Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver (CA) looks back on a very successful first summer season with the mountain coaster named "Eagle Coaster".
During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Cypress Mountain hosted the freestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions. But Cypress Mountain is not only known for winter sports, but also as a hiking area and for geocaching, which can be done in the area. Since this year, the mountain railroad also attracts its guests with the "Eagle Coaster".
This expansion of the offer reaches an even broader target group and positions the area as a year-round destination. "We are very happy with the initial feedback and about the enthusiasm of our guests. We see that the Eagle Coaster appeals to a broad spectrum of guests, and we're obviously very pleased about that," said Russell Chamberlain, president and general manager of Cypress Mountain.
After all, the Mountain Coaster attracts not only Vancouver locals, but also international guests vacationing in Vancouver and the surrounding area.
The adventure begins with a ride on the "Eagle Express Quad" chairlift to the top of Black Mountain. From there, the ride on the Eagle Coaster begins. With one of the 70 blue toboggans you race down the approx. 1700 m long monorail. Due to the proximity of the rails to the ground, the speed, which you can regulate yourself using the handbrake, is felt much more intensely. The track stretches through the forest and along the ski slopes of Cypress Mountain with many waves, jumps and great viewpoints such as a panoramic curve with a fantastic view over Vancouver. During the ride, 279 vertical meters are climbed.
Since Cypress Mountain functions as a ski resort in winter, individual track elements of the monorail are dismantled. Because the assembly is not complicated, the track can be quickly rebuilt without any problems by employees of the mountain railroads at the beginning of the summer season.