Cypress skiing area. So close to Vancouver you can touch it.
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Cypress skiing resort sits up over the city like a tiara on the head of a princess. The tough part of visiting Cypress is trying to concentrate on you r driving on the way up or down because the ski mountain sits majestically overlooking the city. The views are spectacular. When Vancouverite's want to show their city off to visitors, this is where they come to brag.
Cypress Mountain offers some of the best skiing in Vancouver, and one of Western Canada’s most respected Ski and Snowboard Schools. Day or night, (yes, all three of the North Shore Mountains offer night skiing) you’ll enjoy great ski conditions and a wide variety of runs for skiers of all levels. Snow-boarders love the awesome variety of Free-riding terrain, along with kickin parks and pipes all over the mountain.
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Cypress skiing enjoys the most expansive terrain and the largest vertical rise on the North Shore of Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's premier winter playground. It doesn’t matter whether you ski or snowboard, spectacular views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Georgia Straight and Howe Sound are yours to enjoy on our two mountains, 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. Hollyburn Mountain cross country ski trails have been a great attraction for generations of cross country skiers.
The original members of the Hollyburn ski club 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 first ski run of that era now serves as a cross-country and tubing area. Hollyburn Lodge was built in the early years, and is still in use, offering a remarkable reminder of our mountain's skiing heritage. The resort has been operating in its current form since the early 1970s and has enjoyed timed expansions since.
Cross Country skiing at Cypress Mountain is a unique experience for the whole family. Seniors, intermediate and juniors alike enjoy 19 km’s of groomed trails, with 7 km’s lit for night skiing, that wind through peaceful, snow-covered lakes and snowy mountain forests, or experience adventure on snowshoes with over 10 km’s of self-guided snowshoe trails where wildlife abound.
At the Snow-Play area you can feel the thrill of sliding down trails in a snow tube, just like when you did so as a child except that now you let the tube tow do all the work getting you back up the hill.
Of course with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the offing a great many changes and additions are being carried out such as:
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Environmental improvements, including new plantings of existing trails, limiting new growth, and regeneration of new growth within Alpine and Nordic areas.
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Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver, 7.5 miles (12 km) off the Trans-Canada Highway 1, and only 25minutes from 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 paved highway for 13 km (8 miles) for cross-country, snowshoeing and snow tubing, and another 2 km (1.3 miles) for alpine skiing.
You can take the Cypress Mountain Shuttle bus at various locations in North and West Vancouver. You should call 604-418-7669 for times and locations. Cypress skiing is fantastic.
At the Lonsdale Quay Seabus depot the bus leaves from Carrie Cates court beside the Totem Poles.
The Park Royal Mall Shuttle leaves from the south east corner bus stop on Taylor Way.
From Vancouver public transit you get to the Seabus depot, cross to Lonsdale Quay and catch the shuttle as above.
You may take the Skytrain to Waterfront Station and take the Seabus as above.