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! We make our way up to the top of The Saddle. Then the fun begins with a quick descent by glissading (a controlled slide) on your buttocks to the bottom of Glacier Bowl. It’s sledding without the sled!
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 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!
Ride the Whistler Gondola to meet your guide at our mountain top office near the Roundhouse. Here you are outfitted with hiking boots, helmet and…a mountaineering axe! The axe is mainly used as a walking stick but also makes for great photos. From our mountaintop office, the tour departs with a hike to the glacier. 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. 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!
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!
Névé, as summer snow is called, is exciting to slide on. 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!
A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour and not included in the tour price. Tickets are available for purchase through our office or online.
Group rates available – please call us at 604 938 9242 for details
Dates: from June until the winter snow melts off the glacier.
Groups with children younger than 8 years should book a private tour.
Departure: 9am & 2pm daily. *Please check in at the meeting place 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
The 9 am tour meets their guide at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre down in the village at 8:45 am.
The 2 pm tour meets at our mountaintop office at 1:45 pm. Take the Whistler Village Gondola all the way to the top (do not get off at mid-station). Please allow time for the 30 minute gondola ride up and any line-ups at the bottom so you have plenty of time to arrive for the scheduled departure. Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the gondola about 100 meters/yards down the gravel path as you exit the gondola station. It is the wood cabin straight ahead and on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.
At the office, your guide will get you to sign a waiver and outfit you with your gear.
Your guide then will lead you up to the point where you will start glissading. It’s an impressive slope called The Saddle. You can control the speed of your slide with various techniques that are explained and demonstrated by your guide.
The tour concludes with a walk back up to the mountaintop office.
All equipment is included (hiking boots, helmet and axe (if needed) and here is a list of gear that is nice to have:
Be prepared for temperatures that are considerably lower than down in the village. At the top of the gondola you step out into an alpine mountain location where weather and conditions can change quickly and drastically. Layers of clothing are recommended.
A Peak 2 Peak 360 ticket for Whistler Blackcomb is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket(s), these are available online, at our village office, or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window.
*The ticket windows can get very busy – please buy your tickets before the tour date. The tour will start without you if you are late.
Location: Whistler Mountain
Departures: 9:00am & 2:00pm daily. *Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
Duration: This tour takes roughly 2.5-3 hours.
Completion: The tour will finish back at the mountaintop office where all gear is collected.
All equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.
You are responsible for your own food and water.
Private tours are available for groups of all sizes.
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.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
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.
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 Wilderness 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 Programs
**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 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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