Finally the skies cleared and we were left with a sunny, but cold winter day. The snow conditions in the Coast mountains right now are some of the best we’ve had in years. This makes the skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing fantastic. Cypress Mountain has great cross country skiing and I thought this would be a nice way to spend the last day of 2010 and what a year it has been, with the Winter Olympics being held in the Vancouver/Whistler area.
In the middle of the Nordic ski area there is the Hollyburn Lodge which was built in 1926. It is a wonderful place to visit because it has such character and charm. I like everything about it from the uneven floor to the soups and vegetarian chili. When you enter the lodge there is a sign over the door that reads:
1926 Hollyburn Ski Camp
Be of good cheer, you’re quite welcome here
If sad and alone, let this be your home
Here you will find a welcome most kind
By the end of January 1925, Rudolph Verne and friends had set up a rental shop, lodge and ski school in an abandoned mill. Over night accommodation, ski rentals, meals and entertainment were offered at a charge. This was before there was any road into the area and people had to hike up from the ferry dock in West Vancouver which took two to three hours. They would then spend the weekend skiing and staying at the Hollyburn Ski Camp.