Explore Squamish - December 30, 2018

Weekly Winter Adventures - Snowshoeing at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Snowshoeing in Squamish

Snowshoeing 885 Metres above Howe Sound

In the winter months, the views from atop the Sea to Sky Gondola are like something out of a storybook. After a 10 minute ride overlooking Canada's southern-most fjord, you can snowshoe 885 metres in the sky while enjoying ocean and panoramic alpine views from nearly every trail on the mountain. 

Favourite Snowshoe Trails

1. Panorama Trail

If you only have time to snowshoe one trail, the Panorama Trail (1.6km) should be your top pick. Perfect for kids and adults alike, you will walk on a snowcovered loop that passes big Squamish views facing towards the Stawamus Chief, Mount Garibaldi and Howe Sound. Halfway along the trail, you will reach the Chief Viewing Platform which makes for a jaw-dropping photo to document your wintery adventure. 

2. Wonderland Lake Loop

Enchanting views can be found behind every corner on the Wonderland Lake Loop Trail (1.6km). This forested loop leads downhill through a thick patch of trees to a snow-white frozen lake in the woods. The trail starts north of the kid's play area and the trailhead is marked with a wooden wonderland loop archway.  

3. Spirit Trail

Photos: Tara O'Grady, Tourism Squamish

Step across the Sky Pilot suspension bridge and watch solid ground disappear underfoot as you cross a steep gully to the start of the Spirit Trail (.4km). As you make your way across the bridge take note of the panoramic views; at 12 o'clock there is a picture-perfect view of Sky Pilot Mountain, 3 o'clock is Howe Sound, 6 o'clock is the gorgeous Summit Lodge and 9 o'clock is an incredible view of the gulley below narrowing to a V beside you. On the other side of the bridge, the Spirit Trail is decorated with festive decor and loaded with photo opportunities along the way.

4. Sparky's Spin

Watch the snowpack change before your eyes as you make your way underneath the gondola along Sparky's Spin Trail (1.86km) to intersect with the Sea to Summit Trail. Dip down to Wrinkle Rock, a heavily featured rock formation on the uploaders left side of the gondola. From here take the Sea to Summit Trail back up the mountain, this loop is approximately 4km total. Parts of this trail may be slippery at times, it is not recommended for young children.

View the Trail Map

Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoe rentals are available on site at the Summit Lodge. Rates can be found on the Sea to Sky Gondola's website

The Apres

Cozy up by the fire inside the Summit Lodge after your snowy adventure. The 9,000 square foot lodge includes a self-service restaurant, floor to ceiling glass windows to look out at the view and plenty of seating to rest your legs. The seasonal chocolate and cheese fondue is always a winter hit and is a memorable way to cap off your day. Adults can enjoy local craft beer which is available on tap while youngsters will love the hot cocoa. 

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