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Cypress Mountain
Cypress Mountain offers some of the best skiing in Vancouver, and one of Western Canada’s most respected Ski and Snowboard Schools. Cypress Mountain was the Official Freestyle Skiing (Aerials, Moguls & Ski Cross) and Snowboard (Half Pipe, Parellel Giant Slalom, and Snowboard Cross) Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Day or night, you’ll enjoy great conditions and a wide variety of runs for skiers of all levels. Snowboarders will love the awesome variety of Freeriding terrain, along with kickin parks and pipes all over the mountain.

With the most expansive terrain and the largest vertical rise on the North Shore of Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's premier winter playground. Whether you ski or snowboard, spectacular views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Georgia Straight and Howe Sound are yours to enjoy on the two mountains at Cypress, Mt. Strachan and Black Mountain.

Cypress is recognized as the most popular cross country ski area in Canada, and can accommodate in excess of 2,000 cross country skiers per day. Cross Country skiing at Cypress Mountain is a unique experience for the whole family. Enjoy 19 kms of groomed trails - with 7 kms lit for night skiing - that wind through snow-covered lakes and snowy mountain forests, or experience adventure on snowshoes with over 10 kms of self-guided snowshoe trails.

At the SnowPlay area you can feel the thrill of sliding down trails in a snow tube, and let the tube tow do all the work getting you back up the hill.

The first skiers found their way to the North Shore mountains in the 1920s. These ski enthusiasts would take a ferry across Burrard Inlet and hike up the mountains to log cabins, many of which can still be found on Hollyburn Mountain. The area's first ski run now serves as a cross-country and tubing area. Hollyburn Lodge was built in the early years, and is still used, offering a remarkable reminder of the mountain's skiing heritage. The resort has been operating in its current form since the early 1970s.

Cypress Mountain is very proud to have hosted the Freestyle Moguls, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard Halfpipe, Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom and Boardercross competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games. To prepare for the games, many exciting developments transformed Cypress Mountain into a world-class winter recreation area, including the following improvements.

Moguls
Start Elevation: 1022m | Finish Elevation: 907m | Vertical: 114m | Slope Length: 251m | Grade: 28 degree for 70m, 27 degree for 153m & 25 degree for 27m

Aerials
Start Elevation: 926m | Finish Elevation: 906m | Vertical: 19m | Slope Length: 111m | Horizontal: 126m | Grade: 26 degree for 55m, -1 degree for 25m & 38 degree for 31m

Ski Cross (SX)
Start Elevation: 1175m | Finish Elevation: 966m | Vertical: 208m | Slope Length: +/- 1,130m | Grade: 18%

Snowboard Cross (SBX)
Start Elevation: 1175m | Finish Elevation: 966m | Vertical: 208m | Slope Length: +/- 1,130m | Grade: 18%

Parallel Giant Slalom (P.G.S.)
Start Elevation: 1133m | Finish Elevation: 966m | Vertical: 166m | Slope Length: 515m | Grade: Approx 35%

Half Pipe
Start Elevation: 1003m | Finish Elevation: 952m | Vertical: 51m | Slope Length: 160m | Grade: 18 degree

Snow Making
Cypress Mountain has 35 snow guns, 51 hydrant locations and a 22.7 million litre reservoir (5 million gallons). The state of the Art snowmaking system is designed to provide a minimum of 1 metre of cover on the skiing venues. Snow Making is on all Olympic venues, including Half Pipe (Lower Panorama Ski Run), SBX & SX (Fork Ski Run), PGS (previously Gully Ski Run), Aerials & Moguls. As well as on Panorama and Windjammer Ski Runs.

Cypress Mountain is located in the heart of Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver, 7.5 miles (12 km) off the Trans-Canada Highway 1, and only 26 minutes from the heart of Downtown Vancouver. From Downtown Vancouver by car, take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway 1 (via Taylor Way). Continue west and take Exit 8 onto Cypress Bowl Road. Follow this 3-lane paved highway for 13 km (8 miles) for cross-country, snowshoeing and snow tubing, and a farther 2 km (1.3 miles) for downhill skiing.

Public Transit: Take Skytrain or bus to Waterfront Station, connecting via Seabus to the Cypress Mountain Shuttle Bus at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

The Cypress Mountain Shuttle departs from mutiple locations on a regular basis - see below. Call 604-419-7669 for updated information.
1. Lonsdale Quay (Seabus) Shuttle departs Carrie Cates Court, beside the Totem Poles.
2. Park Royal (Mall) Shuttle departs from the south east corner bus stop on Taylor Way.
3. Kitsilano/Fairview Shuttle departs from Vancouver School Board (on W 10th at Fir St)
4. Richmond Centre Shuttle departs from in front of the Tim Hortons.
5. Vancouver West End Shuttle departs from the NW corner of Davie Street andThurlow Street, across from Starbucks.


Contact: Cypress Mountain
6000 Cypress Bowl Road
PO Box 91252
West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3N9
Phone: (604) 926-5612 - Guest Relations, Season Passes
(604) 922-0825 - Cross Country, Snowshoeing, Snowtubing
(604) 926-5612 - Alpine Snow School
(604) 913-6712 - Marketing, Group and Corporate Sales
(604) 926-9441 - Employment
Fax: (604) 926-9441
Snow Phone: (604) 419-7669 (24 hours per day)
Email:
Website:

Season: Early to mid December to mid to late April
Lift Hours: Opening Day to December 14
Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding: 7 days/week 9am to 4pm
Cross Country Skiing: 7 days/week 9am to 4pm
Snowtubing: Please contact the Weather Centre
Snowshoeing: 7 days/week 9am to 4pm
December 15 to March 25

(a) Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding:
9am - 10pm, Peak period: 8:30am - 10pm
(b) Cross Country Skiing:
9am - 10pm, Peak period: 8:30am - 10pm
(c) Snowtubing:
10am - 4pm Monday to Thursday
10am - 10pm Friday and Saturday
10am - 6pm Sunday
(d) Snowshoeing: 9am until Dusk
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 9am to 4pm
Peak periods are from Dec 26 through Jan 2, and Saturdays and Sundays in January and February.
Hours may vary depending on weather conditions.
March 26 to Season End
Hours of Operation are 10am to 4pm
Annual Snowfall: 620 cm (20 feet) at Base Elevation (910 m/2,990 ft)
2010/11 Season was 1,408 cm - over 45 feet (mid mountain)
2008/09 Season was 968 cm - over 32 feet (mid mountain)
2007/08 Season was 995 cm - over 33 feet (mid mountain)
2006/07 Season was 844 cm - over 27 feet (mid mountain)
Vertical Rise: 610 m (2,010 ft) - the highest of the North Shore Mountains
Base Elevation: 910 m (2,990 ft) - Base Lodge
Top Elevation: 1,440 m (4,720 ft) Mt. Strachan
1,200 m (3,940 ft) Black Mountain
1,326 m (4,350 ft) Hollyburn Mountain
910 m (2,990 ft) Cypress Creek Lodge
1,646 m (5,400 ft) The Lions
Number of Trails: 53 runs - the most runs on the North Shore Mountains.
Skiable terrain: 240 hectares (600 acres)
Longest combination run: 4.1 km (2.5 miles) - T33 into Collins
Difficulty:
Novice
Intermediate
Advanced
Expert
Freestyle
13%
7 Runs
35%
18 runs
37%
19 Runs
7%
4 Runs
8%
4 Areas
Number of Lifts: 9 lifts 6 Chair Lifts (2 high speed) and 3 Surface Lifts
Lions Express High Speed Quad Chair, Eagle Express High Speed Quad Chair, Raven Ridge Quad Chair, Easy Rider Quad Chair, Sky Chair (double), Midway Chair (double), Magic Carpet Lift, Olympic Aerial Venue Handle Tow, Snow Tube Tow (Nordic Area).
Lift Capacity: 9,000 skiers per hour
Night Skiing: Black Mountain: Maelle Ricker's Gold (Fork & Lower Fork), Jasey Jay (formerly P.G.S), WindJammer, Ashley McIvors's Gold (Cascade) & Panorama
Mt.Strachan: T33, Horizon, Horizon By-Pass, Humpty Dumpty, Hutch, Rainbow, Shuttle, Collins, Shuttle, Runway, Ripcord, Webb-Site, Lower Bowen, Blaster & Hut Run
Cross-Country: Cypress accommodates thousands of cross country skiers daily.
19 km of groomed/classic track set trails with skating lanes.
7.5 kms lit for night skiing.
Extensive large rental fleets for standard classic technique.
Hollyburn Lodge (built in 1926) - licensed restaurant/warming hut.
Nordic Base Café, base area and upper trail warming hut.
Classic Ski and Skate Ski lessons available.
Nordic Ski School offers packages for kids, groups and beginners.
2 Warming Huts.
Retail counter for gloves, waxes, sunglasses, touques etc.
The only cross-country ski area on the North Shore Mountains.
Snowshoeing: 10 km of self-guided and well-marked snowshoe trails - looped system - interlaced within the Nordic ski trail network.
Daily guided snowshoeing tours (day and evening tours available)
Snowshoe Rental and Demo Centre
Same facilities as for cross-country
Snowboarding: Whether spending quality time in the halfpipe, or hitting sweet kickers and rails is your thing, the snowboard park has it all. Located under the Sunrise Quad chair, be sure to remember your helmet for what guarantees to be the best place on the North Shore for serious freestyle riding.
Terrain Park: Terrain Parks and Freestyle Terrain:
2 Terrain Parks (beginner, intermediate and advanced areas)
Freestyle Skiing venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Moguls and Aerials)
Halfpipe: Yes
Snow Tube Park: Feel the thrill of sliding down trails in a snow tube and let our tube tow do all the work getting you back up the hill. Sliders must be at least 48 inches tall for Tubing.
Tubing Tow accessing 6 chutes.
Up to 200 tubers can be accommodated.
Base area warming hut nearby.
Open daily with scheduled nights.
NB: Height safety requires tubers to be a least 48 inches tall to ride the tubes.
Same facilities as for cross-country.
Snow Sliding: For children under 6 years accompanied by an adult, and those too short for the Tube Park, Cypress offers a small sliding area. The gently sloping run has a 4-metre elevation drop over 25 metres, designed for children aged 3 to 5 to walk up and slide down on their own. Sliding Hours are 10am – 4pm daily, weather permitting. Bring your own sled.
Resort Services: Alpine Facilities include a fully licened licensed cafe, Cypress Creek Grill, the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill, ski and snowboard rental shop, repair shop, Big Bear Sports Retail Store, Guest Relations, public washrooms, corporate meeting space, and the ticket office. Snow School: Ski and snowboard programs are specifically designed to accommodate all types of skiers/riders from entry level right up to the most advanced.
Nearest Ski Area: Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour
Nearest Towns: West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, North Shore
Recreation: Skiing & Winter Sports in Vancouver and the North Shore
Skiing & Winter Sports in the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland
Skiing & Winter Sports in Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Skiing & Winter Sports on the Sunshine Coast of BC

Accommodation on or near Cypress Mountain

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver
The Holiday Inn is one of Vancouver's finest hotels, and North Vancouver's premier hotel. Cradled beneath the city's majestic North Shore mountains, and located only 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, the award-winning Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites North Vancouver is close to visitor attractions, a variety of restaurants, theatres, and conveniently located for outdoor adventures to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Seymour Mountain. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, pub, spa, indoor pool, jacuzzi, and meeting and banquet facilities.

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