Mount Seymour is a North Vancouver ski hill with downhill skiing runs, snowboarding terrain parks, tobogganing slopes, a tubing park and snowshoeing trails
MOUNT SEYMOUR CLOSES FOR THE SEASON
Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus and efforts to contain the outbreak, Mt. Seymour announced that March 16th was the last day of the 2019/20 season. Unlike some ski hills, the resort did not announce that this was a temporary measure and that the facilities might still reopen. Thanks to the novel coronavirus, this past year’s ski season came to an abrupt early end!
Mt. Seymour announced its compensation policies for people who had purchased tickets and lessons. As explained in the Guest Compensation page on the ski hill’s website, the policies in place are listed below (but see the offical website for exact details).
- The value of all still-to-be-used lessons will be credited to a gift card which can be used for any Mount Seymour products or services in any future year.
- All still-to-be-used times for 3Ski Passes can be used next season as per restrictions similar to what the passes had this past year.
- People who purchased 2020 Spring Passes where the pass has not yet been printed will have the value of the pass credited to a Mount Seymour gift card which can be used in any future year. Pass holders of 2020 Spring Passes that have been printed and used for at least three days are not be eligible for any credit. People with 2020 Spring Passes that have been used just one or two times will be able to use their pass one or two times next season (so up to three times total between the two years).
- As per the original terms of sale, season pass holders will not be compensated for the shortened season.
- The ski hill was open for a total of 88 days this season, which means guests who purchased the 60-day guarantee insurance are not eligible for any compensation.
As of the final day of the 2019/20 ski season, the resort reported 384 cm of snow on the ground at the peak and 297 cm at the lodge and parking lot level. A total of 831 cm of snow had also fallen over the course of the season.
This article contains the following information:
What’s Happening at Mt. Seymour | 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.
What’s Happening at Mount Seymour
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 open from around 10 am until 4 pm.
Click Mt. Seymour 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. 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 for between 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
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.
Rates for the 2019/2020 season are listed below and exclude 5% extra in additional GST taxes. (Note: Rates and other details may change.)
Full-Day Regular Rates
Below are regular full-day ski ticket rates as of January 2020.
- Adults (ages 19-59): $69 (which is about $5 more than last year)
- Seniors (ages 60+): $48 (which is just $1 more than last year)
- Youth (ages 13-18): $48 (which is just $1 more than last year)
- Children (ages 5-12): $26 (which is the same as last year)
- Tots (ages 4 & under): Free
Half-Day Regular Lift Rates
Below are half-day (2:30 pm to close) ski ticket rates as of January 2020.
- Adults (ages 19-59): $49
- Seniors (ages 60+): $39
- Youth (ages 13-18): $39
- Children (ages 5-12): $23
- Tots (ages 4 & under): Free
Night Skiing Rates
Below are ski ticket rates for Night Skiing (5:00 pm to close) as of January 2020.
- Adults (ages 19-59): $36
- Seniors (ages 60+): $31
- Youth (ages 13-18): $31
- Children (ages 5-12): $21
- Tots (ages 4 & under): Free
Special Ski & Snowboarding Discounted Rates
Mt. Seymour offers a number of special deals and rate options including the following:
- Monday to Friday Specials – on weekdays students and seniors, as well as parents accompanying a tot in the Goldie Meadows Learning Area, can pay the following discounted rates (as of January 2020):
- Students (with valid ID): $48 for a full day, $39 for half day and $31 at night
- Seniors (ages 60+): $41 for full days, $35 for half days and $31 for night skiing.
- Goldie Only (Parent & Tot Only): $39 for full days, $29 for half days and $21 for night skiing (all of which are between about $3 and $7 more than last year)
- Note: The above special rates are valid Monday to Friday from December until February and then everyday (including weekends) in March and April. Blackout dates, when the special rates do not apply, however, are between December 26th and January 2nd as well as on Family Day (i.e., February 17th, 2020).
- 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 runs every Monday between January 20th and late March, 2020, from 5 to 10 pm.
- Carload Wednesdays – from January 22nd until March 25th, carloads of between 4 and 8 skiers each can 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 $25 for two hours and equipment is provided. 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. The resort’s trails are fantastic and cost the following (as of January 2020):
- Adults (ages 19 to 59) – $11.00
- Seniors (ages 60+) – $9.50
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $10.00
- Children (ages 5-12) – $9.50
- Tots (ages 4 and under) – Free (with a paying adult)
- Family of Four – $32.00
- Additional Child or Youth – $5
- Adult/Youth Season Pass Trail – $35
- Senior/Child Season Pass Trail – $20
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 which start just below and to the left of the top “pay” trail at the top of the parking lot.
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:
- Family First Night – Mt. Seymour hosts a fabulous family-friendly New Year’s Eve event on December 31st from around 5:30 until 8:30 pm each year.
- Family Day Weekend – up to 2 children ages 12 and under can ski free per paying adult after 2:30 pm on the Family Day Weekend of February 14-17, 2020.
- 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 will likely be offered again in 2020, although details are to be confirmed.
- Rockstar Puddle Party – a time on April 11th, 2020, when you can dress up and splash through giant puddles on your skis between noon and 3:00 pm.
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.
TIP #4: An amazing bike ride in the summer is from the parking lot at the top of Mount Seymour back down to the bottom of the hill in North Vancouver. You’ll need a car with a bike rack and one person needs to drive the car back down. Only serious and extremely fit cyclists ride all the way up the hill.
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).