Discover the glacial snow and ice of the Whistler Glacier on a Glacier Discovery Tour! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe a 10,000+ year old glacier on our 2 hour interpretive walking tour.
Glacier Discovery Tours are available daily now. Book online or call our Whistler office at 1 604 938 9242.
We can take last minute bookings.
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Walk across 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 Whistler Peak. Along the way your guide will tell you about how the last ice age interacted with the terrain to form the beautiful coast mountain ranges. This popular tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, and is especially fun for families with children.
For families with older active children the Glacier Ascent tour 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 late May – September. Weekend tours offered up to October 8th.
Location: Top of Whistler Mountain
Duration: 2 hours (Round trip from Whistler Roundhouse)
Departure: 9:00am & 2:00pm daily. *Please check in at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
*Please note that the Whistler Gondola lineup does get very busy and the ride up takes 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
Program Check In
Departure times are at 9:00am and 2:00pm daily.
For 9 am tours, guests will meet their guide at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre in Whistler Village 15 minutes before tour departure.
For 2 pm tours, guests will meet their guide at the mountaintop-top office 15 minutes before tour departure. Please take into account that the ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes and you may encounter line-ups to get on the gondola so plan to arrive at the top with plenty of time to spare.
To get to our mountaintop office please take the Whistler Village Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the gondola about 100 m/yd 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 you will meet your guide, sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your glacier 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 and glacier.
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 glacier travel 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 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), 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
Departure: 9:00am & 2:00pm tours daily. *Please check in to our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
Duration: This tour takes roughly 2.0 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.
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.
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 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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