Early access to the gondola at 9:30am is available to those heading out into the backcountry.
Please be aware that this terrain is in the backcountry and is not patrolled by anyone from Sea to Sky Gondola.
Supported by local Search and Rescue Services, the Sea to Sky Gondola has adopted a policy in which skis and snowboards will not be loaded on the gondola on days where Avalanche Canada deems the avalanche risk in the 'South Coast' zone as 'high' or 'extreme'. Visit www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/south-coast for details.
The terrain around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co Pilot, Skyline Ridge and Goat Ridge is NOT for beginner or inexperienced ski tourers. This terrain is complex in nature with lots of steeps, alpine bowls, first growth forests, pillow lines, extreme couloirs. The Shannon Creek watershed offers over 1300 hectares (+3000 acres) of new terrain. With up to 1100m of vertical and four alpine bowls, there is no shortage of terrain to explore. Access is via the summer trail and road network that all begins 600 meters from the Summit Lodge.
Sea to Sky Gondola does not complete snow safety assessments and does not rate the avalanche hazard in the backcountry. All information shared on the website and social media sites is via Avalanche Canada.
Every backcountry user MUST be well prepared and travel with other experienced backcountry users. When entering the backcountry every member of your group should be wearing a transceiver (and know how to use it), carry an avalanche probe, and a shovel.
We recommend that every backcountry user checks current avalanche conditions before entering the backcountry.
Machine-Groomed Backcountry Trails (Winter 2016/17)
Please remember that conditions may change and often vary from one slope to the next so always test the snow before making your descent!
Tips for ski touring:
- Dress appropriately
- Always bring a partner
- Always carry avalanche transceiver and demonstrated ability to use it
- Always bring a shovel
- Considering bringing a saw to cut through fallen trees
- Always carry an avalanche probe
- Be aware of the difficulty of the terrain and your maximum ability
- Have knowledge of what to do if you find yourself or someone else in an Avalanche
- Always check local avalanche conditions before going www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/south-coast
- Be aware of this winter’s snowpack layers
- Know the recent snowfall
- Know the current weather conditions (temperature, snowfall, and visibility)