Cypress Mountain started up the lifts this week for its earliest opening in history. It is the first resort in British Columbia to open for the season and may still be the only B.C. resort open this coming weekend. Even with clouds and a bit of drizzle on opening day, Vancouver skiers and riders were stoked to be back on the slopes.
The resort ran the Eagle Express Quad to access a few runs covered with a mix of natural and machine-made snow. Available runs included Upper Maelle Ricker, also known as Upper Fork, and Mid and Lower Jasey Jay. Terrain is only available for those with intermediate and expert skills.
Five park features were set up on Upper Fork, just enough to get riders back on their game. Features included a combo box, spine culvert, and cannon culvert. The park also introduced two new features for this year: a 20-foot round bar down rail and a 30-foot box.
Vancouver skiers and riders were glad to be back on the slopes and the lineup for first chair on Tuesday, Nov. 8 proved it.
Snowmaking guns relocated from the freestyle site helped the resort to open this early. The ski area opened with a 50 centimeter base with more than half machine-made snow, using 4.75 million gallons of water. The ski out relied completely on machine-made snow.
Currently, the lifts at Cypress are running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rental shop, retail shop, food and beverage, and shuttle busses are operational too. Tickets are discounted while terrain and lifts are limited, but rates will increase as more of the slopes open.
The resort is still selling its Gold Medal Cards until Nov. 30. The cards, which cost $31-64 depending on age, include one free day of skiing and 20 percent off lift tickets for the season. The cards can be purchased here.
Check out the flavor of opening day at Cypress, courtesy of YouTube and PowPow Productions.