The Sky Pilot Mountaineering Ascent provides you with an aerial experience, rising 2,130 meters directly above the Salish Sea. The mountain stands as a proud pinnacle among a spectacular cluster of peaks. The ascent to the summit is considered a moderate alpine climb, initially ascending the Stadium Glacier to either the South or West Ridge, past the Pink Slab crux and to the summit. The Sea to Sky Gondola provides easy access to the trail head. Guests can choose between a one day “summit push” ascent or a two day trip.
Two routes are recommended to climb Sky Pilot mountain, either the South or West ridges routes. The South ridge being more a scramble while the West ridge is a bit more is considered a moderate difficulty (grade III ) ascent of 9 – 12 hours (round trip) with some quite exposed sections. Most parties will wish to do a two day ascent with a day one bivouac along the ridge, gaining the summit and returning to the valley on day two. On weekends, when the gondola stays open late, or with a truck shuttle on the Mamquam forestry road, a fit party can accomplish the route in a day.
The Sky Pilot group of peaks along with the Stadium Glacier, Co-Pilot and Ledge Mountain offers several mountaineering opportunities for other alpine climbs. The Sea to Sky Gondola cuts out over 800 meters of steep uphill approach. Guests can choose between a 2-day or one day ascent. As well as more overnights in order to achieve the triumvirate of Co-Pilot, Sky Pilot and Ledge peaks.
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to first aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Tours
**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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