Think the opening of the first Vancouver Christmas Market this Wednesday is a sign that winter is on it’s way? Here’s an even bigger sign: Cypress Mountain (located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver) opens today—November 8—making this the earliest opening day in Cypress Mountain history and making Cypress the first ski area in B.C. to open for the 2011/12 snow season!
Though conditions at all nearby snow resorts are nearly ready for ski season—Grouse Mountain could “open any day now,” according to The Vancouver Sun—Cypress was able to open first due to its “amazing snowmaking crew.” In addition to the 12cm of natural snow it got just yesterday, Cypress transformed 4.75 million gallons of water into 30cm of man-made snow last week, covering the equivalent of 24 football fields on the north face of Black Mountain.
Cypress Mountain’s grooming crew spread the man-made snow deep over Upper Maelle Ricker’s Run (Upper Fork) and then used it to fashion a “ski-out” through mid Jasey Jay (PGS) and on down to the bottom of Eagle Express.
As of this writing (November 8), Cypress has the Eagle Express Quad open for intermediate and expert skiers and riders only; though they will be actively working to open more of the Eagle Express terrain for the weekend. With more snow forecast for later this week and the Cypress snowmaking and grooming crews hard at work, the resort hopes to open Panorama and Windjammer as soon as possible. Check with the official Cypress Mountain site for updates on accessible terrain.
At the height of its season, Cypress Mountain has the most vertical drop, most terrain and most lifts on the highest skiing and riding peak of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains. Cypress Mountain opens for the 2011/2012 season on November 8, 2011, from 10am – 4pm. Get all the details on lift tickets and conditions here.