Monday, February 23, 2009

Skiing around Vancouver: Cypress Mountain

Located in West Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and provides skiers, riders and sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts and best snow conditions on the highest skiing and riding peak of Vancouver's Legendary North Shore Mountains. The ski resort is located in Cypress Provincial Park and offers spectacular views of Vancouver and its harbour.
Cypress Mountain is the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Cypress Mt is one of the most popular skiing areas in British Columbia, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The 2010 Winter Games upgrades (improvements to Cypress Mountain are estimated at $16.7 million) will enhance the Cypress Mountain experience for both recreational and competitive users. For example, the new base lodge, which will be a very nice legacy of the Games and a great new spot to chill between runs, will be up and running since this season. Venue upgrades include modifications to existing runs, a new in-ground halfpipe, a snowmaking system and water reservoir, lighting, a new freestyle site for aerials and moguls, and a parallel giant slalom course.
Cypress has 51 downhill winter skiing and riding runs (Beginners 17%, Intermediate 27%, Advanced/Expert 55%) accessed by 7 chair lifts, including a magic carpet surface lift in the kids camp area, 2 parks and a Olympic Superpipe, 19 kms of track set Cross Country Skiing trails, a Snowtubing park with a tube tow lift, and amazingly popular snowshoeing tours around the historic Hollyburn Lodge built in 1926. Cypress Mt claims rights to the most vertical (2,010 ft/613 m) out of all the city mountains and the most terrain as well (1,482 acres/600 hectares). This is a great mountain big enough to spend te entire day or to hit for a quick fix of riding before or after (since this season there will be also more night riding available) on Vancouver.