Mt Seymour’s five-hour hold off opening chairlift frustrates neighborhood snowboarder

Mt Seymour didn’t open its key chairlift right up until five hours immediately after it was scheduled to on Tuesday, top to a disappointing early morning for eager skiers and snowboarders.

Arthur Kononuk, a year pass holder, explained the mountain ought to have performed more to converse the mechanical concern to friends, so they did not squander time driving up when the chair wasn’t performing.

He drove up for a 9:30 am begin but arrived to come across the Mystery Peak chairlift was not operating. He waited until finally about 11 am, right before driving back again down to get the job done.

“They must know there’s a difficulty with the lifts at 6 am, not at 9 am,” he said, introducing it was aggravating since the mountain allegedly did not article about the challenge on its Instagram site or warn any motorists earning the 20-minute journey up the winding mountain highway.

As Kononuk was leaving, he saw motorists still coming up who didn’t know the lift wasn’t working.

“Put any individual down at the bottom of the hill in advance of you make [the] push up,” Kononuk stated

Mt Seymour spokesperson Simon Whitehead explained the lift experienced a mechanical problem Tuesday morning, and was operating by 2:30 pm.

Although Tuesday’s opening was specially late, Kononuk states there is been a pattern of lateness at Mt Seymour this calendar year that is disappointing for skiers and boarders who’ve spent time and income to go up and may possibly only have a constrained window to get their operates in.

“You’ll go up for the 9:30 am open up … and they nevertheless don’t have the great deal plowed,” Kononuk mentioned, questioning no matter if staffing or scheduling issues are contributing to the challenge.

It is particularly frustrating this yr as a lot more individuals stop by Vancouver’s North Shore mountains throughout the pandemic to go snowboarding and driving even though Whistler is off-boundaries.

Kononuk originally selected Mt Seymour out of the 3 North Shore mountains simply because of its history supporting snowboarders and mainly because it’s a family-owned enterprise.  But he wants to see superior services for those who bought pricey carry tickets or season passes.

“If it was my enterprise and if I was relying on 1 chairlift, I would definitely put exertion into delighting my consumers instead of discouraging them,” he explained.

Mt Seymour has not still responded to Each day Hive’s thoughts about late carry openings and conversation with friends.