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Cypress Mountain

Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

Take your pick from skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing at this winter resort located in the southern end of Cypress Provincial Park, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Split into two sections, with an Alpine area and a Nordic area, there are 53 runs that range from beginner to highly advanced, covering 600 acres (240 hectares). They are accessed by nine lifts, six chair lifts and three surface lifts, and many runs are open for night skiing.

This is one of North America’s premier skiing locations, noted for its excellent facilities and awe-inspiring vertical rise of 2,000 feet (610 meters) on Black Mountain. The resort also boasts one of the largest cross-country areas in North America, with nearly 12 miles (19 kilometers) of trails.

Cypress Mountain is actually three mountains; Black Mountain, Mount Strachan and Hollyburn Mountain. The name ‘Cypress’ comes from the yellow cedar trees that are common in the park, particularly between Mount Strachan and Black Mountain.

During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Cypress Mountain was the official freestyle ski and snowboarding venue, and its facilities were given a major upgrade in advance of the competition. These same runs are great for advanced sportsmen. If you’re a novice, the resort offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons including kids’ camps, group classes, and private tuition. You can bring your own skis, or rent them on site.

When the sun sets and it’s time to shake the snow off your boots, make your way over to the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill for a hearty meal. It’s situated inside the Cypress Creek Lodge, the main building in the Alpine Base Area. The lodge also houses the informal Cypress Creek Grill, a 600-seat cafeteria. Hollyburn Lodge, in the Nordic area, serves daily home-cooked dishes, such as lasagna and fresh soups, as well as baked goods.

Even outside of the ski season this resort is a great daytrip from Vancouver for lovers of nature. Explore miles of beautiful hiking trails through forests and meadows, and along mountain streams and lakes. Cycling is also an option along the paved roads. 

Don’t be surprised if you come across some of the area’s residents during your trek: black bears, deer, hares, and weasels are all common in this area. There are two designated picnic spots: The Quarry area has a large grassy expanse and eleven picnic tables, and Highview day-use area has six wooden tables and a small stretch of grass. Be sure to adhere to the strict rules about not feeding the wildlife.

If you’re not up for driving to Cypress Mountain, catch the Cypress Mountain Express Bus, which stops at several points around Vancouver. There’s also a rideshare program. 

Popular Activities at Cypress Mountain

Like to make your visit to Cypress Mountain even more special? Don't forget to try out some of these activities:

When organizing your day out, you may want to consider buying a Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour and a Private 3 Hour Vancouver City Tour.

For many more things to do, examine our West Vancouver things to do page.


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Horseshoe Bay Motel ¥11,191
Horseshoe Bay Motel

Horseshoe Bay Motel

6588 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this West Vancouver motel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Capilano Suspension Bridge, Robson Street, and Stanley Park. Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 16 mi (25 km).

    Warm and Sweet Room in West Vancouver by Elevate Rooms
    Warm and Sweet Room in West Vancouver by Elevate Rooms

    Warm and Sweet Room in West Vancouver by Elevate Rooms

    1903 Queens Ave, West Vancouver, BC
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in West Vancouver, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Burrard Inlet, Cypress Provincial Park, and Ambleside Park. Park Royal is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

      West Vancouver Contemporary Living
      West Vancouver Contemporary Living

      West Vancouver Contemporary Living

      2010 Queens Ave, West Vancouver, BC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in West Vancouver, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Burrard Inlet, Cypress Provincial Park, and Ambleside Park. Park Royal is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

        Charming Suite Cypress by Elevate Rooms ¥10,855
        Charming Suite Cypress by Elevate Rooms

        Charming Suite Cypress by Elevate Rooms

        2236 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver, BC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in West Vancouver, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burrard Inlet and Ambleside Park. Cypress Provincial Park and Park Royal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          2 BR Home on North Shore
          2 BR Home on North Shore

          2 BR Home on North Shore

          Clements Avenue, District of North Vancouver, BC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Canyon Heights, this vacation home is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Capilano Suspension Bridge and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Grouse Mountain. Cypress Provincial Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

            Capilano Forest Little House ¥8,142
            Capilano Forest Little House

            Capilano Forest Little House

            4356 Capilano Rd, District of North Vancouver, BC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Canyon Heights, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Royal, and Capilano Mall. Centennial Theatre is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

              ThistleDown House ¥23,113
              ThistleDown House

              ThistleDown House

              3910 Capilano Road, District of North Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this bed & breakfast in Edgemont is within 3 mi (5 km) of Capilano River Regional Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Park Royal. Grouse Mountain and Lonsdale Quay Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Travelodge by Wyndham Vancouver Lions Gate ¥6,406
                Travelodge by Wyndham Vancouver Lions Gate

                Travelodge by Wyndham Vancouver Lions Gate

                2060 Marine Dr, District of North Vancouver, BC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this motel in District of North Vancouver is within 3 mi (5 km) of Park Royal, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Stanley Park. Vancouver Aquarium and Lonsdale Quay Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).