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Backcountry Sea to Sky Gondola

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Please read this page before accessing the backcountry. Be aware that this terrain is in the backcountry and is not patrolled by anyone from Sea to Sky Gondola.

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The easy access to the upper Shannon Creek watershed, Goat Ridge, Mount Habrich, and Sky Pilot Mountain provides significant recreational value in both the summer and the winter for backcountry enthusiasts.

Sea to Sky Gondola does not perform snow safety assessments and does not rate the avalanche hazard in the backcountry. All information shared here and on social media sites is via Avalanche Canada.

The Sea to Sky Gondola has adopted a policy in which skis and snowboards will not be loaded on the gondola on days in which Avalanche Canada, in their public avalanche advisory, deems the zone known as 'South Coast' to be rated as 'high' or 'extreme'. We do this to support our local Search & Rescue and not add additional burden to their already challenging role. Visit Avalanche Canada for all of the details.

Every backcountry user MUST be well prepared and travel with other experienced backcountry users. When entering the backcountry every member of your group should have The Essentials and be wearing a transceiver (and know how to use it), carry an avalanche probe, and a shovel.

Squamish Search & Rescue advises that backcountry rescue is not always immediately possible, and is dictated by hazard assessment of current conditions.

YOU and ONLY you are responsible for yourself and your companions in this terrain. Proper equipment and knowledge are a given if you want to travel out here. You are responsible to read the Exclusion of Liability and Assumption of Risk, Jurisdiction waiver on the reverse of each ticket and posted throughout our operation.

If you choose to enter the backcountry, here are some helpful tips: