Glacier Ascent

Adult: $169

Youth (12-16 years): $149

Private (up to 6 People): $849

Climb the glacier and enjoy the stunning alpine vistas atop Whistler Mountain!

Location: Whistler

Duration:  3.0 – 3.5 Hours

Fitness: Good

Ability: Beginner

On the Glacier Ascent Tour, your guide will lead you across glacial snow and ice into the Whistler Bowl. You will be led on a short-roped mountaineering ascent of the alpine bowl – just as the world’s great peaks were traditionally climbed.

Glacier Adventures: Glacier Discovery / Glacier Glissading


This tour is now finished for the 2020 Summer season. Please contact us and we can suggest another activity!

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Please note: This adventure is currently not available.
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While ascending the glacier, learn about glaciology and how to safely travel on and hike up a glacier mountaineering-style. Enjoy the stunning alpine vistas and world-class photo opportunities before descending. This truly is a must-do mountain activity during your visit to Whistler.

No experience is necessary on this safe and fun, authentic Canadian adventure. The tour will cover up to 4 km (2.5 miles) of mountain terrain and up to 200 metres of glacier hiking and ascent. Your guide will establish a safe and steady pace throughout the tour; however, a moderate level of fitness is recommended.

Each day is subject to varying mountain conditions – ask our staff what the mountain has in store for you and your visit.

**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**

9:00am Adventure:

Meet the guide at 8:45 am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre down in the village before taking you to the mountaintop office.

1:00pm Adventure:

Meet at our Mountaintop Office at 12:45 pm. To get to the mountaintop office, take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top. Walk out of the gondola station about 100m and look for the wooden building on the right.

Note: The Whistler Village Gondola takes 30 minutes from bottom to top and line-ups can get quite busy, so plan to get to the top with plenty of time before the start of your tour.

Once at the mountaintop office, the guide will have you sign a waiver and be outfitted with your climbing and glacier gear. You can also borrow hiking boots here.

Next you will hike about 30 minutes up either a beautiful alpine snow slope or a breathtaking glacial moraine and wildflower meadow (depending on the time of year and mountain conditions) as you approach the Whistler bowl and glacier. As you look up at the bowl you will see the 2160 metre Whistler Peak.

Along the walk, you can take advantage of the world-class photo opportunities of the pacific coast mountain ranges.

All glacier equipment is included.

Recommended Gear:

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants. Shorts are acceptable depending on conditions
  • Warm layer(s)
  • 2 pairs of socks, preferably synthetic or wool hiking socks
  • Light gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Small Backpack
  • Personal items you may require

At the top of the gondola you will be in an alpine mountain environment where weather and conditions can change fast – it is best to be prepared with extra clothing layers.