Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver

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Cypress Provincial Park is a Provincial Park on the North Shore of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. The park has two sections: a 21 km² southern section which is accessible by road, and a 9 km² northern section which is only accessible by hiking trails. Most of the park is in West Vancouver.
The southern section of Cypress Provincial Park contains a ski area (Cypress Mountain) that is operated under a Park Use Permit by a private company called Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd, a subsidiary of Boyne USA. Boyne USA recently sold the ski operation to CNL Income Properties of Florida, USA, but Boyne will continue to run the ski operation for several years under a lease-back agreement.
Logging first began in 1870 to clear cut dense forests along Mount Vaughen, also known as Hollyburn Mountain. In 1922, the Lions Gate Bridge had still not been built; instead, Vancouverites would take their boats across the inlet and hike up to Hollyburn Ridge to ski. By 1926, the Hollyburn Lodge was built on Hollyburn Ridge, for the use of skiers and snowshoers. On January 16, 1927, the Hollyburn Ski Camp opened and created a new interest in the ski area. In 1933, the West Lake Ski Camp officially opened and brought hundreds of curious skiers that were willing to hike up the mountain. In 1946, the West Lake Ski Camp was sold to new owners and renamed the Hollyburn Ski Lodge. On January 17, 1951, the first chairlift was officially opened and was called the Hollyburn chair. In 1970, BC Parks selected the ski area as a Provincial Park. Shortly after, Cypress Ski Area was officially opened. For the next three decades, infrastructure was put in place to facilitate the growing demand of recreationists wanting to use the area. In 2010, Cypress helped host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
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  • My favourite part of Cypress Provincial Park is the Yew Lake Trail. Nestled between the two peaks comprising the downhill ski area of Cypress Bowl, it is located just west of the lodge that was built ...  more »
  • Take the road to the Park and we stop at the rest stop in mid-course to see the magnificent views of Vancouver and its surroundings.
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  • This place is a nice place to go if for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. You can take lessons, and if you are a beginner there are a couple green (easy) runs that you can start on. Most of the runs are actually black (hard) runs. On top of the mountains, if it is not foggy, you can see some nice views of Vancouver and Howe Sound. I believe snowshoe trails are also available, as I have seen a couple snowshoers around. One drawback about Cypress is the parking. There is one main parking lot closest to the ski hills, but it gets filled pretty quickly. There are other parking lots farther down the road, but its so far away just getting from the parking spot to the lift is a workout. One way to sneak through to get closer to the main parking lot is to press the hazard light button on your car, so that they'll let you "drop off". If you're lucky, the traffic guy might even give you a spot. Also, there are three main ski lifts on Cypress for skiing/snowboarding: Raven, Lions, and Eagle. Raven is usually the least crowded and waiting for the chair is very minimal.
  • A great park right at Vancouver's back door. Great views of Howe sound, the city and the mountains behind the North mountains. Good starting point for the Howe sound Crest trail and fun ski hill included. A swim in cabin lake is also recommended.
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