I’ll just go out and say it, Vancouver is probably my favorite city on the planet. On a sunny day, I don’t think that there’s many people who would disagree with me. But it’s not just the city, it’s the lifestyle. I think my sister’s boyfriend said it best, “Vancouver is where people do whatever makes them happy, and everyone else is cool with that.”
Jamie and I only had two weeks in Vancouver over Christmas, and we were bound and determined to get to Whistler. However, we weren’t prepared to shell out the cash necessary for pitching tent in the village over the holiday season, and that meant that we’d only be able to ski for a day. With the lifts closing around 3-3:30, we would have to get on the shuttle bus around 6 to make it to the hill at 9. Not too appetizing. Which is why at the last minute, we decided to head to Cypress.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to come out and say that Cypress is my new favorite hill. The runs are short, and if it’s a clear day (which it was when we decided to go), the fact that there are only 4-5 chair lifts will mean that the lines will be long and timely. However, for mere proximity to downtown and the views that are possible on a sunny day, this is a great hill.
Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies
We were lucky enough to catch Cypress on the tail end of record breaking snow, which meant that conditions were about as good as they can get for even the best of mountains. With plenty of terrain that winds effortlessly through the trees, steep inclines and moguls galore, there’s enough challenge to keep you interested for the day.
If you have skis, bring them. If you’re renting, god help you. The line-up looked to be at least an hour long… all I can say is that I’m glad I had my gear with me. Tickets cost us $60 for a day pass, and with lights set up for night skiing the ticket’s technically good until midnight.
Tip: Be sure to hit the chairs that start midway up the mountain, as these seemed to have shorter lines. Runs may be a bit shorter from the top to the bottom of these midway chairs, rather than to the bottom of the mountain, but you’ll probably get more skiing in this way due to the chairs at the bottom serving new arrivals and those who’ve just finished their runs.
Authored By: Kyle Foot
See what Jamie thought: Her Take
Location: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3N9
Phone: (604) 926-5612