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

What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment 
  • Technical gear rentals (Harness, Helmet, Axe, Crampons)
  • Photos of the climb 
Not Included

Not included

  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Personal gear rental (ex. mountaineering boots, tent, sleeping bag/mat)
  • Lift Ticket  for the Gondola (Sea to Sky Gondola Tickets & Passes)
  • Food
Gear list

Gear list

Personal Gear

  • Mountain Boots – full-leather. They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Backpack – 30-40 litre capacity
  • Outer layer waterproof jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pairs)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (1-2 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum SPF45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 litre
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in pant gaiters or boot gaiters
  • GPS 
  • Compass and map 
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Tape / Repair kit

Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)

Note: Gear requirements can change based on trip and conditions. Let us know if you have any questions!


Is this for you?

The number one question we get from our guests is, "are we ready for a multi-pitch?". 99.9% the answer is YES, a guide's job is literally to push their guest's ability. If you have a minimum climbing experience and eagerness for a day of adventure, we can design a trip for you!

  • Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside.
  • Can top rope a minimum grade of 5.6
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 8 hours
  • Likes being outside
Booking Policy

Booking Policy

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here.


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.