Monday, 2 April 2018

Cross country skiing still great at Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, B.C.

by Keith and Heather Nicol
    We were planning on being in Vancouver for Easter so decided to bring our skis and go skiing as well since Cypress snow report was reporting an amazing 275 cm of base. Prior to going we contacted the Nordic Operations Manager, Michael Thomas who told us that they have “had a great season. We opened on Dec 1, 2017 and we hope to remain open until Sunday April 15th.” He also told that “this is the first full season for the newly restored Hollyburn Lodge which has allowed us to resume our popular snowshoe fondue tours and our Saturday music nights.” We had missed visiting the historic Hollyburn Lodge which had been closed on our last couple of visits due to ongoing restoration work. 
Heather leads Kristie and Eric on a loop near Hollyburn Lodge
 We arrived at 9:30 am were pleasantly surprised by the smaller number of people using the facility since it was a holiday and this is Vancouver! Previous visits to Cypress had been over Christmas and just finding parking could be an issue if you arrived much later than 9:00am! But on Saturday March 31 we found parking just a few steps from the ticket office and enjoyed well groomed snow which made skiing very enjoyable.  We were joined by our daughter Kristie and her boyfriend Eric and we skied many of the lower trails for the first couple of hours. Then after lunch in the new Hollyburn Lodge we headed to the upper trails and skied the Triangle and Unknown Lake loops. The intermittent clouds kept the snow from getting too soft and we enjoyed good skiing until we headed off the mountain around 2:00pm. 
Keith skates out "Side Winder" with the Alpine ski area in the background
  Cypress Nordic has 19 km of cross country ski trails groomed for both classic and skating as well as 10 km of snowshoe trails.  The ski trails are very wide and the popular lower trails are relatively flat. So don’t pack away your skis quite yet there is still very good cross country skiing to be had at Cypress Mountain. For more information see:  
Restored Hollyburn Lodge has retained its old charm

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