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North Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour Ski Hill

Mt. Seymour Ski Hill

Mount Seymour is a North Vancouver ski hill with downhill skiing runs, snowboarding terrain parks, tobogganing slopes, a tubing park and Snowshoeing Trails.

The mountain opened for the 2023/2024 season on December 13th.

Note: On February 20th, 2024, Mount Seymour is closed due to poor weather conditions.

 


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 | Mt. Seymour Video | Special Events | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Mount Seymour Ski Resort

Mount Seymour bills itself as Vancouver’s starting gate to mountain recreation, which means it’s a great ski hill for beginners and young children. Mt. Seymour is certainly a popular North Shore mountain with local families – the ski runs are fun and not overly challenging.

The ski hill is in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver.

(IMPORTANT NOTE:  For people wanting to explore the provincial park in winter, as opposed to Mt. Seymour Resort for skiing and other snow sports, one needs to buy a day-use vehicle pass. Passes were required every day between December 14th in 2023 and January 7th in 2024. Passes are also needed on weekends and statutory holidays between January 8th and March 31st in 2024.)

For more information about the passes, click BC Parks Day-Use Passes.

 

Ski Conditions & Updates

The first day of the 2023/2024 ski season was December 13th, 2023.

As of February 20th, the resort has had 324 cm of snow fall over the course of the season. 149 cm remained at the summit. 30 cm of snow was at the base.

See the Mount Seymour website for the ski hill’s most up-to-date snow report and ski conditions during the winter season.

 

About the Mount Seymour Ski Resort

In total, Seymour has 40 runs, three chairs, 200 acres of terrain and 330 metres in vertical drop. In terms of difficulty, there’s something for every level of skier, but especially for folks 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.

Mount Seymour opened for the 2020/2021 season on December 1st. First day of the season in 2019 was December 19th. The final day of the 2021/2022 season was April 10th and as of that date the hill had 844 centimetres of snow for the season. There were still 285 centimetres of snow at the base and 359 centimetres at the summit. Zero centimetres had fallen in the last 24 hours and zero centimetres in the last week. The last day of the season in 2021 was April 11th.

The first day of the 2022/2023 season was on December 2nd, 2022. 888 centimetres of snowfall was reported throughout the season, which ended on April 9th, 2023. There was 296 centimetres of snow at the base and 447 centimetres at the summit.

 

Lodge Chair at Mt. Seymour
The View from Mt. Seymour’s Lodge Chair

 

Getting to Mount Seymour

Access to Mount 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.

 

Mt. Seymour Ski Run

 

Skiing at Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour is a great ski hill that’s especially popular with young families. Most years there are six 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 five 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.

 

Mount Seymour’s Terrain Parks

Mount Seymour also has four terrain parks for snowboarders and skiers wanting to do tricks. There’s Mushroom, Northlands, the Pit and Dark Park. 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 Mount 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 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 Pit features a skate style jib section and multiple elements that are constantly changing.

And finally, the Dark Park 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.

 

Mount Seymour View
The View from the Top of Mount Seymour

 

2023/2024 Lift Rates

In most years, regular full-day lift tickets for skiing and snowboarding are valid daily from opening until closing. In 2023/2024 prices vary depending on the date and timeslot you select.

(To learn about season’s passes at the resort click Mt. Seymour Season’s Pass Deals.)

 

2023/2024 Downhill Skiing Rates at Seymour

For the 2023/2024 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 from early December in 2023.

  • Adults (ages 19-59): $39 to $89
  • Seniors (ages 60+): $39 to $54
  • Youth (ages 13-18): $39 to $54
  • Children (ages 5-12): $25 to $33
  • Tots (ages 4 and under): $8

 

Mystery Peak Express Chair
Mount Seymour’s Mystery Peak Express Chair

 

Special Ski & Snowboarding Discounted Rates

Mount Seymour has offered a number of special deals and rate options in recent years including the ones listed below.

  • Shred for the Cause – ladies get to ski on Monday evenings starting in late January for just $15 most years. Half of that cost benefits the Bloom Group which is a Downtown East Side social services charity. Men can 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 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Carload Wednesdays – from January 22nd until March 25th, 2020, carloads of between four and eight skiers each paid just $99 (plus taxes) between them for night skiing on Wednesdays (so from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm).

 

Tubing at Mount Seymour

One of the special features of Mount 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 was available for about $33 for two hours last season and equipment was provided. 2023/2024 prices are to be confirmed. Mount Seymour also has one of Metro Vancouver’s best toboggan parks, which costs about $15 if you bring your own sled.

 

Tubing at Mt. Seymour
Tubing at Mount Seymour

 

Snowshoeing at the Park

Mount Seymour’s other big attraction is its Snowshoeing Trails. Some are free while others you have to pay for.

The ski resort’s trails are fantastic. Prices for the 2023/2024 season are as follows.

  • Adults (ages 19 to 59) – $17 ($39 with rentals)
  • Seniors (ages 60+) – $12 ($29 with rentals)
  • Youth (ages 13-18) – $12 ($29 with rentals)
  • Children (ages 5-12) – $11 ($23 with rentals)
  • Tots (ages 4 and under) – $6
  • Adult Season Pass Trail – $43
  • Senior/Youth/Child Season Pass Trail – $32

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 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 Mount 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.

 

Mount Seymour Video

The following video was taken in January 2021 (so during the COVID-19 pandemic). It shows the area at the ski hill near the bottom of the Mystery Peak Express Chair. Along the side of the downhill terrain is the entrance to the free snowshoeing trails in the provincial park.

 

 

Special Events up at Seymour

Every year Mount 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 (some of which haven’t taken place since before the pandemic).

  • Family First Night – Mount Seymour usually hosts a fabulous family-friendly New Year’s Eve event on December 31st from around 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm each year. 2024 details are to be confirmed.
  • Family Day Weekend – up to two children ages 12 and under could ski free per paying adult after 2:30 pm on the Family Day Weekend of February 14 to 17, 2020. 2024 details are to be confirmed.
  • Rockstar Puddle Party – a time on April 8th, 2023, when you could dress up and splash through giant puddles on your skis between noon and 3:00 pm. There were prizes on hand for winning competitions and having the best costumes. 2024 event 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. 2024 event details are to be confirmed.

 

Ski Tips & Advice

Below are some tips to help you make the most of your visit to Mount 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: Grades 4 and 5 BC students can ski at Mount Seymour (and many other Canadian ski hills) up to three 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 usually mandatory on the road up to Mount Seymour between October 1st and March 31st.

TIP #4: A great place to get used ski equipment is at one of the Lower Mainland’s Extreme Winter Ski and Board Swaps. They take place in the fall each year and funds raised benefit the Canadian Ski Patrol.

 

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).

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