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Greater Vancouver Snowshoe – Return to Black Mountain

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It’s March already and this is the first snowshoeing trip we’ve done in Vancouver this season. The weather is partly to blame. We were looking to do more snowshoeing around Christmas but the mountains were nearly bare.

Trail Descent SplitAfter a few recent dumps, the local mountains are ready for snowy fun. Emily and I snowshoed, while Dan and Steve put skins on their skis. It was a lot like our previous trip up to Black Mountain – the snow was falling heavily, the views from the peak were nonexistent, and the trail was gloriously uncrowded so we could crazy carpet down. The only difference snowshoeing with skiiers is they’re faster on the flat and downhill sections. On the way down, the skiers use the Cypress Mountain ski runs, while the snowshoers use the trail.

Backcountry PassesCypress Mountain has changed where you pick up the free backcountry passes needed to use trails. Instead of picking them up from staff at the main chalet, they are available from a self-serve station in a room in the old chalet (a few hundred meters away). It’s a bit confusing but it is well signed.

I tracked our trip with GPS on Strava. The map shows how the trail parallels the ski runs and then circles the plateau before descending.
Black Mountain Plateau Trail Map

Cypress Backcountry Black Mountain Plateau Trail Emily on Black Mountain Backcountry Skiing on Black Mountain Skiing and Snowshoeing Backcountry Balancing Act Crazy Carpet In a Tree Well

Cross-Country Skiing at Cypress Mountain

Cross Country Skiing at Cypress
Emily, Mairy, and I a great time on cross-country skiing up at Cypress Mountain on Sunday. It was good to get out and enjoy the fresh mountain air and play in the snow. We stuck to the green runs and skied for 90 minutes, with a break in between for lunch, covering 9 km of trails with lots of ups and downs (map here). I only wiped out once the downhill.

We ate lunch at the Hollyburn Lodge. They had vegan and gluten-free chili, french fries, buns, and a few baked desserts. Pretty good for lodge food.

Cypress Cross Country Skiing Uphill Warmup X-Country Emily Mairy Goes Zoom Emily Enjoying the Fresh Air Vegan Lunch at Hollyburn Lodge Winter Window No Bikes Beams on Skis Cross Country Skiing Hollyburn Lodge X-Country Stretch View of the Alpine Area Skiing With Mairy In the Tuck Barrett's View Cypress Viewpoint Math Magic