The high alpine zone above Squamish has been used by people for all sorts of activities for years, but since the construction of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, the summit has become very popular with adventurers and tourists alike.
The access up into the mountains is simple and does not cost very much, especially when you by a season or annual pass. Once at the Summit Lodge, you can choose multiple trails for multiple adventures. Snowshoes can be rented at the lodge and are mandatory on certain trails throughout the winter season.
A few trails take you through the Shannon Basin and loop back to the lodge. Most of the trails converge at some point, so increasing or decreasing your total length of trail can be done if the conditions cause you to turn back.
The Wonderland and Panorama trails both stay pretty close to the lodge and are the most popular with new visitors. The trails through the woods are well marked and some have interpretive signs explaining some of the history and wildlife in the area. The trail maps all explain in detail the trail elevations and difficulties with approximate times to complete.
The Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit offers 360-degree views of the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Corridor and is a great way to spend a casual day on the trails or going out farther into the backcountry for bigger adventures.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.