Glacier Glissading: an interpretive glacier adventure like no other! Experience the most memorable and uniquely Canadian activity one can enjoy in the mountains.
Glacier Glissading is the thrill of sliding down slippery glacier snow in the summer, combined with an interpretive discovery of a 10 000+ year old glacier. A must do!
This is a daily trip. Please pick a date by clicking on the Book Now button. Daily - 9am & 1pm. Additional departure Friday - Sundays at 2pm.
Have you experienced the thrill of sliding down a slippery slide or gliding through snow on a toboggan? Glacier Glissading not only combines both of these into one ultra-fun activity, but does so on summer snowpack! The 10 000+ year old glacier is just a short walk from the Whistler Gondola through some 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 starts by discovering local flora and fauna and learning about glacial formation, while walking on-route through the spectacular alpine terrain. You then follow the guide up easy snow steps to an elevated rise on the glacier. Here you start glissading, sliding down in glee on one of the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth! Glaciers are precious and the remaining winter snowpack is fleeting, making the glacier tour a unique and especially memorable experience.
Ride the Whistler Gondola to the meeting location at our mountain top office. Here you are outfitted with hiking boots, helmet and…an ice axe! The ice axe is mainly used as a walking stick but also makes for captivating photos. From our mountaintop office, the tour departs with a short walk to the glacier. Along the way you can discover all manner of beautiful, curious and interesting flora and fauna. This includes striated glacier polished slabs, colourful flowers that forge soil recently freed by glacial recession, the mighty cracked in half glacial erratic, and even the whistle of a Whistler marmot. The area the tour visits is also a cirque glacier, thus putting you in the middle of a natural amphitheater surrounded by craggy ridges and peaks – A truly remarkable place!
Once you reach the glacier, the guide will lead you up a gentle slope, making easy 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!
Névé, as summer snow is called, is exciting to slide on and is present rain or shine. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy glissading more than once! 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 tour is 2.5-3 hours rain or shine, and no experience is necessary. The only requirement is an adventurous attitude and a willingness to embrace your inner child!
Departure times are at 9:00am and 1:00pm seven days a week. An additional departure time is scheduled for 2:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Guests will meet at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures mountaintop office 15 minutes before tour departure. The ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes. The 10:30am tour departure will take into account the first public load at 10:00am and the 9:00am tour guests will meet their guide at the base of the Gondola at 8:45am at the picnic tables.
To get to our mountaintop office please take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the Gondola about 100m straight down the path as you unload. It is in the last cabin on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.
At the office you will meet your guide, sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your glacier glissading travel gear.
Next is a walk across 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, glacial cirque and glacier.
As you look up at the bowl you will see the 2160m Whistler Peak.
Along the walk you can take advantage of the world-class photo opportunities of the pacific coast mountain ranges. An interpretive account of glacial formation, local history, flora and fauna will be give. Your guide then will lead you up the glacier, making easy snow steps for you to follow up a gentle slope. At the top many options exist for all comfort levels. You can choose to slide down a lower angled slope or a steeper faster one. You will also have the opportunity to do this more than once!
The tour will then conclude with a walk back to the mountaintop office.
All glacier travel equipment is included (hiking boots, helmet and ice axe) and here is a list of gear that is nice to have:
At the top of the Gondola you step out into the great Canadian alpine where weather and conditions can change fast – it is good to be prepared.
A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket(s), most guests prefer the convenience of purchasing their lift tickets in conjunction with booking the tour through our village office or online booking systems. These are also available at our village office or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window.
*The ticket windows can get very busy – please plan to purchase your ticket(s) prior to the tour date.
Location: Whistler Mountain
Departure: Every day departures: 9:00am, 1:00pm and an additional departure for 2:00pm available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
*Please check in to our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
Duration: This tour takes roughly 2.5 hours.
Completion: The tour will finish back at the mountaintop office where all loaned gear will be collected and the guide will give a trip debrief.
All glacier travel equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.
You are responsible for your own food and water.
Group sizes vary from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10.
Private tours are available for groups of all sizes.
The tour will cover roughly 3km of mountain terrain.
The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour.
We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.
Emergency Evacuation and Medical
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 National Health.
We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also 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.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.
Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.
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 and WFR courses.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
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**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 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents 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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