Daily Conditions

Thursday, April 26th, 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

Monday through Thursday 10am - 4pm (5pm last ride down)
Friday through Sunday 10am - 5pm (6pm last ride down)

Today's weather: Mainly sunny, high of 26C

New snow: None

Snowbase: ~65cm

Freezing Level: 3800m

Activities

Guided Walking tour - 11am complimentary walking tour daily meeting at the map in the Summit Plaza.  

Guided Snowshoe Tour -  1.5 hour tour starting at 1pm daily, meeting at  Bohdi's in the Summit Plaza.  The cost for this tour is $25 for adults and $20 for children this does not include lift pass or rentals.  Conditions permitting. 

Tube park - Closed for the season.

Trail Status      

Spirit Trail - Open. Clear of snow - expect muddy & slippery sections.

Alpine Alley Trail - Closed.

Highline Trail - Closed.

All other trails below are snow covered - expect slippery sections.  Winter boots, crampons or snowshoes are required.  Only the Spirit Trail, the decks, & suspension bridge are suitable for travel without good winter boots, crampons or snowshoes at this time.   

Panorama Loop - Open.  Snow covered with slippery sections, winter boots and/or crampons recommended.

Wonderland Lake Loop -  Open.  Variable, challenging conditions with deep snowpacked areas and narrow sections.  Trail is challenging with 90% snow coverage, expect to sink through snow when walking.  Use caution

Sparky's Spin - Open.  Snow covered with slippery sections.  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.  Expect muddy and snowy patches closer to the top of trail.  Rock scrambles can be slippery.  Rope assisted climbing. 

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.  Snow covered.  Between Shannon Creek and Marker #69 expect creek crossings and more challenging terrain until the trail drops down into the forest at Marker #69.  

Al's Habrich Trail - Open, via the winter access route.  More difficult, back-country hiking, with significant vertical gain.  Rock scrambles and rope-assisted climbing.  Use caution on slippery rocks at view areas.  Travel beyond 'End of Marked Trail' requires back country route finding skills, ability and equipment.  Much more difficult in winter conditions.  Snow on sides of creek beds is collapsing.

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.

Trail Grooming Status

March 28th - Upper Shannon Basin Loop to the bridge. Lower Shannon Basin Loop to the bridge. Sky Pilot Valley Trail.  Winter access to Al's Habrich Trail. 

Backcountry Advisory

Avalanche Canada advises that avalanche conditions in the South Coast zone, in which the Sea to Sky Gondola and all associated terrain is located is: Considerable.

Forecast information can be found at the following link: www.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 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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