The Cross-Country Area
Not far from Vancouver, cross-country skiers will find Cypress Mountain Resort with a trail network of 19 kilometers (12 miles) that can be skied on both classically and while skating. The resort claims it also has the biggest ski school in Canada, offering lessons for all ages and skill levels. Guests can choose whether they would prefer to take part in group or private lessons.
For those who can't get enough of cross-country skiing, there is even a night trail. Skiers can enjoy the lighted 7,5-kilometer (4.7-mile) long trail every night starting at sundown. The resort also offers snowshoeing and snow tubing in the cross-country area.
- The high point of the cross-Country skiing area is located at an elevation of 3150 ft.
- Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 116 " at summit elevation and 70 " at the base.
Dining along the Tracks
Cypress Mountain offers several opportunities to stop and take a break along the trails. The Hollyburn Lodge, built in 1926, and the Nordic Base Café provide the guests with hot meals and beverages. Additionally, cross-country skiers can seek shelter in two warming huts along the way to rest and warm up a little bit before heading back on the trail.
Cross the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver and follow the signs to Highway One. Go west and take exit #8 onto Cypress Bowl Road. Follow this lane for 13 kilometers (8 miles) to reach the cross-country, snowshoeing and snow tubing area.
By public transport:
Take the Skytrain or the bus to Waterfront Station, connecting via Seabus to the Cypress Mountain Express Bus.