Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish starts selling annual passes

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      Squamish’s new sightseeing gondola is scheduled to open in May 2014. But locals chomping at the bit can buy an annual pass starting today (November 28).

      The Sea to Sky Gondola is making a limited number of one-year passes available for a limited time. The cost: $99 per adult, $69.95 per youth (13 to 18 years old), $39.95 per child (six to 12 years old), and $249 per family (two adults and two children). The passes, which can be purchased on the Sea to Sky website, are valid from May 16, 2014, to May 31, 2015.

      The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is located at the top of the gondola.
      Paul Bride

      In 10 minutes, the gondola will carry passengers from the base, between the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls, to a height of 885 metres on the wooded ridge northwest of Mount Habrich. At the top of the gondola, visitors will find a lodge, hiking trails, viewing platforms, and a suspension bridge. The lodge will feature a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, a tea house, and a gift shop.

      One of the six main hiking trails is likely to give the Grouse Grind some competition. The Sea to Summit Trail offers a distance of six kilometres, an elevation gain of 916 metres, and an estimated time of three to four hours one-way.

      The Chief Overlook is one of three main viewing platforms.
      Paul Bride

      When the gondola opens, day tickets will cost $34.95 per adult, $22.95 per youth, $13.95 per child, and $89.95 per family. Admission will be free for children under six years old.

      During the summer season (May 16 to October 13, 2014), the gondola’s tentative opening hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with later hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays.

      Last year, the Sea to Sky Gondola sparked controversy after the Georgia Straight revealed that the project required the removal of a 2.36-hectare strip of land from Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.



      Yoster Schnauss

      Apr 6, 2014 at 2:27pm

      These pass prices are not exactly cheap. And they don't continue into summer. If you want to be the kind of company that actually supports the community: Offer the passes yearround to locals, and pay your workers at least $15/hour. Otherwise you're just exploiting the local population to make TONS of money for your own, greedy pockets. $40 per trip and $90 per family, when you can put EIGHT PEOPLE in a gondola, is greedy and extremely disappointing. I don't know a single person that can afford this kind of "day trip."


      May 7, 2014 at 10:57am

      When I have visitors from out of town, I'm always looking for some way to highlight the awesome beauty of BC, and this looks like a great destination. The prices seem reasonable for what one would expect to be a memorable experience. I can imagine this would have some positive spill-over effects for Squamish as well - with shopping and lunch "in town" following the gondola trip.


      Jun 25, 2014 at 8:32pm

      When having a one year pass , how much do my friends or family have to pay when riding the gondola ?