With Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry recently advising winter sport enthusiasts to “go to your local ski hill rather than going to one that’s in another part of the province,” it seems many people were more than eager to heed that advice on Tuesday.
And after a dump of snow on Monday, followed by sunshine, it seems Cypress Mountain in the North Shore was the destination of choice for many.
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In a video posted on Reddit, and shared here with permission, cars can be seen making their way up to the resort, in a slow-moving line, which reportedly stretched almost as far down the road, as the roadside pullout and view area.
In its COVID-19 Operational Plan, Cypress states that all tickets, rentals, and lessons must be purchased online, and that chairlift lines are spaced out to allow physical distancing of two metres between groups or individual riders. Guests can choose to fill the chair with riders in their own bubble or ride as two singles on quad chairs and one person on double chairlifts.
As well, all resort purchases are by credit or debit card only, and some typically “normal offerings” will be more limited this season.
“Be prepared to utilize your vehicle during peak periods as an alternate opportunity for eating, warming, changing and storage,” the mountain states.
The mountain is also notifying those hoping to try their luck tomorrow and Thursday that tickets are now sold out for those days, as well.
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Daily Hive has reached out to Cypress for more on Tuesday’s crowds.
Cypress wasn’t the only busy resort on Tuesday though.
According to a Twitter account that provides updates on the traffic and parking at Mt. Seymour, their parking lot was full by 10 am.