Snowshoeing RentalsCypress Mountain
As the winter season blankets the picturesque landscapes with a pristine layer of snow, the call of the outdoors becomes all the more irresistible. For those seeking a perfect winter adventure, Snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain offers a gateway to peace and tranquility, just a stone's throw away from the heart of downtown Vancouver.
With 11 kilometers of safe, self-guided snowshoe trails nestled amidst the subalpine meadows and snowy mountain forests of Hollyburn Ridge, this experience is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored.
Location and Accessibility
Cypress Mountain's snowshoe trails are conveniently located just 30 minutes from the heart of Vancouver, making it one of the city's most accessible winter activities. This proximity allows visitors to indulge in the beauty of nature without embarking on a lengthy expedition. Cypress Mountain is an excellent choice for both locals and tourists, offering a quick escape from the urban bustle into the serene wilderness.
Trail Guidelines and Safety
Before embarking on your snowshoeing adventure at Cypress Mountain, it's important to be mindful of the trail guidelines and safety measures in place. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
- Stay Within the Nordic Area: It's important to note that snowshoe rentals are not permitted to leave the Nordic Area. This restriction ensures the safety and well-being of all visitors while preserving the integrity of the trails.
- Snowshoes Are a Must: Snowshoes are required on all Cypress snowshoe trails. They not only enhance your experience but also help protect the natural surroundings.
- No Spikes or Crampons: For safety reasons, the use of spikes and crampons is not permitted on any of the trails. This rule ensures the well-being of all trail users.
- Be Prepared for Changeable Conditions: Mountain weather and trail conditions can change rapidly. Always check the weather forecast and trail conditions before heading out. Dress appropriately for varying conditions, and carry essential gear to stay prepared.
- Stay on Marked Trails: Always follow the bamboo poles and other trail markings. Avoid wandering off the trail or taking shortcuts. If you get disoriented, retrace your steps to the last marker.
- Respect Nordic Ski Trails: When crossing a Nordic Ski trail, step over the tracks (grooves in the snow for skiers). Look both ways, and be cautious of skiers and machinery. Skiers and machinery always have the right of way.
- No Dogs Allowed: Dogs are not permitted in the trail system. Please plan your visit accordingly.
- Carrying Children: Young children are allowed to be carried in backpacks on the snowshoe trails, but they are not permitted to be pulled in a sled.
What to Wear
Your choice of clothing can significantly impact your comfort while snowshoeing. The snowshoe straps onto your footwear, making hiking boots or winter boots ideal choices. Running shoes can also work but may result in wet feet. For added protection, Cypress Mountain offers waterproof overboots that extend up to your knees, keeping your feet dry in the snow.
Layered waterproof clothing is a must, as conditions can change from snow to wet snow, rain, fog, and sunshine. As you snowshoe, your body will generate heat, so layering allows you to adapt to changing weather.