Cypress Mountain implements pay parking to help address traffic congestion

Dec 28 2020, 12:47 pm

A pay parking system is now in effect at Cypress Mountain to better help the resort mitigate growing traffic congestion issues.

The new daily rate of $10.00 has been introduced for Nordic Area Lot 4, as well as Lots 1, 2, and 3A, and adjacent roadsides in the Downhill Area. This new parking fee applies for vehicles entering the parking lots whose occupants have not pre-purchased a ticket or season pass for planned paid activities within the boundaries of the Downhill or Nordic Ski areas.

The resort operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance costs of these parking lots, and the new fees assist in managing demand within the resort boundaries for “the safe and orderly use of these areas.”

Premium parking charges will continue to apply for Lot 1A, and there will be no charge for parking in Lot 3B.

Cypress Mountain states they were working with BC Parks to implement a “day pass system” for the ski season, similar to what was put in place to control the heightened demand during the summer due to COVID-19. But on December 14, the provincial government told the resort they had cancelled plans to establish the reservation system.

 

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On December 22, video footage posted online showed near bumper-to-bumper traffic congestion along Cypress Bowl Road between the resort parking lots and nearly all the way down to the Cypress Mountain Viewpoint. The resort says visitation on this date was about 80% of normal Christmas peak visitation, and the ski facilities are currently operating at reduced capacities.

“Cypress Mountain Resort has spent significant time and capital over the last eight months creating and refining a comprehensive COVID-19 Operational Plan in order to operate our facilities as safely as possible during this pandemic,” reads a release.

“It was identified early in our planning that we would need to reduce and control capacity within the resort in order to be flexible and be able to deliver on the health authorities guidelines. Our plan provides pre-paid visitors a very clear understanding of our expectations as we have proactively presented our safety protocols for services and activities.”

 

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