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Photos: Take a look at Cypress Mountain's new après ski area

A new kid-friendly outdoor patio has refreshments, heaters and easy access to the slopes

If you were hoping for more down-time options at Cypress Mountain Resort, your prayers have been answered.

The popular West Vancouver ski and snowboard destination has added a new outdoor patio, situated next to the Crazy Raven Bar and Grill. But unlike the pub next door, the patio is open to kids – though grown-ups can still enjoy a beer.

If you’re already slopeside, the patio is accessible directly off the bottom of Panorama, and it’s an easy ski down to either the Eagle Express or Lions Express quad chairs.

The outdoor area opened Dec. 22, but the space is now being fully activated, said sales and marketing director Joffrey Koeman, with live music, heated umbrellas and a pizzeria opening “within the week.”

On Friday – the weekly Family Night on the mountain – there was giant Jenga, Connect Four and corn hole games. There was also s’mores, but get there on the early side if you want one – there were some moans and groans from disappointed kids learning they were sold out.

As for food options, there’s currently a kitchen serving burgers, fish and chips, and chicken nuggets. Make sure to bring your smart phone, as all food and drink ordering is done online via a QR code menu.

Other amenities include three huge “euro-style” umbrellas, seating 80 people each with multiple overhead heaters. There are also fire pits – expect some competition to get a seat there.

There are also full restrooms on-site.

The patio is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Check Cypress’s events calendar for live music and other goings on.

Watch a flyover of the outdoor patio

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