Things got a bit testy for some skiers and riders at Cypress Mountain this winter during World Cup events, a required prelude to the 2010 Olympics. Terrain was off limits during construction of the snow venues, and then further out of commission for public use during the February events themselves.
Cypress Mountain, which usually runs its lifts into late April, extended night skiing and riding through Apr. 5 to make up for the reduced terrain available to the public. VANOC also agreed to appease season passholders with a $25 PetroCan Gift Certificate as a thank you. The resort and VANOC also are hammering out a new season pass offering for next winter due to the impact of the upcoming 2010 Olympics.
Meanwhile, other Vancouver area resorts celebrate the end of the winter season with slush cups. Hemlock Valley, whose lifts run only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until closing, parties on its final day with a slush cup Apr. 12. Mt. Seymour closes down its lift operations Apr. 6, but throws its slush cup party Apr. 11.
Mt. Washington ends its winter ski season with a splash, too. Its annual slush cup is one of the closing weekend activities Apr. 12. But the resort swaps to mountain biking and scenic chair lift rides for summer.
Grouse Mountain is the only resort to operate 365 days per year. Skiing and snowboarding runs through April daily until 10 p.m. After ski season, skyrides continue slong with the Theatre in The Sky and restaurant operations. Summer brings on hiking, mountain ziplines, tandem paragliding, helicopter tours, and visits to the wildlife refuge.
Manning Park Resort wrapped up winter skiing and snowboarding at the end of March. The lodge and cabins, however, are open year round and have quick access to hiking, mountain biking, boating, and fishing in Manning Provincial Park.