If you live in Greater Vancouver — or if you’re visiting — definitely take a few hours to ride up the Sea To Sky Gondola and play in the snow at the Summit. You can rent snowshoes and go tubing down a fabulously steep and long hill.
For kids like mine who live in a city which rarely sees snow, a trip up the mountain to play in snow up to their waists was a huge treat.
My girls had never experienced snow like this before and they can’t wait to go back.
My 10 year old Julia absolutely loved tubing down the mountain. My 8 year old Sophia was too scared to try it this time, but I’m sure the next time we go, she’ll be ready.
Sophia was also nervous about walking across the suspension bridge at the summit but she did it and was so proud of herself. I love watching both my girls conquer their fears. (It’s not at all scary, but she is a very timid little girl and scares easily.)
The Sea To Sky Gondola is relatively new – this is only the second winter it’s been open.
It’s the perfect day trip if you live in the lower mainland. It’s only about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver so it’s much closer than driving all the way to Whistler Blackcomb — which I find is a little long for a day trip with kids in the car.
If you don’t actually want to go downhill skiing or snowboarding, the Sea To Sky Gondola is a more affordable way to get into the mountains to go snowshoeing, hiking, tubing and simply enjoy the snow.
(While the Sea To Sky Gondola does open up complex backcountry terrain for advanced ski touring, it is NOT for the beginner or inexperienced ski tourer.)
A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children/youth) is $95.95 and children 5 and under are free.
So for your next family adventure, head to Squamish.
You’ll love the phenomenal views of the Howe Sound fjord, luscious coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. And your kids will love playing in fresh, deep snow.
We’re all looking forward to another visit to the Sea To Sky Gondola and next time we’ll go snowshoeing.
Disclosure: We were provided tickets for the Sea to Sky Gondola so that we could share our experiences in this review. As always, our opinions are our own. Thank you for reading and sharing.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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