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Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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  • The trail system is well marked.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • Some of the trails are plowed by snowcats.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The trails are used by skiers and snowshoers.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • Snowshoe-specific trails are not for skiers.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The trails lead through alpine plateaus and creeks.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • A stop at the lake for some photos.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The wonderland lookout offers a great view of the valley.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • Back at the lodge for lunch and a beer.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • Great views of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor from up above.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The Panorama Trail gets you views from behind the Chief.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • You'll find interpretive signs throughout the trails.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The Panorama Trail is usually the first to clear in the spring and offers wheelchair access.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • A last look at the valley and mountains before headed down.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • Take the gondola down or walk the Shannon Falls Trail.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
  • The gondola ride is fun for all ages and has spectacular views.- Sea-to-Sky Gondola Summit
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Pros: 
Great views. Alpine access. Food services.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Net Elevation Gain: 
-200.00 m (-656.17 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
13.00 km (8.08 mi)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
850.00 m (2,788.71 ft)
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Adventure Description

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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.

 

Backcountry Safety

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.

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