Cypress Mountain Announces Mountain Bike Park to open July 2005 (North Vancouver BC)-
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    Cypress Mountain Announces Mountain Bike Park to open July 2005 (North Vancouver BC)


    (This happened while I was out of town at the Canmore gathering so I only heard about it this weekend.)


    Cypress Mountain Announces Mountain Bike Park to open July 2005

    The rumblings have been loud and persistent and now it's been made official; Cypress Mountain, right here on the North Shore, will open for lift-accessed mountain biking next year. The current plan is to have four trails that will serve all ability levels. There are two other ski areas on the North Shore and those of us who ride here have been wondering for years if anyone was going to step up. Grouse and Seymour have yet to move but as is often the case our neighbours to the south are leading the charge.

    Cypress is owned by Boyne resorts, a US firm which owns seven resorts including Crystal Mountain in Washington State and Big Sky in Montana. Apparently a member of the ownership group (Boyne is family owned) took a trip to Whistler and was advised against riding the trails on the mountain because of his lack of experience. Because of this the resort plans to ensure there are trails for all riders - including complete beginners.

    Just last week a permit was issued that should allow trail construction to begin immediately. Cypress has been talking to a very prominent North Shore trailbuilder about doing the digging on the mountain. Nothing has been finalized but keep your fingers crossed - it could be fantastic news for riders.

    Cypress officials have been talking to the powers that be at Whistler who have been very helpful. Whistler feels that more players will be good for mountain biking in general. A lot of players in this industry could learn from Whistler's lead - well done.

    Click here for a map of the proposed trail network.

    Here is what Cypress has to say about the project (no mention why it's not called Cypress Bowl any more though).

    (Press Release Aug 20th, 2004)
    West Vancouver, Canada – Cypress Mountain would like to congratulate the organizers of The North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival and Conference on staging a fantastic event, and demonstrating why the North Shore is respected and treasured by mountain bikers everywhere.

    In keeping with this standard, Cypress Mountain is pleased to announce plans to develop a Mountain Bike Park on the north face of Black Mountain, offering chairlift access to mountain bikers beginning next year. Cypress Mountain hopes to have all approvals in place to commence construction this fall on the trail network in order to be ready for an opening date of July 1, 2005.

    Initially, two-wheeled riders of all skill levels will find thrills on ten kilometers of trails, featuring low impact designs using indigenous wood, stone, fallen trees, ladder bridges and other mitigative trail construction methods.

    The ride up Cypress Mountain is sure to provide mountain bikers with just as many memories as the ride down. With exclusive access to our Eagle Express High Speed Quad Chair, loading will be fast and easy, allowing riders to sit back, relax, and enjoy panoramic views of Vancouver, Howe Sound, the Lions, and the Coast Mountains. After conquering the trails, riders can pause for refreshments at our restaurant and pub.

    Watch for more information coming soon at

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    Good job! I was just about to post that...

    I think it is great that one (of the three) North Shore ski hills have finally got with the times.

    I wonder if the others will follow suit?

    sh0rty :P

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    Wooohoo .... will take some pressure off the "real" North Shore trails. D.
    You be you. I'll be riding.

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    It's about time! I can't wait to check this out next summer! Access will be so much better than Whistler, a 2-3 hour drive (or longer due to sea-to-sky hwy roadwork). Cypress is like 30 min from downtown, but this proximity might mean ALOT more crowds. Whistler was crazy busy last time I was there, the line was quick but damn there were 1000's of bikers on the trails, likely riding millions of dollars in DH bikes!

    Cypress has a good idea going but they might have to design a wider variety of trails, the map picture is rather limited. The north shore mountains are also supposed to do some upgrades for the 2010 winter Olympics too, isn't there a bobsleigh track going up there somewhere? Can you imagine bobsleigh, mountain biking and Vancouver traffic all in one day, it's like a modern triathalon.

    As for them finally getting with the times . . . . I can remember a long, loooonng time ago when these mountains did not permit snowboarders! LOL no kidding! Now they cater to snowboarders in the ski season and are targetting bikers in the summer, go figure.

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