 20% discount.
We checked ticket prices in January of 2021. Note: Ticket prices are subject to change. Check the official Cypress Mountain website for more details.
Regular Full-Day Downhill Rates
Regular full-day rates for downhill skiing in 2020/21 differ depending on the day and how far in advance you make your purchase. Prices for tickets when we checked in January of 2021 were the following (but various forms of additional discounts are typically available):
- Adults (ages 19-64): $76 to $93
- Seniors (ages 65+): $51 to $62
- Youth (ages 13-18): $55 to $67
- Children (ages 6-12): $38 to $46
- Children ages 5 and under: $8
Note: in previous years, children under the age of 5 have been free. However, in 2019/20 and again in 2020/21, tickets for children under the age of 6 have cost anywhere from $6 to $8.
Regular Half-Day Downhill Rates
Full price half-day rates for downhill skiing as of January, 2021, are listed below (and the prices vary depending on the day of the week and how far in advance you make your purchase):
- Adults (ages 19-64): $55 to $67
- Seniors (ages 65+): $41 to $49
- Youth (ages 13-18): $41 to $49
- Children (ages 6-12): $27 to $32
- Children ages 5 and under: $6
Night Skiing Downhill Rates
Night rates for downhill skiing at Cypress (as of January 24th, 2021) were the following:
- Adults (ages 19-64): $43 to $52
- Seniors (ages 65+): $32 to $39
- Youth (ages 13-18): $32 to $39
- Children (ages 6-12): $24 to $29
- Children ages 5 and under: $6
The above rates are without additional discounts which can include the following:
- Online Discounts – Buy your tickets online in advance and you’ll save a few dollars, and the further in advance you buy and the less “prime time” your dates, the greater your savings will be.
- Sky Card Discounts – Buy a Sky Card (previously known as a Gold Medal Card) for about $27 or so more than the cost of a regular full-priced adult one-day ticket and you get your first day free and then all additional days at about 20% off.
Cypress Mountain Special Events
Special events sometimes take place up at Cypress Mountain. On New Year’s Eve, for example, there are usually fireworks. There are also fireworks on the Family Day Long Weekend in February most years, plus a variety of special family-friendly activities then too. (Note: Because of COVID-19, events in 2021 will either be very different or not happen at all).
Cypress hosts other special events from time to time as well. Brewski Fest, for example, takes place towards the end of the ski season. It doesn’t happen every year, but when it does it means free beer samples for pass holders ages 19+. On occasion the mountain also offers free outdoor barbecues!
Check out the ski hill’s Events Calendar to see if anything interesting is coming up soon!
Other Facts about Cypress
One of the great things about Cypress Mountain is its number of runs and the range of ski terrain offered. It’s not a mountain with limited choice for beginners, and it’s not a ski hill with little to offer advanced skiers. Cypress has it all.
Of the 53 ski runs at Cypress, close to 15% (or 7 runs) are marked as Green for beginners. Another 35% are Blue for intermediate skiers and slightly more than 35% are Black Diamonds for advanced skiers. 4 runs (or 8%) are Double Black Diamond runs and so for alpine skiing experts.
The longest downhill skiing route at Cypress from top to bottom – from T33 into Collins – is a distance of over 4 km or 2.5 miles.
Other interesting bits of trivia about Cypress are the fact that it’s the highest of Metro Vancouver’s local mountains, features the largest amount of skiable terrain and has a lift capacity of 9000 skiers per hour. The resort also offers the most runs of any of the North Shore’s three ski hills and has Canada’s biggest night skiing operations west of Ontario.
Cypress Mountain Ski Tips
The following advice will help enhance your Cypress Mountain and general skiing experience.
TIP #1: If you plan to ski for more than a couple of days, then consider buying a Downhill Sky Card. It costs about $27 or so more than a regular single adult day ticket, but then covers you for the first day’s skiing plus 20% off every subsequent day. Nordic Sky Cards are also available.
TIP #2: Check out the daily deals offered by the mountain at Cypress Mountain’s Coupons.
TIP #3: Want a fun cycling ride in the summer and have a bike rack on your car? An amazing bike ride is from the parking lot of the mountain back down along the road to the bottom of the hill in West Vancouver. One person needs to drive the car back down. Just be careful though – it’s a very winding road. Only extremely serious cyclists ride in both directions.
TIP #4: Make sure to have good winter tires or chains – if you don’t, and the roads aren’t clear, then Grouse Mountain is the most accessible ski hill.
TIP #5: Day ski tickets are least expensive when you buy them in advance online. Generally the further in advance you buy them, the cheaper they get.
TIP #6: Cypress Mountain used to offer free skiing day passes to people on their birthdays. It might or might not still do. In case they do, just make sure to take photo ID, ask for the free pass before paying for a regular one, and hope for sunny weather on your actual birthday.
Views from Cypress Mountain
As do the other ski hills in the area, Cypress Mountain has some of the best views of Vancouver from the North Shore.
Looking for one of the best places to take a photo of Vancouver, then just drive three-quarters of the way up the hill to the main lookout at the side of the road. The view from there is arguably one of the finest in all of the Lower Mainland.
The views from the top of the ski hill are even more amazing. Try to be there just before dusk on a clear day to catch one of the most beautiful sunset views anywhere.
Season Stats from the Past
Below is information about what the ski conditions and seasons have looked like at Cypress in past recent years. For reference, the first day of skiing for the 2020/21 season was on November 13th.
- As of the end of the 2019/20 ski season (which was March 15th, 2020), total snowfall for the season had been about 690 cm (which was well below average). Around 385 cm remained at the base.
- First day of the 2018/19 season was December 3rd and the last day was April 14th. First day of the 2019/20 season was November 29th, 2019.
- As of the hill’s last day of the 2018/19 season the resort had 729 cm of snow for the year and a base of 290 cm. For comparison, total snowfall was 1168 cm for the 2017/18 season.
- The last day of night skiing in 2019 was Sunday March 31st. As well, the last day of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing was April 7th and the final day for the tubing park was March 31st.
- In 2016 the season ended in mid-April, but in 2015 operations continued until a far bit later. In 2018 it again ended in the middle of April. Last day of the season in the spring of 2019 was Sunday April 14th.
For information about the Lower Mainland’s other ski resorts, check out any of the following:
- Lower Mainland Ski Hills
- Grouse Mountain
- Mount Seymour
- Sasquatch Mountain Resort (in the Hemlock Valley near Harrison)
For ideas on other things to do in Metro Vancouver in winter, check out the following:
- Vancouver’s November, December, January, February or March calendars of events.
- Vancouver’s Best Winter Activities
- Best Christmas Activities