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Review of Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola
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Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Squamish
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Sea to Sky Gondola experience starts at the base area. There is short-term parking, washrooms, a cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, a children's play area, ticketing/guest services, and a gift shop. Your adventure starts with the ten-minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level. The ride up provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, two easy, interpretive loop trails with viewing platforms, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, snowshoeing, backcountry access and much more. In addition to the outdoor experiences, the Summit Lodge will provides opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, signature dining, or simply a chance for friends to share a refreshment after a day of adventure in nature.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The gondola ride offered spectacular views of Howe Sound and The Chief. The suspension bridge and viewing platforms located at the Summit Lodge provided additional viewing opportunities. The Panorama trail by the Lodge was well groomed and well marked. The Backcountry trails however were difficult to figure out from the map that was provided. Access to all backcountry trails started with a 30 min hike along a logging road...nothing to see along here, eventually we reached a trail which separated into the Sky Pilot and Skyline ridge trail. We chose the ridge trail hoping to reach a view point... we did not. After hiking for close to 2 hours we decided to turn back. It would be nice to have markers along the way to indicate how far you have hiked and thus if you're close to your destination. There's free wifi at the Lodge, however once you head into the backcountry, cell coverage is minimal...either 'no service' or one bar if you stand very still...a reminder, you are in the wilderness. We finished our day with lunch at the Summit Restaurant...the fish tacos made with salmon were good.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

The views from the top are amazing, the tour guide was excellent(wish I could remember his name). The walking trails are enjoyable. Wife was freaked out by the suspension bridge. What more could you ask for.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We found the gondola ride enjoyable and the views at the top are gorgeous. the restaurant is good and the suspension bridge and the shorter trails near the gondola were lovely and well marked. these trails are good if you only want to spend 1 hr or less hiking. the problem we had was with the longer trails. First, there were two versions of the trails maps given to us. one version had some finished trails shown as under construction and the other map did not. this led to confusion. Also all the maps (on walls and on brochures) show a trail connecting the Sky pilot trail with the Skyline trail. this trail exists but only partly!!! it does not completely connect as shown on the maps!!!! we ended up going on this trail (or part of it) and getting lost. There were no signs at the end of the skyline trail that warned us that it did not connect to the Sky pilot trail (even though it is shown on the map). the operators need to modify all the maps to reflect this. it is going to lead to lots of people getting lost. the other problem we had with the longer trails is that they were mainly in old logging roads and were ugly to walk in and hard to walk on with all the cobbles. much harder than a real trail in the woods. there were no views in the logging roads and no trees to look at, just a mess of slide alder. to improve this it would be nice if they cleared viewpoints through the slide alder so you could see something every once in a while.

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Christy A, Manager at Sea to Sky Gondola, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Thank you for your feedback and review of the Sea to Sky Gondola trails. Your review and suggestions have been shared with the operations and guest relations teams and will help to constantly improve the experience.

New trails and routes are opening weekly and we are working hard to update the trail descriptions on the website, the trail signage as well as providing updated information about the hiking trails at the front line. Last week a new section of Al's Habrich Ridge Trail to Neverland Falls was completed and provides a challenging 3-4 hour hike with beautiful views without the backcountry access road hike. The Sea to Summit trail from the base to the top of the gondola also provides a challenging hike and could even be linked to Al's Habrich Ridge trail for a day of adventure followed by the gondola ride down.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Sea to Sky Hi-way is the first part of the experience. As a local, I am still awed by the scenery along that road. It lifts my spirit every time.
I bought a pass and have gone twice July 3 and 8; both were weekdays. There was lots of free parking at the bottom. The Gondola ride is fairly short and really impressive with those great views of Howe Sound and that lovely green water.
Comparing it to Grouse, it is far less manicured, and you really get to see what "back-country" looks like. Plus the experience of 25 minutes on that stunning piece of hi-way makes it feel like a trip well away from the city.
Comparing it to Whistler, well Whistler is great too, but another 45 minutes away and the Gondola ride is way long. You need all day for that one. You could easily do the Sea to Sky Gondola with Tourist friends and then go do something else.
For Locals, it gives you access to trails you wouldn't be able to do in one day, unless you are an uberfit god. The trails are not over developed or very busy , and it's really cool to see the back of The Chief as you hike up.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The gondola ride, the paths, the views, and the lodge itself are all worth the steep price of admission. (pun intended). The views are absolutely outstanding, and the fact that this attraction was build quite recently allows for you to enjoy fresh new trails and viewpoints. The suspension bridge is a lot of fun for mild thrill seekers. ;) They also provide free "tour guides that point out notable things to see, and explain the features of the building etc. There is a very reasonably priced cafeteria to enjoy, and a licensed bar. They also offer a sunset dinner on the patio! I am definitely going back up there for that. :P

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