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“Snowshoe Trek” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain
6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver, British Columbia V7V 3N9, Canada
604-926-5612
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Mountains
Activities: Skiing, Hiking
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Owner description: Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Cypress Mountain - PROUD HOME OF CANADA'S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS ON HOME SNOW! Cypress is only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and is proud to continue to provide our 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. With the best Winter Skiing & Riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular Cross Country Skiing Area, a huge Snowtubing Park and our unique Snowshoeing Tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“Snowshoe Trek”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I frequently visit Vancouver, BC and find the entire province to be as beautiful as ever. It is a great place for road cycling (Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler Village), mountain biking, skiing, hiking, exploring and snowshoeing. We went to Cypress, only a twenty minute drive from downtown Vancouver and it was pure bliss. I rented the snowshoes at Sigge's Sport Villa on 4th Ave. in Vancouver and the staff is terrific. Very helpful and filled with good suggestions. Also their rental rates (snowshoes, and ski equipment were very reasonable. The conditions on the mountain were superb and the occasional explorer we encountered was friendly. Maps of the nordic country were well designed and accurate. What a great time!

Visited January 2013
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“Crazy Raven Bar & Grill at Cypress Mountain”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We arrived on a busy Sunday after a long morning of snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain only to be informed that the restaurant not only gives priority to visitors with daily or seasonal passes, but that we specifically as snowshoers were not to be seated in the restaurant.

After discussing this ridiculous policy with several levels of management, we sent one manager off to bring back the mysterious "upper management" who apparently made the policy. This manager had to be coerced into doing so by being informed that since exclusive entry is not something that is promised upon purchase of your daily ticket or season pass, this amounts to discrimination and is therefore subject to legal action.

Apparently the policy arises from Snowshoers who come in to the restaurant taking up seats while warming up after their hikes, without purchasing either food or drinks. While I understand the issue, and agree with the management's right to take action to reserve seating in a VERY busy restaurant, this is somewhat akin to burning down a barn in order to clear up a mouse infestation, where perhaps a few traps might have been enough.

A sign at the front door already restricting the clientele to 19 and above should whittle down the number of freeloaders somewhat. An additional sign mentioning that the warm up area is in the large common room, and not in the bar would also decrease that number.

But no, it was decided to ban all snowshoers... a burst of creative thinking that must have left some dimwit truly satisfied with himself, or herself, for a job well done.

Eventually, we received notice that because we were PAYING snowshoers, meaning we had actually purchased tickets to use Cypress Mountains trails rather than the absolutely FREE trails near the restaurant, an exception would be made and we could enter the restaurant. If there was any other restaurant that served wine within walking distance, you can be damned sure they would have received our business that day. As it was, we entered and were served by Jared who created a great atmosphere and basically made us feel more welcome than the several managers we had so far encountered. He was attentive to us, quick with our order, and our food was very good.

Let me point out how ridiculous this policy actually is and the shortsightedness of the person who implemented it. For a licensed restaurant with a server, it is the only choice when you are at the mountain. So all those paying customers opted to use that restaurant because it is the ONLY one there. Now, if that day my wife and I had brought one of our visitors to Vancouver up the mountain to enjoy the view and decided we will grab a drink and a bite at the top, as we very often do, we would have been turned away due to this policy. Paying customers who chose to travel to this restaurant would have been turned away, considered less favorable than a customer who has no other choice. And today, they almost lost our business with this terrifically exclusionary policy.

My wife and I have both been season pass holders in previous years, in more recent years we've come up and purchased daily passes several times per season for ourselves and family members. All in all, we are great customers of Cypress Mountain, and strong supporters of this gem in our backyard.

I'm not sure who makes the decisions on the restaurant manager, but they may want to rethink that choice once his/her contract is up, because you can be damned sure we will be sharing this story with anyone who wants to sit down and hear it.

Visited January 2013
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“Fantastic Free views right across the lower mainland.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

If you don't have time to,go up to,Whistler or Grouse then head for Cypress. It's only a few minutes out of the city. The drive is easy and quick. As you drive up remember to stop at the viewpoints and take some pictures of the lower mainland. You can see right across the border to the USA, Victoria Island and it really is a breathtaking view.

If you fancy a morning or day skiing without much effort then this is the place for you.

It doesn't have to cost you a penny - the fantastic views are for free. If you are visiting in the summer beware of the bears - do not leave food in your car, do not drop scraps, take your waste paper wrappers with you......be very aware of the time of the year that the bears are awake and active.

Visited January 2013
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“Great little ski area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Uncrowded, good snow, knockout views. Stay in North Vancouver and forget Whistler's limited restaurant choices and butty prices!

Visited January 2013
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“Great skiing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Staff was helpful in checking out skis, etc.. Food was good, and about the same price as in downtown. Night skiing was great. The mountain is so big we didn't get everywhere.

Visited December 2012
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