I don't think I've seen any discussion on CT of this.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is offering snowshoeing, winter walking, tubing and ski touring this winter.
This will be a great place for snowshoeing, winter walking and tubing. Given the pressure on the winter route up Hollyburn that resulted from it being such a rare opportunity and the Seymour parking fiasco, this should help relieve some of that foot and snowshoe traffic.
I thought they'd also offer XC track skiing, since they have enough flattish roads to set up at least a basic area.
As for ski touring, this is what they have to say:
"The terrain around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co Pilot, Skyline Ridge and Goat Ridge is not for the beginner or inexperienced ski tourer. This is big terrain, complex in nature with lots of steeps, alpine bowls, first growth forests, pillow lines, extreme couloirs and all the goodies AND the associated risks you would expect to find in a complex alpine terrain environment. The Shannon Creek watershed offers over 1300 hectares (+3000 acres) of new terrain. With up to 1100m of vertical and four alpine bowls, there is no shortage of terrain to explore. Access is via the summer trail and road network that all begins at the Summit Lodge. As this will be the first winter season of access, it will be somewhat of a pioneering process. As the season rolls on, routes will be established, lines will be skied and terrain will be explored, much of it for the very first time. It's not often people get a chance to be part of that process. It is for this reason we are recommending that only experienced ski tourers consider this area as a destination for this season.
For those who are up for the challenge there are some big rewards likely to be paid out!
"Please be aware that this terrain is in the backcountry and is not patrolled by anyone from Sea to Sky Gondola."
This summer saw regular instances of people with shallow backcountry hiking experience getting into trouble in the complex terrain beyond the lodge. It looks to me like Sea to Sky is promoting the risky end of this sport, while taking no responsibility for it. This could take the problems up a big notch or two, because weather, routefinding and avalanches become more serious challenges. I hope they're on good terms with the Squamish SAR.
No doubt some impressive feats will follow from this, and some nice routes will become established. But the area does suffer from being convoluted terrain not well suited to general mountain touring, like Mt. Seymour.