At Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, taking people into the mountains is how it all started. We are pleased to be one of the go-to guiding companies for Squamish & Whistler Mountaineering. We love to take people into the high mountains on treks they will always remember. Our top guides know the terrain and the best route options.
We have designed mountaineering adventures for all levels of experience, and for anyone who has a good fitness level.
From a half day summer scramble up to the peak of Whistler to multi-day expeditions through some of the most sought-after peaks in the unique and challenging West Coast Mountains, our guides will make your time with us unforgettable. Choose from spectacular peaks on Whistler Blackcomb, The Tantalus Range, Wedge Mountain, Mount Garibaldi, or Sky Pilot in the Squamish area.
If you don’t see the ideal Squamish or Whistler mountaineering trip listed below, the team at Mountain Skills Academy is happy to put together the ideal trip for your time available, skill levels, and goals.
(Location: Squamish / Duration: 1 day / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Previous Mountaineering)
The Sky Pilot Mountaineering Ascent provides you with an aerial experience, rising 2,130 meters directly above the Salish Sea. The mountain stands as a proud pinnacle among a spectacular cluster of peaks. The ascent to the summit is considered a moderate alpine climb, initially ascending the Stadium Glacier to either the South or West Ridge, past the Pink Slab crux and to the summit. The Sea to Sky Gondola provides easy access to the trail head. Guests can choose between a one day “summit push” ascent or a two day trip.
Guests can choose between a 2-day or one day ascent. As well as more overnights in order to achieve the triumvirate of Co-Pilot, Sky Pilot and Ledge peaks.
Pirce: 2 people: $399 1 Person: $749
(Location: Mount Garibaldi / Duration: 2 days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: None)
Mount Garibaldi (2678m) is one of the most well known peaks in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The NE ridge of Mt Garibaldi is the most popular route offering steep snow and ice climb leading to amazing views of Howe Sound and the surrounding peaks.
Price: 1 person only: $1,749 2 or more people: $899
(Location: Wedge Mountain / Duration: 2 Days / Fitness: Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Previous hiking/backcountry experience)
Hike Wedge Mountain, the highest mountain in Garibaldi Provincial Park at 2,904 metres.
The Northeast Arête route is mostly lower angled snow, but is very exposed as you make your way across the arête to the upper flanks of the mountain. The first day is hiking to an alpine hut where you will spend the night before attempting the mountain the next day. From the hut, you’ll make your way up the sweeping Wedge Glacier to the start of the climb. Descend the mountain back to the hut to gather your gear before descending the trail to the valley.
Price: 1 person only: $1,749 / 2 people: $899
(Location: Mount Matier / Duration: 2 Days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate / Prerequisites: Hiking/backcountry experience an asset)
Mount Matier (2,770m) is an attractive and popular mountain offering mostly moderate routes of good variety.
The normal routes are on the northeast face which involve a glacial approach and descent. About three hours of climbing on mostly 45 degree snow and ice (late season) ascends to the rocky summit where the panoramic views of Joffre, Slalock, Vantage, and beyond are stunning.
For those with additional time interested in climbing more, there are pure rock routes on Matier as well as Joffre Peak nearby with multiple worthwhile routes.
Price: (Location: Mount Matier / Duration: 2 Days / Fitness: Very Good / Ability: Intermediate Prerequisites: Hiking/backcountry experience an asset
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
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
**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**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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