Mount Seymour is a North Vancouver ski hill with downhill skiing runs, snowboarding terrain parks, tobogganing slopes, a tubing park and Snowshoeing Trails.
This article contains the following information:
Ski Conditions & Updates | About the Ski Hill | Getting There | Skiing at Mt. Seymour | Terrain Parks | Lift Rates | Special Discounts | Tubing | Snowshoeing | Special Events | Tips & Advice | Other Information
Mount Seymour Ski Resort
Mount Seymour Resort bills itself as Vancouver’s starting gate to mountain recreation, which means it’s a great ski hill for beginners and young children. Mount Seymour is certainly a popular North Shore mountain with local families – the ski runs are fun and not overly challenging.
The ski hill is located in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver.
Ski Conditions & Updates
As of January 22nd, 2021, the ski hill had 505 cm of snow so far this season including 0 cm over the previous 24 hours and 6 cm over the previous seven days. There was still 216 cm of snow at the base and 354 cm at the summit (so down 2 cm and up 1 cm respectively compared to a few days before). Snow on the runs was pretty hard packed!
As of around 8 am of the same date, it was -5 degrees and sunny with unlimited visibility. 40 of the resort’s 41 or so runs were open and the resort reported hard-packed conditions. The snowshoeing and tobogganing areas are now both open daily. The tubing park is also open, but only on weekends and Fridays.
People wanting to ski or do other snow sports at Mt. Seymour this year have to buy their tickets and reserve their spots online. Season’s pass holders also have to reserve their times in advance. For the safety of staff and guests, face masks are required by everyone in lineups, on lifts and in buildings.
Hours for skiing and snowboarding for most of the year are generally between 10 am and 10 pm. Mt. Seymour’s tubing park, tobogganing runs and snowshoe trails are also typically open from around 10 am until 4 pm (although the tubing park hasn’t opened yet for the 2020/21 season).
See the Mt. Seymour website for the ski hill’s most up-to-date snow report and ski conditions.
About the Mt. Seymour Ski Resort
In total, Seymour has 41 runs, 3 chairs, 200 acres of terrain and 330 metres in vertical drop. Of the resort’s 41 ski trails, 6 are classified as Green (or easiest), 26 are Blue (for more difficult) and 8 are Black Diamonds (for most difficult). Consequently, there’s something for every level of skier, but especially for folk at the intermediate level.
Mount Seymour is the easternmost of Vancouver’s three local ski hills, it’s often the one with the most natural snow and it boasts one of the Lower Mainland’s finest views. The resort also promotes itself as the most affordable ski hill in Metro Vancouver.
The resort usually opens for the ski season around mid-December. Mount Seymour opened for the 2020/2021 season on December 1st, 2020. First day of the season in 2019 was December 19th. The season before went from December 14th, 2018, until April 14th, 2019. 538 cm of snow fell over the course of that season, with 240 cm still on the summit and 180 cm at the base on the final day of skiing. For comparison, the first day of the 2017/18 ski season was December 1st and total snowfall for the year was 1023 cm.
Getting to Mt. Seymour
Access to Mt. Seymour is by car, or shuttle bus from either Parkgate Community Centre at 3625 Banff Court in North Vancouver or the Rupert SkyTrain Station at the corner of Rupert and East Broadway in Vancouver.
There is a return trip charge of about $10 or $15 for the shuttle service, although it’s often free for a week or so just after Christmas. Season’s passes for the shuttle service are also available in the 2020/2021 season for around $50.
Skiing at Mount Seymour
Mount Seymour is a great ski hill that’s especially popular with young families. There are 6 Green runs and 26 Blue runs, which makes it good for beginners and intermediate skiers.
Seymour has nice variety in its offering of skiing and snowboarding runs too. Some runs are narrow and through the trees while others are wide open. A number also have amazing views of the Lower Mainland and the longest run is over 1.5 kilometres in distance.
Mount Seymour has 5 lifts including a high-speed quad, a couple of double chairs, a covered magic carpet ride and a tiny Tots Area Wonder Carpet that’s only a few metres long.
Mt. Seymour’s Terrain Parks
Mount Seymour also has 4 terrain parks for snowboarders and skiers wanting to do tricks. There’s Mushroom, Northlands, the Rockstar Energy Pit and Nut House. All four of Seymour’s terrain parks are lit and operating at night, and between them they feature over 30 different elements ranging from S to XL.
Mushroom is the small beginner terrain park that’s located by Mt. Seymour’s Goldie Learning Area (a.k.a., the “Bunny Hill”). Northlands is the one with the advanced triple jump line, jib features and other fun and challenging elements under the Mystery Chair, which makes it a popular venue for showing off.
The Rockstar Energy Pit has a reputation for being one of the Lower Mainland’s most progressive and fun terrain parks, and it’s popular with snow sport enthusiasts of all levels, from novices to experts. The Rockstar Energy Pit features a skate style jib section and multiple elements that are constantly changing.
And finally, the Nut House is a terrain park that forms toward the end of the season – after there’s been lots of snow – and it features large and enhanced natural snow elements under the Mystery Peak Chair.
2020 Lift Rates
In most years, regular full-day lift tickets for skiing and snowboarding are valid daily from opening until closing at 10 pm. Half-day tickets are good from 2:30 until closing, and night skiing takes place from 5:30 until 10 pm. 2020, however, isn’t a typical year.
For the 2020/2021 season Mount Seymour is trying something different. On weekends the resort is selling tickets for four-hour slots on the mountain. The sessions start an hour or two apart and tickets are valid for the duration of those four hours. Prices vary depending on which time slot folk select, but generally get less expensive as the day goes on.
It’s on weekends that skiing is restricted to just 4-hour time slots. On weekdays you still have to book your starting time period, but you can then stay and ski for as long as you like.
2020 Downhill Skiing Rates at Seymour
For the 2020/21 season, rates depend on what day and time you go up, as well as on your age. Below are the price ranges for ski tickets as of December 2020.
- Adults (ages 19-59): $39 to $70
- Seniors (ages 60+): $31 to $49
- Youth (ages 13-18): $31 to $49
- Children (ages 5-12): $22 to $27
- Tots (ages 4 & under): $5 (whereas in previous years tots were free)
Beginners who want access to just the Goldie Meadows Learning Area and the Magic Carpet lift can also ski for between $24 and $39.
Special Ski & Snowboarding Discounted Rates
Mt. Seymour has offered a number of special deals and rate options in past recent years including those listed below. 2020/21 details, however, may or may not be the same.
- Shred for the Cause – ladies get to night ski on Monday evenings starting in late January for just $15 with half of that benefiting the Bloom Group which is a Downtown East Side social services charity. Men can night ski those nights too but have to pay full rates. Shred for the Cause ran every Monday between January 20th and late March, 2020, from 5 to 10 pm.
- Carload Wednesdays – from January 22nd until March 25th last season, carloads of between 4 and 8 skiers each could pay just $99 (plus taxes) between them for night skiing on Wednesdays (so from 5:30 until 9:30 pm).
Tubing at Mount Seymour
One of the special features of Mt. Seymour is its tubing park. Even if you don’t want to ski, this mountain can still be a fun place to play.
Tubing in a designated area is available for about $29 for two hours and equipment is provided. Family passes for up to five people are also available for $116. Mount Seymour also has one of Metro Vancouver’s best toboggan parks, which costs $10 on weekdays or $15 on weekends if you bring your own sled.
Snowshoeing at the Park
Mt. Seymour’s other big attraction is its Snowshoeing Trails. Some are free and for some you have to pay.
The ski resort’s trails are fantastic and cost the following (as of the beginning of December 2020):
- Adults (ages 19 to 59) – $15
- Seniors (ages 60+) – $11
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $11
- Children (ages 5-12) – $10
- Tots (ages 4 and under) – Free (with a paying adult)
- Adult Season Pass Trail – $39
- Senior/Youth/Child Season Pass Trail – $29
Adjacent to the ski hill are some beautiful provincial park trails too. Because they are in a public park, it means the snowshoeing there is actually FREE!
If you want the free snowshoeing, be sure to go all the way to the end of the far parking lot for the provincial park trails (although you will probably have to park further down and then walk up).
See the Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing Map to see where the various snowshoeing trails are. The “pay” snowshoeing trails are the Discovery Snowshoe Trail Network which are marked and maintained by the resort. The free trails are part of the provincial park and start just below and to the left of the top “pay” trail at the top of the parking lot.
To learn more click Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour.
Special Events up at Seymour
Every year Mt. Seymour hosts a number of special events. One is the Shred for the Cause ladies’ night event on Monday evenings from late January until the end of March. See above for details. Other special events include the following (which may or may not be happening during the 2020/21 season because of COVID-19):
- Family First Night – Mt. Seymour usually hosts a fabulous family-friendly New Year’s Eve event on December 31st from around 5:30 until 8:30 pm each year. (Details for 2020 are to be confirmed, although we’re guessing that nothing will happen because of COVID-19.)
- Family Day Weekend – up to 2 children ages 12 and under could ski free per paying adult after 2:30 pm on the Family Day Weekend of February 14-17, 2020. 2021 Details are to be confirmed.
- Pass Holder Appreciation Days – 2018/2019 season pass holders could bring a friend to ski for free on the Saturday and Sunday of April 6th and 7th, and April 13th and 14th in 2019. The same deal would have been offered again in 2020, had the season not come to an abrupt and early halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
- Rockstar Puddle Party – a time on April 11th, 2020, when you could have dressed up and splashed through giant puddles on your skis between noon and 3:00 pm (had the event not been cancelled because of COVID-19). 2021 details are to be confirmed.
Ski Tips & Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to Mt. Seymour.
TIP #1: Season passes go on sale for cheap towards the end of the ski season – usually sometime in February. If you plan to do a number of days of spring skiing, consider getting a discounted season pass if it’s available.
TIP #2: Grade 4 & 5 BC students can ski at Mt. Seymour (and many other Canadian ski hills) up to 3 times for free with a SnowPass which only costs about $30.
TIP #3: Make sure to have good winter tires or chains if there is any chance of snow or ice on the roads – if you don’t, and the roads aren’t clear – then Grouse Mountain is the most accessible (unless you want to pay for the shuttle bus from Parkgate Centre Mall). Good winter or M&S tires are mandatory on the road up to Mt. Seymour between October 1st and March 31st.
Other Ski Information
For more information about the mountain, see Mount Seymour‘s website.
Mount Seymour is one of the North Shore’s three main local ski hills (with the other two being Cypress – which has the most lifts and terrain – and Grouse Mountain – which offers the most year-round activities and is the most accessible with its tram ride up the mountain).
For general information regarding local ski hills click Lower Mainland ski hills (including a comparison of the different mountains).
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Mount Seymour Provincial Park
- Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour
- Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Condition
- Winter Activities in Vancouver
- Outdoor Recreation in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Parks and Nature
- North Vancouver Hotels