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Best Fall Hikes in the Sea to Sky

Sun, 9th Sep 2018  /  By Vince Shuley
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Summer in British Columbia is always over too soon, but that doesn't mean we can't make the most of the transition season before winter arrives. The fall can be bittersweet; lake dipping temperatures are gone, replaced by toques and puffy jackets. Sunsets hide behind cloud cover before heading to bed early. Crowds thin out to a trickle as school resumes. While weather can be cold and sometimes wet, beautiful bug-free sunny days do make an appearance. So with that in mind, gear up for hiking this month and hit the trails. Here are a few of our favourite fall hikes in Whistler, Squamish and the Sea to Sky Corridor. For more information on our guided hikes, head over to o...

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Via Ferrata in BC: Bridging generations

Sat, 28th Jul 2018  /  By Vince Shuley
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Via Ferrata (or "klettersteig" in German-speaking nations) is a relatively young pursuit here in North America. But in Europe, its history dates back over a century.  While the first via ferrata routes were built to access popular mountain summits more easily, most protected routes in the Alps were a result of military construction.  During World War I, the armies of  Austria-Hungary, Italy and France manned mountain positions in the areas of the Dolomites and the French-Swiss Alps. Military engineers built ladder routes, underground tunnels and hanging bridges to increase the efficiency of troop movements over mountainous terrain. [caption id="attachment_5339" al...

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5 Reasons to try Via Ferrata

Sat, 28th Jul 2018  /  By Vince Shuley
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Updated: 7/28/2018: Click here for all of our rock climbing activities: Summer has been poking her head out quite a bit recently in British Columbia, which means that hiking and climbing season is not far away. But have you ever considered a hybrid version of these two alpine activities? Via Ferrata, a form of vertical climbing assisted by metal rungs embedded in the rock, blends the two experiences seamlessly. Begin by hiking in the fresh alpine air. Clip your harness into the cable safety system. Ascend a steep rock face with the ease of climbing a ladder. Soak up the views of the surrounding mountainous terrain. At Mountain Skills Academy we are positive that you...

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Sky Pilot: A Hiker’s Mountaineering Trip

Wed, 23rd Aug 2017  /  By Vince Shuley
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There comes a time when an experienced hiker will look for the next challenge. That may entail hiking further from civilization, gaining higher summits or tackling more technical routes. But for those who want to take the next step in vertical, the slow and steady transition towards mountaineering doesn't have to necessarily involve high altitude climbing or risky routes. Sky Pilot (2031m), a peak accessed from the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, is the perfect introduction to "mountaineering lite" in the Vancouver/Sea to Sky region. [caption id="attachment_4478" align="alignnone" width="710"] The best way to by pass an arduous approach and knee-breaking descent[/capti...

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Squamish Via Ferrata OPEN + Summer Special Offers

Wed, 10th May 2017  /  By Vince Shuley
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After a very fruitful winter of snowshoeing, ice climbing and backcountry skiing and riding, summer is finally beginning to rear its beautiful face. And that means summer adventures are right around the corner! With the warmer weather in the Sea to Sky recently, our Squamish rock climbing courses and adventures are already in motion in the lower parts of the valley. But our beloved Squamish Via Ferrata course is situated around the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, which meant there was a bit more snow to clear. *Don't forget to check out all of our Whistler Rock Climbing Expeditions - Squamish Mountain Climbing Tours [caption id="attachment_4042" align="alignnone" w...

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Celebrate all things Hiking at Hikefest 2015

Tue, 25th Aug 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
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We're big fans of hiking here in the Sea to Sky Corridor. After all, how else does one access the best of the outdoors? One Sunday, September 13, Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures is teaming up with the Sea to Sky Gondola, MEC, Adventure Smart and The North Face for the second annual HikeFest, a day to celebrate all things hiking and the activities on offer at this beautiful location in Squamish. With our goal to get more people like you climbing and hiking in the mountains, as a special offer during Hikefest Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures will be running our Squamish Via Ferrata Tour for the special price of $25! This offer is for one day only on S...

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Squamish Via Ferrata is beginner friendly

Wed, 29th Jul 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
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By Brad Schalles ACMG Assistant Ski Guide I had a great day at the Squamish Via Ferrata recently  with an unlikely group of guests - two adventurous grandmothers, Gillian and Pauline. Both ladies were Sea to Sky Gondola season pass holders and had been doing weekly trips up the mountain for morning hikes and coffee at the Summit Lodge since the gondola opened in the spring of 2014. Gillian had inquired about the steel cables and rungs she could see from the observation deck of the Summit Lodge  and was curious about the experience and if it was beginner friendly. [caption id="attachment_1703" align="alignnone" width="640"] For Gillian and Pauline, the Squa...

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Squamish Via Ferrata – Video

Wed, 15th Jul 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
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Since our launch of our Squamish Via Ferrata Tour last month, more and more people are hearing about this easy and accessible climbing experience  just steps from the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Recent rain has cleared the sky of smoke from wildfires in the region, allowing pristine views of Howe Sound and the Tantalus Mountain Range once again. Our guides have been leading groups of all ages with children as young as eight years old to enjoy this unique and exhilarating experience. Here is the Squamish Via Ferrata Tour Video that shows what you can expect from the Squamish Via Ferrata Tour! https://vimeo.com/133526545 Beginning with a guided hike throug...

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Sea To Sky Gondola

Wed, 27th May 2015  /  By Dan O'Keefe
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Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures is pleased to offer our guiding services at the Sea to Sky Gondola! The Summit Lodge boasts beautiful panoramic views of the Howe Sound and the mountainous regions of the Sea to Sky Corridor. "The ride up to our summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. Every gondola cabin has a maximum capacity of 8 passengers and a level entrance/exit point, making them wheelchair and stroller accessible. The gondolas were custom made by Austrian manufacturer, Doppelmayr, and have comfortable padded seats and floor to ceiling glass windows for maximum views. The ride up and down is a t...

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