i learned how to ski in cypress this season and i think it's a great local mountain. the instructors are good, really helpful and friendly. it is big enough and has enough runs to challenge a beginner to intermediate skier, and at the same time it is small enough so it's not too intimidating for learners. my fiance is an expert skier and he had a blast in cypress during powder days with his fat skis. hard to beat if you live in vancouver as it is only 30 minutes away from downtown. if you go during off hours or during the weekday there are hardly any lift lines.