Snow Day at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Daily Conditions

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Stay up to date on the daily weather and activities available at the Sea to Sky Gondola. Daily conditions are updated at 8:45am each morning.

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week 10am - 4pm (5pm last ride down)

Today's Freezing Level: 600m

New Snow:  2cm

Snow Base:  86cm

Tube Park:   OPEN.  One lane.  Height restriction:  You must be 105cm (42") to tube.  1 person per tube.  $5.00 per person.  Children under 12 require adult supervision.

Daily Tours:

Guided Snowshoe + Fondue Tour - Discover pristine solitude, excitement and enjoy the outdoors this winter on a guided snowshoe tour and enjoy a chocolate fondue in the cozy Summit Lodge after your outdoor adventure. Daily at 12:30pm, pre-booking is required. In the event there is not enough snow, we will offer a guided forest walk. $19.95 per person.  Up top already?  There may be room for last minute additions to tours.  Enquire at Bhodi's or Summit Retail or for more information click here.

Trail Status - All trails have experienced recent melt / freeze conditions and are slippery.   Good,  winter tread boots are a must.  Crampons (micro spikes) or snow shoes are highly recommended on all trails except Spirit.  See our retail team for crampon or snow shoe rentals.

Spirit Trail - Open.  Trail is being snow cleared and sanded, but expect slippery sections. 

Panorama Loop - Open.  Snow covered.  Snow shoes or micro spikes recommended.  

Wonderland Lake Loop -  Open -  Snow covered.  This friendly walking and snow shoe path leads to a wooden boardwalk surrounding Wonder Lake (pond) and associated wetlands.   This boardwalk allows us to explore the area, while sustaining the delicate wetlands zone.  Snowshoes or micro spikes are recommended.

Please expect changing and challenging trail conditions at this time of year.  Expect slippery conditions. 

Sparky's Spin - Open.  Connects with Upper Sea to Summit for a single track loop that is just under 2km. 

Sea to Summit - Open. 7.5 km trail from base to summit.  Difficult in places.  Steep, 900m vertical rise.  Intermediate-Expert.  Expect rock scrambles to be slippery.  Rope assisted climbing in places.  Expect snow and ice on upper 1/4 of trail.

Shannon Basin Loop - Open.  An intermediate, but longer, (9.8km) loop from the lodge, out to Shannon Creek and then dropping down through the forest back onto a de-commissioned forest service road to return to the Summit.  Between Shannon Creek and Marker #69 expect creek crossings until the trail drops down into the forest at Marker #69.  

Al's Habrich Trail - Open. Please use winter entrance only.  Travel beyond creek is more difficult and challenging, and expect the trail to be slippery.  Travel beyond Marker 18 is again more difficult and very sllippery.   This trail is more difficult, back-country hiking, with significant vertical gain.  Rock scrambles and rope-assisted climbing.  Use caution on slippery rocks, especially if leaving trail at view areas.  Travel beyond 'End of Marked Trail' requires back country route finding skills, ability and equipment.  

Backcountry Access Road - Sky Pilot Valley Trail - Open. Travel beyond  winter 'End Of Marked Trail'  signs requires good backcountry, high alpine, route-finding skills, ability and equipment.  Suitable winter footwear and equipment is required.

Trails closed for the season:  Alpine Alley, Highline Trail, Summer access to Al's Habrich Trail.

Backcountry Advisory

February 16th Grooming:  Back country access road as far as Shannon Creek Bridge (Upper Shannon Basin Loop). Sky Pilot Valley Trail. Winter access to Al's Habrich Trail.  

The avalance advisory for the South Coast Zone today is: Moderate

Forecast information can be found at the following linkwww.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/south-coast.

Please refer to the Avalanche Canada website for special statements for the area.  

During high and extreme avalanche conditions in the South Coast zone - skis and boards will not be uploaded on the gondola.

Safety Notes

  • Wear approriate clothing and good treaded winter footwear for wet and slippery conditions on trails. Be prepared!
     
  • Small children require close adult supervision, particularly off trail and around water.
     
  • You MUST be prepared with proper gear before your hikes: proper treaded winter footwear, head lamp and extra clothing if venturing out on extended hikes.  Let someone know where you are going.  Carry a fully charged cell phone and plan for darkness and dropping temperatures. 
     
  • Know before you go! The gondola is subject to unscheduled closures due to weather.  Check our website, or check in with Guest Services if the gondola is part of your hiking plan.  You need to be prepared for a 2-way hike.  Use extra diligence during weather events, including forecasted outflow winds. 
     
  • Expect high water in creeks and river beds.  Possible bridge wash-outs, and difficult or impossible creek crossings.  Supervise children and pets closely.   Be aware of sink holes and snow bridges near creeks and bodies of water, as well as collapsing snow on the banks of creeks at the upper-most elevations.
  • Please note that for safety reasons drones may not access the gondola

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