Where to find snow? (Mt. Strachan)

On Sunday, May 1, we headed out late in the day, so we were looking for nearby snow — and that usually means on the hills above Cypress Bowl in West Vancouver. It is a short drive up a paved road from sea-level to park at at the ski resort, which is now closed for the season. Elevation: 3,000 ft. The site was fairly quiet and access is free. The sun was warm in a deep blue sky. There were some scraps of snow on the ground left over from winter and people come to hike and sunbathe — its sometimes nicknamed Cypress Beach.

After skinning up the hill to 3,600 ft, there is only a little snow left on the ground. From the parking lot you’d wonder if it were really possible to ski here.

Elevation 3600 ft on Mt Strachan and there is just enough snow to skin up

Elevation 3600 ft on Mt. Strachan and there is just enough snow to skin up

He lost this ski on this run last winter. It must have scooted down the hill for a couple of hundred metres. He has just found this downhill ski today in the trees below this spot.

He lost this ski on this run last winter. It must have scooted down the hill for a couple of hundred metres. He has just found it today in the trees below this spot.

A family, including a baby in a backpack, skiing the spring snow on Mt. Strachan, May 1, 2016

We are not the only people skiing this hill today

Suddenly, above 3,800 ft. the snow is deep and plentiful. It almost seems like rugged backcountry — Crown Mountain through the trees, looking from Mt. Strachan

Suddenly, above 3,800 ft. the snow is deep and plentiful. It almost seems like rugged backcountry — Crown Mountain through the trees.

Looking at the summit of Hollyburn Mountain from the ski runs on Mt. Strachan.

Looking at the summit of Hollyburn Mountain from the ski runs on Mt. Strachan.

Snow in the upper valley below the summit of Mount Strachan

Snow in the upper valley below the summit of Mount Strachan

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2 Responses to “Where to find snow? (Mt. Strachan)”


  1. 1 Guillaume May 7, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Hey Robert, Good to see you today again in Cypress! Great blog, and thanks for the picture !

  2. 2 Robert May 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Guillaume, your family on skis looks great! The blog limits the image to 500px wide, but if you right click on the pic and open in in another window, you can scrape the “?w=500” off the end of the URL, and see the larger image that I uploaded at

    As the runs patch out on Mt. Strachan, I’m beginning to wonder where we’ll be skiing at the end of May and into June.


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