The Sea to Sky Gondola region gets some of the deepest snow in North America and has a wide variety of terrain whether you are an experienced snowshoer or first-timer.
A network of trails and roads offers a huge range of options - frontcountry or backcountry, short or long, steep or flat....your choice. Winter snowshoeing as it was meant to be, quiet solitude with no ski lifts overhead or powerlines, no competing with snowboarders or xc skiers for a winter wonderland experience. A winter escape as it was meant to be.
This accessible sport can be a full-on workout or as simple as a leisurely walk through the forest to see some of our spectacular views. That is what is so great about snowshoeing, you can go at your own pace.
There is no extra cost to go snowshoeing at Sea to Sky Gondola, it is one of the many adventures that we include in the day pass once you reach the summit. Snowshoe rentals are an additional charge and are available at our Summit Lodge*.
We offer five marked snowshoeing trails as well as access to endless terrain if you are equipped for the backcountry. Please note that if you plan to enter the backcountry, proper backcountry practices as outlined should be followed.
Kids (5 & under): $10/day
Add-on poles: $5/day
Add-on neo over-boots: $5/day
Poles only: $5 per 2hrs
Crampons: $5 per 2hrs
Poles: $5 per 2hrs
Neo boots: $5 per 2 hrs
Snowshoe Tour packages
We offer fun guided snowshoe tour packages that you can book online before you arrive at the gondola. The package includes*:
- 1 x round-trip lift ticket
- 1 x snowshoe rental
- 1.5hr guided interpretive snowshoe tour with one of our Sea to Sky Gondola guides
- Tours begin at 11:00am and 2:00pm *Min 4 people
- Prices: $79+taxes adult, $63+taxes youth (ages 13-18)
- *Alternative pricing available for visitors who do not need rentals or lift tickets
Remember, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! The tour will take you through a majestic sub-alpine forest leading to a lookout platform above the legendary Chief Mountain, Howe Sound, and the Squamish Valley. Your guide will offer commentary along the way about nature, local history, First Nations, the Howe Sound and local mountains. Full payment is required upon booking. Cancellation policy: We require a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel for full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 24 hours of tour time.
Snowshoe tours will be available for purchase once weather conditions permit. Please call 604-892-2551 for details.
TIPS FOR SNOWSHOEING:
- Walk slowly and take small steps. Lift your feet up naturally and walk like you normally do. Don't lunge your feet forward, force your feet forward or leap.
- Try not to step on the tails of the forward snowshoe with your forward moving foot as you might find yourself in the snow.
- Backing up is impossible!
- Use poles
- Always bring a headlamp
- It is easier to go up a hill or traverse the hill at an angle. When going up a steep hill, traverse back and forth at a 45 degree angle. Do not try to go straight up!
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- The strongest position of the snowshoe is when the whole bottom rests on the snow. Any time you find yourself with part of the snowshoe raised from the snow, it is less stable.
- Kick in on steep slopes. If you find yourself having to go up a steep slope because the trail is narrow, kick the front of your snowshoe into the snow. Press down at the same time. This creates steps that will help you climb the steep slope. Make sure you place each foot far enough ahead so the steps do not collapse.
- Try the herring bone. If it is difficult to climb a steep slope, you might try the herringbone step similar to what skiers do to climb a hill. Not recommended until you feel very comfortable in your snowshoes.
- Be familiar with hypothermia. Always keep your head, hands and feet warm as that is where you lose heat the fastest.
- Don't depend on your tracks to lead you back to the start. During a blizzard, there may not be any tracks to follow back.
- Don't over tighten your snowshoe straps. This might cut off the circulation on your feet and cause unnecessary coldness. Tighten your straps just enough to hold your boots.