Posts Tagged 'Cypress Provincial Park'

A marvellous cold wet spring (2017)

By late morning, Wednesday May 17, There was blue sky over Horseshoe Bay, and we thought we could see fresh snow on the local mountains. We took the rest of the day off and headed up the hill to ski. As we drove into Cypress Bowl we noted that there was plowed fresh snow along the side of the road. We parked at the top of the public paved road (3010 ft.) and marvelled at the recent dump of new snow.

Fresh Snow at ev. 3000 ft in Cypress Provincial Park parking lot

As we skinned up Mount Strachan the fresh snow became deeper. There were a few day-old tracks so the dump of snow arrived a couple of days ago.

We quickly climbed into a dense cloud. By the time we reached the summit ridge, the clouds had thinned and occasionally we glimpsed the disk of the sun.

With my ski pole, I measured the depth of the fresh snow: 16-inches!

16 inches of fresh snow on the summit ridge of Mount Stachan - May 17, 2017

This has been an unusual spring. The local temperatures have remained cold and we’ve had lots of precipitation. The size of the snowpack up on our hills is awesome.

The drone pictures and commentary in this Clubtread forum thread provide an interesting perspective of the current snow the conditions high up on Mt. Strachan: North Shore Cornices.

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A rainy day on the hill

We have hills, and we have snow. A little rain is no excuse for a backcountry skier not to ski. So, today we went to the local hill (during the Olympics they called it Cypress Mountain, but it is really Mt. Strachan). The good news is the commercial operation is closed for the season (at last). We were prepared for rain, so we had a good time. There is not much to say, but this is a web log — so this is really to log the conditions as of early May, 2010. This is a very short clip…

At the parking lot, about 3000 ft., the lower mountain looks like there is not much snow up there. Actually we found a good route up. By 3500 ft. there was lots of snow, and even a thin layer of fresh snow. Above 4000 ft the rain had turned to graupel and it was rattling off my Gore-tex. In cloud and snow there is not much to photograph… so there is only a tiny video clip taken at 4650 ft.

Fresh Snow on Hollyburn Mountain

It is wet spring day at sea level, but above 3,000 ft. in Cypress Provincial Park it is lovely, snowing, and winter. (Earlier today, 2010 March 13).

The advantage of skiing on a local hill is that we still had time for lunch: a bowl of soup at Pho 993, and then dessert at Thomas Haas Patisserie (double baked almond croissant and an excellent Caffè Americano.)


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