Other Lower Mainland Ski Resorts offer similar deals too, and 2023 is no exception.
FAMILY DAY CELEBRATIONS
Cypress Mountain hosts their Family Fest Weekend from February 17th to 20th in 2023. There’s food, live entertainment, fireworks and other activities to enjoy over the Family Day Long Weekend.
For more information see our article about Cypress Mountain Family Day Activities.
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This article describes special rates offered by Cypress Mountain for both this season and the 2023/24 season as of mid-February. Grouse Mountain has also released details about its Y2Play Passes. Mt. Seymour usually has Special Season’s Pass Deals this time of year too.
Cypress Silver eXtra and other Ski Pass Special Deals
If you want to ski regularly at Cypress the best deal, arguably, is to get a Silver eXtra Season Pass. They come available around mid-February each year. Other great options include the regular Silver and Cypress Gold passes. Below we describe the benefits of each, plus additional options you can purchase with them.
(Note: Cypress ski pass details are subject to change and certain restrictions apply. The details described below are accurate to the best of our knowledge. Check the official Cypress Mountain website though for exact information.)
Season Passes Sell Fast!
It only took until February 14th, 2022, for 2022/23 Silver eXtra Passes to sell out! They were on sale for a very short time and the demand made sense considering they are arguably the resort’s best ski pass deal of the year.
Regular Gold and Silver Passes were on sale last year for a while. Regular Gold Passes for adults started at $649 in the spring and then went up to $799. By late March they cost $899 per person. Regular Silver Passes, meanwhile, started at $329 during a special flash sale but then went up to $389 and then $449. Both the gold and silver passes sold out well before the end of the season last year.
In 2022, Gold and Silver passes started at $819 and $419 in February, respectively. Keep reading for more details on all the different options.
Cypress Silver eXtra Pass
The Silver eXtra Season Pass is more or less Cypress Mountain’s equivalent of Grouse Mountain’s Y2Play Pass. Both offer Vancouver skiers valuable savings. Most years they also include access to their respective ski hills during the last few weeks of one season in addition to all of the following year’s ski season too.
It’s important to note that, in 2022, unlike previous years, a 2022/23 Cypress Silver eXtra Pass did NOT give skiers access to the slopes in the spring of 2022! Usually the pass gives purchasers access to skiing at the end of the previous season, but not this time! The same appears to be the case for the 2023/24 Cypress Silver eXtra Pass.
(Note: The Silver eXtra Pass is different from Cypress Mountain’s regular Silver Pass which is slightly different and described further below. To learn about the Regular Silver Pass instead, scroll down a bit or click Regular Silver Passes.)
Silver eXtra Pass BENEFITS
Benefits of having the Silver eXtra Pass this season include unlimited skiing and snowboarding every day of the 2023/24 ski season except for the week of December 26th, 2023, to January 2nd, 2024 (when it is usually crazy crowded anyway).
In 2020 the Silver eXtra Pass also allowed new passholders to ski for free for the remainder of the current season starting from March 1st. In 2021, because of COVID-19, that valuable extra perk was not available. It’s not available in 2022, 2023 and 2024 either.
Another benefit of the Silver eXtra Pass is the 40% discount on Cypress ski tickets purchased during the exclusion dates of the week after Christmas. A couple of years ago the pass also included a free one-day ski pass for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. This was good if you ever planned to be in Revelstoke in winter. This is no longer the case since 2020 (although Grouse Mountain’s Y2Play Pass has started offering this benefit instead).
One other benefit for Silver eXtra passholders is the ability to pay an additional fee to get access to Cypress Mountain’s cross-country ski trails, tubing runs, snowshoeing terrain and the Lights to the Lodge snowshoe trail for the full 2023/24 season. The extra fee is just $69 for next season (which, for that price, is a great deal)!
In 2023 Y2Play Passes for adults cost $479 for existing Grouse Mountain passholders and $529 for new purchasers. New passes for seniors start at $239 and for children they cost between just $39 and $159. To learn more see our article about the Y2Play Pass.
2023 Silver eXtra Pass RATES
Below are the rates for the 2023/24 Silver eXtra Passes (exclusive of taxes) which became available in mid-February of 2023. (To learn about the Regular Silver Pass instead, click Regular Silver Passes.)
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $579 (so about $25 more than last year)
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $379 (so about $25 more than last year)
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $379 (so about $25 more than last year)
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $99 (so about $15 less than last year)
- Little Folk (a.k.a. Skooters) (ages 0 to 5) – $39 (so the same as last year)
Family rates are the same as the above prices minus a 10% discount for all age categories (except for Skooters who cost $39 regardless).
Silver eXtra Passes are on sale for only a limited time each year. In 2020 they went on sale around February 12th and by Valentine’s Day they were already 75% sold out. By February 18th in 2021, they were already all gone. In 2022 they were out of stock by February 14th. The 2023/24 passes are on sale as of February 14th and will likely sell out soon!
Age Category Definitions
Age categories are as of November 1st. In other words, if your child is 5 in February but turns 6 in the summer you have to pay the higher “children’s” rate. If your child doesn’t turn 6 until early November or later, however, and you purchase his or her pass prior to November 1st, you can pay the cheaper rate for 5-year-olds. With passes bought after November 1st, though, a person’s current age at the time of purchase applies.)
Cypress Regular Silver & Gold Passes
In addition to the limited-time sale of Silver eXtra Passes in mid-February, Cypress also offers regular Silver Passes as well as discounted Gold and Cross-Country Ski Passes at around the same time.
In 2021 there was a flash sale of gold and silver passes from February 19th until the 26th. The passes went on sale February 23rd in 2022. Details about passes for the 2023/24 season are to be confirmed.
Regular Silver Passes
(Note: These passes are all sold out for the 2022/23 ski season!)
People could buy regular Silver Passes as of February 23rd, 2022. That’s the day Cypress started its annual one-week flash sale.
The regular Silver Pass is similar to Cypress Mountain’s Silver eXtra Pass but with fewer extra benefits and more restrictions. Except for in the case of children’s passes, however, they also cost less (at least when they first go on sale and before the prices go up).
In the spring of 2022 the regular Silver Pass didn’t include the bonus of being able to ski for the remainder of the current spring season. You could if you paid $199 extra for a Beach Pass, or you could pay just $89 extra for unlimited cross-country skiing, tubing and snowshoeing at Cypress.
A significant drawback of the regular Silver Pass, when compared to the Silver eXtra Pass, is the additional blackout period of every weekend in January and February.
The above restriction means that if you want to ski on Saturdays or Sundays during the first two months of the new year, in addition to during the week immediately after Christmas, with the regular Silver Pass you have to pay extra. You have to buy yourself day lift tickets, although you can get them for a 40% discount. For many people though, it’s worth the inconvenience (especially for folk who can ski on weekdays).
Regular Silver Pass Rates
Usually Cypress Mountain has a 7-day flash sale where they offer regular Silver, Gold and Cross-Country ski passes at slightly lower prices at the end of February. The 2022 flash sale began on February 23rd.
Prices during the limited-time offer for the Silver Passes in the spring of 2022 are below. The prices in brackets () are what the flash sale prices and regular prices were in the previous season.
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $419 ($329/$389)
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $269 ($229/$249)
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $229 ($189/$199)
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $99 ($89/$99)
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $34 ($29/$34)
If more than one family member from the same household bought a pass at the same time there was a 10% discount.
Early bird pricing for the Cypress Silver pass is usually released around September. In 2020, the early bird sale ran until September 30th, 2020. Rates from that sale are listed below (and as you’ll see they are considerably more in the fall than they are in the spring).
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $369
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $259
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $219
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $109
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $34
Cypress Gold Season Passes
Gold Passes allow ticket holders to ski and snowboard for one full season at Cypress with no restrictions. It’s like a regular season’s pass, but cheaper than if you pay for it in the fall or at other times in the season.
For comparison, with the Silver Pass you pay less but then can’t ski for free during peak times between Christmas and the end of February. If you want to ski during the blackout periods you have to buy discounted day tickets. With the Gold Pass, on the other hand, you pay a higher price but can ski whenever you want.
Prices for the 2022 Cypress Gold Pass in late February were the following. (In brackets are the prices from the previous season both during and after the initial flash sale.)
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $819 ($649/$799)
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $489 ($399/$449)
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $399 ($299/$349)
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $279 ($229/$249)
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $49 ($49)
If more than one family member from the same household bought a pass at the same time there was a 10% discount.
The Gold Pass again went on sale for the mountain’s early bird sale around September each year. In 2020 early bird pricing lasted until September 30th, 2020, or until supplies lasted. Prices for the Gold pass in the early fall of 2020 are below.
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $749
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $489
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $399
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $319
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $40
Cypress Cross-Country Season Passes
In addition to the various downhill pass specials, Cypress also offers discounted cross-country ski passes for the following season in February each year.
Cross-country passes for the 2022/23 season cost the following in late February, 2022. In brackets are the prices from 2021 both during and after the flash sale.
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $299 ($249/$269)
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $199 ($149/$159)
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $199 ($149/$159)
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $149 ($119/$129)
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $40 ($40/$40)
An extra benefit for cross-country season passholders a couple of years ago was that they got a 20% discount on downhill ski tickets at Cypress. That did not appear to be the case in 2022 (at least not when we checked).
The Cross Country pass also goes on sale usually around September each year for the mountain’s early bird sale. In 2020 this sale went until September 30th. Rates for the early bird pricing in 2020 were the following.
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $329
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $209
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $209
- Children (ages 6 to 12) – $179
- Little Folk (ages 0 to 5) – $40
Also, for an additional fee, passholders can usually get a “Nordic Plus” membership where they can also get unlimited access to Cypress Mountain’s tubing and snowshoeing trails for the full season. In 2020 the cost for the “Nordic Plus” benefit was $39.
Spring Season & Beach Passes
In addition to the Regular Silver and Gold Passes, new passholders of all ages can pay $199 and get to ski for the remainder of the current season.
The 2022 Beach Pass allowed passholders to ski between March 14th and the rest of the current season (which ends mid-April). In past years there has often been a Beach eXtra Pass with a slightly longer run but that was not available in 2022.
For those who prefer to cross country ski there is the cheaper Spring Pass which cost $89 in 2022. Both the Spring and Beach Passes had the same price regardless of age.
Cypress Pass Protection
In addition to the various passes and optional “add-ons”, skiers can also usually purchase Pass Protection when they buy their season passes. For $50 or so you get a pro-rated insurance policy that protects the value of your purchase should you get sick enough or injure yourself to the point of not being able to ski.
The way Pass Protection usually works, basically, is if you can no longer ski due to illness or injury, Cypress will refund you a portion of the price of your ski pass. The refund is between 0% and 100% depending on the date of the incident.
Obviously, if you are a child and your season pass costs just $79 or $34, paying $50 for insurance doesn’t make sense. If you’re a healthy non-accident-prone and non-aggressive skiing youth or adult, the insurance might also not be worth the price. If you are accident prone or have health issues, however, or simply want peace of mind, then insurance might make sense.
Seasonal Rentals Plan
One other deal that Cypress usually offers is their Seasonal Rental Add-On. In 2021/22 you could rent one set of equipment for the entire season (so not a new set each time you go). The price for that season was about $199 for adults and $169 for children.
The Ski Rentals benefit is an especially good one for children who are growing and likely to outgrow their equipment by the following season. It’s also good for people who only plan to ski for one or two years (like international students or other people in Vancouver just short term).
Rental details for the 2023/24 season are to be confirmed.
For more information about Cypress and its various ski pass options click Cypress Season Passes.
For information about ski deals at what is arguably Cypress Mountain’s biggest nearby rival, click Grouse Mountain’s Y2Play Pass. Or, click Mt. Seymour Season’s Pass Deals to learn what the North Shore’s other ski hill has to offer too.
Other articles you might be interested in include the following:
- Vancouver Winter Activities
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Lower Mainland Activities for Children
- Vancouver Outdoor Recreation
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver in February (where you can click to other monthly calendars of events too)
For information about the biggest ski resort in the province see the website WhatToDoInWhistler.ca. For details about the ski hill closest to Victoria, BC, (on Vancouver Island), see the website VictoriasBestPlaces.com.