Self Guided Snowshoe Trails
2015/16 Winter Season
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside in the winter months for some fresh mountain air, exercise and enjoyment. Cypress Mountain’s 11 km of safe, inbounds snowshoe trails wind through the snowy sup-alpine forests and meadows of the Nordic Ski Area located on the Hollyburn Ridge.
For information on our Snowshoe Tours click HERE.
|Snowshoe Trail Tickets (trails open till dusk)
|Combo (ticket & rentals)
SNOWSHOE TRAIL HOURS
Our season typically runs from December till mid-April. The trails open at 9am and close at dusk. The last rental of the day will go out 2 hours before dusk, and the last ticket sales (for those with their own snowshoes) are 1.5 hours before dusk.
- Nov/Dec/Jan – 9am to 4pm (last rental at 2pm)
- Feb – 9am to 5pm (last rental at 3pm)
- Mar 1 to 22 – 9am to 6pm (last rental at 4pm)
- Mar 22 to season end – trails will close when the mountain closes at 4pm
SNOWSHOEING SAFETY + ETIQUETTE
When using the self-guided trails be sure to check trail conditions and weather before heading out. Always stay on the marked self-guided trails (marked by bamboo poles and signage). If you get disoriented retrace your steps to the last marker. Do not over hike the conditions or your ability and be prepared for changeable mountain conditions, as weather, visibility and trail conditions can change very quickly.
Always follow the marked routes; do not wander off the trail to take short cuts or follow other people’s tracks. You will get lost and/or be subject to natural hazards. Never separate from your group. (Be sure a responsible person knows your plans so that if you are late returning or get lost, a timely search for your rescue can be put into motion.) Please do not snowshoe on the ski tracks-avoid stepping on ski tracks when crossing the ski trails. Look both ways and watch and listen for both skiers and machinery on ski trails. Skiers and machinery have the right of way.
Be aware of natural hazards such as open water, weak snow bridges, open crossings, sinkholes (deep wells in the snow where water has melted away the snow), tree wells (like sinkholes-go around, you do not want to fall into one), tree branches (do not let them snap back to hit someone behind you- give others some space), wet or frozen snow falling/avalanching from the tree canopy, and icy conditions (hi-tech snowshoes with crampons work best in these conditions).
Sorry, no dogs allowed on trails. Young children can be carried in backpacks, but are not permitted to be pulled on sleds.
WHAT TO WEAR
Participants should be prepared for changeable conditions with good hiking boots, layered outerwear, water repellent jacket/pants, toques and gloves.
Carry the 10 essentials in your pack- extra clothes, food, water, garbage bag/tarp, whistle, candle/fire starter and matches, flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries, knife, first aid kit, map and compass.
The Fine Print
- Cypress reserves the right to change or cancel programs or alter pricing without notice.
- All programs must be pre-booked and paid in full to guarantee spaces.
- All tickets, tours, programs and passes are non refundable once purchased.
- All lesson programs and tours run snow, rain or sunshine when the Nordic Area is open.
- Always visit the Nordic Conditions page or call the Snowphone (604-926-5612) for daily operating hours and condition updates before heading up the mountain.
- Prices are in Canadian Dollars. Taxes are not included.