Winter Wonderland: Vancouver Ski Resorts Photo Essay

Cypress Mountain peak snowcap
One of the advantages of living in Vancouver are magnificent mountain resorts a short drive away

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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Take a look at these amazing Photo Sets, which explore the vibe of the city's hidden treasures in addition to it's well known landmarks. In this series, we'll take a look at the peaks of Vancouver through the lens of photographer Kevin Eng!

Alberta and BC have always been famous for their premiere skiing slopes, which attract thousands of visitors from all around the world every year. There is a good number amazing resorts right here in BC - and lucky us, a couple are just a short driving distance from Vancouver. There aren't many places in North America that have 2 slopes within an hour's drive of downtown.That being said...Where will you be spending the winter weekends this year?

Cypress Mountain Ski Resort Slope
Doesn't get much better than this!

1.Cypress Hill Ski Resort

Open seven days and seven nights a week throughout the entire winter season and only 25 minutes from Downtown, Cypress usually has great conditions in both Alpine and Nordic areas of the hill.

With unsurpassed terrain and the largest vertical drop (of 610 m) on the North Shore, Cypress Mountain is unquestionably a highlight in Vancouver's winter playground. The view from the very top takes your breath away...even when it's cloudy!

One thing that skiers repeatedly comment about this mountain is that you don't have to waste tons of your precious (and let's be honest, well paid for!) time waiting in never-ending lines for runs. With 6 chair lifts and 3 surface lifts ready to go all the time, Cypress has an incredible turnaround rate of 9000 skiers per hour! While the majority of ski runs are designed for intermediate and advanced skiers, there are still plenty of slopes for beginners and free-style terrain too; all clearly marked with different colours and maps.

Ski chairlift
The "Ski Chair" lift will take you all the way to the top of the Cypress Mountain...
View from Cypress Mountain
  ...to this gorgeous view!
Skiers at top of Cypress
The landscape is very dramatic, almost like a moonscape or another planet.
Cypress mountain slope near Vancouver
Cypress Mountain Ski Resort

2.Mount Seymour Ski Resort

Mount Seymour’s 2012/2013 season began with an exciting change this year, which was the opening of a new Mystery Peak high speed quad chair. When you head up to Seymour, you'll find yourself in a top Canadian ski area. One of the things I like about Seymour is that it's a great place for practice if you're a beginner. They offer a number of 1-day or Multi-Day classes that are led by skilled instructors.

Even if you don't ski or snowboard, Seymour is a great place to visit,l because it's a snowshoeing favorite. You can rent all the gear you need at the top, strap on a pair shoes and hit the 10 km of self guided tracks. According to SnowshoeMagazine, these trails are "Canada's N.1 for snowshoers of this winter season". Mt. Seymour takes pride in having trails exclusively for snowshoers (closed for skiers), where you can enjoy the beauty and solitude of the long scenic hikes. If you're more of an adventurous spirit, you can test and challenge your skills in the 3rd best terrain park in Western Canada. Seymour also makes for a great family day trip for kids of all ages because they rent snow tubes. It's pretty much the ultimate toboganning experience... Quintessentially Canadian! 

Seymour mountain lodge
Snowtubing fun with kids
Snowtubing brings out a smile in everyone
Mount Seymour snowshoe trail
The popular Mount Seymour snowshoe trail leading up to the peak
Snow capped trees on Mount Seymour
Snow capped trees on Mount Seymour
Snow on pine trees
Snow at Seymour Mountain at dusk
Be the first one to hit the trails!

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Meet the Photographer

Kevin Eng
 

 Kevin Eng

Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C, where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is a currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.

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