February 1999 I had the opportunity to visit the Cypress Bowl Ski field. It's about a half hour drive north from down town Vancouver to the ski area. The snow on the mountains is clearly visible from most of Vancouver from November to May/June. The locals use the two local ski fields (Cypress Bowl and Seymour) to learn on because of their close access from Vancouver. The runs aren't particularly long nor difficult but when time is limited and there is an almost record 5 metre base, it's worth trying!
The field is usually open from 8am to 3pm as it gets dark around 4pm late in December. On the way up the road there are a number of gentle slopes (areas) ideally set up for children to toboggan or ride tyres. Simple plastic toboggans are cheaply available in Vancouver. It is wise to arrive early, particularly on weekends as parking near the bowl becomes limited.
As the name suggests, Cypress Bowl offers 2 main runs (mountains) which come down to central area. They are Black Mountain, 1220m or 4026ft and Mount Strachan at 1450m or 4785ft The snow line is often below 300m in winter. The bowl is much larger than that at Falls Creek but there aren't any runs over the back. Good cross country skiing is available (on defined paths) and transponders should be carried.
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Apex generally caters for the intermediate to advanced skier. Most runs feed back into the quad (and I mean high speed) You will never find a lift line here. The triple chair mainly services the area filled with lovely rolling blue/green runs. Great for the first time skiier. If you are just starting out this area is great, although their ski school is not really huge. The black runs at Apex are definitely black, and there is more than enough to keep any expert or extreme skier busy. Favourite run....The Face.
Phone: (1 604) 926 5612
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Postal: PO Box 91252, West Vancouver, BC Canada V7V 3N9
There is no accommodation in the field.
The lift tickets are comparable to Australian prices, therefore offer good value.
Hiring skis is available on the mountain at reasonable rates.
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