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Summary

 Summer
  • Adult: $139
  • Youth (8-16 Years): $129
  • Private (up to 6 people): $699

Location: Whistler Mountain   Duration: 2.5 - 3.0 hours   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

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 the glacier, then the fun begins with a quick descent by glissading on your buttocks. It’s sledding without the sled!

Other Glacier Tours Available: Glacier Discovery/ Glacier Ascent

**Peak 2 Peak gondola tickets are not included.

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Summer 2020 dates now available!

Early Booking Offer: Book by May 31st for arrivals between May 1st – September 30th and receive 15% off your booking!

Use Code: "SUMMER2020" when booking

Duration: 2.5 - 3 Hours / Departures: 9am & 2pm

Book a Private Tour and book any day of the week!

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

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Adventure Information

Take a slide down a 14,000 year old glacier!

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!

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.

Book a Private Tour and book any day of the week!

Other Glacier Tours: Glacier Ascent / Glacier Discovery

Departure times are at 9:00am, 2:00pm.
Tour Check In:

9:00am tours meet their guide at 8:45 am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre down in the village.

2:00 pm tours meet at our Mountaintop Office at 1:45 pm. To get to the mountaintop office, take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). The office is located about 100 meters/yards straight ahead down the gravel path as you walk out of the gondola station. It is in the wood building on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

*The Whistler Village Gondola takes 30 minutes from bottom to top and line-ups can get quite busy, so plan to get to the top with plenty of time before the start of your tour.

At the office, your guide will get you to sign a waiver and outfit you with your gear.

Glacier Glissading

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.

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 concludes with a walk back up to the mountaintop office.

*Please notify the office if your tour needs to end at a specific time so that we can try to accommodate you.

All climbing equipment is included.

Recommended Clothing

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants (rain pants).  It is best to wear long pants for glissading.
  • If you do not have rain pants, just bring another pair of pants you can change into in case they get wet
  • Warm layer(s)
  • An extra pairs of dry socks to change into after your tour
  • Light gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Small backpack
  • Personal items you may require

At the top of the gondola you will be in an alpine mountain environment where weather and conditions can change fast – it is best to be prepared with extra clothing layers.

How To Book:

• Choose a date thats best for you:

Please check the calendar via the Book Now button to check which days we run this tour.

• Gear up! If you already have the gear that’s great…if not we supply everything for you free of charge!

• Book yourself onto a tour using our online booking system!

*Tour subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached.

Tour Details

Dates: Offered from Late May – July.

Included: All Glacier Gear and Instruction.

Not Included: Transportation, Food.

Lift Tickets: A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket, these are available from our office or on www.WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Duration: 2 Hours.

Departures: Tour departs at 9am & 2pm.

Location: Whistler Mountain Top.

Age Restrictions: Minimum age of 8.

Transportation: Transportation is not included on this tour. You may add transportation for this course for an additional fee.

Food: Food is not included on this tour. Please make sure to pack a good lunch with plenty of high energy food and liquids including snacks.

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