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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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    5.0
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    Located in West Vancouver, this family-friendly property is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Whytecliff Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Burrard Inlet and Cypress Provincial Park. Park Royal and Ambleside Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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    6588 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC
       
      3.9
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      Located in Greater Vancouver A, this motel is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Capilano Suspension Bridge and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Robson Street. Stanley Park and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 16 mi (25 km).

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      Luxury Suite Near Ski Resorts , Downtown Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay Ferries

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      West Vancouver, BC
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 1 reviews
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        Located in Greater Vancouver A, this romantic property is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Burrard Inlet and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cypress Provincial Park. Whytecliff Park and Ambleside Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        3 Bedroom Luxury Ocean View Garden Level Suite in Prestigious Area

        3 Bedroom Luxury Ocean View Garden Level Suite in Prestigious Area

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          4.8
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          This family-friendly West Vancouver vacation home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cypress Provincial Park, Burrard Inlet and Ambleside Park. Robson Street and Stanley Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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          West Vancouver Contemporary Living

          West Vancouver Contemporary Living

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

            Located in Greater Vancouver A, 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.

            Serene 2-bed Main Luxury Apartment Near the Ocean
            Serene 2-bed Main Luxury Apartment Near the Ocean

            Serene 2-bed Main Luxury Apartment Near the Ocean

            West Vancouver, BC
               
              4.8
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              Nestled on the beach, this Greater Vancouver A property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whytecliff Park and Cypress Provincial Park. Burrard Inlet and Ambleside Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              West Van Big Home-- the "stone Château"
              West Van Big Home-- the "stone Château"

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              4290 Rockridge Road, West Vancouver, BC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in West Vancouver, this cottage is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Burrard Inlet and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cypress Provincial Park. Capilano Suspension Bridge and Whytecliff Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Fantastic top Apartment Surrounded by Nature
                Fantastic top Apartment Surrounded by Nature

                Fantastic top Apartment Surrounded by Nature

                West Vancouver, BC
                   
                  4.7
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                  Nestled on the beach, this Greater Vancouver A property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Whytecliff Park and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Cypress Provincial Park. Burrard Inlet and Ambleside Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).