This past weekend we had a parking attendant stop us on the road up Cypress (it was approx. 11:30 a.m.), just before the downhill area. He was causing a major traffic jam and stopping EVERY car (it was like lining up and going through the border to the USA!). As we were speaking to him, we could hear instructions on his radio from his co worker instructing that he turn any cars around who were not coming up to ski. He confirmed to his colleague that was what he was doing. They do allow you to go through if you say you are skiing or dropping off or picking up your kids ... so that is what we said ... found parking, got out and collected our snowshoes from our trunk and carried on our way to hike up Black Mountain (just a hint if you encounter this guy or any of his co workers).
Not sure why such a dramatic increase in the influx of visitors to our beloved Cypress, but the resort would do better to start an education campaign for their new eager ski/boarding visitors on how to show respect to fellow skiers/hikers/snowshoers, enforce a NO SMOKING policy, educate these newbies about NOT LITTERING (and fine them if they are caught littering/smoking withing the park), not yelling at each other in their conversations, and educate how to safely stop without crashing into other skiers/boarders or hikers who are passing through past the lift lines. Education on driving in winter conditions and the mandatory use of snow tires would also be beneficial to all those of us who encounter the unprepared drivers we see on our way up and down the mountain.
Cypress is PROVINCIAL PARK and as such the resort staff have no jurisdiction over me or my fellow hikers if we choose to come up for a hike at any time of day. Born and raised here in Vancouver, it is a foreign idea to me that I should be told that I cannot access the park or that I cannot enter certain areas at certain times. This is not the Cypress I grew up with ... can we please just have our nice,clean, quaint, laid back, quiet Cypress Mountain back??