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Sky Pilot

Sunday, Sept 9th, 2018 - 14km, 25km, or 25km/15km with rappel

Date: Sunday, Sept 9th, 2018
Distance:  14km | 15km with rappel | 25km | 25km with rappel | Kids Race (~1km)

Overview

Sea to Sky country is blessed with some of the best terrain for trail running anywhere in the world, and the location of the Sea to Sky Gondola is right in the middle of some exceptionally beautiful Coastal Mountain terrain. Big alpine vistas, deep forests, spectacular rocky perches, crystal mountain streams and more await you at the top of your gondola ride.

We’d also like to acknowledge and thank the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh for their stewardship of these lands and for granting us permission to share them with you.

The Sea to Sky Gondola, Adventure By Nature.

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Course

Ascent: 750m / 2450ft
Descent: 750m / 2450ft 

The 14km race is an incredibly scenic and VERY challenging loop. You will encounter stream crossings, steep terrain and a few sections where you’ll need to use ropes to assist you going both up and down, but check out this video of the views! The majority of the back half of the 14km route is not technical, though overall it is still a very challenging trail race with the first 5kms being the most technically challenging. ​

Click the map above to view a larger image.

Schedule

Date: Sunday, Sept 9th, 2018
Distances: 14km, 15km with 50 meter rappel (TBC), 25km, 25km with 50 meter rappel, Kids Race
Location: Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, BC
*The Basecamp Cafe, which serves Galileo coffee will be opening early for all your caffeine purchasing needs*
Gondola Upload: Starting at TBA
Start Time: Kids Race TBA
25km + 25km rappel TBA
15km with rappel TBA
14km TBA
Start/Finish: Sea to Sky Gondola upper lodge
Awards 14km – 2:00pm 
15km with rappel – 3:00pm
25km + rappel – 3:45pm

Details

Gondola Lift Tickets MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE OF RACE MORNING:
Lift tickets will be available for purchase at a discount for racers & family shortly before race weekend. Tickets must be purchased on the Sea to Sky Gondola website, and you’ll receive a receipt to claim your lift ticket on race morning. NOTE: tickets must be purchased in advance, and are only valid for Sun, Sept 10.

Parking:
EVERYONE MUST PARK at the Darrell Bay overflow parking lot, located ocean side, just before the gondola parking lot. Please allow for ten minutes to park and walk across to the gondola. Drivers can drop off runners at the gondola in advance of parking BUT NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO PARK IN THE GONDOLA PARKING LOT. There is a strictly enforced three hour parking limit so anyone who attempts to park in the gondola parking lot can expect a parking ticket upon their return.

Parking Shuttle From Darrel Bay to STSG:
A complimentary shuttle service is provided to transport runners from the overflow parking at Darrel Bay up to the racer check in at the STSG base lodge. Walking times are about ten minutes. The shuttle will operate as of 7:30am and will be on a constant loop as it fills seats.

Aid Stations:
One aid station will be located where the two courses split at approximately 8km.
Short course aid station = 1 at kilometer 8
Long course aid station = 1 that you’ll hit twice at kilometers 8 and 18. 

**Please note that 25km runners MUST carry ample fluids with them while departing the aid station at kilometer eight before heading up to run the ridge.** There is only one creek beyond here as a water source while completing the ridge loop.

Cupless:
All CMTS races are now cup free events, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own source for fluids at aid stations and at the finish line. Here are two suggestions: A packable style bottle, or a homemade version in which you simply lop the top off of an empty kids juicebox. ​

Package Pickup:
Saturday, Sept 8th: 12pm – 6pm @ Escape Route Squamish
Sunday, Sept 9th: 8am – 9am @ our race location Sea to Sky Gondola lower base area

ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Race Cap:
350 total runners

15km and 25km Rappel Certification Course:
Participants in either rappel course must have a certification or proof of competency for rappelling. Mountain Skills Academy is hosting four rappel certification sessions this May & July in Squamish specifically for Sky Pilot. Full details and registration here.

15km and 25km Rappel Course Mandatory Gear List:
This is the rappel gear list that has to carried with you from start to finish: harness, helmet, 2 locking carabiners, 1 belay device, and 1 sling.

PLUS the mandatory gear listed below this for 25km runners.

25km Mandatory Gear List:
This is mandatory gear and there are no exceptions. We will have volunteers checking one random item per person, prior to getting into the ridge area of the race. If you do not possess the one item you are asked to provide you will be turned around and not allowed to proceed. This will be non-negotiable and is for everyone’s safety.

1) Whistle 2) Space blanket 3) Buff or toque 4) Gloves 5) Long sleeve wind jacket 6) Cell phone 7) Lighter or matches 8) Headlamp or flashlight (no the light on your phone will not suffice) 9) Printed course map (please print your own copy) 10) 600 calories 11) Ability to carry two litres of water.

10 Essentials:
Although all our courses are excellently marked, you can never predict what can happen during a race. We recommend learning about the 10 essentials for backcountry safety and bringing them in your running pack. Learn more about the 10 essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.

25km Cutoff Times: 
KM 8 at the aid station outbound. 2h15m / 12:45pm
KM 18 at the aid station inbound. 5h30m / 3:45pm
KM 25 at the finish line. 6h30m / 4:45pm

  • If a runner does not cover the first eight kilometers in under two hours and fifteen minutes they will be directed onto the 14km course and will be recognized as a 14km race finisher.
  • If a runner comes down off the ridge into the aid station for the second time, at approximate kilometer eighteen after 3:45pm they will be directed / short coursed straight back to the gondola via the service road and considered a DNF.
  • ​Runners who clear the aid station for the second time, at approximate kilometer seventeen, will have until 4:45pm to complete the race as an official finisher. Anyone crossing the line after 4:45pm will be considered a DNF.

Results

Race results for 2017 and previous years are available using the buttons below.

2017 Results: 14 km

2017 Results: 25 km

2017 Results: 25 km Rappel

Historic results

Photos

2017 race day photos were taken by Brian McCurdy and are available to purchase though his website using the button below.

2017 Race Photos

Register

Distance Dec 1st July 9th Race Cap
14 KM $55 $65 100
25 KM $75 $85 100
15 KM Rappel $65 $75 50
25 KM Rappel $85 $95 50

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Registration for the Sky Pilot 2018 races is open!