Seylynn, North Vancouver
An overview of the snake run looking up from the bottom, i'm on my way back
up the speed line.
Seylynn is an old concrete snake run from the seventies but it's still one of
the best parks in the Lower Mainland. It's located in North Vancouver and sits
right beside a river where you can keep your beer cool. The snake run starts out
at about 6 feet deep with nearly vertical walls and goes straight for about 30
feet. Then it mellows out a bit and turns right, left, right, left and then drops
into a 10 foot deep bowl. The whole thing is on a hill so you can get tons of
speed. If you follow the speed line going up and over the hips instead of following
the corners you can get enough speed to pump around the bottom bowl and back up
the hill to the beginning of the run.
There are hips and corners and transfers everywhere so what lines you find is
kind of up to you. There's a big left hip near the top of the run that's a good
hit and then you can just carve and air whatever gets in your way. This park is
really fun for a summer afternoon session and since the construction of the Parkgate
and Kirkstone skateparks Seylynn is almost always empty. If you want to ride it
early in spring bring a broom because the bottom gets full of leaves during the
winter and gets super slick. Also there is almost always a puddle near the top
of the run so you might want to sweep the water out of there.
To find the park go to Phibbs exchange bus loop in North Van and ride up one block
West on Main, turn right at the A&W and go North on Mountain Highway for 4
or 5 blocks. It's in the park you'll see on the left. If you are driving just
take the #1 over the Second Narrows Bridge and exit at the Main St. exit. At the
first set of lights turn right on Mountain Highway, there is an A&W on the
corner. Go North for 4 or 5 blocks and keep your head up for a left turn at the
Seylynn park sign.