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Cypress Bowl Ski Area
Skiers at Cypress Mountain
Location: Cypress Provincial Park, British Columbia
Nearest city: West Vancouver
Coordinates: 49°23′44″N 123°12′12″W / 49.39556°N 123.20333°W / 49.39556; -123.20333 (Cypress Bowl Ski Area)
Vertical: 610 m
Top elevation: 1,440 m / 4724 feet
Base elevation: 910 m
Runs: 38
Longest run: 4.1 km (combination)
Lift system: 5 chairlifts, 1 magic carpet
Snowfall: 622 cm/year
Web site: Cypress Mountain

Cypress Bowl Ski Area is a ski area in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, located in the southern section of Cypress Provincial Park.

The ski resort is a 30[1] minute 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.

Cypress Mountain is also the site of several 2010 Winter Olympic Events.

The ski area's downhill runs are built on two mountains (Mt. Strachan (prounounced "Strawn".[2] - 1440 m and Black Mountain - 1200 m), on a vertical rise of 610 m.

Despite the resort name 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).[3] 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 by Doppelmayr[4]. A new base lodge, completed in late 2008, is 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 and snowboarding competitions (moguls, aerials, ski cross, half-pipe, snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom). The half-pipe and the venues for the moguls and aerials were completed in the summer of 2007.

Despite being the Official Freestyle Venue of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Cypress Bowl Ski Area will not have any freestyle terrain or features for the 2009-2010 season.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Fairley, Climbing & Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia, p. 23.
  3. ^ Cypress Mountain
  4. ^
  • 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.  

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