Sky Pilot Summit

Local Lift Accessed Alpine

At 2,031 meters (6663 feet), Sky Pilot provides a great introduction to the Alpine right in the backyard of Squamish and Vancouver, BC.  Sky Pilot and the Stadium Glacier are quickly accessed by the new Sea to Sky Gondola.  Riding the Gondola saves hours of approach time with almost a vertical kilometre of elevation gain (2800 feet), allowing quick access to the Alpine.  This area is great for a one to three-day adventure boasting amazing views and a big mountain feel.

The Goods

Length: 1 or more days

Starting Point: Squamish, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2031m (6663ft)

Season: May 15 - October 15

Style of Climbing: Steep snow and rock


Meet at the Base Camp Cafe at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish at 8 am.  From there, we will take the Gondola up and hike out into the backcountry after a final gear check—hike or bike to the end of the old logging road.  We ascend and cross the Stadium Glacier and gain the West Ridge of Sky Pilot Mountain. Fourth and easy fifth class climbing on rock leads to an exhilarating summit with incredible views of the Sea to Sky Corridor.


Hike to the base of Mt. Sky Pilot.  Climb it round trip in a maximum of 11 hours.  Due to Sea to Sky Gondola Hours of Operation, the 11 hour day trip can only be executed on Friday and Saturday (as the last download time is at 9 pm, instead of 7 pm). If you are fit and able to complete the attempt in 9 hours, a one-day summit attempt can be made Sunday-Thursday.


Day 1: Meet at 10 am at Base Camp Cafe at the base of Sea to Sky Gondola. Have lunch at the top of the gondola, then hike out to the mountain base to a beautiful base camp in the Alpine. Review and practice mountaineering skills.

Day 2: Early the next morning, set out to summit Sky Pilot.

Day 3: The next day, we will climb Co-Pilot mountain and head back to the gondola.

The Objective

Sky pilot is one of the closest alpine route to Squamish and Vancouver, BC offering engaging scrambling and unbeatable views of the Howe Sound and Sea to Sky Valley

Elevation gain from the gondola: 1250m

Climb steepness: 45 degrees

Rock difficulty: 4th class

Distance (one way): 6.8km


Sky Pilot Co-Polit group from Habrich Mt Squamish

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.