What do I need to wear and bring?
You will be most comfortable if you dress in layers that can be removed or added as necessary due to varying weather conditions throughout the day.
Below is a standard list of items we recommend to wear:
- Gloves or Mittens
- Warm Fleece or Sweater
- Goggles or Sunglasses
- Waterproof Winter Jacket with Hood
- Waterproof Snow Pants
- Long Johns or Warm Tights
- Long Sleeved Turtleneck/Shirt
- Warm Socks
Do I need to pre-book lessons?
Pre-booking is required for all of our multi-day Camp lessons and highly recommended for all single-day lessons. Please call Lesson Registration at 604-986-2261 for more info or visit www.mtseymour.ca/lessons
My child is 3, can I still register them?
Our Tot Private Lessons are designed specifically for ages 3-6 in a one-on-one environment. We recommend that 3 year olds develop a strong foundation of skills in a one-on-one setting first to ensure each child receives the best care and attention to be set up for success from the start.
What if I register for the wrong level?
Please see our ability scale to help assess ability level
. We always evaluate students’ abilities on the first day of multi-day lessons and try to match groups to find suitable classes for everyone. We encourage you to meet with your instructor before or after lessons to get the best follow up on lesson progress.
Are helmets required by law?
Mt Seymour and the Canada West Ski Areas Association recommend the wearing of helmets for skiing and riding, and encourage you to educate yourself on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage.
Mt Seymour provides access to helmets for skiing and riding to all lesson participants at our Rental shop. It is a personal responsibility to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.
Helmet usage is required for all students in the Bear Cubs program and for all of our Freestyle programs.
What happens when it snows or there is poor weather?
We love it when it snows! While Mt Seymour is known for abundant snowfalls, along with snow can come fog, wind and rain. In most cases, if Mt Seymour is operating, lessons will continue as planned.
We always recommend checking our website for updated weather conditions in the morning of your lesson. If lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather, Mt Seymour will contact you with further information.
Are there discounts available for parents?
Parents of children in multi-day camps can receive 15% off Adult Camps.
If your child participates in a multi-day Camp program, you can also purchase a Parent Pass which is 50% off a regular area pass. You must present a copy of the camp invoice to any Ticket Booth or at the Lesson & Rental Desk to redeem your discount. Parent Passes are only available on the day of lessons. One Parent Pass per child per day. Discount must be redeemed at the time of purchase.
Will we be able to ski or snowboard after one lesson?
Everyone develops at their own pace in their own unique way and learning to ski and snowboard is much the same. While first lessons often cover the basics of controlling speed and direction, we recommend a multi-day lesson package to establish skills and explore more of the great natural terrain Mt Seymour is known for.
Can I use my rental equipment after my lesson?
Yes! There is a small transfer charge of $5 for all Bear Cubs participants; for all other Camps and lessons there is no additional charge.
Should I use poles?
We ask that all first time skiers not use poles in lessons until they can safely and confidently stop and turn. The foundations of a good skiing stance are in the lower body and using poles too early can often disrupt and distract students, especially children.
If you have skied before and are looking to start using poles, we recommend talking to your instructor before lessons to create the best plan to achieve your goal.
Are there training tools I should use with my child?
Independent learning is the best way for your child to develop their skills and Mt Seymour instructors use the adage maximum ability on minimum terrain.
We highly discourage the use of leashes and harnesses especially at younger ages as these create a misaligned stance that can greatly stall future progress.
Can we enroll special needs children?
Many of our instructors have experience with a variety of students with special needs. We ask that special needs students take a private lesson to ensure a good instructor match and a great experience on the snow.
Can my child register with a friend or sibling?
Absolutely! Skiing and snowboarding are great activities to share with family and friends.
Please be aware that classes are organized by sport, ability, and age and not all requests can be guaranteed. As different programs are specialized for different ages, note that Bear Cubs is limited to ages 4-7 only.
How do we get a sense that our child is progressing?
Your instructor will be available at the end of lesson time at the dismissal area. Please feel free to approach our instructors and ask how it’s going!
In addition, at the end of our children’s multi-day lesson Camps, children receive a Progress Card outlining his/her skill development throughout lessons.
What if I miss a day in my multi-day lesson camp?
If you miss a lesson in a Multi-Day Camp due to illness, please contact the Camp Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
to whom a doctor's note must be provided.
Unfortunately, Mt Seymour cannot provide make-up lessons for lessons missed for other reasons. All make-up lessons must be pre-booked through the Camp Supervisor to ensure that there is no overbooking. Please call 604-986-2261.