Not far north of downtown Vancouver is Mount Seymour, a family-owned winter playground that showcases breathtaking views of Mount Baker and offers popular activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, shoe-shoeing, tobogganing and more.
In 1984, the Wood family took over the operation of Mt. Seymour and committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, family atmosphere that would draw people in year after year. Hundreds of adventurers have learned the ropes of skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of this mountain and many more have used it to shred terrain and improve their skills. Located near the Pacific Ocean, the high base elevation of Mt. Seymour averages annual snowfall over 1,000 cm. The ski area’s 80 hectares of terrain, half of which are lit for night skiing, features slopes fit for all levels of outdoor ability.
Most locals opt to get season passes, though day passes for select activities are also available. Rental equipment and lessons for are available daily during the season. Mt. Seymour is home to three food outlets offering a wide variety of food and beverage options. The Rock Chute Bar & Grill is perfect for a quick family lunch before hitting the slopes. If a grab-and-go snack is needed, the Grillworks Cafeteria and Harold’s Cafe offer just that.
Events are plentiful during the winter season. Shred for the Cause are held every Monday and benefit local non-profits. Everyone is on the lookout for Spot Santa events, where Santa rips down the mountain on a snowboard. Snapping a photo with the snowboarding Santa could mean winning season passes, making the spotting even more rewarding. Carload Wednesdays mean that a car full of travelers to the mountain can ski for only $99 per car. Many of these events only take place during specific dates, so viewing Mt. Seymour’s events calendar is a must before planning a trip.