Pros: Small hill with an old-time feel. Good beginner terrain. Nice views.
Cons: Gets super busy on weekends. Facilities could use an upgrade and expansion.
I can't believe this is the first review! There are three "local" mountains near Metro Vancouver (Cypress and Grouse mountains being the other two). The three are less than 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver making it easily accessible. Mt Seymour is probably the smallest and cheapest. The three hills are quite busy on weekends, especially if the forecast calls for snow on Friday night and sun on Saturday morning. All three hills are
Mt Seymour has an "old-school" feel to it. The hill has a cafeteria, seating area is cramped. There's a small pub. And that's about it. There's a tobogganing area and a few snowshoe trails as well. They don't make any snow here so it's all natural. On a good snow year (like 2016/17) that's a good thing. The runs closest to the lodge are mostly for beginners. For newbies there are two green runs, one of which has a covered "magic carpet" for those rainy days. The Lodge Chair services the other longer green run. It also accesses three short blue runs as they gain courage plus a terrain park. On weekends the line up for the Lodge Chair can be exceptionally long.
The other side of the hill requires some skating/hiking to get to. The Mystery Peak Chair provides access to mostly blue runs but there is a green run for beginners to get themselves down. A few short black runs can be quite challenging with cliffs and trees to serve as obstacles. There's also a terrain park at the bottom of Mystery chair. Mystery Chair is also quite busy on weekends so practice your patience and good skiers etiquette.
The top of Mystery also lets you get to the Brockton Chair, a two seater that goes to the very top. This area has the best snow. The lineup is usually manageable. Even on a Saturday around noon we never waited more than a few minutes. This is not a good part of the hill for beginners. Even the old school chair lift (that doesn't detach and slow down) will be scary for novices. But for intermediates and up this place will feel like heaven on a good day. Lots of powder stashes to find, lots of lines to find in and around the trees. The only downside is that to leave this area, you'll likely have to hike a bit uphill to get back to the area serviced by Mystery Chair. Try to get as much speed on that back part. The trail map is a bit misleading. The section above run 11 (Manning) is actually a small valley.
All in all a fun place to go skiing when you don't want to drive too far out of the city. It's not Whistler and it doesn't even bother to try to be. It's a small ski hill offering up easy to access powder on a nice day.