Snow Day at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Daily Conditions

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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 weather: Rain. High 4C. 

Today's Freezing Level:  2000 m

New Snow:  22cm

Snow Base:  22cm

Daily Tours:

Guided Snowshoe (or Forest Walk weather depending) + 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.

Free Guided Interpretive Tour - Daily at 11:00am. Meet at the Trail Map at the Summit Plaza.

Trail Status

Spirit Trail - Open.  An easier, stroller friendly walk.

Panorama Loop - Open.  Stroller friendly walk. 

Alpine Alley Trail -  CLOSED.  

Wonderland Lake Loop -  Open -  This stroller friendly walking 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.  

This trail is currently under re-construction.  The improved trail provides increased sustainability in wetland areas and around the pond.  Thanks to all our guests and staff for understanding while improvements are in progress.  Trail improvements will continue in the spring.

Please expect changing 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. 

Highline Trail - Open.  Short, steeper, intermediate single-track hike with great views.  Can be slippery!

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

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.  At this time please use summer entrance only.  Summer connector is a scenic easy-moderate single track trail until the creek crossing.  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.

Backcountry Advisory

The avalance advisory for the South Coast Zone today is: High.

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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