is a ski area in West Vancouver, British Columbia
, located in the southern section of Cypress Provincial Park
The ski resort is just a short 20 minutes drive north of Vancouver, and has 47 named alpine ski runs (many accessible for night skiing) and 19 km cross country tracks. Snowshoeing tours are also popular. Ski schools and rentals, cafeteria and lounge and a retail shop are also located on the premises. In summer the ski area is shut down, but there are many hiking trails in the park. However, construction of the 2010 Venues will continue at a rapid pace in the next few years.
The ski area's downhill runs are built on two mountains (Mt. Strachan (prounounced "Strawn". - 1432 m and Black Mountain - 1193 m), on a vertical rise of 610 m.
Some local residents, especially those who hike and ski in Cypress Provincial Park, regret the misleading new name of this ski resort because there is in fact no Cypress Mountain in this area. Cypress Mountain itself is actually 24 km east, in Coquitlam. The ski resort name Cypress Mountain is derived from the name of the bowl between the two mountains - "Cypress Bowl", which was the original and still used common name of the resort (the correct name is Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd.). The term "Cypress" comes from the Yellow Cedar tree Chamaecyparis nootkatensis which is common in the park at altitudes over 800 metres, and is also known as Yellow Cypress, as well as from the name of the park in which the resort lies.
Cypress Bowl Ski Area has two high-speed detachable quad chairlifts (Eagle Express and the Lions Express), two fixed-grip quad chairs (Raven Ridge and Easy Rider) and two double chairlifts (Sky Chair and Midway). There used to be a Rope Tow until 2002 when it was replaced by the Easy Rider Chair. The original Sunrise chairlift was dismantled in the summer of 2007 and moved to the expansion area on Black Mountain in time for the 07/08 Season, where it is now known as the Raven Ridge Quad Chair. The new high-speed chair (The Lions Express) was also constructed in 2007 on Mount Strachan. A new base lodge, scheduled for completion in late 2008, is under construction in a more convenient location near the base of the Eagle Express and Lions Express chairlifts.
2010 Winter Olympics
During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
, Cypress will host all of the freestyle skiing
, ski cross
, snowboard cross
and parallel giant slalom
). The half-pipe and the venues for the moguls and aerials were completed in the summer of 2007.
- Fairley, Bruce (1986). A Guide to Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd.. ISBN 0-919574-99-8.