Adriana and her family were students in both SSLC and VIC during the winter. By profession, Adriana is a blogger and she writes about all her wonderful experiences from her travels all around the world. During her time at SSLC, her and her family were able to spend some time up on Cypress Mountain. To find out more about their experience continue reading below…
Vancouver is a unique city in many aspects but there is one specific activity which my family and I found really enjoyable while studying at VIC/SSLC. That was the possibility of having fun in the snow for the day even when there was no snow at all in the city.
We decided to study English full-time which resulted in having free times only on the weekends and the week between Christmas and New Year to visit attractions and do some sightseeing. This was an excellent decision since we were very dedicated to our studies during the week and we still had a lot of time off on the weekends.
Despite not being a family of skiers or snowboarders, we wanted to have an experience in the snow with our kids. Fortunately, Cypress Mountain turned out to be a great choice for our family to be in the snow and take in views of the city. First, there is the fact that it is so close to Vancouver. It is a 30-minute drive from downtown, it is an easy and convenient day trip. For example, for those who do not have a car, there is the Cypress Shuttle Bus.
The second reason is related to the options offered to visitors. Non-skiers have many options and alternatives to the basic skiing and snowboarding. To further exemplify this point, it is possible to go tobogganing, tubing and snowshoeing. My kids and I had the opportunity to participate in the first two activities. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to try snowshoeing. However, it looks like a fun activity to do in groups. Furthermore, Cypress offers amazing 10km of self-guided snowshoe trails!
There is no need for technical clothing to experience the three activities mentioned. You just have to dress warmly and in layers. I strongly recommend wearing waterproof shoes and waterproof jacket, along with the regular winter apparel such as gloves, hat and warm socks. The reason for this is that sometimes the snow can be wet and it is important to stay dry to stay warm.
If being active is not desirable, people also enjoy just walking around, playing in the snow and having a meal. All of these activities are absolutely worth the day trip. Upon arrival, head to Cypress Creek Lodge where you will find Guest Relations, the Snow School, Rentals, a Sports Shop, Cypress Creek Grill and Crazy Raven Bar & Grill. You will surely have fun just by being there.
I must warn you! There is something that can happen while you are at Cypress. You might feel like challenging yourself and trying something more adventurous in the snow. I mean, if at first, you thought that skiing was not for you, you may change your opinion when seeing kids as young as 3 years old having ski lessons. If that happens to you, enroll yourself in a single day lesson and rent the gear needed. You will surely go back home with a new skill.
I have to mention again that what I liked most about this day trip is that when you visit Cypress you experience a complete change of scenery for the day. While it might be rainy and foggy in Vancouver, you will find yourself enjoying blue skies and sunlight up in the mountains.
I recommend visiting this beautiful mountain with a group of colleagues from school. Visiting Cypress for the day is a great opportunity to bond and get to know each other better. That is what we did. We visited Cypress with another family with kids who were studying at VIC/SSLC at the same time. It was much better and more enjoyable than visiting with just our family. On the top of that, you get the chance to practice English while having fun. Doesn’t that sound good to you?
It is a pity we could not go back to Cypress before returning to Brazil. Cypress Mountain was an unforgettable experience for the four of us. The cherry on top was the fact that they hosted the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. As a result, we were able to feel the Olympic spirit.
It was such a joy having Adriana and her family in our schools, we miss them dearly. To share their experience visit our schools today and see what program is best suited for you!
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