Learning to Ski on Cypress Mountain

I’ve always wanted to properly learn how to ski. The closest I ever got was going on a school trip to Austria but the slopes were icy, I was completely out of shape, and the bigger kids found it super funny to knock me over every chance they got.

Skip 20 years (wow) and I’ve finally found time to pick up where I left off, surrounded by a much more pleasant group.

I joined a Discovery camp at Cypress Mountain, British Columbia, a scenic 25 minute drive from my home in North Vancouver (or 45 mins from downtown Vancouver).

I was in the 19+ years old, level one (super beginner) group and along with our instructor, Tom, we went through everything from which end is the front of the ski, how to stand on them, turning in a snowplow (pizza) to getting to grips in parallel (french fries).

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We spent two days, 9:30 am to 4 pm getting to know each other, becoming more confident in our new skills, and riding the ski lifts to the top of a couple of green runs.

At every point, Tom was there to make sure we’re comfortable, feeling good, and walk us each through our techniques and ensuring we’re only learning good habits.

By the end of the weekend, we were all able to make it from the top of Collins (my favourite run) almost completely using parallel turns and had a great time doing it.

You can book your own lessons here and you can choose from:

Or, if you don’t want to ski, you can always Snowboarding or head over to the Nordic Area for:

I’m heading back up on Sunday and can’t wait. Stay tuned via my Instagram for plenty of photos and new videos.

Disclaimer: Cypress Mountain gifted the lessons to me in exchange for an honest review and for social coverage.

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