On the Glacier Ascent Tour, an exciting hiking tour, your guide will lead you across glacial snow and ice into the Whistler Bowl.
You will be led on a short-roped mountaineering ascent of the alpine bowl – like how all of the world’s great peaks were traditionally climbed. This is one of our most popular tours, for good reason!
Our Glacier Ascent tour is closed during the ski season. Mountaintop tours for the 2018 Summer Season can be booked directly online or by calling our Whistler office at 1 604 938 9242.Book Now
While ascending the glacier, learn about glaciology and how to safely travel on and climb a glacier while recognizing and avoiding crevasses. At the top enjoy the stunning alpine vistas and world-class photo opportunities before descending. This truly is a must-do day activity for anyone enjoying the pacific coastal mountains.
No experience is necessary on this safe and fun Canadian trek. The tour will cover roughly 4km of mountain terrain and up to 200m of glacier hiking and climbing. Your guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour; nevertheless, a moderate level of fitness is recommended.
As with all activities in the beautiful Canadian Alpine, each day is subject to varying mountain conditions – ask our staff what the mountain has in store for you and your visit.
A lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. Peak 2 Peak lift tickets are available for purchase through our office.
Groups welcome! Please contact our office for more information.
Dates: Offered daily from June – September 2018.
Included: Glacier and climbing equipment
Location: Top of Whistler Mountain
Duration: 3.5 hours (Round trip from Whistler Roundhouse)
Departure: 9:00am & 1:00pm daily. * Please check in at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
*Please note that the Whistler Gondola line-ups can get very busy and the ride up takes 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
Looking for even more excitement? Try our exhilarating Via Ferrata!
The 9:00 am tour will meet their guide at the base of the village gondola at 8:45 am at the picnic tables.
The 1:00 pm tour meets at our mountaintop office. 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 gravel path as you unload. It is in the wood cabin on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.
At the office, your guide will get you to sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your glacier travel gear.
Next you will hike 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 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.
The tour will conclude with a walk back to the mountaintop office.
All climbing and glacier equipment is included and here is a list of gear that is nice to have:
At the top of the gondola you step out into an alpine mountain environment where weather and conditions can change fast – it is good to be prepared. Temperatures are often considerably lower than down in the village.
A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket(s), these are 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
Duration: This climb takes roughly 3.5 hours depending on the mountain conditions, number of guests, and travel speed.
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 and climbing equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.
You are responsible for your own food and water.
Standard groups are run at a ratio of up to 6 guests to one guide with an exception of up to 8 guests.
Private tours are available for groups of all sizes. Groups with children and/or youth are recommended to book a private tour.
The tour will cover roughly 4km of mountain terrain and up to 200m of glacier hiking and climbing.
The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour; nevertheless a moderate level of fitness is recommended.
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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