Hundreds of refugee families headed to Mount Seymour on Sunday to play in the snow, try skiing or snowboarding and have a barbecue.

Young Syrian boy on snow shoes

Snowsuit and snowshoes on! (Deb Goble/CBC)

"I can only imagine if our family went though what they've had, how much we would appreciate it if they reached out and welcomed us and [made] us feel comfortable and part of the country," said Eddie Wood, general manager for Mount Seymour.

Syrian refugees on mount seymour, free gear

Mount Seymour made equipment to ski, snowboard, or toboggan free for refugee families. (CBC)

All the winter clothing was donated while hundreds of volunteers, from translators to ski instructors, came to help as well.

The families came from all over Metro Vancouver and for many, it was their first time in the snow. 

Syrian refugees try out snowboarding on Mount Seymour

Officials at Mount Seymour said they've been touched by stories of Syrian families trying to adapt to their new lives in the Lower Mainland. (Deb Goble/CBC)

"They're apprehensive, in awe, a little tentative but just having a great time," said ski instructor Carol Griffiths. "Look at their faces, they're just smiling and coming back for more."

"What I can relate to is seeing the excitement and the nervousness ... being out here in the snow, and that I can relate to and it gives us all goosebumps," said volunteer, Jenny Wesanko.

Syrian refugees on Mount Seymour eat BBQ

Refugee families attending a free event on Mount Seymour were treated to some barbeque. (Deb Goble/CBC)

with files from Deborah Goble