Cypress Mountain: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

Cypress Mountain in British Columbia is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Cypress Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Canada, Cypress Mountain is a major draw for hardcore skiers and snowboarders as well as casual winter sports enthusiasts simply seeking the total Vancouver experience. With 600 acres of skiable land and trails covering all levels of difficulty, Cypress can accommodate many skill levels and is quite popular despite its close proximity to nearby competitors. The resort also offers an
to help visitors reach the slopes without the hassle of driving.

The Mountain

Annual snowfall at Cypress averages 415 inches, and the resort employs snowmaking machines to ensure adequate levels of powder. With a vertical rise of 2,010 feet, Cypress is the
, and the
at the resort is 2 1/2 miles. In addition to skiing, Cypress Mountain resort offers snowshoeing, tubing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding options. The mountain's schedule depends on conditions, but opening day typically falls in the first week of December. Cypress is
until mid-April.

Trails And Lifts

Cypress Mountain has
, four of which are double black diamond (experts only) and seven are appropriate for beginners. Most of the runs -- 19 -- are black diamond for advanced skiers, while 18 are rated blue, for intermediate skiers. Cypress Mountain has four freestyle terrain areas. The resort has a jib park and offers nighttime skiing until 10 p.m. every night. A total of nine lifts -- six chair and three surface -- accommodate 9,000 skiers per hour. Snowboarders enjoy
, which offers jumps, rails, boxes and stalls as well as an area just for novice freestylers called Lili's Garden.

In The News

As one of the most prominent resorts on the west coast of North America, Cypress Mountain is a logical choice for
. In 2009, Cypress Mountain hosted six World Cup events, and the following year, Cypress Mountain was the official snowboard and freestyle skiing venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The latter event proved to be a historic one, as Team Canada won 14 gold medals -- the world record for golds attained by a host country.


The best deals at Cypress Mountain are accessible with the purchase of a
since this membership card reduces prices by 20 percent.
, a day pass for skiing and snowboarding costs $59 for adults, $45 for youths 13 to 18 years old, $25 for children 6 to 12 years old, $8 for children ages 5 and younger and $39 for seniors. Reduced prices are available from 2 p.m. to close and 5 p.m. to close. Tickets for snowshoeing are $10 for adults. Tubing tickets are $10,
. Equipment can be rented
or seasonally; costs for daily equipment rentals range from $8 for a helmet to $48 for a full set of ski or snowboard gear. Alpine group lessons start at $50. The resort offers a variety of lesson packages, including multiday packages.


Cypress Mountain offers a variety of dining options -- including the Nordic Base Cafe and the
-- for guests looking for warmth and fuel after a full day of action. The resort also has a corporate meeting space and the Big Bear Sports Retail Store. For those wishing to combine eating and entertainment, Cypress Mountain
a chocolate fondue tour and a cheese and chocolate fondue tour, both of which involve snowshoeing and a warm menu of delicious food.

WATCH: Cypress Mountain

Cross-country skiing is just one of many attractions at Cypress Mountain. \