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Summary

 Winter
  • Single Person: $319
  • Per Person (minimum 2): $209
  • Group Private (up to 6 people): $699

Location: Whistler   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: none  

Get away from the crowds and stomped out snow to experience the pristine natural beauty and fresh snow at our favourite hidden gems. You will explore through soft powdery snow while taking in the striking natural views.

Enjoy an interpretive tour led by our professional guides. Book your half day Whistler Snowshoe Tour and make the best of your time in Whistler.

Fancy a shorter day? Why not book a Half Day Snowshoe Tour.

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Duration: 3-4 hours

Departures: 8:30am (can be customized) / Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

(December 14th 2019 - March 22nd 2020)

Transportation: Please note that transportation is not included, but can be provided for an additional cost.

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or info@mountainskillsacademy.com

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Adventure Information

Step into a winter wonderland on amazing trails of old-growth forests with ancient cedars in geologically interesting landscapes. Let us take you on a rejuvenating excursion to our favourite areas and experience a unique atmosphere of natural beauty at a relaxing and enjoyable pace.

We offer several different tours, each destination wonderful with a focus on aesthetics and special viewpoints of interest. A snowshoe hike with a professional guide allows you to explore the wilderness with the reassurance of a safe and memorable outing.

Our exquisite snowshoe hikes are designed to please. Ranging from those seeking a more leisurely journey with extraordinary sights to those wanting to tackle an exhilarating adventure.

Duration 5-8 hours beginning and ending in Whistler (unless otherwise specified). 

Below are some of our favourite areas. To ensure the best experience, final trip destinations are subject to change based on weather, snow level and overall conditions. 

Easy Snowshoe:

Parkhurst Ghost Town Loop 8.5km, 133m gain (4-6 hours). (30 mins drive, roundtrip) 

Moderately difficult hike on progressively steeper terrain with postcard-beauty viewpoints as a reward along the way. Hike up through a storybook-like forest to reach three consecutive lakes framed by hanging glaciers. The intense gorgeousness of this area makes it a world class destination and therefore tends to attract many visitors.

Moderate Snowshoe:

Joffre Lakes 11km, 400m gain (3.5-6 hours). (2-2.5 hour drive, roundtrip) 

Moderately difficult hike on progressively steeper terrain with postcard-beauty viewpoints as a reward along the way. Hike up through a storybook-like forest to reach three consecutive lakes framed by hanging glaciers. The intense gorgeousness of this area makes it a world class destination and therefore tends to attract many visitors.

Advanced Snowshoe:

Rainbow Lake, 16km, 910m gain (6-9 hours). (25 mins drive, roundtrip)

This all-day snowshoe will take you up to the stunning vista at a frozen Rainbow Lake. The trail takes you into the forest, over a creek, and through a boulder field on the way, offering a nice variety to the terrain, with the mountains playing peek-a-boo throughout.

Trail Info Sources: Aileen Stalker and Tony Keen

Things to bring:

• Snowshoes and Poles (Snowshoes can be rented through MSAA for an additional $15.00, apply when booking)

• Warm clothing (wool/synthetic recommended)
• Warm socks (wool/synthetic recommended)
• Winter boots/ warm and waterproof footwear
• Insulating jacket (down or similar)
• Shell jacket (Gore-tex or similar)
• Shell trousers (Gore-tex or similar)
• Warm gloves and shell gloves
• Warm hat
• Sunglasses
• Backpack
• Sunscreen
• Lunch/Snacks
• Water (approx. 1-2L)
• Hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate in a thermos (optional)

Dates:

8:30am (can be customized) / Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Food:

All food and beverage is the responsibility of the guest

Difficulty:

No experience necessary; average fitness is required.

Meeting Place:
Trailhead of chosen Snowshoe trail, unless otherwise discussed.
Meeting Time:
Morning Tours: 08:30am unless otherwise discussed
Transportation: Please note that transportation is not included, but can be provided for an additional cost.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.

• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.

Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability

Full Terms & Conditions

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to first aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Tours

  • With less than 48 hours of the tour start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • With more than 48 hours notice:  We will reschedule or refund with no penalty.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days of the course date: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days of the course date: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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