Youth (8-16 years): $129
Private (up to 6 People): $699
Take a slide down a 14,000 year old glacier!
Duration: 2.5 – 3 Hours
Glacier Glissading is the thrill of sliding down glacier snow in the summer, combined with an interpretive hike of the 10,000+ year old Whistler Glacier. Don’t just see the snow in summer; slide on it!
The 10,000+ year old glacier is a short hike from the top of the Whistler Gondola through stunning alpine terrain. This tour includes all of the interpretive aspects of our Glacier Discovery Tour plus Glissading. You get two tours in one!
The tour visits a cirque glacier, thus putting you in the middle of a natural amphitheater surrounded by craggy ridges and peaks – A truly remarkable place!
Along the way you can discover beautiful, curious and interesting flora and fauna. This includes striated glacier polished rock slabs, colourful flowers that emerge from soil freed by glacial recession, the mighty cracked-in-half glacial erratic, and even the whistle of a Whistler marmot.
We recommend bringing rain pants or an extra pair of pants and socks. The snow can be wet and many of our tour participants go on to enjoy more sightseeing like the Peak to Peak gondola afterwards.
**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**
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.
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.
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.
Once you reach the glacier, the guide will lead you up a slope, making snow steps for you to follow. Arriving atop a natural rise in the glacier, many glissading options exist on the same slope. Choose either a gentle glissade or a more adventurous slide down. Most choose a steeper, faster run!
All glacier equipment is included.
- 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
- 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.